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Total: More Bright Stock Coming

Total says it will supply Europe with new volumes of bright stock and heavy grades of base oils, to stream in 2012 or 2013 from its Gonfreville, France, plant. The refinery in 2010 made 65,000 tons of bright stock and 220,000 tons of heavy neutrals, Totals Aidine Bagherzadeh told the European Lubricating Grease Institutes annual meeting in Paris last month.

Making more heavy products means the plant will supply less light products, since the shift will be accomplished largely by changing crudes he said, not by introducing new technologies or significantly boosting overall base oil capacity at the plant.

Bright stock has been in short supply in Europe and much of the world in recent years, and heavy grades face a tight supply situation, too, Bagherzadeh said, so this promised supply should help address that need. By contrast, in the mid-term there is a worldwide overcapacity of light grades. Light grades, he explained, run from 10 to 75 centiStoke in viscosity. Heavies range from 90 to 200 cSt, and bright stock is typically 450 to 1200 cSt.

Russian Refiner Adding Group III

Russias Slavneft says it will upgrade its base oil plant in Yaroslavl to produce 100,000 metric tons per year of API Group III base oils by early 2014. Based in Moscow, Slavneft is a 50-50 joint venture of TNK-BP and Gazpromneft. Yaroslavl currently can make 250,000 t/y of Group I base oil, and is Slavnefts only base oil facility.

The plant will process bottoms from the plants hydrocracker, and dewax them to make base oil. Next steps this year are to finalize process designs and choose a licensing company to provide technology for the plant. Once operating, TNK-BP and Gazprom will each have rights to half of the Group III output.

Metalloid Moving

Metalworking fluids manufacturer Metalloid will move from Huntington, Ind., to larger facilities in Sturgis, Mich., hopefully by mid-summer to early fall, says CEO Fred Edwards. The Sturgis facility has 30,000 square feet of office, lab and manufacturing space, about triple that of its current location.

The move was made possible in part by the city of Sturgis, which wooed Metalloid with a package of grants and other benefits. The deal was clinched when company growth, including new hires, made it appealing to move into a larger facility. In four to five years, we do plan on having 30 employees at the Sturgis plant, added Edwards. Nineteen employees are now at the Huntington plant, and all will make the move to Sturgis, he said.

Metalloid, founded in 1951 in Huntington, also has a blend plant in Springfield, Mo., and another facility in Jacksonville, Texas. It makes specialty lubricants, industrial cleaners and corrosion preventives for metal processors worldwide.

Chemtura Boosting Grease Output

In response to growing demand, Chemtura Corp. last month announced it is moving to increase production capacity for calcium sulfonate grease by 40 percent at its West Hill, Ont., facility in Canada. The capacity increase is expected to be on stream by years end.

Calcium sulfonate grease is a showpiece of Chemturas Petroleum Additives business. It is used in wet, high-load, high-temperature applications such as marine, steel, paper, mining and construction. It also is used in the food industry.

Avista Plans U.S. Rerefinery

Germanys Avista Oil AG has acquired a 50 percent stake in Universal Environmental Services LLC, of Peachtree, Ga., and plans to expand its used oil collection network and then build a base oil rerefinery in Peachtree City that will be able to process 30 million gallons of waste oil a year. Base oil output for the proposed plant has not been determined yet, but the companies have completed basic engineering and received approvals from local planning and zoning authorities. Universals president, John Redmond, said the plant could be operational in about 24 months.

Universal already handles approximately 25 million gallons of used oil and other oily wastes annually, while Avista processes about four times that volume in Europe. It operates two rerefineries there, including Mineralol-Raffinerie Dollbergen in Germany, with 3,300 barrels per day of base oil capacity, and Dansk Olie Genbrug in Denmark (capacity: 800 b/d).

Amines Outlook: Picking Up

U.S. demand for amines – excluding those used to produce other amines – is forecast to advance 3.3 percent annually to reach 3.3 billion pounds in 2015, valued at $3.4 billion. Growth will accelerate from the sluggish 2005-2010 period, which was impacted by the recent recession that led to declines in key markets, says the new study Amines, from the Freedonia Group.

As they do now, agricultural chemicals and cleaning products are the largest markets for amines, and together will drive most of the demand gain through 2015, says the Cleveland-based market research firm. Ethanolamines in particular will see volumes grow 4.4 percent a year for the forecast period.

