India took a large step toward reducing its very high levels air pollution Wednesday with the implementation of its Bharat Stage VI automobile emissions standards. The move significantly raises engine oil performance requirements.
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.
Attempting to ease the impact of growing competition for lithium, India expanded a government performance standard for greases to cover other types of thickener chemicals, a government official said at an industry event earlier this month.
Indias automotive engine oil market will be taking a step up in coming months as suppliers prepare for the nations implementation of the Bharat Stage VI vehicular emissions standard.
A new Chinese national standard for diesel engine oil is expected to go into effect next year, leaving Chinese lubricant blenders relying on additive makers to comply, an official from one additive supplier said at a conference in Singapore this month.
An Indonesian mandate for lubricants to meet the countrys new national SNI standard took effect last month, but some companies may still be waiting for approvals, industry insiders told Lube Report.
The Shanghai Lubricant Trade Association is organizing a new committee whose first priority will be to set up standards for so-called environmentally friendly lubes.
Chinese lubricant marketers generally follow lubricant specifications developed in North America or Europe, but one of the markets leading suppliers foresees a time when they rely at least partly on the countrys own standards.
The Association of Indonesian Lubricants Distributors, Importers and Producers (Perdippi) is taking legal actions to try to nullify a mandatory national lubricant standard, SNI, scheduled to take effect Sept. 11.
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.