Industry News

  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – 1926-2022

    The United Kingdom Lubricants Association mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts go out to her family at this time. We are grateful for her lifetime of dedicated service to the country and the Commonwealth.

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  • Request for GF-7 Motor Oil Category by ILSAC Received by API

    ILSAC has requested that a new gasoline engine oil from API with a first licensing date of no later than the end of Q2 2028.

    The new specification request includes a range of new engine tests against sludge, oxidation, corrosion and Low Speed Pre-Ignition.

    The aim of the new specification is to maintain backwards compatibility with current licensed gasoline oil grades, evaluate ethanol fuel impact on tests, include 0W-12/0W-8 Low Viscosity Oils and protect for future Environmental Protection Agency/CARB requirements.

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  • 100 years of Anton Paar

    Founded in 1922 by Anton Paar the company has grown from a single machine shop to a global corporation offering highly accurate analytical solutions to the petroleum industry – across fuels, lubricants, asphalt, bitumen, plastics, and polymers – for decades.

    For 100 years, they have combined high-precision technology with scientific curiosity and a thirst for research. Today, it is the global market leader in the fields of density and concentration measurement, rheometry and CO2 measurement. Many of the world’s leading companies – not just across beer, wine and soft drink production, but also in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and chocolate and cell phone display manufacturing – rely on the technical know-how and instruments of the Anton Paar Group.

    A portfolio offering automated solutions, zero or minimal maintenance, and understandable measuring routines requiring only basic training, all increase efficiency. Low sample, solvent, and energy requirements, along with fast measurements, reduce waste and environmental impact. High-quality, thoughtfully designed, Ex-certified instruments with in-built safety features enhance workplace safety. And reinvestment of 20 % of annual turnover in R&D strongly positions Anton Paar to help its petro-industry customers embrace green technology and higher levels of automation, as well as adapt to new or changed standards. The acquisition of Petrotest in 2012 further expanded a tried-and-tested portfolio.

    Anton Paar’s instruments are used in R&D for environmentally friendly energy sources like biofuels and synthetic fuels. The latest addition to the company’s innovative portfolio: The brand-new SVM 1001 kinematic viscometer, running samples in five minutes or less with full ASTM compliance – a gain of 150 % throughput over manual D445 glass capillary viscometers.
    And the Diana series automatically performs high-precision distillation range analysis of fuels and solvents at atmospheric pressure.

    Anton Paar GmbH has 45 sister companies and sales subsidiaries, as well as 50 sales partners, and operates in more than 110 countries around the world. “Talent, commitment and inner cohesion, in both successful and difficult times, have always distinguished us and our company,” says CEO Friedrich Santner. “With these attributes, we are confidently entering the second century of our history.”

    Charitable foundation
    The non-profit Santner Private Foundation has owned the company since 2003. The foundation has two purposes: the promotion of non-profit science and research, and the prevention of drug addiction and the support of projects to combat addiction.

    thomas.otto@anton-paar.com, Tel: +43-316-257-1309

     

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  • SBZ announce a new distribution partnership with ADCO

    SBZ is proud to announce a new distribution partnership with ADCO that further strengthens their international distribution network, in effect from 1st August 2022.

    ADCO has been officially appointed as the distributor of SBZ’s range of premium lubricant additive packages which cover PCMO, HDDEO, Off-Road, Agricultural & Hydraulic specifications, throughout Turkey and the surrounding areas.

    “Combining years of experience, focused and knowledgeable teams, a key global network and local knowledge, we will achieve the best results for our customers and share mutual growth”. Johan Himpe – SBZ Corporation – Lubricant Business Manager.

    SBZ manufacture, supply and globally distribute an extensive portfolio of fuel additives, lubricant additives, base oils, marker dyes, waxes, surfactants, coatings, and speciality products for the oil industry. With over 20 years’ experience in the oil industry, with offices in the UK (Head office) & USA and sales teams and distribution partners globally, SBZ are the major alternative.

    SBZ’s vision is to be regarded by our customers as the best fuel and lubricant additives supplier in their chosen market space. SBZ provide expert and on demand technical advice and support on product specification and applications: Ensuring customers find the right solution and helping them to be competitive in their chosen market space. SBZ has quickly become the partner of choice for many loyal customers and partners.

    https://www.sbzcorporation.com/product-category/lubricant-additive-packages/

    For more information on SBZ Lubricant Additives, please contact: sales@sbzcorporation.com

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  • TAYRAS Re-refinery completes one year operations

    TAYRAŞ and Sequoia are pleased to announce completion of one year of operations of TAYRAŞ’ state-of-the-art re-refining plant located in Osmaneli, Turkey. The plant is capable of processing 60000 metric tonnes per year of the waste oil into high quality API Group II+ base oil, meeting the most stringent specifications for sulphur, VI, volatility and even polyaromatic hydrocarbons concentrations. Sequoia designed, specified and supplied all process equipment for the used lubricating oil processing plant based on its vacuum distillation and hydrogeneration technologies. Sequoia has granted exclusive access to its technologies to TAYRAŞ for Turkey and its neighboring countries.

    Mehmet Afşin, Chairman of TAYRAŞ’s Board said; „It is a great opportunity and challenge to bring a new re-refinery alive. Whilst supply and sales has been organized local, the international technology provided by Sequoia is the heart of the undertaking. Sequoia´s team did a great job by providing the core components on time in high quality. More important is the outstanding ongoing advice and cooperation with our young local employees. I thank Rohit and his staff and our dedicated team led by Ertuğrul Kılıç for their enthusiasm and successful diligent work.“

    Rohit Joshi, Managing Director of Sequoia companies said; “This plant represents an important achievement for our dedicated team and I am grateful to Mehmet Afşin and his colleagues for this wonderful opportunity. I hope we have met their expectations. I also want to thank all of Sequoia employees who worked tirelessly through Covid period to meet our obligations to TAYRAŞ.”

    About TAYRAŞ;TAYRAŞ was founded in 2011 starting the refinery project with the first step, the waste oil collection. Ten years later the refinery project was on stream. The best location was chosen, financing was closed, a nationwide logistic network was established, construction, permit and start up finalized. Most important for TAYRAŞ was to establish strong local and international talents in the development of the project. Today, the company has its own logistic, production, laboratory, HSSE, compliance and sustainability, sales, administration and finance teams. In the near future, the company aims to develop new refining and waste treatment projects.

    About Sequoia: Since 2006, Sequoia Global Inc. (USA) and its affiliate Sequoia Energy & Environment Pvt. Ltd of Pune, India have been providing design, engineering and equipment for recycling of wastes. These include spent lubricating oils, antifreeze, plastics, fuels and certain wastewaters. Sequoia has completed similar projects in the USA, UK and several other countries around the world.

    Statement Issued 22/08/2022

    Author Christian Hartmann, Chief Sustainability Office, Tayras Baz Yag Rafineri A.S.

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  • Lube industry already key to sustainability: Industry

    25 May 2022

    Lubricants are key to reducing friction and heat, which corresponds to 30pc of all energy wasted, chemical distributor Multisol’s chief executive David Hopkinson has said.

    The industry is already delivering in this specific area of sustainability criteria by reducing friction, Infineum sustainability director Maurizio Abbondanza said.

    Although the vast majority of lubes are made from fossil fuels, the products are intended to remain in the machine application.

    The industry also raised the issues of recycling existing carbon, and the use of alternative feedstocks to base oils for lubricant production. Bio-lubricants are being developed based on corn, maize or soya, but only account for an estimated 1-2pc of total lubricant output.

    British manufacturing company Nuspec Oil has developed three bio-based biodegradable alternatives to bright stock, which are at customer testing stage.

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  • Lubricant industry needs carbon measurement standard

    25 May 2022

    An industry standard is required for the lubricant sector to become more transparent and measure and analyse its carbon footprint in a clear way, Chevron technical product manager Mika Kettunen said.

    The industry needs a standard, consistent way of measuring its carbon footprint, Infineum sustainability director Maurizio Abbondanza concurred.

    Further, there is a need to establish some industry-wide framework agreement when it comes to sustainability, BASF sustainability director Geoff Mackey said.

    Global consistency and standardisation of climate reporting and measurement is crucial, financial sector leaders and a UK government representative said earlier this month.

    By Gabriella Twining

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  • Chevron finalises acquisition of NEXBASE™ brand, business from Neste Corporation

    1 April 2022

    Chevron Global Energy Inc. has announced that it has closed its agreement with Neste Corporation to acquire its NEXBASETM brand, associated qualifications and approvals, and related sales and marketing business. As part of the acquisition, Chevron will maintain all current supply sources utilising long-term offtake agreements.

    “Adding the NEXBASETM brand and associated business to Chevron strengthens our position as a leading supplier of premium base oils to customers globally,” said Alicia Logan, general manager of Chevron Base Oils. “We are pleased to welcome Neste employees to Chevron and look forward to leveraging their experience and talents to continue to reliably supply premium base oils to our customers. With the addition of a fully approved global slate of Group III and renewable base oils that complement our Group II global slate, Chevron is well positioned to be the base oil partner of choice for today and into the future.”

    Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. We believe affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more prosperous and sustainable world. Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas; manufactures transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives; and develops technologies that enhance our business and the industry. We are focused on lowering the carbon intensity in our operations and seeking to grow lower carbon businesses along with our traditional business lines.

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  • New Italian Packaging Law

    On the 20th September 2020, the Italian government issued a new law governing the labelling of packaging on all imports and that are used in the domestic market.

    The regulation, which comes into force on the 1st January 2023, makes environmental labelling of packaging mandatory and comes in addition to the requirements in the European Union to comply with the Classification of Labelling & Packaging regulation.

    The aim of the regulation is to provide a level of environmental protection by reducing the impact of packaging and packaging waste.

    To comply with the regulation, packaging must follow the EU Commission Decision 97/129/EC requiring the use of an alphanumeric code denoting the constituent material of the packaging. Secondly, packaging intended for consumers should contain specific reference to how the packaging should be disposed of, written in Italian.

    In addition, there is a recommendation on the labelling of multi-component packaging. The Italian packaging law recommends helping the end user separate and dispose of individual parts. Whether this is achieved by using a graphic or a short text is optional. In this case, too, the text must be written in Italian.

    Packaging that is incorrectly labelled could result in fines of 5,200 – 40,000€. This obligation is directed not only at manufacturers but also at traders and distributors. Fillers, users of packaging and importers of filled packaging are also to be held responsible through the regulation.

    More information can be found on the website of the Italian Consortium of Packaging Materials or CONAI.

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  • Sustainable Specialty Chemicals provider Perstorp Group acquired by PETRONAS Chemicals Group

    Perstorp Group, a leading sustainability-driven global specialty chemicals company, today said that it is to be acquired by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG). PCG announced today that it has signed a Securities Purchase Agreement on 14 May 2022 to acquire the entire equity interest in Perstorp Holding AB. The agreement was signed with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a company under PAI Partners, a European private equity firm.

    Jan Secher, President and CEO of Perstorp said, “We are excited to become part of the PETRONAS family. I see a strong commonality in values and priorities for how to take our respective businesses forward, meeting the challenges and opportunities of the future. By tapping into PCG’s strength and market leading position in the Asia Pacific region, we are confident that Perstorp can continue to develop into its next phase of growth. Being part of PCG means Perstorp gets the scale to increase the pace of innovation and accelerate our sustainable transformation, which is at the forefront of the chemical industry. PCG’s and Perstorp’s businesses complement each other very well.”

    Perstorp is highly regarded among its customers for its product quality and application expertise, supply reliability, customer centricity and Pro-Environment products and solutions.

    PCG’s journey to achieve its vision of becoming the preferred chemical company providing innovative customer solutions is based on a clear strategy; to strengthen its basic petrochemicals portfolio, and to selectively diversify into derivatives, specialty chemicals and solutions.

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  • The producers’ response to the new French requirements on waste oil management

    To prevent and manage waste, France has a scheme called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR is based on the “polluter pays” principle – companies that put their products on the French market are responsible for their entire life-cycle, from design to end- of-life. The EPR scheme aims to cover the whole cycle: eco-design of products, waste prevention, extension of service life and end-of-life management. Most often, producers in the same sector choose to join forces to meet their obligations by creating an eco- organisation – a private, non-profit, State-approved company.