The study looks at a number of amine types and applications, and concludes that market maturity, especially in the lubricants market, will limit gains for ethyleneamines – the smallest-volume product segment. Amines (227 pages) is available now for $4,800. Web: www.freedoniagroup.com

Dover Picks Distributor

Dover Chemical, of Dover, Ohio, recently tapped Colonial Specialty Chemical to distribute its products in Michigan, Ohio and the entire Northeastern United States. Colonials Craig Mott called the appointment a milestone for his company, noting that Their product mix is widely used by our unique customer base. Headquartered in Tabernacle, N.J., specialty chemical distributor CSC focuses on the metalworking and industrial lubricants marketplace, and has four warehouses to supply its customers.

Eigen Pockets Plews

Private equity firm Eigen Capital has completed its acquisition of Dixon, Ill.-based Plews Inc. (dba Plews & Edelmann) from the British industrial conglomerate Tomkins plc. Plews & Edelmann, founded over 100 years ago, has a diverse customer base in the automotive aftermarket, industrial, marine, heavy-duty and other markets. Its offerings include lubrication equipment, lubricating greases, oils and sprays, as well as various hoses, fittings and other hardware. Among its well-known brands are Amflo, Edelmann, LubriMatic, and environmentally acceptable lubes sold under the UltraLube name.

Under its new owners, the company plans to aggressively focus on growth and new product development, in particular its innovative UltraLube biobased products, said Steve Venghaus, president of Plews.

Graham Packaging Sold

Silgan Holdings is acquiring Graham Packaging in a cash and stock transaction worth $4.1 billion. Graham, a leader in supplying blowmolded plastic containers for the automotive lubricants packaging market, claims to have a 74 percent share of the automotive lubricants packaging market. Its customer list reads like a whos who of engine oil brands: Castrol, Chevron, Citgo, ExxonMobil, Shell (including Pennzoil and Quaker State) and Valvoline.

Silgan supplies metal containers in North America and Europe, plus closures for food and beverage products, and also plastic containers for the personal care market.

Together, the companies will have more than 17,000 employees, a network of 180 plants, and annual sales topping $6.2 billion. Silgan operates 83 manufacturing sites (58 of them in the United States), while Graham counts 97 facilities worldwide, including 73 U.S. sites.

Renewables Link NL, Elevance

Elevance Renewable Science and NL Grease LLC are teaming up to commercialize new grease technology and materials, including biochemical based products. The goal, said Jim Taglia, president of St. Paul, Minn.-based NL, will be to make economical, totally biodegradable and replenishable products that can be offered for sale by the end of 2011.

Elevance, of Bolingbrook, Ill., uses a technique called olefin metathesis to make chemicals from natural oils, and is partnering with Wilmar International to build a biochemical refinery in Indonesia that is due to open late this year.

The intent is to work with NL Grease to further develop and introduce products to the market, said Andy Shafer, executive vice president of Elevance. NL Greases plant is in Kansas City, Mo., and Elevance also hopes to demonstrate that its technology will work cost-effectively in NLs existing equipment. Long-term, the plan is to offer the technology to other grease suppliers.

Sulfonates Sourced in Chicago

Kimes Technologies has begun stocking an inventory of products in the Chicago area at Delta Groups location there, including sulfonates, salicylates and other high-demand products, says President Julie Kimes. The goal is to have the products available for quick delivery, she added, with shorter lead times and better economics for truckload, less-than-truck-load and drummed quantities. Delta also will perform container packing and consolidation of mixed products for export shipments, at the former Olympic Oil facility.

Fluorolube Taps Brenntag

Gabriel Performance Products has designated Brenntag Solutions, the e-distribution arm of Brenntag North America, as the exclusive channel partner for its Fluorolube brand of oils and greases. Brenntag will provide marketing, sales, order fulfillment and experienced personnel to provide technical support to Fluorolube customers worldwide.

Russian PAOs Clipped

Russias only supplier of polyalphaolefins, Tatnefts Nizhnekamsk ceased production of API Group IV base stocks for an undefined time, citing problems in obtaining a key raw material. Ethylene supply was cut off to the 10,000-metric-ton-per-year plant during 2010, and has not been resumed since then. In an April interview with Lube Report, Tatnefts deputy director, Gabbas Ilyasov, speculated that the ethylene supply may have been curtailed because the molecules were going into more high-value products such as polyethylene. He also noted that ethylene suppliers in the region were having trouble sourcing raw materials such as ethane.

