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Greif Adds Evans to Portfolio

Industrial packaging giant Greif Inc. has purchased Harvey,La.-based Evans Industry,which claims to be the largest manufacturer,contract packager, reconditioner and transporter of steel drums in the southern United States. Upon the deals closing,in early November,the Delaware, Ohio-based Greif placed Evans under the management of Delta Petroleum, the lubricant compounder and packager which Greif had acquired only two months earlier. Delta also is headquartered in Louisiana, in St. Rose.

Evans packages more than 500,000 containers a year with more than 300 different products, and has some 300,000 square feet of chemical warehouses. Delta, which itself acquired Olympic Oil in 2001 and Vulsay Industries in 2004, has annual revenue of more than $182 million, and handles more than 200 million gallons of lubricants, chemicals and glycol products a year. Together,the two companies are expected to strengthen Greifs abilities in steel drums as well as filling and blending in the Gulf Coast region, said a Greif spokeswoman.

GE Advanced Materials Sold

GE Advanced Materials, a company known for its high-tech materials such as boron nitride ceramics used as solid lubricants and coatings, has been sold to Apollo Management L.P. for $3.8 billion. The Dec. 3sale created a new company, Momentive Performance Materials Inc., based in Wilton, Conn. The operations management team, led by President and CEO Wayne Hewett, will continue in their roles in the new business. As part of the deal, Apollo also acquired two joint ventures, GE Bayer Silicones and GE Toshiba Silicones, and included them in Momentive Performance Materials. Apollo Management is a private equity investment firm.

Hong Kong Recycler Honored

Back-to-back awards in October recognized Dunwell Group for its advances in used oil recycling. The awards singled out the companys VMAT technology,the worlds only commercialized vibrating membrane used oil recycling system. The system, which simply and cost-effectively recycles used oil to abase oil and blending stock for motor oil again, is being installed by the Beijing government as the preferred used oil recycling method prior to the 2008 Olympics, and also is slated to start up next year in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Dunwell, which is based in Hong Kong,received the 2006 IChemE Award for Environment from the London-based professional society,and the bronze medal in the 2006 Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards.

French Revive Used Oil Venture

Osilub, a joint venture to develop a sustainable used oil rerefinery in the French city of Grand-Quevilly,near Rouen, has been relaunched, this time with Veolia Environnement and oil giant Total as partners. The plant, to open in 2008, will have capacity to rerefine 120,000 metric tons of used oil per year and will cost $66.6 million to build. Most of its output will be the equivalentof vacuum gas oil, a key feedstock for making base oil and fuels.

The Osilub project was first announced a few years ago and originally due to open in 2005. It was postponed by the bankruptcy of its original partner,the U.S. firm Probex. The project will still use the Probex rerefining technology, which it owns. It will produce 80,000 tons per year of vacuum gas oil, which Total will then process further into base oils and fuels.Veolia, a leading environmental services company, is Frances main collector of used motor oil.

Grease Mavens: Save the Date

After decades of occupying an October slot on the calendar,NLGI is moving its annual meeting to June this year. The 2007 annual meeting- the institutes 74th -will be June 10 to 12 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The meeting includes a strong technical program, education courses, committee and working group meetings, and lively networking and social events.

NLGI is the worlds leading organization in the field of lubricating grease, with over 300 member companies worldwide. Its technical program presents an array of peer-reviewed papers covering grease chemistry, formulation, manufacturing and marketing issues.

The technical program for the meeting is nearing completion, but interested authors may still be able to secure a slot on this years program. To submit a paper for consideration, please send your name, address and paper subject to NLGI technical sessions committee chairman Steven Donnelly of R.T. Vanderbilt Co. (E-mail: sdonnelly@rtvanderbilt.com or nlgi@nlgi.org) Abstracts are due shortly, as well. Papers presented at the annual meeting and approved by the Editorial Review Committee will be published in the institutes prestigious journal, the NLGI Spokesman.

Lanxess Picks Sea-Land

Sea-Land Chemical has been signed to represent the Lanxess product line of Baypure, which are biodegradable chelating and dispersing agents. These green chemistries are widely used in Europe but relatively new to North America, noted Chuck Fluharty, market development manager at Lanxess. He said that Sea-Land has the technical support, customer service and nationwide stocking locations needed to successfully supply the products. These products add to our portfolio, promoting new biodegradable chemistries in a wide variety of industries, added Joe Clayton of Sea-Land.

Faces in the News

Dale Walsh is now president of Chevron Global Lubricants in San Ramon, Calif., taking over Oct. 1 from Mark Nelson who moved on to head Chevron Canada Ltd. Walsh joined Chevron USA in 1983, upon receiving his MBA from California State Univ. He most recently was vice president, Latin America, for Chevron Global Marketing.

Chevron also tapped Martha MartyGilles as vice president, global base oil, as Andrew Tong,who held that position, moved on to manage Chevrons new Business Architecture and Integration group. Gilles holds acivil engineering degree from Colorado State Univ., and has over 20 years of refining experience. She served as business unit manager of the Richmond, Calif., lube oil plant and most recently was downstream advisor in Chevrons downstream organization.

Citgo Petroleum has named Karl Schmidt general manager of its lubricants division, responsible for business operations ranging from base oil manufacturing to finished lubricant marketing. Schmidt joined Citgo in 1990 and most recently was general manager of its Lake Charles lubricants and wax plant. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the Univ. of Texas, and an MBA in finance from the University of Houston

Dover Chemical has promoted Thomas Kelley to global sales director, heading its domestic and overseas sales forces and customer service. Also, Louis E. Bona was named executive account manager,metalworking, for the U.S. West Coast and Northeast and the international market at the Dover,Ohio, based chlorinated paraffin and specialty chemical supplier.

Polartech Additives is expanding its reach,adding William Chic Degler as technical sales manager in North America. Formerly with Rhein Chemie, Degler is based in Cleveland and has responsibility for all sales in North America. He also will support the sales of Akzo Ketjenlube synthetic esters, distributed by Polartech, as well as work with Polartechs U.S. distributors, Sea-Land Chemical.

Synthetic lubes manufacturer Anderol Inc., East Hanover, N.J.,has named Tatsuo Nagatomo to the position of vice president and general manager in Japan. The move comes upon the retirement of Yasuo Okada,who spearheaded Anderols expansion there. Based in Osaka, Nagatomo will direct the further growth of Anderol branded products in the region. He has 25 years of experience in technical sales and marketing,and joins Anderol from Mobil Sekiyu/ExxonMobil.

Linda Pascali is now Northeast territory sales manager for Polaris Laboratories. Based in Philadelphia, she has over 20 years of analytical laboratory testing experience, including with Shell Oil, Neslo Petroleum, and Mobil. The company also added David Ryan as Southeast territory sales manager,in Charlotte, N.C. His background includes 20 years in the lubricants industry with Castrol and Chevron.

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