    In 2020, France passed a new law, creating a dedicated EPR system for waste oils and lubricants. The following year, under the leadership of the CPL (Centre Professionnel des Lubrifiants – Professional Lubricants Centre) and 22 volunteer French producers, CYCLEVIA was born and became the sector’s eco-organisation. Approved by the public authorities on 23 March 2022, this new organisation, which is unique within the sector, is tasked with shouldering producers’ responsibilities, particularly with regard to the collection and processing of waste oils.

    The producer makes a financial contribution upon joining CYCLEVIA. This ‘eco-contribution’ is then redistributed in the form of support to the industry stakeholders who collect and treat the waste. This eco-contribution is not a levy collected by CYCLEVIA, but part of the cost of the product that enables the prevention and management of waste oils to be funded. The eco-contribution for 2022 amounts to €89/tonne and is due from 1st April that year. This contribution may be adjusted to reflect factors that favour environmentally friendly products.

    The full press releases can be read below…

    CREATION OF CYCLEVIA, THE ECO‑ORGANISATION FOR WASTE OILS AND LUBRICANTS

    Creation of CYCLEVIA The producers’ response to the new French requirements on waste oil management

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  • Lubricant Expo on 6 – 8 September 2022

    Lubricant Expo on 6 – 8 September 2022 at Messe Essen in Germany is Europe’s largest free-to-attend exhibition and conference, connecting lubricant solution providers with the full range of end-user buyers, as well as the entire chemical and equipment supply chain.

    Explore a show floor with 250+ suppliers whilst networking with 4,000+ visitors. You’ll also have access to a full three-day, three-track conference program where over 60+ speakers will be discussing trends and opportunities within educational sessions, that will equip you with the ability to solve and optimise real-world lubrication application.

    Two tracks will focus on providing visitors with an in-depth understanding of the lubricant industry with session topics including sustainability, regulations, advanced manufacturing, biobased lubricants and much more. The third track will feature technical presentations and innovation sessions from companies wanting to showcase their latest technologies.

    Alongside Lubricant Expo, The Bearing Show will also showcase an unrivalled insight into current and future bearing technology with experts from all sides of the industry in attendance. Solutions on display will include the latest in complete bearings, condition monitoring, lubrication, testing & analysis, bearing components, digitalisation, engineering, tooling, measurement and more.

    Companies attending Lubricant Expo and The Bearing Show include Infineum, Castrol Germany, Axel Semrau, Biosynthetic Technologies, Croda, BASF, Texaco Lubricants, OelCheck, SDT Ultrasounds Solutions, Seqens, SKF, JESA SA, Weiland Group, Valvoline, NKE Austria, and many more.

    Visit www.lubricantexpo.com and www.bearing-show.eu for more information and register for your free pass to Europe’s largest lubricant and bearing combined event.

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  • 1 WEEK TO GO UNTIL THE UK’s CHEMICAL & PROCESS INDUSTRIES TRADE SHOW

    Register now for your free visitor pass to CHEMUK 2022, the UK Chemical & Process Industries trade show, taking place on Wednesday 11th May and Thursday 12th May at the NEC, Birmingham.

    The expo will present over 350 exhibitors and 180 expert speakers over two packed days!

    Meet new suppliers, attend expert presentations and network with the industry! Avoid the queues – Register for your free visitor badge now and walk straight into the show.

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  • ACI Presents the 13th edition of European Base Oils and Lubricants Online Series

    The base oil industry has been going through fundamental changes during the last two decades. These changes have been marked by the rapid growth in production capacity of Group II and Group III base oils. Learn how high viscous naphthenic oils can be used as a solution provider to the blenders, lube and grease manufacturers respectively. On May 10, join Chief Specialist Mehdi Fathi-Najafi will share and discuss “Heavy Naphthenic Oil Application Experience in Lubricants & Greases” at the ACI digital event.

    Lube is proud to be partnering with ACI for its digital online series.

    REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/267388806117

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  • New UKLA Member

    UKLA is pleased to Dow Chemical Company Limited as its newest member.

    Dow Chemical Company Limited (DCCL),
    Station Road, Birch Vale, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK22 1BR

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  • ALIA announces appointment of Eugene Tan as chief executive

    The Asian Lubricants Industry Association (ALIA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Eugene
    Tan as the new chief executive of the Singapore based organisation. A dynamic and respected senior
    leader, Eugene succeeds Bernard Wong, who was ALIA executive director until late last year. Eugene will assume his new responsibilities on March 1, 2022.

    Eugene is an influential and decisive leader who has achieved strong successes and developed robust relationships with government, corporate and community sectors. We are delighted to have attracted someone as talented as Eugene as chief executive to continue to build upon the outstanding work that has been achieved so far by the Asian Lubricants Industry Association since its launch in March 2018.

    Eugene has over 30 years of industry experience before retiring as BP’s director of global supply chain for Asia & Pacific, where he led the development of bulk and packed supply chain strategy and execution for the Asia and Pacific region, including the Middle East. He also served as Council member and vice chairman for ALIA, representing BP.

    Before joining BP, Eugene worked at Shell, where he developed broad end-to-end experience covering supply chain, product quality & advocacy, e-commerce, retail and commercial business, refinery operations, technology and supply trading. Eugene is currently senior advisor at GXS Partners, a consulting
    company focused on solutions that work in Asia.

    He has a Master of Law Degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

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  • Vickers Oils appoint Paul Vann as Managing Director

    Vickers Oils is pleased to welcome Paul Vann, as Managing Director, who will succeed Chris Wholley as Managing Director who retires in May.

    Paul Vann joins Vickers Oils after senior roles with Lubrizol, Nynäs and (most recently) R.S. Clare.
    Vickers Oils has a long-established reputation for excellence backed by five generations of expertise and technical knowledge. Manufacturing textile lubricants since 1828, Vickers Oils expanded into the Marine sector in the late 1800s and launched the world’s first biodegradable sterntube oil,
    HYDROX BIO, in 2002. With a commitment to ethical practice, the main focus of the company is
    the continued development of its award-winning Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant range into new and existing markets.

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  • Afton Chemical ready to deliver Gasoline Performance additives quicker to Asia Pacific

    Afton Chemical Corporation has completed its phase 3 expansion to add Gasoline Performance Additives (GPA) blending capabilities at its Singapore Chemical Additive Manufacturing Facility.
    The expansion is in line with Afton’s ‘Made In’ strategy that focuses on effective localized supply chain solutions to its customers in Asia.

    It is the first GPA blending unit in Asia Pacific by Afton and complements our global network of blending and terminal operations in the Americas and Europe. The unit and its capabilities will provide the additional infrastructure required to support the company’s long-term global growth plans and meet the increasing demands for GPA in the region.

    “The GPA new blending unit is now fully operational, and we completed our first commercial fulfillment to a key customer. We have now connected our manufacturing and blending capacities globally, supporting regional and global business continuity. It will also provide security of supply and shorter lead times for our customers, said Mr. Kevin Keller, VP, Global Supply, Afton Chemical Corporation. “This is critical during this period where global supply chains are so disrupted and is testament to our ongoing investment strategy around enhanced supply chain solutions.”

    “We are committed to developing cost-effective and differentiated GPA solutions ‘Made For’ the region. This addition to our supply network ensures that the total solution combining “Made For” and “Made In” will help provide our customers with a competitive edge in their markets,” said Mr. Sean Spencer, Vice President and Managing Director of Afton Chemical Asia.

    “Our additive technology helps ensure these engines are performing at optimal levels to deliver increased fuel economy, reduced emissions whilst also providing performance benefits on power and acceleration for better driving experience,” said Mr. Lau Teck Aun, Marketing Manager, Afton Chemical Asia.

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  • CALUMET SPECIALTY PRODUCTS PARTNERS LP AND SIP SPECIALTY OILS AND FLUIDS AGREE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR NAPHTHENIC BASE OILS IN EUROPE

    Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (“Calumet”) announces a long-term distribution partnership with SIP Specialty Oils and Fluids (“SIP”).

    The partnership will broaden the footprint in the European market for the Calumet range of naphthenic base oils and the growing demand for more supply options.

    Calumet has teamed up with SIP Speciality Oils and Fluids to market and promote the product portfolio to industrial markets across Europe. Under the terms of the agreement SIP will market, sell, warehouse, and support the full Calumet product portfolio of naphthenic products with immediate effect.

    Calumet also authorises SIP to sell their range of paraffinic base oils, solvents, and esters in the European market.

    Calumet International Sales Director John Soanes said “We are incredibly excited about this recent agreement with SIP Specialty Oils and Fluids, as our organizations are very much aligned in our goals and values. We look forward to providing customers in Europe with our high-quality naphthenic base oils leveraging the excellent reputation of our new partner, SIP Specialty Oils and Fluids”

    Tobias Tasche, Managing Director of SIP said “SIP is delighted to have reached this agreement with Calumet. We see an increasing interest from our customers in supply security for naphthenic oils and a keen interest to diversify their supplier base for this product segment, and with our thirty years of experience in EMEA we are well placed to support these customers. We have our own in-house technical and logistics teams to support the introduction of this product portfolio and we look forward to achieving great success in the European market together”

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  • Theodore W. Selby of the Savant Group – Obituary

    Savant Group have announced, with profound sadness, the passing of Theodore (Ted) W. Selby, founder of the Savant Group, a Midland, Michigan, USA-based consortium of companies operating in the lubricant industry. Talented and respected in equal measure, Ted’s passing leaves the lubricant industry in mourning. Ted died peacefully at age 93 surrounded by family on March 25th, 2022, in Midland, Michigan.

    As a pillar in the industry, Ted’s career spanned over six decades. While pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Detroit in the 1950s, Ted found his technical calling as a research scientist in the Lubricants Department at General Motors, where he was honored in receiving both the Russell S. Springer and Henry Ford Memorial Awards from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the first time these two awards were presented to the same person. In 1963, Ted moved to The Dow Chemical Company in Midland to assist with the expansion of its automotive lubrication capabilities. Ever the entrepreneur, Ted made a tough decision in 1969 to leave a good job at Dow Chemical to pursue his passion for problem-solving in the field of lubrication, and the consulting firm, Savant, was born. With nine children at home at the time, the move was not without considerable risk. However, Ted embraced the ideal that the greatest achievements are usually the hardest and those obtained quickly and easily are soon forgotten. Today, that one-man consulting firm has grown into a globally recognized laboratory and research center.

    Ted’s problem-solving mindset and creative thinking, coupled with his technical background, sparked the formation of Tannas Company in 1981, a manufacturer of advanced laboratory testing instruments used by companies around the world for analyzing the properties of fluids. Two years later, in 1983, the Institute of Materials (IOM) was formed with the mission of providing unbiased technical information to the lubricant industry. King Refrigeration was purchased in 1996 to expand Tannas’ line of laboratory instruments. Recently, two precision machining shops were purchased, Excell Manufacturing in 2019 and BGT Aerospace in 2021, to support instrument development and manufacturing.

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  • Pennzane™ Oil from Nye Lubricants Launches on James Webb Space Telescope

    Nye Lubricants will take part its second high-profile NASA mission in 2021 with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched on December 25th from French Guiana. This infrared telescope, developed in conjunction with the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency, will be used to study and compare the evolution of exoplanets to planets in our solar system. Nye became involved with the JWST project back in 2002 to provide an oil for multiple mechanisms within the telescope. This launch comes just months after the successful landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover.

    The JWST is NASA’s largest and most powerful telescope to date. “In an application as large as this, the anti-wear properties of a grease or oil are critical,” says Tony Dotson, Aerospace Industry Manager at Nye Lubricants. The telescope uses a proprietary multiply-alkylated cyclopentane (MAC) Pennzane™ oil. MAC polymers have a molecular structure that resists wear-related breakdown, making them ideal for heavily loaded, metal-on-metal applications.

    Unlike other lubricants on the market, Pennzane™ lubricants are the only greases and oils that offer the unique combination of extreme wear protection, low outgassing, and additive compatibility for optimal performance in space and other vacuum applications. Nye Lubricants holds the exclusive distribution rights to Pennzane™ fluids. The JWST marks the largest use of Pennzane™ in Nye history.

    In space applications, validation is crucial to the success of a mission. “NASA contractors and other space leaders know to come to Nye because we have the most rigorous testing procedures in the industry,” says Dr. Jason Galary, Nye’s Director of Research, Development, and Innovation. “Once a product is up in space, repairs and maintenance become almost impossible. Our lubricants for space mechanisms are backed by extensive validation data to ensure reliable performance in the vacuum of space.