The Tatneft-Nizhnekamsk -neftekhim blending plant does continue to make finished products, including synthetic and semi-synthetic lubricants such as hydraulic, transmission and motor oils, Ilyasov pointed out. Luckily, we have enough PAOs in storage to continue our production of lubricants until late 2011. Meanwhile, the blending plant is undergoing an expansion to make 60,000 t/y more lubricants.

Chain Guard Adds Channels

Chain Guard Industrial Lubricants has appointed several new distributors for its specialty products. Comlube Technology will handle the companys products in Whitby, Canada, in southern Ontario; A.S. Harrison & Co. will distribute them in Australia and New Zealand; and Silver Seal International will manage the products in Pakistan. These organizations will support the integration of food-grade lubricants into their customer applications, provide technical and troubleshooting support, and build new markets for Chain Guards industrial offerings. Chain Guard Industrial Lubricants is headquartered in Markham, Ont., and its current market focus is on furnishing lubricating fluids and greases to the commercial and industrial food processing sectors.

Faces in the News

Steven G. Donnelly has been promoted by R.T. Vanderbilt Co. to vice president and global business manager, petroleum products. Donnelly joined the Norwalk, Conn.-based chemical companys petroleum R&D lab in 1980, and went on to hold several management positions. Since 2003, he has been global business manager, petroleum.

Eduard (Eddy) Stempfel is now global product manager at Fuchs-Lubritech for the Cassida line of food-grade lubricants, which Fuchs acquired last fall from Shell. Previously with Aseol AG and Shell Aseol, Stempfel has worked in the lubricants industry for over 40 years, in areas including R&D, manufacturing, technical support and management. He is based in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Mark Christeon has been named to lead the sales organization at Sea-Land Chemical Co., as sales team leader. He has been with the specialty chemical distributor for over 20 years. The Westlake, Ohio, firm also named Craig Lundell to the new position of team leader, supplier relations, focusing on building relationships with business partners, market changes, and business strategies.

Castrol Offshore has beefed up its team that serves the offshore petroleum industry, naming Phil Michaelis as regional sales manager, Americas. Coming from Castrols marketing team, he previously was global marketing manager for its aviation and energy lubricants segments. The business unit also named Felipe Carvalho as sales manager, Brazil, and Jason Vallier as North American technical sales manager, distribution. Finally, Sam Walker has joined the group from Chevron; as technical sales manager, he manages a portfolio of off-shore accounts in the Gulf of Mexico.

NLGI-India Chapter, one of Indias leading trade and technical associations for lubricants and greases, recently singled out Koehler Instrument Co. and Raj Shah, Ph.D., to receive its first Appreciation Award. The award recognizes the continued support Shah and Koehler have provided since the group was founded in 1997. He also received a ceremonial shawl of honor and citation, bestowed in India as a sign of respect and appreciation.

Gianfranco Mosconi has been named to head Eni USA Refining & Marketing in New York (formerly American Agip). He has held several managerial positions in Enis lubricant division in Rome, and succeeds Bruno Bertuccioli who is now in charge of compliance matters for Eni companies in North America.

George Ristevski has joined Maxum Petroleum as senior vice president and chief operating officer, reporting to CEO E. Perot Bissell. Hes responsible for Maxums regional businesses, sales, marketing and operations organizations. Prior to joining the fuels and lubricants distributor, he was president of Praxair Distribution.

Mike Green is the new manager of technology and regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast region at Hoover Materials Handling Group, which manufactures Liquitote intermediate bulk containers. Green brings over 18 years of experience in petroleum equipment, including with Robertshaw and Gilbarco/Veeder-Root.

Gerald Jerry Maloney, 84

Gerald B. (Jerry) Maloney of Universal Lubricants LLC in Wichita, Kans., has died at age 84. After service in the Merchant Marine in WWII, Maloney graduated from the University of Kansas, then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return, he began a successful career with his familys business, going on to spend 60 years marketing its products. Universal Lubricants was a founding member of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association, and the family maintains strong ties with the group: Maloney served as a board member; his father CV Maloney became its president; and his son Michael later was ILMA president, too. He is survived by his wife Joanne, five children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Correction

LubesnGreases reported in error last month that Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) was streaming base oil from its refinery in Novi Sad, Serbia. NIS makes raffinate, not base oils, at the plant.

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