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ATF Labels to Gain Clarity in Some States Jan. 1

Labels on automatic transmission fluid should be clearer starting Jan. 1 in the 19 states that automatically codify the latest version of the National Conference on Weights and Measures NIST Handbook 130.

Nigeria Loses $200M to Counterfeiting Per Year

ACCRA, Ghana - Stakeholders in the Nigerian lubricant market estimate it loses more than $200 million annually in potential sales revenue to counterfeit lubricants.

State Bans JD 303 Tractor Fluids

Missouri retailers were ordered to immediately stop selling John Deere 303 tractor hydraulic fluids after the states Department of Agriculture Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division determined the specification fails to meet modern performance demands.Cease sale letters were sent out in early October.

Canada Proposes Hazcom Changes

Health Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to repeal and replace its Controlled Products Regulations with new Hazardous Products Regulations to conform with the international Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

New Report Examines EU Lube Demand

The Union of the European Lubricant Industry last week presented its first of what will become annual reports on lubricant demand in the European Union. Officials said it will fill an informational void in Europe and become a valuable resource for the industry in that region.

Agrinol Rejects Claims it Sold Defective Oil

Ukrainian lube maker Agrinol refuted government allegations made last week that the company supplied the Ukrainian army with poor quality oils.

EU Gives Leaded Alloys Another Reprieve

Suppliers of metal alloys and metal removal fluids can breathe a sigh of relief - for now. The European Commission took another step toward continuing current exemptions on lead levels in alloys of steel, aluminum and copper used in certain classes of electronic and electric products manufactured in the European Union, as well as imported products.

Regulatory Impacts Loom for Industrial Lubes

CHICAGO- Political, environmental and regulatory issues are working together to shape the industrial lubricants landscape near- to mid-term, according to a presentation given by Kline and Co. at the ICIS North American Industrial Lubricants conference held here. Factors such as Marpol anti-pollution mandates, chlorinated paraffins and lawsuits aimed at reforming the way businesses and governments address climate change are listed as having the greatest potential impact on the industry.

Distributors Face Oil Labeling Rules

Motor oil labeling guidelines have been updated once again, this time as the result of a unanimous vote at a National Conference on Weights and Measures meeting last week, which moved to require distributors of bulk engine oil to provide written documentation on the quality of oil on each delivery to oil change facilities effective Jan. 1, 2014.

ATF Labels Face a Rewrite

Labels on automatic transmission fluid should be clearer in some states starting in January, following recent handbook amendments adopted by the National Conference on Weights and Measures that also provide criteria for how to substantiate performance claims for multi-vehicle and suitable-for-use ATFs.
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