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Grease Output Up in China, Down in India

Reported lubricating grease production was up in China and Southeast Asia, and down in India and Japan, according to a survey by the United States-based National Lubricating Grease Institute.

Australia Sales Fell in April

April sales of lubricating oil and grease in Australia fell 7 percent year on year to 25.6 million liters, according an Australian government agency’s petroleum statistics report.

Internet-of-vehicles Looms for Oil Changes

An increasing number of vehicles in China are equipped to transmit information about their operations across the internet, and this is expected to impact the supply chain of lubricants, an industry analyst told Lube Report recently.

Japan’s Vehicle Sales Down in May

Registrations of new passenger cars, trucks and buses fell 45 percent in May, compared to a year earlier, according to data released June 6 by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Sakhalin Keen on Natural Gas Transit

Russia’s Sakhalin region is preparing to convert much of its vehicle parc to run on compressed natural gas, a zero-emission alternative fuel, an industry event heard recently. Engines powered by natural gas or liquid propane require specially formulated engine oils.

Base Oil Production Falls in Japan

Japan’s base oil production for April fell 20 percent compared to the same month last year, according to data recently released by the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

China Base Oil Output Recovers

Base oil production in China has largely returned to normal levels, but demand in other parts of the world is still down significantly because of the Covid-19 pandemic and may not recover much until late in the year, according to industry insiders and an analyst speaking at a webinar Wednesday.

Japan’s Car Sales Slump in April

Registrations for sales of new passenger cars, trucks and buses fell 29 percent in April, compared to a year earlier, according to data released on May 18 by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Esso Thailand’s Lube Sales Down

Esso (Thailand) Public Co.’s lubricant sales fell 5.7 percent last year, in line with a decline in the country’s sales of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Food-grade Lube Demand Spikes

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