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  • Aramco enters lubricants market with launch of ORIZON® product range

    Aramco today announced its entry into Saudi Arabia’s domestic lubricants market, offering consumers a new line of lubricant products under the ORIZON® brand. Aramco timed the ORIZON® launch to coincide with the inaugural Saudi Arabian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Aramco is a global sponsor of Formula 1.

    Aramco has introduced the ORIZON® product line in more than 20 cities including Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam with more locations planned. ORIZON® products include synthetic and semi-synthetic lubricants for gasoline engines and heavy-duty diesel engines, as well as driveline products, greases and brake fluids. The company has also expanded the brand to include ORIZONPRO® which is a high-performance line for the industrial sector.

    Aramco Vice President of Fuels, Yasser M. Mufti, said: “Entering the lubricants market is an important milestone for the company, as we continue to expand our presence throughout the downstream value chain. ORIZON® products leverage Aramco’s extensive capabilities in research and development, making them a quality line of lubricants that boosts the local market offering and enhances consumer choice. The launch of ORIZON® further complements Aramco’s presence in the Kingdom’s downstream direct-to-consumer segment, following the inauguration of our first two service stations in Riyadh and Saihat recently.”

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  • Rossmore Lubricants to distribute Gulf lubes in UK and Ireland

    Gulf Lubricants, a wholly owned entity of India’s Hinduja Group, with a presence in more than 100 countries worldwide and with ~70,000 employees, has a new distributor in the UK and Ireland.

    Rossmore Lubricants, which is part of the Walsh Distribution Group of Companies, was established in 2021 with the sole focus of representing Gulf Lubricants across the UK and Ireland.

    With a current strong base in Ireland, the business has more than 35 years of lubricant distribution experience with premium brands and, in the UK, more than 30 years of direct selling experience within the Distribution, Franchised Workshop, Independent Workshop, Motorcycle and Heavy Duty sectors.
    Rossmore will operate across all sectors in the UK and Ireland – Automotive Aftermarket (Car & Motorcycle), Commercial, Agricultural, Industry and Marine.

    “We are extremely excited to have been given the opportunity to represent such an iconic brand in two key markets for Gulf Lubricants, across all sectors,” said Michael and John Walsh, directors of Rossmore Lubricants.

    “The whole team at Rossmore has a strong background in the Sales & Distribution of premium lubricant brands, and we have established this business to give Gulf Lubricants the sole focus and attention we feel is required to succeed over the long-term.”

    “Gulf is an iconic brand with over a hundred-year history, inextricably linked with motorsports excellence and world class partnerships including McLaren and Manchester United. We are delighted to welcome Rossmore to our global network of partners and look forward to working with them on promoting Gulf in the UK and Ireland,” said Ayham Ammora, commercial director, Gulf Oil Supply Company.

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  • Sea-Land Chemical Company growth continues; adds two inside sales representatives

    Sea-Land Chemical Company has announced the addition of two inside sales representatives.

    With more than five years’ experience at Sea-Land, Stephen Coburn moves from Customer Service Specialist to Inside Sales Representative. He will manage the East and Northeast territories. Coburn has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Cleveland State University.

    “Steve’s technical background and knowledge of the order fulfilment process will be valuable to our customers,” said Pete Pendergast, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “He’s added significant value to Sea-Land as a customer service specialist, and we’re thrilled for him to take on this new role.”
    Teresa Simonson joins Sea-Land from CVS where she is an operations manager. Previously she held inside sales positions with both Howmet Aerospace and Philpott Solutions Group. She brings valuable B2B inside sales, management and training experience. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing from Kent State University. Simonson will manage the Midwest and Western territories.

    “We’re excited to bring Teresa on board with her B2B inside sales and, management experience and CRM knowledge,” said Pendergast.

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  • Lube Sustainability Conference 2022 – Last chance to attend at early bird rates

    Less than a week to secure your place at the Lube Sustainability conference in May!
    Members £225 plus VAT,  Non-Members £245 plus VAT if booked before 31st January 2022

    Following this deadline, tickets will be on sale at full price.

    Limited capacity at the venue. Contact Megan Humphreys to book your seats now at events@ukla.org.uk

    A unique opportunity to reach out and communicate with industry leaders through presentations, discussion and debate.

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  • Lube Sustainability Conference 2022

    Sustainability is the megatrend of our times and currently represents one of the key business drivers within the chemicals, energy and lubricants sector. To achieve their sustainability goals, companies across a wide range of industries will need to institute operational measures and decarbonisation technologies.”

    Lube Magazine, in collaboration with Kline & Company commissioned In-house Research Ltd to conduct a survey on sustainability within the chemicals industry.

    The purpose of this survey is to address the importance of sustainability and to analyse the impact and implications sustainability will have on the chemicals industry and its supply chains as this issue is prioritised.

    The Survey has now concluded and your feedback will be analysed and summarised. Conclusions will be shared by Kline at the Lube Sustainability Conference 2022, to be held on 25th May at the Institute of Directors, London.

    We thank you for your participation in our Survey. Your feedback is vital to ongoing innovation within the industry and provides you with the opportunity to help inform a global report on sustainability initiatives and opinions.

    Portland-Fuel supported the Survey and agreed to offset 1 tonne of CO₂ free of charge and provide the relevant certification to participating companies where respondents agreed to be contacted.

    Lube Magazine and Kline & Company would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in our Survey – we look forward to sharing the report with you at the Lube Sustainability Conference on 25th May.

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  • ATIEL releases Code of Practice issue 22

    ATIEL, the technical association of the European lubricants industry, has released Issue 22 of its Code of Practice, that provides guidelines for the development of engine oils that meet the latest European ACEA specifications.

    As of 25 October 2021, Issue 22 of the Code of Practice supersedes Issue 21. The latter, however, remains available on the ATIEL website, for valid claims against ACEA 2016 light duty sequences, until 30 April 2022. Issue 21 remains valid for ACEA Sequences 2016 for HD engine oil. Issue 22 considers the ACEA sequence 2021 for Light Duty engine oil.

    The main changes are:
    • the introduction of a new VGRA Guideline for the Toyota TCD test and worked examples.
    • clarification of some definitions.
    • The rebranding of VGRA and BOI guidelines (with added examples) for enhanced clarity

    The ATIEL Code of Practice (CoP)-in operation since 1996 – has been developed jointly by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Additives Technical Committee (ATC) and ATIEL. The purpose of this Code is to provide a mechanism and a basis for commitment to standardise practices when developing, marketing, or manufacturing engine lubricants for which compliance with the ACEA Oil Sequences is claimed.

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  • Sea-Land chemical company expands european sales team

    Sea-Land Chemical Company, a leading global chemical distributor of specialty additives for the lubricants industry and household, industrial and institutional cleaning markets, today announced the addition of Ben Verhaeghe as EU Sales Manager, based in Antwerp, Belgium. Ben will lead Sea-Land’s European business development efforts and have sales responsibility across the European Union.

    Ben brings a master’s degree in chemistry and valuable industry experience to Sea-Land. Previously, he spent 14 years with chemical manufacturer Oleon. There he developed a strong industrial lubricants and ester background. At Oleon, he held roles including Production Manager, Lubricants Sales Manager, Product Manager, and Development Engineer Lubricants.

    Ben was responsible for the commercial, tactical and strategic growth of different regions and key accounts. He also managed the logistics and production operations at the chemical site of Oelegem.

    “Driving European growth is an important part of Sea-Land’s strategy, and we’re thrilled to have Ben join our team,” said Jennifer Altstadt, president. “It’s always exciting to find people who have the right skills and experience and who can help achieve our growth goals.” Ben will report to David Smith, Business Manager based in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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  • Lube oil additives and silicone specialist BRB rebrands as a PETRONAS subsidiary

    Globally operating manufacturer of lube oil additives, silicones and other specialty chemicals BRB International now rebrands to reflect its journey as a subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG). BRB will continue to operate independently based on its innovation strategy focused on anticipating the current and future needs of the customers and industries. This new status gives BRB even greater global presence and innovation resources.

    To reflect its strategic orientation and new status as a subsidiary of PCG, BRB today revealed its new brand identity, which includes a revised logo. By acquiring BRB, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) has expanded beyond its traditional oil and gas portfolio. The move represents a fast-forward in terms of value and diversification in support of the group’s growth strategy.

    Lube oil additives, BRB’s core competency, play a key role in enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of machinery and vehicles operating under different conditions and even at extreme temperatures. Its specialised silicones give personal care products unique properties that appeal to consumers.

    In contrast to many internationally operating companies, BRB has traditionally focused on small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and not just global players – mid-sized companies get full attention and service. Sustainability is another key component of BRB’s strategy. It has made a commitment to operate with zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    BRB’s approach is in ln line with the PETRONAS purpose statement. “We not only respond to current needs and wishes, but actually anticipate future demands and develop solutions customers don’t know even know of yet. We call this fast-forward approach, ‘BRB – passionate for progress,’” says BRB CEO Ralph Pinckaers. “Although becoming a subsidiary of Petronas changes nothing about our independent operations and customer relationships, I’m happy to say that our thinking is fully aligned with the PETRONAS’s statement of purpose, ‘A progressive energy and solutions partner enriching lives for a sustainable future.’”

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  • Sustainability Survey 2021 – A collaboration between Lube Magazine and Kline & Company

    Sustainability is the megatrend of our times and currently represents one of the key business drivers within the chemicals, energy and lubricants sector. To achieve their sustainability goals, companies across a wide range of industries will need to institute operational measures and decarbonisation technologies.

    Lube Magazine, in collaboration with Kline & Company have commissioned In-house Research Ltd to conduct a survey on sustainability within the chemicals industry.

    The purpose of this survey is to address the importance of sustainability and to analyse the impact and implications sustainability will have on the chemicals industry and its supply chains as this issue is prioritised.

    We invite you to participate in our survey and share your thoughts about the future of sustainability within our sector. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete.

    Your participation is vital to ongoing innovation within the industry and provides you with the opportunity to help inform a global report on sustainability initiatives and opinions.

    Feedback and survey conclusions will be summarised and shared by Kline at the Lube Sustainability Conference 2022, to be held on 9th March at the Institute of Directors, London.

    To thank you for completing this survey, Portland-Fuel will offset 1 tonne of CO₂ free of charge and provide the relevant certification to participating companies where respondents are agreeing to be contacted.

    www.inhouse.uk.net/sustainability-survey

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  • UEIL Sustainability Survey

    The results of the sustainability survey which was sent to UEIL members earlier this year are now available to view online.

    Find out more about the results of the 2021 Sustainability Survey of UEIL’s Sustainability Committee with an exclusive report from Christine Fuchs and John Eastwood in the October edition of Lube Magazine, and view the results of the survey on the UEIL website.

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  • UEIL Virtual Congress

    This year, the Union of the European Industry of Lubricants will hold its annual Congress virtually over two days, on 20th and 21st October 2021. The theme will be “From business resilience to sustainable growth – Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry”.

    Topics will include resilience & growth, sustainability in the lubricants industry, the European Green Deal and its impact on the sector, sustainable mobility, bio-based lubricants and diversity in the industry. Participants will hear a mix of keynote speeches and technical presentations by prominent speakers, as well as participate in a series of roundtable discussions. UEIL also appreciates the importance of reconnecting industry members in those particular times and will provide participants a virtual platform to organise bilateral networking meetings. Check out the event programme and register on the UEIL website.

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  • ACI European Base Oils and Lubricants Online Series

    Norman Sheppard, from BAPCO, will be joining as the keynote speaker for the seventh edition in the ACI European Base Oils and Lubricants Online Series, discussing Engineering Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry, as seen through the eyes of his Consultancy EmMay Associates, couched in terms of Group III Base Oils.

    This is sure to be an stimulating discussion, so don’t miss out on the chance to register today!

    Please also do not hesitate to get in touch if YOU would like the opportunity to appear as a speaker in future events! Email ipain@acieu.net to express your interest.

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  • GLOBAL LUBRICANT WEEK 2021

    Each year the most influential players and decision makers of the international lubricant industry meet at the “Global Lubricant Week” (Moscow). We invite you to join them at this event, that will be held ONLINE on October 20-21. 

    The Conference is annually sponsored by the LUKOIL Lubricants company.

