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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.

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.

Rouen Residents Still Simmer Over Fire

More than four months after fire struck a Lubrizol Corp. additive plant in Rouen, France, flames of distrust are still burning towards the company and government officials, as an investigation into the incident continues, demands go on for more testing and tempers shorten.

Lubrizol Partially Restarts Rouen Plant

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.

Lubrizol Working to Reopen Rouen Plant

A month after a blaze roared through two Lubrizol warehouses in Rouen, France, the company is still working to reopen its manufacturing facility there.

Briefly Noted

Officials at Neste Corp. said base oil production at the companys refinery in Porvoo, Finland, was not affected by a major disruption in the companys internet technology systems. Neste reported Monday that the problem interrupted activities in Finland and the Baltic region, but a spokesperson said this morning that production at the API Group III base oil plant in Porvoo will continue normally. Neste said the problem stemmed from a hardware failure in a data center of its service provider.

Tests Find No Risks from Lubrizol Fire

Environmental impact testing following a Sept. 26 fire at Lubrizol Corp.s plant in Rouen, France, has found no abnormal levels of contaminants in the area around the facility, but skeptical residents have demanded more transparency from the company and government officials.

Lubrizol Plant Closed Following Fire

Lubrizol Corp. said Monday that it does not yet have a timetable for the reopening of its lubricant additive factory in Rouen, France, following a fire there Sept. 26.

Oxea Lifts Force Majeure at Plant in Germany

Oxea lifted the force majeure declaration for products from its plant in Oberhausen, Germany, where production units are running at normal capacity again following the restoration of synthesis gas production, the company announced Friday. A spokesman confirmed that affected products included two amines and one polyalcohol used in lubricants.