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Brit Business Calls for Sustainable Recovery

Shell and BP are among 150 signatories of a letter to United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging the U.K. government to emphasize sustainability in its COVID-19 recovery plan.

Dire Times Forecast for Industry

The lubricant industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and demand could remain depressed at least into 2022, threatening the survival of many suppliers, according to two speakers at a webinar last week.

Fergana Upgrade on Track for 2023

A joint venture between Uzbekneftegaz and Russian energy giant Gazprom says it is moving forward with a previously announced revamp of a refinery in Fergana, Uzbekistan, including an API Group II and III upgrade of a base oil plant there.

VLS Cites Hyperdrive Engine Oil

United Kingdom-based Verification of Lubricant Standards announced last week that it reported an engine oil marketed by HyperDrive Lubricants to the National Trading Standards Board for failing to meet its performance claims.

Survey: Russian Sales Shift to Online

Russian lubricant manufacturers are slashing investment, staff and marketing projects during the Covid-19 pandemic in favor of digital incentives, according to an industry survey.

May Car Sales Still Low in EU

There are signs of moderate recovery in May for passenger car registrations across the European Union, according to the latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Ajman Emirate Nabs Counterfeiters

Authorities in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, confiscated 100,000 packs of fake engine oil after a sweep last week on a counterfeit operation in the tiny emirate’s industrial area. The Department of Economic Development’s Control and Consumer Protection Department seized what it described as international trademarked products worth 20 million dirham (U.S. $5.45 million).

Russia’s Grease Output Jumps 50 Percent

Grease production in Russia rose 51 percent in 2019, continuing a four-year growth trend that has been boosted by a government-sponsored drive to replace imported goods with domestic alternatives, according to a market study.

VLS Starts Testing Program

A United Kingdom organization that polices engine oils accused of violating performance claims or industry specifications has stepped up its activities by starting a program to test samples drawn from market.

Turkish Refinery Set to Reopen

Turkey’s only base oil plant is likely to resume production once Tupras restarts its Izmir refinery on July 1. Operations at the refinery, which includes a 400,000 metric ton per year API Group I unit, were halted on May 5 because of weak domestic demand for petroleum products caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.