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EU Revising Lubes Ecolabel

The European Union is working on a revision of its Ecolabel standard for lubricants. Regulators say the proposed changes will strengthen protections for the environment while also encouraging the development of more environmentally benign products.

Lukoils Lubricant Sales Grew in 2017

Lukoils LLK International sold 863,000 metric tons of finished lubricant products in 2017, up 13.4 percent from 761,000 tons sold in 2016, a spokesperson told Lube Report last week.

Serbian Fam Opens Chemicals Plant

Serbian lube marketer Fam recently opened a corrosion inhibitor and degreaser production unit. The government is now seeking a foreign investor following years of scandal and financial struggles under its previous owners.

Oxea to Add NPG Capacity

Oxea will increase its European production capacity for neopentyl glycol - a polyalcohol that can be used as a building block in lubricants - by early 2020 through a debottlenecking project now underway at its factory in Oberhausen, Germany, the company announced last week.

Infineum Builds R&D Center

Infineum announced this month that it has begun constructing a research and development center at its headquarters in Milton Hill, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

Poll: Many Russians Ignore Oil Guidance

A survey of Russian motorists indicates that a large proportion of them are not following original equipment manufacturers recommendations for viscosity grades and motor oil types when getting their passenger cars oil changed.

UKs Aztec Oils Continues to Grow

Aztec Oils has completed several acquisitions the past few years and now is trying to continue growing with a 1.2 million (U.S. $1.6 million) development project to increase storage capacity at its main Bolsover site in central England.

Titan Adds Grease Plant, Filling Line

Russian industrial lubricants and grease marketer Titan built a new plant in Novocherkassk, introduced a new filling line and entered new markets, a company official said at an industry conference in Moscow last month.

Volgograd Gets New Lube Shipping Terminal

Lukoil opened a new modernized loading center for lubricants and bitumen products at its refinery in Volgograd, Russia, the company announced earlier this month.

Mixed 2017 for Hydrodec

United Kingdom-based transformer oil rerefiner Hydrodec Group posted an overall loss for the year, although sales revenue from its U.S. and Australia rerefining operations were up, according to audited earnings results released May 31.
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