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Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
On the Right Tack
The “two-finger test” for lube tackiness is finally being bumped by a standardized method, while a novel additive has emerged to help preserve tackifiers...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
Don’t Believe Your Eyes
An objective measurement system can put to rest the most common complaint from grease buyers: off-color product...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
EVs Challenge Traditional Tests
Materials compatibility and higher temperatures demand different properties for fluids in electric vehicles. New tests are needed to ensure performance...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
The Dirty Dozen
Twelve common types of oil contamination can dramatically shorten equipment life. What are the culprits, and how can they be apprehended?...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – October 2018
North Africa’s Patchwork Lubricants Market
Each country in the region’s lubricants market has its own supply-and-demand characteristics, but all are on an upward, albeit modest, growth path...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – October 2018
EVs Need Different Lubes
The wave of vehicle electrification is approaching, and the lubricant business must account for new technological challenges posed by changing demands on fluids...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
REACHing for Lube Additives
Some small-volume chemicals—like lube additives—may have slipped through the cracks of REACH registration in the EU, creating potential supply chain disruptions...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
U.S. Base Oils Riding High
Racing headlong from January through June unhindered by major turnarounds, U.S. refiners set a new record for first-half base oil production...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – October 2018
Counterfeit Lubes Harm the Industry
Phony lubricant products and performance claims are reportedly widespread in some developing markets. Oil companies must work hard to eradicate this harmful trade...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – October 2018
Plant Managers Blend Strong Gains
The 2018 Lubricants Industry Salary Survey showed higher salaries for lube plant managers. Plus, a peek at how CEO pay compares to the average lube company worker...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – October 2018
Russia Braces for Fresh U.S. Sanctions
As Moscow faces new constraints on its hydrocarbons industry, the country’s lubricants business could also be damaged. To what extent is up for debate...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – September 2018
Dos and Don'ts of Emulsifying Coolant
Trying to mix oil and water into a stable emulsion can leave metalworking operators feeling frustrated. Success depends on using the right technique...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – September 2018
Lubricants’ Place in the New Quality Management Future
The final transition to a new standard for automotive quality management is this month. The aim is to ensure smooth running of this complicated global industry. As key suppliers to carmakers, lubricants companies must be prepared for the change...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – September 2018
Shearly Staying in Grade
As engine oil viscosity trends downward, shear stability is more important than ever. Extending the use of one bench test could help formulators keep this property in check...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – September 2018
HDEOs Move On from Group I
Engine oils have steadily shifted away from API Group I base oils and the heavy-duty market is following suit. Time will tell whether it goes all the way to Group III...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – September 2018
Unearthing Efficiency
Higher pressures and loads on construction equipment have hydraulic fluid formulators digging for something more than high V.I. to uncover better efficiency...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – September 2018
Generator Lubricants Are Key to Nigeria’s Economy
Ever-increasing demand on insufficient infrastructure widens the gap between generation capacity and consumption of electricity. Lubricant-thirsty private generators step into the breach to keep homes and businesses running...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – September 2018
Coatings Challenge Engine Oil Formulators
Diamond-like carbon and other coatings lend a protective luster to many modern engines, but little work has been done to explore their interactions with lubes...read more

Molecules

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – September 2018
Test Bedside Manner
Testing lubricants performance is a long and complicated process that involves many parties, each with its own expertise and ideas. But what is the best way to create new testing regimes and which methods are optimal?...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – September 2018
Cutters Cut Costs
Onboard oil analysis keeps the U.S. Coast Guard’s cutter ships mission ready while reducing oil change frequency and maintenance expenses...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – August 2018
Marketing Makeovers
Oil marketers can make the ripening lemons of upcoming GF-6 labeling updates into branded lemonade...read more

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – August 2018
South Africa Drives Food-Grade Lube Market
The country is one of the biggest economies on the continent, with a highly developed and growing food processing industry. As activity increases, so will demand for lubricants...read more

Lubes’n’Greases – August 2018
Smooth Jazz
Like a note in a symphony, oils and greases are a small but integral part of musical instrument maintenance...read more

Engine oil bottle.

