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Ciba Celebrates in China

Ciba Specialty Chemicals officially opened its R&D Center in Shanghai, China, on April 28. One hundred scientists will work in the new 54,000 sq.ft. facility, supporting Cibas strategic efforts in this market.

Goodyear Signs with Kendall

A t 1,800 Goodyear Gemini tire and auto service outlets, the lubricants of choice are now Kendall motor oils, according to an announcement in April by Kendalls owner, ConocoPhillips Co. Under terms of the agreement with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Gemini centers will offer Kendall GT-1 Full Synthetic, Synthetic Blend and High Mileage oils.

Kendall is one of four passenger car motor oil brands owned by Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the others being 76, Phillips 66 and Conoco. Goodyear, based in Akron, Ohio, is the worlds largest tire manufacturer. It also supplies other automotive products and rubber chemicals for other applications.

Anderol Signs with Precision

Anderol Inc., based in East Hanover, N.J., has selected Precision Industries to distribute its specialty lubricant products, according to an agreement the two announced last month. Under the agreement, 62 Precision branches across the country will offer Anderol, PQ and Royco brand products, including its high-performance food-grade and industrial lubes. The companies also will collaborate to provide technical expertise, customer service, and delivery.

New Look, New Name

ChevronTexaco last month changed its name to Chevron Corp., reverting to the identity used before the 2001 merger of Chevron and Texaco Inc. The San Ramon, Calif., based company said it made the change to convey a clear, strong and unified presence. The company said it plans to maintain its Chevron, Texaco and Caltex retail brands and portfolio of lubricant brands – such as Delo and Havoline – to take advantage of respective strengths in various parts of the world. The company also introduced a refreshed version of the old Chevron logo.

Tribology Coming to D.C.

Nobel laureate in physics Pierre-Gilles de Gennes and Dr. James Spearot, director of General Motors R&D, are among the distinguished scientists and industry leaders who will address the World Tribology Congress III, Sept. 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

Co-sponsored for 2005 by ASME and STLE, the congress is a unique and prestigious global event, held only once every four years. This years technical program has received submissions from over 60 countries. In addition to advancing the cause of tribology, these will cover many important topics for industry, including lubricants, wear, surface chemistry, additives, bearings, engines, materials and aerospace. Health and safety topics are another highlight, as is the growing field of nanotribology.

For program details, and registration information, visit www.conferencetoolbox.org/wtc05

Valvoline Buys Car Brite

Lexington, Ky., based Valvoline, a division of Ashland Inc., is expanding its car-care products portfolio, agreeing last month to pay cash to acquire Car Brite from E & A Industries of Indianapolis. Car Brites products, which are sold through a dedicated network of over 100 distributors, target the U.S. professional automotive reconditioning industry. They include interior and exterior cleaners, paint restorers and protectants and final detail dressings, paints and dyes. Price of the transaction was not disclosed.

Stoney Creek Turns to Soltex

Houstons Synthetic Oils and Lubricants of Texas (Soltex) is the new global sales and marketing partner for specialty chemicals manufacturer Stoney Creek Technologies LLC, of Trainer, Pa. Soltex now provides sales and customer support for all Stoney Creek Technologies products, including its SACI brand corrosion inhibitors, synthetic sulfonates and various alkyl sulfonic acids. Soltex is providing product samples, order placement, raw material purchasing, sales fulfillment, distribution, logistics and invoicing.

Raytheon Re-ups

Haas TCM, of West Chester, Pa., has won a five-year extension to its agreement to provide chemical management services to Raytheon Corp. – an initiative that covers 50 facilities in North America and 96 percent of the chemicals Raytheon uses on the continent. Haas TCM responsibilities include sourcing, procurement, logistics, and consumption management of chemicals and industrial gases used at Raytheon facilities, as well as managing waste and chemical byproducts.

Angus Names Distributors

Angus Chemical Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co., has reorganized the network of distributors for its nitroalkane-based materials, effective July 1. Ashland Chemical will supply most markets in the United States, while Sea-Land Chemical Co. will handle the countrys metalworking fluids market. Regionally, Monson serves the Northeast, Lintech the Southeast and Gulf States, Barton Solvents the

Midwest, M.F. Cachat the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region and E.T. Horn the Western states. Canada is covered by Univar Canada and Stochem Canada. Angus Chemical is based in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Faces in the News

Randy Shaw has been named manager of transport key accounts for Shell Lubricants, including Rotella T engine oil, and branded coolants, axle lubes, greases and other products sold to fleets, truck stops, and installers. Shaw has been with Shells lubricants business for eight years, and most recently worked in channel development.

American Refining Group, Bradford, Pa., has named David J. DuBois to the position of regional manager, responsible for marketing, sales and technical assistance in the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, plus Quebec and Ontario, Canada. He joins ARG from Performance Review Institute. Earlier he was with the Society of Automotive Engineers, and also worked in lubricants at Witco Corp.

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