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Taiwan to Get Group II

Add Taiwans Chinese Petroleum Corp. to the list of Pacific Rim refiners who say they will add capacity for premium base oils. The company recently confirmed it will build a 5,000 b/d plant, primary for Group II oils, by early 2008. Chevron Lummus Global stated that CPC has licensed its Isodewaxing technology and catalyst for the grass-roots plant, to be built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The plant will be able to make Group III as well, although it will focus on Group II, plus some white oils. CPC says it plans to keep about half the base oil for making its own lubricants, and to market the rest to other lube blenders.

Vicksburg Plant Grows

Ergon Inc.s naphthenic base oil plant in Vicksburg, Miss., completed a maintenance turn-around during January, emerging with 11 percent greater capacity. The plant, already North Americas largest source of pale oils, was enlarged to 350,000 barrels per month. Officials said the growth should provide a bit of slack for the heavy end of the naphthenics market for a while – but noted that demand from tire manufacturers is expected to grow within 18 months, as rubber manufacturers reformulate to meet environmental mandates.

PMC Buys Wax Specialties

In a bid to become the continents premier supplier of specialty wax based products, a subsidiary of PMC Group has bought ExxonMobils North American wax emulsion business. The purchase, which includes the Mobilcer and Mulrex brand names, accounts and technology, was completed by Crystal PMC Inc. of Lansdale, Pa., a supplier of specialty and performance chemicals including stearates, wax emulsions, antifoam agents, additives and process chemicals. Price of the sale was not disclosed.

ITW Picks Up Wynns

In February, ITW Performance Polymers, of Danvers, Mass., acquired Wynn Oil Co. from manufacturing giant Parker Hannifin Corp. Once an independent lube supplier, Wynn now manufacturers engine oil treatments, automotive specialty chemicals, and equipment for automotive service shops. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Parker Hannifin did say that Wynn, headquartered in Azusa, Calif., has annual revenues of $110 million. Another Wynn segment, its industrial lubes business, was sold to Fuchs Petrolub AG in 2003.

Drum Plant Opens

Industrial packaging supplier Myers Container Corp., which is headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., late last year unveiled a new state-of-the-art drum manufacturing facility in City of Industry, Calif., near Los Angeles. The 60,000-square-foot facility manufactures and reconditions industrial packaging and drums, and incorporates sophisticated equipment designed to minimize emissions and energy consumption, said company President and CEO John Cutt. Cost of the new plant was not disclosed. It replaces an older facility in nearby Huntington Park.

Oronite to Close Brazil Facility

San Ramon, Calif., based Chevron Oronite says it will close a manufacturing plant in Brazil, to streamline its business and maximize capacity utilization at other major plants. Replacing it will be an operation that imports products to the region, and that will take on some of the 127 people now working at the plant. The plant, located in Maua near Sao Paulo, has operated for 25 years. The closing will take place during 2005.

Cognis Targets China

Cognis Deutschland GmbH has started building a factory in China to make polyol ester synthetic lubricants for refrigeration systems. The new facility, slated to stream in the first quarter of 2006, will be the second such project for the company in as many years; it follows last years opening of a polyol ester plant in Brazil. Dusseldorf, Germany, based Cognis did not disclose the size or cost of the plant, which is to be an expansion to an existing Cognis facility near Shanghai that makes plant-based products for the paints and coatings industry.

Graco Buys Liquid Control

Lubrication equipment maker Graco Inc., based in Minneapolis, has acquired Liquid Control Corp., a manufacturer of lube dispensing equipment. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed, but it included Liquid Controls Profill Corp. affiliate, which serves the sealants and adhesives equipment market. Kenneth A. Jacobs, president and former minority owner of Liquid Control, was tapped by Graco to continue heading Liquid Control, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

Graphics Venture Launched

Graphics 2 Press, launched in September, marks a new venture for Sam Merenda and Jimmie Boswell: a full-service packaging pre-press house offering graphics, color proofing, flexographic printing plates and cutting dies. Specialties include corrugated printing, and knowing the requirements of petroleum packagers and converters. Merenda and Boswell, who retired last year from Matthews International, have long focused on the graphic needs of the petroleum packaging industry. Their company, located in Arlington, Texas, can be reached at (817) 701-1443.

More New Beginnings

Afton Chemical, formerly the petroleum additives business of Ethyl Corp. in Richmond, Va., has designated L.V. Lomas Ltd. as its exclusive distributor in Canada for its TecGard metalworking fluid additives. The agreement covers emulsifiers, EP and antiwear agents, corrosion inhibitors, and de-mist and quench additives. Lomas is Based in Brampton, Ontario.

Palm-Oleo, the Malaysian maker of oleochemicals, has appointed Acme-Hardesty Co. as its exclusive distributor of fatty acids and glycerine in the U.S. Palm-Oleos Malaysian plant is one of the worlds largest stand-alone oleo-chemical plants; it is commissioning another plant, in Zhang Jia Gang, China, to be operational next year.

