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Middle East Airlines Mothball Planes

Fears that the market for aviation lubricants and greases in the Middle East is unravelling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are exaggerated, analysts say.

Lube Services Gain Traction in Africa Mines

Several trends in Africas mining industry - including a skills shortage, environmental issues and contracting practices - are causing mining companies to procure lubrication services such as taking of lube samples for monitoring, a Shell official told a recent conference.

Russian Greases Divergent in Quality

Imports are on the rise in Russias grease market, but domestic lubricant makers are trying to displace them by offering products of similarly high quality. However, low-quality greases made by some domestic producers continue to dominate a large portion of the market, an industry insider said.

German Firm Boosts Production, Capacity

German lubricant and grease maker Zeller & Gmelin is expanding its grease production and tank storage capacity to meet growing demand. The expansion work at its Eislingen production site should be complete by the end of 2019, the company confirmed to Lube Report on Monday.

Intesmo Increased Grease Output

Russian grease marketer Intesmo increased its output by 25 percent in 2018, according to Lukoil, a partner in the joint venture with state-owned rail transportation monopoly Russian Railways.

EVs Pose Opportunities for Grease

Battery-powered vehicles have fewer grease applications than internal combustion engine vehicles, but EV components and changes in driving habits could still make opportunities for grease suppliers, an official with a German market research firm told an industry conference last week.

Russian Toll Blender Ramps Up Grease Output

Russian lubes and greases marketer Obninskorgsintez is ramping up its grease production through robust marketing and expansion of its customer base, a company official told Lube Report.

Grease Production Edges Up in Europe

Lubricating grease production in Europe increased 1.2 percent in 2018, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institutes annual production survey, which was released this week. Production at plants in Europe shifted to grease made with calcium soap thickeners and lithium soap complex, while the Middle East and Africa experienced an uptick in those made with complex lithium soap thickeners.

ASTM Adopts Biobased Grease Test

ASTM International approved as a standard a new small scale oxidation test that provides more accurate results for biobased greases. The approval culminates a long effort by the Biobased Greases Working Group - a joint effort between The European Lubricating Grease Institute and the National Lubricating Grease Institute.

Hill Corp. Opened Base Oil Rerefinery

Hill Corp. recently finished building a used oil rerefinery and a small grease unit at its lubricant blending plant in Shymkent, in southern Kazakhstan. The company says these are the initial steps in the countrys fledgling industry for collection and processing of waste oils.

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