One of Azerbaijan’s few lubricant producers is a three-year-old start-up that is using just a fraction of its manufacturing capacity. But Technol officials say the company is growing and that it aims to become a major player in its home market while also developing an export business.
Tatneft has finished building a lubricants blending plant at the site of its Taneco refinery in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, and plans to start operations in June, the company told Lube Report.
Russian lubricants marketer VMPAuto opened a small plant in the industrial sector of St. Petersburg in February.
Polish lube maker Orlen Oil will start to produce hand sanitizers at its lubricant blending plant in Jedlicze, part of the government initiative to fight the spread of the coronavirus in Poland, a company official confirmed to Lube Report.
Greek petroleum refiner Motor Oil Hellas, announced a 30 million euro investment to establish a joint venture blending plant in Algeria that will have capacity to produce 55,000 metric tons per year of lubricating oils and 5,000 t/y of greases.
Lubricants and Petroleum Corp. recently opened a grease plant at its blending facility in Aspropyrgos, Greece, part of an effort to cement its position as one of the largest lube suppliers in Southeastern Europe.
Lukoil invested U.S. $6.1 million since 2018 to increase production capacity and improve efficiency at its lubricant production sites in Russia. The modernization continues in 2020, part of an investment program to strengthen cooperation with international carmakers, the company said last week.
A regional governing body in France authorized Lubrizol last week to resume some operations at its Rouen lubricant additive plant, which has been sidelined since a fire in late September.
Master Fluid Solutions opened a metalworking fluids production facility outside of Istanbul in Tulza, mainly serving the aerospace and defense industries, the company announced last month.
Turkish waste oil collector Tayras announced that it is building an API Group II rerefinery with enough capacity to process 20 percent of the used lubricants that the country generates. The company claims it will be the countrys first rerefinery.