     “Global Lubricant Week” has a reputation as the leading conference in the Russian lubricants industry. The caliber of the attendees and the sponsors, coupled with excellent networking opportunities, unrivalled evening receptions, and a high-level program have “Global Lubricant Week” the reputation it deserves.

    Structure of the Event

    October 20, Day 1. World, Economy and Lubrication: New Realities

    On the first day the conference speakers will cover the lubricant market in it’s new post-pandemic reality. Our participants will see the forecasts for the international and Russian lubricant markets and learn about the influence of “green” solutions and energy transition on main lubricants-consuming industries.

    • World lubricant market
    • Economic developments and lubricants consumption
    • Car and truck sales forecasts for 2021-2025 and beyond
    • High lubricant consuming industries today and tomorrow
    • New mobility and lubrication: car sharing, car subscriptions, e-vehicles

    October 21, Day 2. Consumer Today: New Lubricants Consumption Paradigms

    The second day of the conference will be devoted to new solutions and new technologies for development, testing, production and application of various lubricants.

    • OEMs and new lubricant requirements
    • “Green” lubricants: new opportunities at the Russian and international markets
    • Lubricant industry: making the world cleaner
    • Additives and lubricants for new generations of industrial equipment
    • Innovations in lubrication

    Accompanying virtual 2D Exhibition of the products, solutions and services for the lubricant industry “Services and Equipment for the Lubricant Industry 2021” will be held during the “Global Lubricant Week”. The exhibition is the best place for suppliers to be presented in this segment. At the Russian Lubricant Week we gather top-managers and leading specialists of the majority of Russian and key CIS companies. So you will present online your company business and competence, spread informational materials, hold business talks with most of potential partners and lubricant suppliers.

    In 2021 such companies as LUKOIL Lubricants, Evonik Oil Additives, Infineum, BP, Afton Chemical, Sasol, Clariant, Idemitsu Lubricants, SEQENS, SGS. HILL Corporation, Azelis, INEOS Oligomers, Metall-Chemie, RUSAL, ALFA Chemicals, Russian Railways, Mosgortrans, ALROSA, Jungheinrich, Pall Eurasia, PSA Groupe, OATS, Mobil Oil Lubricants, Bang & Bonsomer, DVCH-Management (MDD BEL), VNII NP, Intake-Group, Uralnefteproduct, Obninskorgsintez, EPK, Additech, Sibnefteproduct, BELAZ, MIC GSM, ROSPOLYKHEM, AVTOTOR Holding Management, Roszheldorsnab (Russian Railways), Avtomir, Spetsneftproduct, Minsk Motor Plant, Yaroslavl Industrial Oil Refinery named after Mendeleev, Techstroykontrakt, Modengy and many others confirmed their participation in the event.

    For more information, please, see the website:

    http://www.rpi-conferences.com/en/lubricants-week/eventdetail/147/-/global-lubricant-week-2021

    To register as a delegate, exponent or speaker or obtain more information, please, contact:
    Elena Konstantinova: +7 (495) 502 54 33 / 778 93 32. E-mail: Konstantinova.Elena@rpiinc.ru  

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  • Vacancy for Director, SAIL EUROPE – Home-based with regular travel to Brussels

    SAIL is an independent company based in Belgium providing Services to Associations and Industry in the Lubricants sector, and has been contracted by ATIEL (the Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry) to provide administrative, financial and management services to support ATIEL’s  product compliance monitoring programme, EELQMS.

    The Director will be responsible for the administration of EELQMS including the Letter of Conformance (LoC) registration system, monitoring lubricant marketers’ compliance with the system through an ongoing product survey, managing the external contract with the product sourcing and testing company, and regular reporting and communications with internal and external stakeholders including ATIEL Board and committee representatives.

    The candidate should hold a degree in science/engineering or equivalent through experience, ideally have knowledge of the lubricants industry, have a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products to maintain reporting and monitoring systems, and be fluent in both written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages will be an asset.

    This is a part-time position of approximately 3.3 days per week. The term of office is two years, renewable for further periods of two years. Salary will be according to the responsibilities of the position and experience. The candidate must be self-employed and self-sufficient in terms of office space and the necessary equipment to perform the job.

    Start date: 15 November 2021

    To apply please send a copy of your c.v. and a covering letter outlining your suitability to the role, by 27 August 2021 to Lizbeth Elias, Office and Programme Manager, ATIEL at lizbeth.elias@atiel.eu.

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  • Azelis awarded Platinum from sustainability ratings agency EcoVadis, securing position in top 1% of assessed companies

    After receiving the accolade of two consecutive Golds from sustainability ratings agency EcoVadis, Azelis is proud to announce it has now been awarded with a Platinum rating, the highest distinction in the EcoVadis supplier sustainability rating scheme. With the EcoVadis Platinum grading, Azelis is in the top 1% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis.

    This recognition makes Azelis the first global specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor and innovation service provider to be awarded Platinum by EcoVadis, and with a score of 77, Azelis secures a place among the top 1% of the world’s 75,000 best rated companies.

    EcoVadis tests and rates the performance of companies in the areas of environmental protection, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. The Platinum rating, which was introduced in 2020, is awarded to companies that receive an overall score between 73 and 100. Azelis has been assessed by EcoVadis since 2015.

    Receiving the highest rating reinforces Azelis’ commitment to become the world-leading provider of sustainable solutions and services in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry. The highest score increase was on the topic of sustainable procurement, an improvement which Azelis attributes to its membership to ‘Together for Sustainability’ which plays a significant role in the company’s selection and evaluation of the supply chain.

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  • Infineum hits ACEA A7/B7 and C6 targets

    Infineum’s market leading Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) line-up now meets the latest ACEA A7/B7 and C6 specifications, providing comprehensive coverage across the full 2021 ACEA European Oil Sequences for light-duty engines.

    The new light duty ACEA sequences came into effect on 1 May 2021 and will be mandatory for all new claims on 1 May 2022. As such, the new Sequences, especially the new A7/B7 and C6 categories will play a critical role in shaping the European PCMO market for years to come.

    A7/B7 is a new category building on A5/B5. Formulations meeting the demands introduced by A7/B7 need to combine low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI) performance, chain wear protection to address concerns with modern gasoline direct injected engines and provide cutting edge cleanliness to turbocharger compressors.

    C6 is the corresponding reduced SAPS category, built on C5, adding the same engine performance features as A7/B7, but lubricants need to also pass a new fuel economy test to achieve the C6 specification. This new test arguably makes C6 the most important of the new categories because of the exciting fuel economy potential that can be achieved from formulating at SAE XW-20 grades.

    Sinéad Adamski, Infineum Regional Market Manager, stated “The test limits for the new ACEA categories provide a challenging baseline, delivering critical performance features that are essential for the continued evolution of the European PCMO market.”

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  • UEIL 2021 Virtual Congress “From business resilience to sustainable growth – Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry”

    20th and 21st October 2021, from 1.30pm to 5pm CET.

     

    The Congress will feature a mix of keynote speeches and technical presentations by prominent speakers, as well a series of roundtables. UEIL also appreciates the importance of networking in those particular times, and will provide participants a platform to organise bilateral networking meetings. Topics will include resilience & growth, sustainability in the lubricants industry, the European Green Deal and its impact for our sector, sustainable mobility, bio-based lubricants and also diversity in the industry.

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  • Lube Media NEW Podcast

    In the first of a series of interview podcasts with Lubricant industry professionals, Lube editor Andrianne Philippou talks to Managing Director of OATS, Mike Skypala, about the need for reliable industry data and how OATS has managed to thrive during the uncertain period of 2020 and 2021.

    To listen, click the link below…

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  • Sustainability Conference 2022 – Putting Sustainability First, what does this mean for the lubricants industry?

    UKLA and Lube magazine are hosting a special one-day conference addressing the impact and implications for the lubricants industry and its supply chains of ‘Putting Sustainability First’.

    This is a unique opportunity to reach out and communicate with industry leaders through presentations, discussion and debate. The conference will be launched with a keynote address by Chris Hines MBE, former Sustainability Director at the UK’s Eden Project and a leading motivational speaker, industry consultant and environmental campaigner. The event will examine the global, regional and sector impact that ‘putting sustainability first’ means for our industry.

    UEIL’s Sustainability Committee Chair, Dr Christine Fuchs, will deliver a presentation sharing an overview on the committee’s activities and developments, and among key topics, the conference will ask – How are sustainability metrics measured and how are they applied? How are companies putting sustainability at the heart of their operations? What are the challenges they face in the process and how can ‘best practice’ strategies help those organisations who have yet to take up the challenge? What do we mean by ‘sustainability through innovation’ and is the sector doing enough in practice to achieve the demands of an increasingly challenging regulatory landscape? Or to satisfy and reassure a more politically aware public? What more can we do? What more must we do to engage all stakeholders and continue the drive for a more sustainable lubricants value chain?

    Date: Join us on 9th March 2022 and be part of this important conversation.

    Location: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, St James, London SW1Y 5ED

    Limited capacity at the venue so book your seats now: events@ukla.org.uk

    Sponsorship packages for this unique event are currently available but going fast – please contact: editor@ukla.org.uk

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  • ACEA sequences 2021

    At the end of April, ACEA published their 2021 European oil sequences for light-duty engines. These replace the 2016 version. Unusually for ACEA sequence releases, this publication does not cover sequences for heavy-duty applications. The changes to the A/B and C sequences are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Many of the changes are due to parts previously employed in some engine testing hardware becoming unavailable.

    There are two new sequences, “high-SAPS” A7/B7 and “low-SAPS” C6. They both employ new engine tests to ensure low levels of wear in Gasoline Diesel Injection chain driven camshaft engines, to control turbocharger deposits in diesel engines and to guard against low-speed pre-ignition problems in gasoline engines. Generally, the solution to this last problem has tended to involve low SAPS oils so it will be interesting to see how much interest there will be in the A7/B7 sequence.

    The C6 sequence additionally uses a new fuel economy test capable of evaluating fuel savings with very low viscosity oils from 0W-20 down to 0W-8.
    Two categories have been withdrawn, A3/B3 where all applications can be covered by A3/B4 and C1 which now has an extremely low number of applications.

    With regard to replacing the 2016 heavy-duty sequences, ACEA says that these will be published “no earlier than June 2021”. Industry insiders believe that 4Q2021 might be a realistic time-frame and even then, there is no certainty that the new low viscosity heavy-duty F sequences will be released at the same time as the E sequence update.

    Ted Wright, TRP Chairman VLS

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  • Perstorp to set science-based emission reduction targets in line with Paris Climate Agreement

    Perstorp Group, a world leader in chemical innovation, has committed to setting science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. Targets will be set for both direct and indirect emissions (scope 1, 2 and 3 according to the Greenhouse Gases protocol) and calculated with projected future expansion and growth considered. The ambition is to apply for science-based targets in 2021.

    “For direct greenhouse gas emissions, a challenge is to significantly reduce emissions from our production plants while growing our production. To reduce our indirect emissions, we need to intensify the transition from fossil raw materials to more sustainable, lower carbon footprint alternatives, and grow our Pro-Environment product portfolio. Working with Science Based Targets initiative enables us to be transparent, and will ensure that our low-carbon transformation is aligned with climate science,” says Anna Berggren, VP Sustainability at Perstorp Group.

    Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Science Based Targets initiative advocate science-based target setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

    “The chemical industry, which is fundamental to almost all other industries and sectors, has an important role to play in reaching the goals set by the Paris Climate Agreement. As a business within the chemical industry we believe we can help enable a sustainable transition for all those other industries, sectors and products along our value chains, and we are committed to doing our part,” highlighted Jan Secher, President and CEO at Perstorp Group.

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  • GB Lubricants wins Gold Award for sustainability

    GB Lubricants has announced that, once again, it has achieved a Gold Rating in corporate social responsibility & sustainability from EcoVadis, a leading global provider of business sustainability ratings. This places the UK-based industrial lubricant manufacturer in the top 5% of all companies evaluated worldwide. EcoVadis experts evaluate company performance on 21 factors grouped into four categories: environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Each company is assessed in these areas based on size, location and industry. The rating methodology is based on international sustainability standards and initiatives, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000 standard (social responsibility).

    GB Lubricants Managing Director, Paul Booth commented “I am delighted that we have not only retained our Gold Award but the auditors noted our ongoing improvement in key areas. Sustainability and the CSR continues to form a fundamental part of GB Lubricants long term strategic plan and it’s important to have this independently audited and acknowledged”.

