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Castor Oil Supply from India Resumes

Shipments of castor oil derivatives are flowing from India once again, easing availability of popular grease additives after supplies were constrained last month by a lockdown meant to combat Covid-19.

China VI Emissions Standard Postponed

The Chinese government announced on Wednesday a six-month postponement to nationwide implementation of its China VI emissions standard for light-duty vehicles, which had been scheduled to take effect July 1.

Oil Trader Ensnared in Scandal

Hin Leong Trading, the giant oil trader at the center of one of Asia’s biggest current business scandals, is also a lubricants supplier with a plant in Singapore and a grease and a lubricant plant in China.

Stock Exchange Hears Tianhe Appeal

Tianhe Chemicals Group is scheduled to appear before a Hong Kong Stock Exchange disciplinary board today to appeal its delisting after the company’s prolonged suspension for failing to meet exchange requirements.

Sri Lanka Chases Unauthorized Lubes

A Sri Lankan government agency raided 15 retail shops in mid-February and confiscated unauthorized lubricants as part of an effort to address the increasing number of consumer complaints about sales of low-quality lubricants in the market.

IMO 2020 Changes Shipping Rules

The International Maritime Organizations IMO 2020 regulation was implemented at the start of the year, heralding big changes in the fuels used by ship operators and the lubricants that protect their engines.

Tianhe Trading Remains Suspended

Tianhe Chemicals Groups trading privileges on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange will remain suspended until further notice, the company announced Wednesday, as it awaits a decision on a potential delisting.

Hi-Tech Claims Found Misleading

The Competition Commission of Pakistan served notice last month of a finding that Hi-Tech Blending (Pvt) Ltd. used false and misleading statements in a promotion of Zic brand lubricants.

China Exempts Lubes from Tariffs

Chinas Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council yesterday announced a trial program to exclude 16 types of U.S. products - including grease and certain types of lubricants, base oils and surfactants - from retaliatory tariffs.

Shandong to Phase Out Older Trucks

Shandong province aims by 2020 to replace all local diesel vehicles that dont comply with emissions standards newer than China 3 - which was adopted in 2005 - according to a policy issued Feb. 9.
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