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Hindujas in Court Over Ownership

The Hinduja Group, owner of several lubricant businesses, is embroiled in a dispute between the four aging brothers who control the parent company. The eldest has asked a London court to nullify a 2014 agreement that the siblings control the company’s assets collectively, clearing the way for different parts to be separated.

Sasol Opens New China Alkoxylation Facility

Sasol Ltd. opened its alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China, last week, expanding its production of surfactants, some of which are used to make lubricants and metalworking fluid additives, the company announced. It is the companys first wholly owned facility in Asia.

Clouds Loom for Chinese MWF Suppliers

Chinese metalworking fluid suppliers will face many challenges in the coming years, including stricter health and safety laws, weak research and development capability and a declining economy, industry insiders said at an industry conference held in Shanghai May 7.

Korean Biocides Acts Impact on Lubes Unclear

South Korea's new Act on Safety Control of Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides regulation took effect Jan. 1. Industry sources disagree about whether it sets requirements for lubricants containing biocidal ingredients.

Master Fluid Solutions Plans New China Plant

Master Fluid Solutions has invested in a new metalworking fluids blending plant in Taicang, China, the company announced on Wednesday. The new facility is the Perrysburg, Ohio-based companys single-largest investment globally and will double its capacity in the country.

Japanese Supplier Expands Overseas

Japanese lube manufacturer Suzuki Kikoh Co. established a joint venture with a local firm in Thailand to expand its industrial lubricant market in Asia, the director of the company told Lube Report.

Singapore Bans Some Short-Chain CPs

Beginning in June, Singapore will prohibit the use of short-chain chlorinated paraffins in metalworking fluids and other products, according to the countrys National Environmental Agency.

Indian, German MWF Firms Form JV

Zavenir Daubert India Pvt. and Chemische Werke Kluthe GmbH formed a joint venture to strengthen their reach in markets for specialty chemicals such as metalworking fluids, and plan to build a plant and research and development center in western India by 2020.

Industrial Lube Demand Upbeat in India

The outlook for industrial lube demand in India is positive, thanks to government initiatives aimed at boosting manufacturing activity and infrastructure development, said Ravi Chawla, managing director of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd.

Yushiro, Moresco Set Sights Overseas

Two of Japans top metalworking fluid providers said recently that with domestic automobile production and die-casting industries stagnant, their growth will likely continue to come from other parts of Asia and the Americas.