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  • ATIEL has launched its new website

    The Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry (ATIEL) has launched its new website. The site features a sleek, modern design and streamlined navigation (mobile-friendly also), allowing users easier access to the site as it delivers ATIEL news and announcements and showcases ATIEL’s activities and accomplishments. In particular, external communication is enhanced by the “Knowledge corner” section with easy access to a wide range of resources (ATIEL news, EELQMS newsletter, Position Papers, Reports etc). The joint ATIEL-ATC technical committee works on compliance with REACH Regulation and there is a dedicated REACH page on the site.

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  • Dr. Paula Vettel – Obituary

    The Novvi family are sad to announce the loss of a colleague, a mentor, and a friend with the passing of Dr. Paula Vettel.
    Paula has spent the last ten years with us as our Technical Director, but she was so much more. Paula was one of the first employees of Novvi and was instrumental in creating our company culture, vision, and technology.
    She was the spiritual centre of Novvi’s laboratory, genius behind the revolutionary formulations, the guardian of our regulatory process, as well as the mentor for our cadre of new, young, world-class scientific talent. She will be missed terribly.
    We know how much of a contribution Paula has made to the lubricants industry in her nearly 40 years of service that spanned Amoco Petroleum Additives, D.A. Stuart, and her time with us. She set a great example for us with the service she gave to the lubricants business; that work gave her great joy.
    Paula was regarded as one of the world’s experts in the areas of environmental products and governance, especially biodegradable and non-toxic lubes. She was an active member of STLE, and a former chair of STLE’s Northern California section.
    To recognise her contribution to the lubricants industry and to try to capture her spirit, Novvi is launching the Dr. Paula Vettel Memorial Scholarship, under the auspices of the STLE Presidential Council. We feel that her mentorship of many scientists and her love of chemistry could be best reflected by supporting helping new young talent to join our industry.

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  • University of Bath becomes an associate member of MWFPSG

    The UKLA is pleased to welcome the University of Bath as an associate member of the Metalworking Fluids Product Stewardship Group.
    The University of Bath has gained particular recognition for its research facilities and in 2014 the Research Excellence Framework graded 87% of Bath’s research activities as being ‘world leading/internationally excellent’. The University has more than 3,500 employees and 18,000 students. The University gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in September 2011, and has retained the award since then.

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  • Socotec announces new UK CEO

    SOCOTEC has announced the appointment of Nicolas Detchepare as its new UK CEO.
    Nicolas joined SOCOTEC in 2016, bringing with him experience in operations management and consultancy from Strategy& – the global strategy consulting team at PwC – and Alix Partners. Nicolas has managed the Equipment and Industry activity on behalf of SOCOTEC in France for the past four years and is a member of the management board of the SOCOTEC Group.
    Nicolas takes over from current CEO, Ian Sparks, who is retiring having successfully managed the company for the last eight years. Ian joined the management board of the SOCOTEC Group after it acquired ESG in 2017.

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  • Austrian Supreme Court rules that Peugeot Austria has abused market power against independent dealers

    On March 22, 2021 the Austrian Supreme Cartel Court upheld the Cartel Court‘s earlier decision of May 12, 2020 in a legal dispute between Austrian Peugeot dealer Büchl and Peugeot Austria (PSA), that the general importer for Peugeot vehicles in Austria abused its market power vis-à-vis Büchl in violation of Austrian and European competition law. Büchl had turned to the cartel court because, like many other Peugeot dealers in Austria and Europe, it claimed to suffer from PSA‘s suffocating system of requirements and non-transparent reimbursement conditions.

    The Supreme Court has banned Peugeot from tying the dealer‘s premium payments to customer satisfaction surveys; reducing the dealer‘s margin if they do not reach sales targets inflated by PSA and competing with dealers through subsidized vehicle prices on the end customer market at PSA’s own, vertically integrated sales outlets. Also, an elaborate control system for guarantee and warranty work and hourly rates that did not cover the dealers costs is prohibited, as those measures make guarantee and warranty work unprofitable for dealers. Finally, PSA may no longer pass on the costs of its mystery shopping and audit system for the new car and workshop business to dealers.

    The Supreme Court recognizes that PSA economically forces dealers to take part in promotions and thereby restricting dealers’ freedom of setting their own prices. While the Cartel Court of first instance is requested to further complete its findings and decide anew as to this point, all the other points are now legally binding and must be implemented by PSA within three months time.

    The Supreme Court stresses that its decision applies to all contractual relationships in which similar economic dependencies exist and awaits considerable changes in the remuneration system of PSA. The Supreme Court also clearly points to the parallel applicability of European competition law and elaborates on the finding of a dominant position on the part of the importer as well as on the treatment of abusive clauses in contractual relationships under Art 102 TFEU.

    PSA’s remuneration system must be adjusted within the deadline set by the Supreme Court. For other brands ‘networks – especially those of the newly formed Stellantis-Group directly affected by the decision – the judgement can serve as a valuable guideline to legal safety. It will also have to be discussed how numerous Peugeot dealers subject to the abusive conditions can be reimbursed for the loss in remuneration they suffered over the years as a consequence of PSA’s violation of the prohibition to abuse a dominant position.

    CECRA and its Austrian member WKÖ welcome the decision of the Supreme Court as a breakthrough in their decade-long struggle for more fairness in the manufacturer-dealer relationship in Austrian and European car markets. Especially in light of all current radical changes and challenges, the judgment paves the way for a new partnership in the automotive industry.

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  • SHELL INTRODUCES A PORTFOLIO OF CARBON NEUTRAL LUBRICANTS IN EUROPE

    Customers can now choose carbon neutral lubricants across consumer and commercial brands, with Shell launching the largest carbon neutral programme in the lubricants industry to date.

    Shell has announced it will offer customers carbon neutral lubricants across a range of products for passenger cars, heavy duty diesel engine and industrial applications. This initiative meets a growing desire from consumer and commercial vehicle drivers to lower their carbon footprint.

    Under the programme, Shell aims to offset annual the emissions of more than 200 million litres of advanced synthetic lubricants, expecting to compensate for 700,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e[1]) emissions per year which is equivalent to taking approximately 340,000 cars off the road for one year[2]. For Europe, this includes compensating for over 60 million litres, of advanced synthetic lubricants, the equivalent of taking 130,000[3] cars off the road and aiming to compensate for around 280,000 tonnes of CO2e per year.

    Parminder Kohli, Vice President Lubricants Europe, Russia and Africa at Shell said: “As the world’s largest lubricants provider we are well placed to meeting the changing needs of our customers. We are also working hard to avoid or reduce emissions by using more renewable power in the manufacturing of our lubricants, reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency of our operations. In addition, we are helping our customers take action today and offsetting the emissions from their lubricants purchases is one of the many ways we can do that.

    This represents a key milestone in Shell Lubricants’ multi-year strategy to help customers manage their sustainability needs and its ambition to reduce the carbon intensity of its products by avoiding, reducing, and offsetting emissions. Since 2016, Shell has reduced the carbon intensity of its lubricants manufacturing by over 30%[4], and over 50% of electricity used in its lubricant blending plants now comes from renewable sources4. Shell is also reducing packaging waste from lubricants products at scale by increasing the use of recycled materials and exploring more sustainable packaging solutions across its supply chains.

    Shell’s carbon neutral lubricants will be available in key markets across Europe, spanning the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Turkey. They will also be available via Shell’s distributors in all countries of operation. Shell will offset the emissions from a mix of advanced synthetic lubricants in these markets, including: Helix for passenger cars, Rimula for heavy duty diesel engines and a wide range of industry lubricants, such as Shell Omala in the wind sector, Shell’s range of eco-label products “Shell Naturelle”, and selected Shell Gadus products for the wind sector.

    This programme will contribute to Shell’s own target to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society. Becoming a net-zero emissions energy business is a huge task and the business plans we have today will not get us there. So, our plans must change over time. While measures to avoid and reduce emissions offer the best way to tackle emissions in the long term, until scalable solutions are deployed, carbon offsetting programmes provide an immediate solution for balancing CO2e emissions across Shell’s portfolio and value chain. Shell’s portfolio of nature-based carbon credits will compensate CO2e emissions from the entire lifecycle of these products, including: the raw materials; packaging; production; distribution; customer use; and product end of life.

    [1] CO2e (CO2 equivalent) refers to CO2, CH4, N2O

    [2] Actual emissions from driving are sensitive to underlying assumptions. Full disclaimer is available here.

    [3] The CO2e lifecycle emissions of this product have been offset with verified Nature-Based Carbon Credits

    [4] Shell Internal Analysis

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  • STOP PRESS

    EU revises Group II import quota down from 200k tonnes from January to June 2021 to 150,000 tonnes from July to Dec 2021.

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  • MAK CHEM & LUBES join A&S International Ltd

    MAK CHEM International & MAK LUBES International brands become part of the growing product range represented by the UK based technical sales consultancy.

    A&S International is excited to start the new year with not one but two excellent new additions to its growing range of quality brands. MAK CHEM’s range of maintenance chemicals have been acquired along with the MAK LUBES range of maintenance lubricants.

    A&S International will offer both product lines to their global distributor network & developing UK direct client base with immediate effect. Sales of these new quality maintenance chemicals & lubricants steadily grew during the second half of 2020 despite the limiting business conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Particular success has already been enjoyed by the MAK CHEM brand in Greece, Philippines & Portugal. The majority of the products can be easily & effectively demonstrated to clients; however, due to the current inability to visit industrial sites in many countries, a range of demonstration videos have been produced for inclusion on the corporate websites & social media.

    Angus Macdonald, Co-Founder & Director of A&S International Ltd, said “It is fantastic to start 2021 with the great news that the MAK CHEM & LUBES International brands are now part of our growing range of products. We have ambitious plans to develop the global sales of these high-performance maintenance chemicals & lubricants via our team of loyal distributors, direct clients here in the UK as well as a new network of distributors.

    Our team is pleased to see the high level of interest from around the world despite the continuing challenges of doing business in a pandemic.”

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  • Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union announces name change

    The Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU), a Singapore-based organisation that represents the interests of a broad range of lubricant industry businesses throughout Asia, has announced a new corporate name following approval by The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). ALMU will now be known as the Asian Lubricants Industry Association or “ALIA”. The new name reflects the diverse membership of the trade association and more closely aligns with ALIA’s ambition to become the trusted voice of the wider Asian lubricants industry.

    “2021 marks an important point in the evolution of this organisation,” said Tan Pai Kok, Council
    Chairman, and Vice President of Operations, Lubricants, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Total Oil
    Asia Pacific Pte Limited. “Over the past three years, we have developed the platform for a united voice for the Asian lubricants industry. The objective of our corporate name change is to clearly emphasise our value proposition and allow us to continue to attract businesses from throughout the entire lubricants value chain, offering incremental benefit to our members.”

    As part of the name change, ALIA has released a new company logo for marketing and brandpurposes, as well as a new website, https://asianlubricants.org/. Otherwise, all details and structures of the former ALMU remain unchanged.

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  • Petro-Canada launches global factory fill automatic transmission fluid for Allison Transmission

    Petro-Canada Lubricants, a HollyFrontier brand, is pleased to announce the launch of DuraDriveTM HD Synthetic 668, the worldwide factory first-fill automatic transmission fluid (ATF) for Allison Transmission’s TES 668TM specification, available now.

    Through reduced wear and unplanned maintenance and smoother operation, DuraDrive HD Synthetic 668 contributes to a lower total cost of ownership and delivers the performance benefits required for Allison Transmission’s TES 668™ specified factory fill fluid. The new transmission fluid is specified for on-highway vehicles, including vocational applications and is fully backwards compatible for all 1000-4000 Series Allison transmissions that require an approved TES 295® fluid.

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  • SONGWON appoints Makwell Plastisizers as its exclusive distributor for PVC additives in India

    SONGWON Industrial Co., Ltd. has announced that it signed an exclusive distribution agreement for PVC additives in India with Mumbai-based Makwell Plastisizers Pvt Ltd., effective as of December 2020.

    Since starting operations in 1965, Makwell has become a leading player in plasticizers and additives in India with a reputation for high standards and quality.

