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Can Biolubes Ease Palm Oil Glut?

Global palm oil production is booming, but the basic oleochemicals market is saturated, according to Frost & Sullivan.

BMW: Malaysias B10 Bad for Oil

BMW Malaysia Sdn. asked the Malaysian government to reconsider its plans to implement its B10 biodiesel mandate in October this year, concerned that increased palm oil content could impair engine lubrication.

Kline: Asia Primed to Use Synthetics

The Asia-Pacific region is the worlds largest market for finished lubricants, and with rapidly growing economies, its set to leap-frog some other regions to become one of the most pivotal markets for synthetic and semi-synthetic products in the coming years, according to consultancy Kline & Co.

Chinese Suppliers Predict PAO Demand

Lubricant demand in China has jumped so much in recent years that some now deem it the worlds biggest market, surpassing the United States. The countrys demand for polyalphaolefins, however, remains scant.

Mitsui Takes Stake in Oleochemicals

Japans Mitsui & Co. Ltd. will invest U.S. $44 million in Malaysian-owned oleochemical manufacturer Taiko Palm-Oleo (Zhangjiagang) Co. Ltd., located in Jiangsu Province, China.

Malaysia Promotes Biolubricants

Industry observers say biolubricants are unlikely to take off in Asia unless governments provide incentives or mandates for their use. Malaysia appears be taking steps to do just that.

Biolubes Small in Asia, Have Potential

Asia is a very minor market for the finished products, with demand that pales compared to Europe and the Americas. However, biolubricant suppliers say Asian demand could take off if prices come into line and regulations are put in place.

Will Synthetics Take Flight in Asia-Pacific?

Synthetic lubricant demand in Asia-Pacific should rise in coming years as governments toughen regulations on fuel economy and vehicle emissions, an ExxonMobil Chemical official told an industry conference in Beijing last week.

Oleochemicals Bearing Fruit in Southeast Asia

Frost & Sullivan projects revenue from oleochemicals manufactured in Southeast Asia - including fatty acids and fatty alcohols used in lubricants manufacturing - will more than double from 2013 to 2020.

Coal-based PAOs Coming to China

Naco Lubrication Co. and Luan Group are building a plant in Chinas Shanxi Province that will use coal-to-liquids feedstocks to manufacture polyalphaolefins for synthetic lubricants. The PAO facility is scheduled to begin operations in the third quarter of 2015.

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