Volume 15 Issue 21

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian is away this week.

Synlubes Uptake Varies Among Countries

The world currently consumes approximately 3 million tons per year of synthetic and semi-synthetic finished lubricants, but the rate of usage varies significantly between regions and countries, said consultancy Kline & Co. The Parsippany, N.J.-based consultancy Kline shared some of the findings from its report, Global Synthetic Lubricant Base stocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities, in a May 20 webinar. The Asia-Pacific region held 44 percent of the worlds 39.9 million tons of finished lub...

Kenolkobil, BP Mend Fences

The stalemate obstructing the return of Castrol brand to the Kenya lubricants market has been resolved by an exclusive distribution deal between KenolKobil and British Petroleum South Africa. KenolKobil was the original distributor of Castrol brand of lubricants in the Kenya market until Burmah-Castrol was acquired by British Petroleum in 2000 for 3 billion British pounds (U.S. $4.6 billion today). In 2007 British Petroleum, which by then had changed its name to BP, exited the Kenyan market, in ...

Astronaut Highlights Greases Key Role in Space

DALLAS – Lubrication plays a key role in critical components aboard the International Space Station, and the space environment provides unique challenges, a U.S. Navy captain and former astronaut told the STLE 2015 annual meeting here. NASA astronauts used grease in 2008 to lubricate a vital race ring component on the station, to reduce structural vibrations and drive motor current, Capt. Heidemarie M. Stefanshyn-Piper told the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers during her M...

DuBois Gets Heatbath

DuBois Chemicals acquired Heatbath Corp., including its Park Metallurgical business, for an undisclosed amount in a deal that will enhance Dubois industrial cleaning and process chemical solutions segments. According to its web site, Heatbath manufactures metal finishing products, including rust preventatives and cold forming zinc phosphates and lubricants, as a supplier for automotive, aerospace, military and general industrial applications. Park Metallurgical supplies heat treating products an...

Briefly Noted

Russian Gazpromneft-Lubricants opened its first lube change station in Kazakhstan, part of its G-Energy Service car maintenance stations network, now operating in a few cities in Russia and Belarus. SK Lubricants entered a licensing agreement to supply its Zic-branded lubricants to Rabigh First Lubricants Co. for sale in Saudi Arabia.

Publisher's Note

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers honored LNGs founder and former publisher Nancy DeMarco on May 18 at its Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Dallas, for her three decades of service to the industry. Other honorees included Dr. Selda Gunsel of Shell Global Solutions, and Dr. Q. Jane Wang of Northwestern University.