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Publishers Letter


LNGs completely updated 2006 Global Guide to Nonconventional Base Stocks is here! This colorful 33-by-22-inch wall chart provides a unique snapshot of 176 plants that manufacture the worlds most important nonconventional lubricant base stocks.

The Nonconventional Base Stock Guide includes company names, locations, and, where relevant, estimated capacities, for:

Polyalphaole?ns and poly internal ole?ns (we estimate total capacity of nearly 425,000 metric tons per year at 10 plants in Europe, North America and Japan);

Polyalkylene glycols (we identify 42 manufacturing plants, and estimate capacity at 30 of them totaling 683,000 metric t/y);

Polyisobutenes (estimated capacity at 18 plants worldwide totals 829,000 metric t/y);

Esters (manufactured for lubes at 49 locations worldwide);

Silicones (made for lubes in 20 locations);

Phosphate esters (13 of the 15 listed plants have estimated, combined capacity of 115,000 metric t/y);

Plus API Group III base oils, gas-to-liquids, and more.

The Nonconventional Base Stock Guide was mailed to print-edition subscribers with the magazine youre holding. In June we published its companion, the 2006 Guide to Base Oil Re?ning, listing 150 mineral base oil re?neries, giving company names, locations and details on capacity by product. Please visit for information on ordering copies of either Guide – or both.

p.s. Our best wishes to ICIS-LOR, hosting its Middle Eastern Base Oils & Lubricants Conference Sept. 12-13 in Dubai; and to the Petroleum Packaging Council, holding its Fall Meeting and trade show Sept. 17-19 in Colorado Springs.

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