Lubes’n’Greases – August 2018
The Crowded World of Synthetics
Engine oils used to have room to breathe on retail shelves, but the proliferation of subcategories and viscosities has brands and bottles packed in like sardines...read more

Traffic

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – August 2018
Sludge Match
African vehicles face a perfect storm of adverse operating conditions – hot weather, low-quality oils and poor maintenance practices. The result is engines full of thick, tar-like matter known as sludge...read more

Hoover dam

Lubes’n’Greases – August 2018
Holding Back Hydrolysis
Though ester base stocks have made great strides, water still plagues oils in some applications. Can a new “polymeric sponge” additive absorb the threat?...read more

Molecules

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – August 2018
Alkylated Naphthalenes: The Mystery Base Fluid
The result of wartime initiatives to find alternative engine oils, alkylated naphthalenes could be the material that formulators need to overcome high-end lubricant performance challenges...read more

Starfish making EU flag

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – July 2018
EU’s Ecolabel Gets Practical Update
The EU’s Ecolabel standard for lubricants is being updated. While it has raised some concerns among those in the lubricants industry, its aim to protect the environment is on course...read more

Indian road.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – July 2018
Growing Lube Demand in India Encouraging for Global Market
A rapidly expanding population and an aspirational middle class that wants mobility offer a highlight to lubricant marketers in India amid a less than sparkling global outlook...read more

Food processing.

Lubes’n’Greases – July 2018
Setting Limits for Food Grade Lubes
No one wants lubes in their food, but H1 lubricant manufacturers are cautious about the practicalities of current limits...read more

Engine start button.

Lubes’n’Greases – July 2018
Are Stop-start Engines Wearing Thin?
Fuel-saving stop-start engine technology irritates some drivers. Does it wear on engines as much as nerves?...read more

Iran flag against tumultuous backdrop.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – July 2018
Political Tensions Threaten Middle East Growth
As the Middle East’s largest lubricants market, Iran is a major buyer and supplier of oil products. But what effects will the U.S. exit of the nuclear deal have on the wider region?...read more

Chemistry set.

Lubes’n’Greases – July 2018
Synthetics Generate a Buzz
All lubricants need a strong backbone, but do yours require something beyond mineral base oils? Luckily, the next wave of man-made chemistries is charging into view...read more

Freight storage tanks.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – July 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa Flexitank Market Growing
When margins are tight and currency is scarce, base oil traders often look for ways to cut costs. One place to look is flexitanks, liquid transport containers ideal for small volume imports...read more

Cars being tested.

Lubes’n’Greases – July 2018
Formulating for Fuel Economy
While lightening up SAE viscosity can trim fuel consumption, eventually efficiency hits a plateau. A diet of low HTHS viscosity and the right additives may help reach the next goal...read more

Illustration of a multi-armed man.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – July 2018
Can You Handle It?
There is more to plant management than having the capacity to satisfy demand. Operators must also physically move materials around efficiently and safely, as well as plan for the future...read more

Astronaut.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – June 2018
Searching for Solid Performance in Space
Lubricants aren’t only essential for smooth running here on Earth. Machinery that leaves terra firma must also be lubricated under vastly different conditions...read more

Landfill.

Lubes’n’Greases – June 2018
Seizing Waste’s Potential
A city’s trash can also be an energy treasure trove, as long as the oils protecting landfill gas engines are able to keep contaminants at bay...read more

Illustration of metalworking fluid squirting on umbrella.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – June 2018
Metalworking Fluid Best Practices Released in the U.K.
Lubricants are essential to safe and efficient metalworking processes, but under certain circumstances they pose health hazards. A new handling guidance document sets out best practices in the United Kingdom...read more

Steel mill.

Lubes’n’Greases – June 2018
Beating the Heat
Blazing temperatures in steel mills take a punishing toll on machinery and interfere with lubrication maintenance. The right grease can shield equipment and workers alike...read more

Flames.

Lubes’n’Greases – May 2018
Defeating LSPI
Low-speed pre-ignition can knock down even the fittest of modern engines. Research says calcium based additives may be responsible for the roughhousing...read more

Gear

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – May 2018
Cement Industry Lays Foundation for East African Lube Demand
The region’s cement business is growing. But a dusty, hot and heavy environment make cement plants punishing arenas in which lubricants have to perform...read more

White etching cracks

Lubes’n’Greases – May 2018
White Etching Cracks: Killer at Large
A ruthless and unpredictable type of rolling contact fatigue is slaying bearings before their time, but lubricant detectives are hot on its heels...read more

Jug with Russian flag

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – May 2018
Uptake for OEM Genuine Oils in Russia
Against a backdrop of economic hardship, increased awareness of car maintenance and a crackdown on fake oils has seen an uptick in the sale of genuine OEM-approved auto lubes...read more

Foam bubbles

Lubes’n’Greases – May 2018
One Size Fits All?
Bespoke additive packages are the norm, while anti-foam agents are often plucked off the shelf. A more deliberate approach could dress down the competition...read more

Marine vessel at sea.