Consultant Lubricants Inc. announced Bernard L. Potts, president and owner of Village Castings Inc., Caseville, Mich., is its sales representative now for all die-casting and foundry compounds for metalworking lubricants.

Trilla-Nesco Corp., effective Jan. 1, changed its name to Trilla St. Louis Corp. The move comes

two years after Trilla Steel Drum Co. began operating the former Nesco Container drum plant in Fenton, Mo. Trilla St. Louis will continue to be managed as a separate company from Trillas Chicago operation, it said.

Robert Portwood, who retired last year from South Coast Terminals in Houston, following a distinguished career in lubricants and greases, has launched a consulting practice specializing in quality assurance, quality control, specifications and formulating of lubricants. RBP Consulting can be reached by e-mail to RobertP752@AOL.com.

Chemical Club Picks

The Chemical Club of Philadelphia has elected Mark A. Lukenda of Brenntag as its new president for 2005, and Chemcentrals David West as first vice president. Thomas Jeanson, Chevron Phillips Chemical, was picked as second vice president and Cytecs James Juliano as treasurer. Recording secretary is Robert Schiesser of Chevron Phillips Chemical, and Walter Baker, Polysciences Inc., is the corresponding secretary.

Faces in the News

Kaufman Holdings has named John Pannucci as vice president. Formerly with Rhodia Inc., he is responsible for expanding the companys position in the field of advanced lubricants, including Kaufmans Hatco, Anderol and Royal Lubricants operations.

Pat Maggi has been named president of Cannon Instrument Co., which he joined in 1988 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently he was vice president and general manager.

Gary Balzhiser, a 28-year veteran at ConocoPhillips and its predecessor companies, has been named manager of its commercial lubricants division. Based in Houston, he reports to Tom Liberti, and fills the post formerly held by Lou Burke, who now has become manager of emerging technology in the companys planning, strategy and corporate affairs department.

Robert Whiteley has been named to the new position of vice president, global sales and marketing, at Ultra Additives, responsible for bringing the companys specialty additives to the worldwide industrial fluid markets. He comes to Ultra Additives from Pan Technology.

D.A. Stuart Co., Warrenville, Ill., has appointed Arnaldo Reyes to North American sales manager for metalworking, directing its metalworking division in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He joins Stuart from ITW, and replaces John Wannamaker, who retired at year end after many years of service to Stuart and Surbond Lubricants, which Stuart acquired.

Custom Metalcraft, maker of portable tanks and other equipment, has named John R. Redmond to be general manager of its TranStore liquid container division. He has over 30 years experience in manufacturing, including as president of Hoover Group, and most recently was with Hazard Control Technologies.

Mark E. Harr has been promoted to technical service manager for metalworking additives at Dover Chemical Corp. He joined the Ohio-based additive company six years ago, and holds a masters in Chemistry from Akron University.

Amalie Oil Co. has appointed Paul O. Hamer III as district manager, based in Phoenix, Ariz., and responsible for sales and marketing in 11 Western states. He joins Amalie with over 20 years of experience, including at Valvoline and Winner International.

Blackburn Chemicals Ltd., a U.K. antifoam and defoamer supplier, has appointed Steve Mayo as sales manager, responsible for the global metalworking and lubricants industry. Mayo was with Polartech Ltd. for 16 years, and will spearhead Blackburns efforts to develop a share of market for its products in this area.

Prof. Hugh Spikes, head of the Tribology Section at the University of Londons Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, has received the prestigious 2004 Tribology Gold Medal, in recognition of his outstanding achievements, especially his work with issues of wear and very thin tribofilms. He also was cited for his important contributions to understanding the fundamental nature of boundary lubrication, and how it can be controlled and optimized through chemistry.

Jim Kramer has been promoted to general manager of warehouse operations at All-Pak Inc., the Pittsburgh, Pa., based packaging supplier. He joined the company in 1981. Also, Debbie Kolodziek, formerly of Owens-Illinois, has been hired as buyer in All-Paks procurement department.

QualiChem, the Salem, Va., based maker of cutting and grinding fluids, has hired Gary Andrews as senior metalworking scientist. He has 18 years experience in the metalworking industry, including with Castrol Industrial and Nalco.

International Petroleum Products and Additives Co. has appointed Lawrence Wong as national accounts manager, with sales and technical support responsibilities in the western U.S. Wong began his career with Chevron, and brings over 15 years experience to the company.

LubesnGreases sadly notes the passing of Richard N. Luberda, who retired in 2001 from R.T. Vanderbilt Co. Luberda, who died in January, served as president of STLE in 1992, and was active for many years in NLGI and other lubricant industry organizations.

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