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Formulating Bike Lube Systematically

A British supplier of bicycle cleaning products devised a process to determine the performance characteristics of chain lubes, which can be the difference between winning and losing in the fiercely competitive cycling world, according to one cycle racer.

European Grease Volumes Drop

Europe reported slightly lower grease production in 2019, according to a survey conducted by the United States-based National Lubricating Grease Institute.

EU Group II Imports Stay Below Quota

By a slender margin, base oil traders stayed within the half-year 200,000 metric ton quota on API Group II imports into the European Union, probably because of depressed demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s chilling of economic activity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Localities Faulted for Response to Rouen Fire

A French Senate inquiry last week blasted local and regional governments’ response to the September 2019 blaze at a Lubrizol lubricant additive factory in Rouen.

Covid-19 Flattens EU Car Sales

Passenger car registrations in the European Union dropped a record 76 percent in April to 270,682, compared to April last year, reflecting the first full month with Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in place, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.