    Commenting on the agreement, Arie Kooij, Leader Market Center Tin Intermediates and PVC Additives, SONGWON said: “With such an experienced partner, we will be very well-positioned to further expand our product availability and increase our level of service to our customers in India. Active in the industry for over 50 years, Makwell has built up a solid reputation and strong local distribution network which will add great value for SONGWON.”

    “SONGWON’s wide range of products completes our product portfolio of PVC additives and we are delighted to be SONGWON’s exclusive distribution partner in India,” says Amresh Thakker, Marketing Director at Makwell. “SONGWON’s strong R&D will also be immensely beneficial to our customers and support them to find the right solutions for their needs. Furthermore, it will contribute to the development of new products required by the ever-changing PVC industry.”

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  • The UFI and what it means for your product labels

    A new 16-character code called the unique formula identifier (UFI) will be required on certain product labels as of the beginning of this year (2021) and will be mandatory on the label of all products classified for health or physical hazards by 2025.

    Importers and downstream users placing such products on the market, will have to provide specific product information, including the UFI, for the use of poison centres.

    The acronym ‘UFI’ (the same in all EU languages and alphabets, and not to be translated) must be printed on or affixed to the label of all your products containing hazardous mixtures in capital letters and be followed by colon and a 16-character alphanumeric code. The code is divided into four blocks, each separated by a hyphen.

    It is also possible to indicate the UFI on the package of the product provided it is close to the other label elements. If the mixture is not packaged, the UFI must be included in section 1.1 of the safety data sheet.

    Tools and support to generate the UFI are available on ECHA’s Poison Centres website.

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  • ExxonMobil Basestocks Grows Branded Distributor Network with Quality Logistics Services Asia, extends relationship into Malaysia

    ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (EMAPPL) has appointed Quality Logistics Services Asia (QLSAsia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Logistic Services Australia (QLSA), as its base oil distributor for Malaysia. QLSAsia plans to offer a range of Group I and Group II products including Core 150, Core 2500, EHC 50, EHC 110 and SN500.

    As a distributor of ExxonMobil base stocks, QLSAsia will adhere to the company’s product integrity systems to ensure product quality and consistency. QLSA has been distributing ExxonMobil base stocks in Australia since 2011.

    “We are excited to establish our relationship with QLSAsia to reach a wider range of customers in this important market,” said Vipin Rana, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Basestocks and Specialties Sales Manager.

    “The Malaysian market has no local production of API Group I and limited Group II refining capacity,” said QLSAsia’s General Manager Ken Chua. “With this appointment, QLSAsia will hold inventory of ExxonMobil basestocks in Malaysia and supply via tank truck to Malaysian blenders. Malaysian blenders will have access to responsive and transparent customer service, supply chain and technical capability from the ExxonMobil and QLSA relationship.”

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  • Infineum invests $40M in Notre Dame de Gravenchon (NDG) plant to enhance supply reliability for customers

    Infineum has announced the on-site arrival of a third Magnesium Sulfonate reactor at Port-Jérôme for installation and use at a lubricant additive plant operated by ExxonMobil Chemical France on behalf of Infineum.

    This significant $40M investment will add reliability, improve operability, and continue to secure the supply of Infineum additives from this ExxonMobil site by allowing for continuous production during maintenance operations and improve the availability of the unit. The additional flexibility of this multipurpose reactor will add reliability to the entire process. This will ultimately secure, as well as increase, the production availability of important detergent components for Infineum additive products.
    “We are pleased to be increasing reliability, efficiency, and available production capability for Infineum. This significant investment demonstrates Infineum’s strong commitment and confidence in the future of the petrochemical platform of Gravenchon, a key player in the regional industry”, said Hervé Brouhard, Chemical Site Manager.

    This fast-tracked project was delivered in about two years and will culminate in the installation of these modular units over the coming weeks, with the units expected to be mechanically complete by year end and fully approved in the first quarter of 2021.

    “Infineum is committed to delivering against our brand aspiration of ‘Performance you can rely on’. The enhanced capability from this unit, from which the component is deployed in many formulations as a key enabler of performance in latest generation applications, will mean improved supply reliability for Infineum customers” said Chris Locke EVP Supply, Infineum.

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  • Biosynthetic Technologies Announces The Launch Of A New Line Of Oleo Derived Additives For Metalworking Fluid Applications; Biocea™

    Biosynthetic® Technologies has announced the launch of their new product line of novel additives for the metalworking fluids market called Biocea™. These products will be available globally, effective immediately.

    Biosynthetic Technologies has developed a new class of high-performance bio-based additives for the use in metalworking fluids, called Biocea. These novel sustainable additives use the patented estolide technology and are biobased, biodegradable, non-bioaccumulative, and non-toxic. Biocea additives leverage Biosynthetic Technologies’ proprietary estolide technology for high demanding water soluble, synthetic, and conventional oil additive applications. Biocea additives are produced with naturally derived oils that not only improve the quality of formulated metalworking fluids, they are also biobased and biodegradable allowing for the manufacture of environmentally acceptable metalworking fluids that are safe and non-irritating to the skin. These estolide based additives enhance the lubricity, polarity, film strength, biostability, hydrolytic stability, and oxidative stability of the fluid, and are developed especially for real world metalworking fluid applications.

    “Meeting our focus of innovations for a sustainable future, our new line of additives also meet the exacting standards of metalworking fluid applications and are highly suitable for the manufacture of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) formulations. These Biocea additives deliver superior performance, especially in the areas of lubricity, oxidative stability and hydrolytic stability as well as wear performance,” said Mr. Mark Miller, CEO of Biosynthetic Technologies. “These additives perform exceptionally well in a variety of metalworking fluid formulations and represent significant improvements which offer greater product uniformity, cost, and marketability.”

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  • LANXESS rebrands Anderol®

    Anderol®, the synthetic specialty lubricants product line from the Lubricant Additives Business Unit (LAB) is rebranding in line with LANXESS’ corporate design.

    As of 2nd November 2020, Anderol® products will be receiving a new corporate design, including new product packaging and website redesign. The new product packaging will be phased in gradually with the old and new packaging co-existing for a short period of time.

    “LANXESS’ global set-up, its proficient technical competence centres as well as its extensive product portfolio are creating exciting new opportunities for Anderol® to the benefit of our valued customers,” explains Tom Kleinschmidt, Business Director at Anderol B.V. “LANXESS is derived from the French word ‘lancer’, which means ‘to move forward’, and ‘success’ – both values that the Anderol® product line stands for. Lubricant Additives’ global reach and technical capabilities help to further energize Anderol® to the benefit of our customers to whom we stay true with our high product quality, flexibility, deep understanding of technical application and our proximity to the customer.”

    The Anderol® product line consists of high-performance synthetic lubricants formulated specifically for industrial and food-grade applications. Anderol® fluids support lubrication needs in applications such as compressor and vacuum pumps, heavy duty gears and bearings, hydraulic and chains as well as H1 plant lubrication for the food, animal feed and pharmaceutical industries.

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  • ExxonMobil Basestocks Grows Branded Distributor Network with Quality Logistics Services Asia, extends relationship into Malaysia

    ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (EMAPPL) has appointed Quality Logistics Services Asia (QLSAsia), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Logistic Services Australia (QLSA), as its base oil distributor for Malaysia. QLSAsia plans to offer a range of Group I and Group II products including Core 150, Core 2500, EHC 50, EHC 110 and SN500.

    As a distributor of ExxonMobil base stocks, QLSAsia will adhere to the company’s product integrity systems to ensure product quality and consistency. QLSA has been distributing ExxonMobil base stocks in Australia since 2011.

    “We are excited to establish our relationship with QLSAsia to reach a wider range of customers in this important market,” said Vipin Rana, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Basestocks and Specialties Sales Manager.

    “The Malaysian market has no local production of API Group I and limited Group II refining capacity,” said QLSAsia’s General Manager Ken Chua. “With this appointment, QLSAsia will hold inventory of ExxonMobil basestocks in Malaysia and supply via tank truck to Malaysian blenders. Malaysian blenders will have access to responsive and transparent customer service, supply chain and technical capability from the ExxonMobil and QLSA relationship.”

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  • Infineum invests $40M in Notre Dame de Gravenchon (NDG) plant to enhance supply reliability for customers

    Infineum has announced the on-site arrival of a third Magnesium Sulfonate reactor at Port-Jérôme for installation and use at a lubricant additive plant operated by ExxonMobil Chemical France on behalf of Infineum.

    This significant $40M investment will add reliability, improve operability, and continue to secure the supply of Infineum additives from this ExxonMobil site by allowing for continuous production during maintenance operations and improve the availability of the unit. The additional flexibility of this multipurpose reactor will add reliability to the entire process. This will ultimately secure, as well as increase, the production availability of important detergent components for Infineum additive products.

    “We are pleased to be increasing reliability, efficiency, and available production capability for Infineum. This significant investment demonstrates Infineum’s strong commitment and confidence in the future of the petrochemical platform of Gravenchon, a key player in the regional industry”, said Hervé Brouhard, Chemical Site Manager.

    This fast-tracked project was delivered in about two years and will culminate in the installation of these modular units over the coming weeks, with the units expected to be mechanically complete by year end and fully approved in the first quarter of 2021.

    “Infineum is committed to delivering against our brand aspiration of ‘Performance you can rely on’. The enhanced capability from this unit, from which the component is deployed in many formulations as a key enabler of performance in latest generation applications, will mean improved supply reliability for Infineum customers” said Chris Locke EVP Supply, Infineum.

    Read more
  • Biosynthetic Technologies Announces The Launch Of A New Line Of Oleo Derived Additives For Metalworking Fluid Applications; Biocea™

    Biosynthetic® Technologies has announced the launch of their new product line of novel additives for the metalworking fluids market called Biocea™. These products will be available globally, effective immediately.

    Biosynthetic Technologies has developed a new class of high-performance bio-based additives for the use in metalworking fluids, called Biocea. These novel sustainable additives use the patented estolide technology and are biobased, biodegradable, non-bioaccumulative, and non-toxic. Biocea additives leverage Biosynthetic Technologies’ proprietary estolide technology for high demanding water soluble, synthetic, and conventional oil additive applications. Biocea additives are produced with naturally derived oils that not only improve the quality of formulated metalworking fluids, they are also biobased and biodegradable allowing for the manufacture of environmentally acceptable metalworking fluids that are safe and non-irritating to the skin. These estolide based additives enhance the lubricity, polarity, film strength, biostability, hydrolytic stability, and oxidative stability of the fluid, and are developed especially for real world metalworking fluid applications.

    “Meeting our focus of innovations for a sustainable future, our new line of additives also meet the exacting standards of metalworking fluid applications and are highly suitable for the manufacture of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) formulations. These Biocea additives deliver superior performance, especially in the areas of lubricity, oxidative stability and hydrolytic stability as well as wear performance,” said Mr. Mark Miller, CEO of Biosynthetic Technologies. “These additives perform exceptionally well in a variety of metalworking fluid formulations and represent significant improvements which offer greater product uniformity, cost, and marketability.”

    Read more
  • LANXESS rebrands Anderol®

    Anderol®, the synthetic specialty lubricants product line from the Lubricant Additives Business Unit (LAB) is rebranding in line with LANXESS’ corporate design.

    As of 2nd November 2020, Anderol® products will be receiving a new corporate design, including new product packaging and website redesign. The new product packaging will be phased in gradually with the old and new packaging co-existing for a short period of time.

    “LANXESS’ global set-up, its proficient technical competence centres as well as its extensive product portfolio are creating exciting new opportunities for Anderol® to the benefit of our valued customers,” explains Tom Kleinschmidt, Business Director at Anderol B.V. “LANXESS is derived from the French word ‘lancer’, which means ‘to move forward’, and ‘success’ – both values that the Anderol® product line stands for. Lubricant Additives’ global reach and technical capabilities help to further energize Anderol® to the benefit of our customers to whom we stay true with our high product quality, flexibility, deep understanding of technical application and our proximity to the customer.”

    The Anderol® product line consists of high-performance synthetic lubricants formulated specifically for industrial and food-grade applications. Anderol® fluids support lubrication needs in applications such as compressor and vacuum pumps, heavy duty gears and bearings, hydraulic and chains as well as H1 plant lubrication for the food, animal feed and pharmaceutical industries.

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  • Habemus new GEIR President!

    After several years at the head of GEIR, the European Waste Oil Re-refining Industry sector if UEIL (Independent Union of the European Lubricants industry), Christian Hartmann stepped down from his role as GEIR President to pass the reins to Marco Codognola, CEO of Itelyum.

