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Forecast: Demand to Tick Up

Global demand for lubriants will grow 2.2 percent per year to reach 39.3 million metric tons, says a new study from Freedonia Group. It predicts the biggest gains will come in developing countries – with China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil and Mexico all leading the advance. Another big winner will be nonconventional lubes made from synthetic and highly refined petroleum base stocks; these are forecast to grow 5.4 percent annually and to claim more than 10 percent of the global market by 2008. The Cleveland-based market research firm pegged the value of worldwide lube sales at $28.6 billion in 2003 and said it will grow 4.7 percent annually to $36 billion in 2008.

World Lubricants notes that growth in automotive lubricants will be below average due to longer drain intervals, a trend that is apparent worldwide, even in developing nations. Industrial lubes, on the other hand, will see substantial advances as global economic growth offsets the impact of more efficient lubricant use. For information about the 369-page study (cost: $5,100), phone Corinne Gangloff at (440) 684-9600. Web: www.freedoniagroup.com

U.S. Base Oil Up a Notch

Base oil yield from U.S. refineries grew 2.3 percent last year, reaching a total 62 million barrels, according to figures from the Department of Energy. That makes 2004 the first year to post a gain in domestic base oil barrels since 1999. Paraffinic refiners increased production by about 2.6 percent, with 52.2 million barrels for the year, while naphthenic output grew 1 percent, to 9.8 million barrels.

RohMax Building in Singapore

Germanys Degussa AG says it will build a 10 million plant in Singapore for its RohMax Additives subsidiary. The plant is scheduled to open in 2007. With 50 percent of the lubricant industrys growth in the next 10 years expected to be in Asia, clearly it makes sense to be in this region, Dirk Reese, RohMax managing director, told the e-newsletter Lube Report. The plant will employ 50 to 60 people and make RohMaxs full range of products, including pour-point depressants and viscosity index improvers. Currently, it supplies Asia from plants in Europe and North America.

Bel-Ray Adds Distributors

Bel-Ray Co. has selected two companies to serve as exclusive distributors of its industrial lubricants in central and northern Europe. H. Costenable GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany, will carry Bel-Rays products in Germany, Poland and Austria, while Fluortek AB of Knivsta, Sweden, will distribute in that country. Both will carry Bel-Rays No-Tox line of lubricants for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and personal care industries, as well as its lubricants for general industry.

Learn in Motor City

Engine and chassis/driveline lubrication is the focus of a one-day educational seminar on May 4, hosted by the Detroit Section of STLE. The seminar, at the Ford Scientific Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Mich., will also review A/C compressor lubrication and lubricant condition monitoring. Presenters include such well-known experts as Pete Misangyi, Ewa Bardasz, Doug Jahn, John Sunne, Feng Bin, Charlie Paxton and Simon Tung; Arup Gangopadhyay will moderate. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, breaks and a CD of the proceedings. Cost is $100 for STLE members; $200 for nonmembers; $50 for full-time students. For information, phone Sam Wolfe at (248) 661-0675. E-mail: samwolfe@juno.com

New Amines Plant for Dow

Dow Chemical says it will build n integrated, world-class specialty alkanolamine plant in Plaquemine, La., to replace smaller facilities in Midland, Mich., and South Charleston, W.Va. Dow Amines supplies chemicals such as alkyl alkanolamines, ethyleneamines and ethanolamines used in metalworking fluids and other lubricants as emulsifiers, corrosion inhibitors, pour-point depressants and EP agents. Dow did not disclose the cost of the new plant, which is scheduled to open in early 2007.

Motor Oil Debates

The controversy over the continued marketing of unlicensed engine oils – such as obsolete SA/SB oils – will have a rare public airing April 12 in Detroit, at an Open Forum sponsored by SAE Internationals Fuels & Lubricants Council. Confirmed speakers include General Motors Robert Stockwell, Jim Taglia of Nor-Lakes Services (president of ILMA), and Harvey Golubock of American Refining Group. The forum will also host discussion of the next engine oil upgrade, ILSAC GF-5. Mike McMillan of GM and Ron Jensen of Ford are among the speakers for that portion of the program, plus Alex Boffa of Chevron Oronite, Ted Selby of Savant, Infineums Andy Ritchie, and Brent Dohner of Lubrizol.

The forum and the F&L technical committee meetings take place at the Marriott Renaissance Center, during the SAE Congress in Detroit. Registration at the Congress is required to attend the F&L events. Phone Debbie Brooks of SAE for information, at (248) 273-2467. To register online: www.sae.org/congress/

Faces in the News

Infineum has appointed Ken Kalisky as Americas sales director, with responsibility for sales and customer relationship management. He joined the former Exxon Chemical Co. in 1980, and most recently was Infineums global procurement manager. Filling that position now is Sara Lefcourt, a 30-year veteran with the company. Her responsibilities include worldwide purchases of raw materials, indirect materials and contract services.

Joe Eldick has joined Coolant Control as director of research and development, with responsibility for new product development and quality control. He has over 25 years experience in the development, marketing and sales of metalworking fluid additives.

Anuj Mistry has joined Bel-Ray Europe S.A. as product marketing manager, Industrial Division. Based in the U.K., he will design and recommend marketing programs and sales strategies, oversee all OEM approvals and product trials, and create and present training programs for industrial customers and distributors. Mistry previously was with QinetiQ Ltd.s Fuels and Lubricants Centre in London.

UEIL, the Independent Union of the European Lubricant Industry, has elected Hugh Dowding as president. Dowding, managing director of U.K. additive supplier Polartech Ltd., has served on the UEIL board for three years. Key goals for his two-year term are to boost UEIL as the key representative for Europes lubricants sector, and to widen its reach into new EU member states.

Michael E. Campbell, chairman, president and CEO of Arch Chemicals, has been elected chairman of the American Chemistry Councils board of directors. He has led Arch Chemicals since 1999, and joined the ACC Board in 2000.

Schaeffer Mfg. Co. has promoted Jamie Duke to vice president, corporate and export sales. A certified lubrication specialist, he joined the St. Louis company in 1992, and most recently was director of corporate sales.

Dominic J. Pileggi has been tapped to fill a slot on Lubrizols board of directors. He is president and CEO of the Thomas & Betts Corp., a $1.5 billion supplier of electrical products and components for the utility and industrial markets.

Petroleum products distributor ORourke Petroleum, in Houston, has added Terryn Wharton to its staff as purchasing and planning manager for lubricants. Formerly with Delta Petroleum, she has over 10 years experience in the industry.

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