Lubes’n’Greases – May 2018
Sulfur Cap Looms for Marine Lubes
IMO’s fuel sulfur cap will rule the high seas in just two years. Lube formulators should chart their courses now...read more

Cybersecurity

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – May 2018
Cyber Security in the Lubricants World
Cyber security is a major challenge for lubricant and grease manufacturers – or any industrial organization – and the threats to sustainable and safe business are growing...read more

Toyota Camry

Lubes’n’Greases – May 2018
Inching Ahead of ILSAC
Starburst or none, Toyota is recommending SAE 0W-16 for the 2018 Camry. Will others in the North American market follow suit before GF-6 debuts?...read more

Hurricane Harvey

Lubes’n’Greases – May 2018
Be Prepared
With the Atlantic hurricane season blowing in soon and Harvey still a fresh memory, several lube industry players share how they plan for the worst...read more

Nanotechnology

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – May 2018
Can Nanotechnology Give Lubes a Competitive Edge?
There has been plenty of excitement around “nano” scale lubes additives. But do they work in practice, and is nanotechnology a winning marketing pitch?...read more

Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio twin-turbo V-6 engine.

Lubes’n’Greases – April 2018
Turbos Spur TEOST Overhaul
Decades of dramatic changes in turbochargers and engine oils have overwhelmed the TEOST 33C bench test. Savant’s update will revive this important tool for formulators and OEMs...read more

Electrical applications.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – April 2018
EVs Threaten Lube Raw Materials
When two industries are dependent on the same materials for their products, one will dominate supplies. With the accelerating push for e-mobility, it looks like the battery business may prevail...read more

Car being bathed in chemicals

Lubes’n’Greases – April 2018
A Cooler Clean
Metal parts producers are demanding greater efficiency, and cleaning solutions have not escaped scrutiny. Formulators aim to help save energy by removing metalworking fluid residue at lower temperatures...read more

Illustration of chess board with colors of Indian flag.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – April 2018
Lube Growth Makes India Fertile Ground for Deals
India is poised for exciting times ahead as the lure of mergers and acquisitions attracts domestic and foreign lubricant companies to forge new relationships...read more

Oil splash with binary code.

Lubes’n’Greases – April 2018
Standing up to the Digital Danger
Last year didn’t turn out so badly for lube makers, but Fuchs sees a rising threat from digitalization companies trying to drive a wedge between producers and their customers...read more

Rolling grease test.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – April 2018
Rolling Grease Test Adapter Offers New Test Opportunities
Testing the tribological characteristics of greases is a tricky business. A new oscillating device shows promising results that more closely emulate real-life conditions...read more

Illustration of businessman jumping over hurdles.

Lubes’n’Greases – April 2018
U.S. Base Oils Race Over Harvey’s Hurdles
Many thought the storm’s destruction spelled doom and gloom for domestic base oil volumes in 2017, but producers sprinted past several obstacles to reach the second-best year in a decade...read more

Oil drill.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – April 2018
Nigerian Lubes Demand is Rising, But Will Quality?
Africa’s largest economy and its biggest producer of crude oil could become the continent’s number-one lubricants market. But Nigeria faces several obstacles to get to the top slot...read more

Hands filled with wax granules.

Lubes’n’Greases – April 2018
Wax Takes a Shine to Metalworking
Though wax usually brings to mind candles and shoe polish, one additive maker says it deserves a place of honor in metalworking fluids...read more

Arrows pointing upwards.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – April 2018
Modest Growth Projected in Middle East Base Oils and Lubes Markets
While global lubricants and base oil demand is static, consumption in the Middle East is rising – albeit not as rapidly as other emerging markets in Asia...read more

Egyptian hieroglyphs

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – March 2018
Beyond Esters to Next-Generation Synthetic Base Fluids
The resurgence of naturally sourced, renewable synthetic base fluids is in full swing, but the jury's still out on which one will be the material of the future...read more

VoestAlpine Steel's facility in Austria.

Lubes’n’Greases – March 2018
Lessons from a Gas Holder
When Austria’s VoestAlpine Steel was troubled by excessive wear in its converter gas holder, it called on experts at AC2T Research for help unraveling the issue...read more

Green oil jug.

Lubes’n’Greases – March 2018
Biobased Lubes Outgrow the Rest
“Green” lubricants, though slow to take root, are sprouting faster than old-growth mineral oils in an otherwise flat global market...read more

Digital

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – March 2018
Russian Motor Oil Consumption on Upward Path
Despite slumping car sales over the past two years, demand for vehicle motor oil in Russia is projected to slowly recover. Modest growth is down to increased consumer spending, stronger exports and competition among blenders...read more

Valvoline redesigned oil jug.

Lubes’n’Greases – March 2018
Gagging the Glug
Some marketers have finally banished glugging, the messy scourge that plagues DIY oil changers...read more

Oil drums.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – March 2018
Urbanization Spurs Demand for Kenyan Auto Oil
Kenya is a key lubricants market in the East Africa region, with total finished lubricants demand of 53,500 metric tons and more than 30 lubricant brands on sale. Blenders are vying for a slice of a market that is projected to expand in line with the country’s economy...read more

Lightbulbs with nature landscapes.