    Marco, graduated electronic engineer, spent a significant portion of his career in sales, business development and M&A, working for the main players of the energy sector (conventional and renewables). He joined Viscolube in 2012, where he headed the growth and diversification process of the company which resulted in Itelyum Group, now active in regenerated base oil production, solvent and chemical purification, industrial waste management.

    His past years involvment in GEIR activities as member of the Steering committe, alongside former GEIR Presidents Detlev Brunhke and Christian Hartmann, coupled with his international and technical experience, made Marco an excellent fit for this leadership position.

    As new GEIR President, Marco committed to further the successful work undertaken by his predecessor. In that regard, he is already rolling-up his sleeve so as to contribute to a decisive technical study on waste oils which conclusions will feed in the European Commission’s related feasibility assessment, meant to determine if the EU should establish a waste oil regeneration target. Commissioned by the Joint Research Center (the scientific body of the European Commission), the study will be conducted by independent contractors over the next six months.

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  • Message from the UEIL President

    Dear readers,

    In normal circumstances right now I would be working on the last arrangements for the UEIL Annual Congress that was scheduled to take place in Athens from 28 to 30 October. Unfortunately, due to Corona, the UEIL Board of Directors took the unprecedented decision to cancel this year’s Annual Congress. It was a very difficult decision, as we had been working on the program since last October and had introduced new elements to make the Congress even more valuable for all the participants, and I was very much looking forward to it.

    As my current mandate as President is coming to an end, I was also looking forward to presenting the highlights from the last two years and sharing our plans for the next two-year period. As this is not possible, I will take this opportunity to share some of this information below.

    There are many initiatives that have been carried out during this period, and once again all the Committees have done a terrific job in working on some pressing issues for our industry – conducting advocacy campaigns, driving access to technical information, working for a level playing field for our industry, supporting the safe use of lubricants, developing reliable data for our industry, and much more. On behalf of the UEIL Board of Directors and myself, I would like to thank all those who have put their knowledge and time at the service of the Association in the various Committees, as well as all the companies whose representatives participate. The Committees play a key role in driving the growth of the European lubricant industry, to the benefit of our members and of the industry at large. If you would like to know more about the work of a specific Committee or would like to bring forward a topic you would like to address, please feel free to reach out to me, the Secretariat, or one of the Committee’s Chair.

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  • UKLA appoints new President

    Following the AGM held on the 8th September 2020, Darren Frogson of Exol has succeeded to the position of President of UKLA.

    His first presidential report and interview will appear in Issue 159 of Lube Magazine, to be released in October.

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  • Chevron Announces First 100% Renewable Base Oil Production, Novvi LLC Reaches Significant Milestone

    Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Novvi LLC have announced the first production of 100% renewable base oil from Novvi’s Deer Park, Houston Facility.

    “As part of our aim to find more reliable, affordable and ever-cleaner solutions that scale, Chevron remains committed to our investment in and technology development with Novvi LLC,” said Colleen Cervantes, Chevron Lubricants President. “This milestone reflects the focus in our partnership despite the recent pandemic-related downturn, and we are excited about the future.”

    Chevron is an equity investor in Novvi LLC, a California-based company that engages in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of high-performance base oils from renewable sources. The agreement was announced in 2016.

    This development is the latest in a series of Chevron announcements signaling its commitment to the energy transition and climate change focused on three areas: 1) lowering carbon intensity cost efficiently, 2) increasing renewables in support of its business, and 3) investing in the future targeting breakthrough technologies.

    “Novvi is focused on delivering renewable solutions—essential chemicals and products for the industrial fluids and lubricants markets—without trade-offs in performance, price, or availability,” said Jeff Brown, Novvi President and CEO.

    Chevron is a leading manufacturer of premium base oils and one of the world’s largest suppliers of finished lubricants. It has one of the world’s largest base oil manufacturing platforms through its own refining network and its base oil licensing technology position.

    The Chevron-Novvi partnership leverages the complementary technologies of Chevron’s long-standing expertise in hydroprocessing, particularly ISODEWAXING, with Novvi’s innovative use of renewable feedstocks to produce and market high-performance, synthetic and renewable premium base oils.

    Chevron markets ISODEWAXING technology worldwide through its joint venture partnership with Lummus Technology, Chevron Lummus Global, and has a long history of leadership in enabling premium base oils production for the lubricants industry since its invention in 1993.

    The unique production process and molecules are expected to offer even higher performance than conventional and synthetic base oils, with the advantage of being produced from renewable feedstocks.

    Novvi has developed renewable products through its technology platform that are also applicable in plastics, rubber, personal care, wax, and electric vehicle fluids. The invention and scale of this technology is designed to provide more choice to manufacturers aiming to improve performance and reduce the carbon intensity of their products.

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  • Chevron Adds Second Group II Base Oil Hub in South America – YPF to provide in-region storage, logistics and technical support in Argentina

    SAN RAMON, CALIF., June29, 2020 Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., announced that it has signed a base oil distribution agreement with YPF S.A. (YPF), a vertically integrated Argentine energy company headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    YPF, which has been well established in Argentina since 1922, has an intimate understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the market. YPF will inventory Chevron Neutral Oil 100R, 220R and 600R at its facilities, which are strategically located for Argentina’s lubricant blenders.

    Argentina is the 3rd largest lubricants market in Latin America. While today the market primarily formulates with Group I, demand for premium quality lubricants is growing.  Satisfying that demand requires a reliable supply of premium base oils backed by a strong in-region technical support team.

    Currently there is no Group II/III base oil production in South America.  With two in-region supply hubs and a large portfolio of qualifications, Chevron is providing the region with reliable local supply, and an economical path for upgrading product quality as demand grows.

    YPF was chosen as Chevron’s Group II base oil distributor because of its depth of market experience coupled with a full range of logistical and technical support services. By adding Chevron Group II/II+ to their base oil supply network, YPF can help customers navigate the changing needs of the lubricants market while reducing supply chain complexity.

    “YPF’s breadth of service and commitment to operational excellence make it an ideal distributor for us in meeting the needs of Argentina’s lubricant marketers.” said Tracey Gardiner, Vice President, Chevron Base Oils. “They understand the market’s needs, and we believe that, with our Group II/II+ base oils in tank, YPF can help customers optimize formulations, while shortening their supply chain. That means customers can minimize their base oil inventory while blending higher performing lubricants.”

    Chevron has taken the lead globally in helping markets transition to higher quality lubricants. By sharing its library of approved qualifications with its large network of regional supply hubs, Chevron has helped regional lubricant producers optimize formulating strategies while reducing complexity with a shorter, more reliable supply chain.

    In-region availability of Chevron Group II/II+ base oils will give lubricant formulators an efficient path for optimizing formulations that meet tightening API, ACEA and OEM specifications, as well as the opportunity to blend industrial lubricants with longer oil life and lower additive treat rates.

    Since its founding, YPF has distinguished itself as a fully integrated petroleum company specializing in the exploration, production, refining and commercialization of petroleum products. “We are very excited to represent Chevron premium Group II base oils. With it we can offer lubricant blenders the opportunity to upgrade their current portfolio of lubricant products.” said Eduardo Castellote, YPF Lubricants and Specialties Director,  “We are committed to working with customers to help them understand the benefits of adding Group II to their supply chain and how to optimize formulating strategies as they transition through the maze of changing specifications.”

    “Chevron’s extensive qualifications portfolio coupled with YPF’s in-region technical support can help formulators seamlessly integrate Group II base oils into their supply chain.” added Mauricio Martín, Vice President,  YPF Downstream.

    This is Chevron’s second Group II supply hub in South America and its 17th hub globally. With three plants producing base oils with the same performance properties, Chevron’s global slate enhances supply reliability around the world.

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  • STLE Elects Paul Hetherington from Petro-Canada Lubricants as 2020-2021 President

    The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) — the technical society serving individuals, companies and organisations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector — has announced that Paul Hetherington, CLS, manager, technical services, Canada, for Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., and former treasurer, secretary and vice president of STLE, will assume the role of 2020-2021 president effective immediately for a one-year term.

    In his new role, Hetherington will serve as the principal executive officer of the society and as chairman of its board of directors. Joining him on the STLE Executive Committee are Vice President Ken Hope, Ph.D. (Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP), Secretary Ryan Evans, Ph.D. (The Timken Company), Treasurer Hong Liang, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), Immediate Past President Michael Duncan, Ph.D. (Daubert Chemical Company Inc.) and STLE Executive Director Edward P. Salek.

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  • Nynas exits US sanctions

    The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) announced today that Nynas is no longer being blocked pursuant to the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations. As a result of a corporate restructuring of the ownership of Nynas AB sanctions are lifted, and US persons and companies no longer require an authorization from OFAC to engage in transactions or activities with Nynas AB. As a consequence, general license GL 13E is removed.

    “This means an end to many years of having to carry the unfair burden for a Swedish company of being subject to US sanctions. This led to an increasingly deteriorating financial situation, which ultimately forced Nynas into reorganisation at the end of last year”, says Nynas President Bo Askvik.

    “Our focus now is to successfully end the ongoing reorganisation process and having exited sanctions Nynas will be able to return to normal trading conditions and secure long-term financing.”

    As Nynas now is out of sanctions, financing is available to secure necessary crude oil purchases going forward.

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  • European Biocidal Products Forum

    The Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 is making available a practical guide aiming at supporting industry and authorities to ensure sufficient supply of disinfectants to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

    At the initiative of A.I.S.E. (the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products), EBPF (the European Biocidal Products Forum, a sector group of CEFIC) and FECC (the European Association of Chemical Distributors), a Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 was created. The main objective of the alliance is to provide industry with faster access to the relevant information, helping them to ensure that the authorities, medical facilities and the public all have enough supply of valuable disinfectants in this time of need.

    Under the umbrella of the alliance, a practical guide has been developed with the voluntary contribution of CEHTRA (Consultancy for Environmental & Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment), and the law firms Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

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  • Lube Power 50

    Who do YOU think are the 50 most influential people currently working in the lubricants industry?

    Lube magazine would love to hear from you. Send us your 3 nominations of the people you feel deserve to be in the Lube Power 50 List.

    We will be revealing and interviewing the industry’s key movers and shakers later this year in Lube magazine.

    Criteria for eligibility

    • Nominees must currently be employed in the lubricants industry.
    • They can be based anywhere in the world and must represent the lubricant sector within their role. Readers can nominate candidates from their own company or externally.
    • Employees of the UKLA or Lube magazine, their family or relations are not eligible to nominate.

    Rank your Top 3 nominees in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place order and tell us why you think they should be on the Lube Power 50 List.

    To enter, send your nominations via email to lube@ukla.org.uk or do so via our online form in the link below. Nominations must be received by 30th April 2020. All nominations will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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  • A Message from the UEIL President

    Dear Friends,

    We are facing an unprecedented time of uncertainty and confusion.

    When I was in London for the ICIS conference I truly believed that the worst of the coronavirus was over, as we were seeing the first signs of a slowing down in China. I would never have believed that now, less than a month later, I would find myself wondering when I would be able to visit my family and friends in Italy and constantly fearing for their well-being.

    This situation also made me realise that I had taken for granted the essential role that travelling plays in my life – both on a personal and professional level. I always thought that it didn’t matter where I was in the world, because everybody and everything was just a flight away. The outbreak of the coronavirus is showing us how vulnerable we really are.

    I personally believe that the best we can do right now is to undertake any reasonable measure to protect our colleagues, our friends, and our community at large, and do our best to make sure that our companies and our industry navigate this challenging period in the best possible way (for some it seems that the best thing to do right now is to stock gigantic quantities of toilet paper – but then again, we all have different priorities).

    While several countries are closing borders to contain the spread, I am witnessing the amazing power of friendship and solidarity that reaches across borders. I have received messages from all over the world, which proved once again what a great community the lubricant industry is – from Asia to the US, from South America to many European countries. Messages checking up on how I was, if my relatives in Italy were OK, but also many messages just telling me to stay safe and keep in touch until we can meet and be together again.

    It is the strength of interpersonal relationships, the energy, the positivity, and the resilience that emanates from these messages that makes me believe that, in spite of the difficult time we are going through, we will emerge from this situation stronger than ever, as individuals and as an industry.

