Incidents & Disruptions

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Promoting Out of a Crisis

Lube Report Asia - May 22, 2020

As China slowly reopens its economy, domestic lube suppliers see survival at the top of the agenda and are using promoti ...

Japan’s Car Sales Slump in April

Japan’s Car Sales Slump in April

Lube Report Asia - May 22, 2020

Registrations for sales of new passenger cars, trucks and buses fell 29 percent in April, compared to a year earlier, ac ...

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Palm Oil Producers Reopen in Sabah

Lube Report Asia - May 8, 2020

The Malaysian state of Sabah allowed palm oil plantations and mills to reopen last month after setting conditions aimed ...

GP, Gulf Blending Plants Back Online

GP, Gulf Blending Plants Back Online

Lube Report Asia - May 8, 2020

GP Petroleums Ltd. and Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. announced the reopening of blending plants in India, after receivi ...

Food-grade Lube Demand Spikes

Food-grade Lube Demand Spikes

Lube Report Asia - April 16, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns in Asia have resulted in increased demand for food-grade lubricants, industry insiders said.

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

Lube Report Asia - April 10, 2020

Three lubricant industry associations in the United States petitioned India’s government last week to approve the expo ...

India Copes with Coronavirus

India Copes with Coronavirus

Lube Report Asia - March 26, 2020

Castrol India and Gulf Oil Lubricants India each temporarily closed its lubricant plants as the government tries to stop ...

Coronavirus Triggers Crude Crash

Coronavirus Triggers Crude Crash

Lube Report Asia - March 13, 2020

The economic wrecking ball that is the coronavirus went into full swing this week when it sent the price of crude oil ba ...

Pakistan Army Victim to Faulty Ukrainian Oils

Pakistan Army Victim to Faulty Ukrainian Oils

Lube Report Asia - November 21, 2017

Allegedly defective oil produced in Ukraine was blamed for the failure of 30 Pakistan Army tanks last month after simila ...

Blenders Counter Counterfeiters

Blenders Counter Counterfeiters

Lube Report Asia - October 24, 2017

As fake products continue to plague Asian markets, Pertamina Lubricants has stepped up its efforts to fight back with le ...

GST Throttles Castrol India Profit

GST Throttles Castrol India Profit

Lube Report Asia - August 29, 2017

Castrol India Ltd. said Indias transition to the Goods and Services Tax system was a major reason for its 33 percent dro ...

Fire Shuts Indian Blending Plant

Fire Shuts Indian Blending Plant

Lube Report Asia - August 8, 2017

A fire at an Atma Lubricants & Specialities Ltd. manufacturing unit in southern Indias Andhra Pradesh state last Wednesd ...

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Idemitsu Legally Cleared to Issue New Shares

Lube Report Asia - July 25, 2017

Idemitsu Kosan Co. said on Thursday that it was able to proceed with its offer of 48 million new shares, after the Tokyo ...

Hyundai Fined for Lube Policies

Hyundai Fined for Lube Policies

Lube Report Asia - June 20, 2017

A competition regulator imposed a penalty of 870 million rupees (U.S. $13.5 million) on South Korean automaker Hyundai M ...

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Regulator Terminates Tianhe Trading

Lube Report Asia - May 30, 2017

Tianhe Chemicals Group said Thursday that Hong Kongs securities regulator ordered a halt in the trading of the Chinese l ...

Fire at Chongqing Plant Kills Three

Fire at Chongqing Plant Kills Three

Lube Report Asia - April 18, 2017

Three people were killed after a fire broke out on the morning of April 6 at a Yate Lubricant Co. factory in the Bishan ...

TonenGeneral Vows to Rebuild Base Oil Plant

TonenGeneral Vows to Rebuild Base Oil Plant

Lube Report Asia - February 21, 2017

TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. said it will resume full production at its Wakayama refinerys API Group I plant by the end of t ...