Lubes’n’Greases – March 2018
New Ideas for Novel Base Stocks
Innovative production methods are pushing the performance of plant based oils to meet end users’ performance demands...read more

Splash of oil.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – March 2018
Europe’s Esters Production Hotspot
The world’s consumption of esters is growing faster than the overall lubricants industry. One market that can help slake this almost unquenchable thirst is also one of the world’s biggest production centers—Italy...read more

Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City.

Lubes’n’Greases – March 2018
Engine Oils Drive Latin American Market
Automotive lubes are breaking away from the regional economic downturn to run neck-and-neck with global trends...read more

Dustless absorbent cleaning motor oil spill.

Lubes’n’Greases – February 2018
Cleaning Up the Dust
Dustless absorbents can clear the air—and the floor—of many common spill cleanup challenges...read more

Twisted roads.

Lubes’n’Greases – February 2018
Group III’s Fast and Furious Race
Eyeing the road to 2040, oil companies may feel carsick. While the global vehicle fleet will double, its need for engine oils is headed into a tailspin. Can Group III pull out of the skid?...read more

Rails in Africa.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – February 2018
Rail a Mixed Blessing for East Africa’s Lube Business
New rail projects could offer modest opportunities for the lube business in East Africa’s rail sector. The downside could be reduced demand for heavy-duty motor oils for the thousands of trucks and buses that carry goods and people in the region...read more

Tiny metal superhero.

Lubes’n’Greases – February 2018
Molybdenum to the Rescue
The threat of wear imperils engines that rely on low-viscosity lubricants. Molybdenum based friction modifiers could help to save the day...read more

Pillar.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – February 2018
A New Chemical Order
Since the landmark discovery of an air-stable ionic liquid at room temperature, these substances have become go-to “green” solvents in chemicals manufacturing. They could also be the next generation of customizable lubricant additives...read more

Engine test stand.

Lubes’n’Greases – February 2018
Testing in Texas
The engine test labs at Intertek and Southwest Research Institute are inextricably intertwined with lubricant development and quality assurance...read more

Hand reaching out to other hands.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – February 2018
Reach a Conclusion
The deadline for registering chemicals under the EU’s landmark REACH regulation is fast approaching. This cut-off is especially pertinent to the grease industry, since many of its substances must be registered – and at a significant cost to smaller operators...read more

Jinzhou Kangtai additive plant.

Lubes’n’Greases – February 2018
Adcos Branch Out in Asia
Both domestic and foreign additive companies are poised to take advantage of Asia-Pacific’s expanding lube market...read more

Cars on clouds.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – January 2018
Do Lube Blenders Dream of Electric Cars?
The electric vehicle revolution is close to a tipping point. In the balance is the future of the global finished lubricants industry, which may face a 1 million to 2 million metric ton reduction in demand in the next few years...read more

Combination lock.

Lubes’n’Greases – January 2018
Unlocking Wear Protection
Researchers and formulators have an ear against the safe that holds reliable wear protection in ultra-low-viscosity oils. Can the right combination of base stocks open the door?...read more

Heavy-duty diesel engine oil test.

Lubes’n’Greases – January 2018
Heavy-duty Health
Some HDEO tests are at risk of flat-lining before the next category development, but stakeholders say that vital signs are strong enough – for now...read more

Metalworking fluids.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – January 2018
Russian and European Challenges for Metalworking Fluids
When comparing metalworking fluid trends in developed markets, the forces and constraints that shape them can be diverse, and this is clear when looking at the European and Russian industrial landscapes...read more

World map.

Lubes’n’Greases – January 2018
Changing Trade Winds for Base Oil
As slates shift in markets across the globe, base oil traders are setting their sails toward new routes...read more

Worker.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – January 2018
Can Your Supply Chain Resist Human Factors?
he second installment of a two-part article examines the upstream risks and threats to the base oil and lubricants industry posed by humans and how any downstream user of chemicals can mitigate them effectively...read more

Digital imaging analysis

Lubes’n’Greases – January 2018
Picture-perfect Analysis
Digital imaging helps antiwear additives and corrosion inhibitors get ready for their close-up and brings greater understanding to formulators...read more

Middle East.

Lubes’n’Greases EMEA – January 2018
European Oil Specs in the Middle East
Europe has a dizzying array of automaker-recommended engine oil specifications, thanks largely to some of the world’s most stringent emissions regulations. The sheer number complicates oil supply and selection for marketers and vehicle operators...read more

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