    Valentina Serra-Holm
    President, UEIL 

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  • Women in the Lubricants Industry Conference

    Held at the Institute of Directors in London on 11th March, the first UKLA/Lube magazine Women in the Lubricants Industry Conference was designed to explore professional development and leadership strategies with a focus on the women who work in this male dominated sector.

    Built around an innovative programme of presentations, discussions and inspirational speakers, including Dr Valentina Serra-Holm (UEIL President; VP Global Product Marketing, Calumet Specialty Products), Jane James (Chevron Senior Advisor, Corporate Affairs) and motivational speaker, Mandy Hickson, former RAF squadron leader and jet fighter pilot, the day examined many of the key issues affecting our industry, stimulating lively debate among the seventy or so delegates, both men and women, who attended.

    You can read the full report of the conference in the April 2020 edition of Lube Magazine, and a gallery of images from the day are available to view in the link below.

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  • Industry events rescheduled over Coronavirus concerns

    On the 11th March the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the viral infection COVID-19 a pandemic; the first outbreak to be designated as such in over ten years.

    The European Union has yet to initiate a coordinated response to the increase in the number of cases, instead leaving member states to introduce appropriate sanctions depending on circumstances. From closing borders in Germany, isolationist measures in Italy and Spain, and banning public gatherings in Ireland and Austria.

    Meanwhile, many international companies working within the European Union have taken a precautionary approach to limit or even ban non-essential travel for their employees.

    Health and safety is, of course, of paramount importance, and with the movement of potential attendees and size of potential gatherings limited by precautionary measures, the knock-on effect of COVID-19 is that it has seen a number of industry event organisers with conferences scheduled to take place in March, April and May elect to reschedule them until later in the year.

    The gathering of the European fuel and lubricants industry at UNITI in April has been rescheduled to September, ELGI the European Lubricating Grease Annual Meeting due to take place in Hamburg, has also been put back to the autumn.

    Other events due to be held over the spring remain under review even though some key events such as the Motor Show held in Geneva earlier this year, still went ahead behind closed doors.

    More information on the rescheduled dates of key industry events can be found in our Upcoming Industry Events section on page 57 or on the Lube Media website at www.lube-media.com/events.

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  • Producing greases faster and more economically – OWI develops new measuring method

    In a current research project, the OWI (Oel-Waerme-Institut) wants to develop a new measuring method with which the process of manufacturing lubricating greases can be accelerated and thus become more cost-effective. The quality of use of lubricating greases depends to a large extent on the manufacturing process in which the grease constituents base oil and thickener should be homogeneously mixed.

    With the new measuring method to be developed, the “time-to-market” and “cost-to-market” in the manufacturing process of the grease formulation should be reduced and the operational reliability of the grease in the later application should be ensured.

    The integration of a measuring method into the real-time monitoring of the grease production process is intended to enable continuous quality control instead of the random checks of the stirring process that have been common up to now. Furthermore, the method could be integrated into the regulation and control process of the production.

    Depending on the measuring method and the size of the tribological system, it is also possible to integrate the measuring method into the tribological system, thus enabling in-situ monitoring of the lubrication process. This can cover both the general condition of the lubricity as well as the detection of mixing effects of old and new goods in relubrication operated systems and thus the loss or restriction of lubricity can be detected at an early stage, thus reducing downtime.

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  • Croda awarded ICIS Surfactants Award for Product Innovation

    Croda International Plc has been awarded the ICIS Surfactants Award for Product Innovation for their unique, patented molecule, called the Star Polymer. This novel, star-shaped, polymeric non-ionic surfactant serves as a building block for the development of more stable and effective formulated products including as an automotive friction modifier. The molecule improves fuel economy, extends engine life and increases the time between oil changes. These additive benefits make it a prime candidate for customers to meet ILSAC GF-6 specifications which require significant improvements in engine oil. It is 100% bio-renewable when built with ethylene oxide derived from biomass, making it unique for North America.

    The awards recognise excellence and innovation within the surfactants industry. The product innovation award focuses on contributions to vital areas of the market.

    Rick Hanson, Managing Director, Croda said: “Being recognised for what Croda does well, innovate, by our peers in the surfactants industry & ICIS is a great honour. Credit goes to the Croda team who managed the development of this product from concept to commercialisation. Bringing a totally new molecule in today’s highly regulated market and securing a patent on it is not an easy challege.”

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  • KRAHN Chemie acquires Greek distributor InterActive

    As of January 2020, KRAHN Chemie GmbH has acquired a majority share of InterActive S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece. Through this strategic acquisition the KRAHN Chemie Group expands its footprint not only in Europe but also in the Israeli market.

    InterActive S.A. was founded in 1990 and specialises in the distribution of lubricant additives in the Israeli, Greek and Cypriot market, as well as scientific instruments for R&D and QC laboratories in oil, pharma & chemical industries by representing renowned international manufacturers.

    Yannis Protopapas, founder, co-owner and Managing Director of InterActive S.A., explains:

    “The new affiliation with the KRAHN Group provides us with a strong and solid base for our future business development. As a family owned company, KRAHN Chemie clearly matches with InterActive, especially with its firm commitment to securing the long-term development and growth opportunities in today’s rapidly consolidating markets. It is a pleasure to be now part of a group which also strongly believes that deep local market knowledge and partnership-oriented relationships are fundamental in creating value for both our customers and suppliers. In addition, the access to an extensive and high-quality product range, technical services as well as in-house laboratory support will accelerate our future growth.”

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  • Ceremony to support the Chinese transportation industry with cutting-edge technology and additional capacity

    Infineum, a global leader of fuel and lubricant additives, held a ceremony with the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone on 8 January 2020 to mark the signing of the letter of intent to begin its integrated manufacturing base phase II project in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province.

    Infineum Zhangjiagang plant first began production in March 2016, as the company’s first wholly owned blending plant in China. Phase I covers an area of 100,000 square metres and can produce 100,000 tonnes of lubricant additives per year. Phase II, a multi-million US dollar investment will cover an area of more than 130,000 square meters and will increase capacity to ensure Infineum can meet the rising demand for high-end lubricants in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

    The Phase II signing ceremony, held at the Jiyang Lake Hotel in Zhangjiagang, was attended by distinguished representatives from the Zhangjiagang municipal government, including: Mayor of ZJG Municipal Government Mr. Pan Guoqiang and Standing Member of ZJG Municipal Party Committee, Deputy Secretary of ZJG Free Trade Zone Party Work Committee Mr. Shi Xixian. The ceremony was also attended by Infineum senior leaders, including: Trevor Russell, CEO, Philippe Creteur, EVP of Global Sales, and Mike Chen, Infineum China President.

    Mr Chen commented “We are excited about this significant milestone in our China business expansion. The long-term trust and support of our customers as well as our industry partners are a cornerstone of Infineum’s continued growth in China. Through close ongoing collaboration, we remain committed to furthering the sustainable development of China’s transportation industry and serving the market with high-quality, high-value products and technologies.”

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  • New technology for a new laboratory

    Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil laboratory that will focus on applications for transport and storage. Based in Bradford, United Kingdom, this global centre of excellence will support a highly experienced technical services team equipped to address multiple challenges experienced by refineries, storage terminals, pipeline providers, and logistic companies all around the world.

    Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the new lab has a wide selection of testing regimes and modern methods of crude oil analysis and performance testing. The facility puts Clariant Refinery Services at the forefront of finding and developing new, and customised, pour point depressant solutions for the downstream and midstream sector.

    With the ability to replicate field conditions within the laboratory, Clariant can conduct full performance potential analyses of any crude oil product, in a real-life simulation, providing customers with reliable solutions, fully tailored to their specific needs.

    With the new laboratory’s innovative methodologies and capabilities, Clariant has already developed PPD products and fuel stabiliser solutions specific to the challenges presented by new International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 regulations, limiting marine fuels’ Sulphur to 0.5% from the previous limit of 3.5%.

    The laboratory, that celebrated its official grand opening on January 23, will continue its focus on customer centered application development with technical experts being specialists in simulating and replicating field conditions.

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  • European Union Green Deal

    In December, President of the European Commission von der Leyen unveiled plans to accelerate the European Union’s momentum towards becoming a climate-neutral continent by 2050.

    Part of this deal will enshrine carbon neutrality in European law, extend the existing Carbon Emissions Trading System to include marine and phase out aviation’s free allowances, review the Energy Tax Directive, and introduce an Industrial Strategy to further reinforce the circular economy.

    At the moment the main impact upon the lubricants sector is through the review of the Energy Tax Directive of which lubricants are included but at a zero rate. The impact upon the sector of the introduction of a planned Carbon Border Tax based on the carbon content of products is still uncertain at this time.

    World Trade Organisation’s proposals upon which the tax would be based, have focused on carbon-based fuel and the use of a tax to regularise the impact of carbon-reduction measures across countries in order to reduce emissions.

    The policy work on the review of the EU Energy Tax Directive will be led by UEIL and the position is to retain the status quo in having lubricants included in the Energy Tax Directive but at a zero rate.
    Political guidelines for the next European Commission 2019 to 2024 can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/commission

    An EU briefing on the Green Deal can be found at https://www.europarl.europa.eu

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  • Michael Manley of FCA elected ACEA President for 2020

    The Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Michael Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), as its new President.

    As of January 2020, Mr Manley will take over from Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Group, who served as ACEA President for two consecutive terms in 2018 and 2019.

    The priorities of ACEA for next year include developing a pathway for the transition to carbon-neutral road transport, while ensuring the economic sustainability of the European auto sector.

    “As an industry we want to take the lead in transforming mobility in a way that puts the consumer first, but also enables us to remain globally competitive and resilient,” stated Michael Manley.

    The ACEA President is elected for a year-long term, once renewable, from the CEOs of its member companies, which are the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers.

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  • Workshop on Regulatory Requirements for Chemicals within a Global Market

    ATIEL, the technical association representing manufacturers and marketers in the European lubricants industry, organised with ATC, the Technical Committee of petroleum additive manufacturers, a workshop dedicated to regulatory requirements for chemicals within a global market.

    The main goal of the meeting, which took place on the 23rd October 2019, was to highlight the compliance challenges and to discuss best practice solutions in meeting the diverse requirements of national authorities across the world. In addition, the objective was to find a path for improving cooperation with the European automotive industry manufacturing globally today and tomorrow, scanning the horizon for new chemicals and evolving chemicals legislations.

    To handle the actual challenges ACEA proposes specific actions for improvement in the supply-chain communication and ask for discussion. But regulatory compliance data communication within the supply chain is complex. It requires a need to understand the current ways of working within additive companies, oil companies and their respective customers. Once processes, data availability and customer requirements are understood, the lubricants industry can identify the challenges faced with sharing data through the supply chain and seek to improve for the future.

    During the discussions in the workshop, various solutions were presented to improve communication and increase trust between suppliers and their customers. In the final discussion the attendees agreed on a common goal: establish a joint task force on chemical compliance globally (ATC/ATIEL/ ACEA) to develop, among others, guidance for the communication of sensitive information throughout the supply chain ensuring a win-win situation for all operators and the protection of Confidential Business Information (CBI).

    Attendees applauded the outcome of this workshop and the willingness of all stakeholders to achieve a constructive cooperative approach in product stewardship.

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  • Shell supports SkyNRG in developing Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production plant

    The development of the DSL-01 production plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands, is led by SkyNRG, a global market leader for SAF and a long-term strategic partner of Shell Aviation. Shell will bring its technical and commercial expertise to the development of the plant, and through participation in the project will secure the option to purchase sustainable aviation fuel produced at the facility.

    The DSL-01 production facility is on schedule for commissioning in 2022, representing the earliest dedicated commercial supply of sustainable aviation fuel to the aviation market in Europe. The plant will annually produce 100,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel, corresponding to a reduction in lifecycle CO2 equivalent emissions of approximately 270,000 tonnes. The plant will also produce naphtha, and 15,000 tonnes of bioLPG annually as a by-product.

    Earlier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has committed itself for a 10-year period to the development and purchase of 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel a year.

    The feedstocks used for production will be waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil, sourced predominantly from regional industries. The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen, produced local to the site in the Groningen Seaport. The combined benefits of the feedstocks, sustainable hydrogen, and use of low carbon energy to power production, will contribute to the production of sustainable aviation fuel with lifecycle carbon emissions approximately 85% lower than conventional jet fuels, as estimated by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

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  • Infineum’s new Global Centre of Innovation creates over 50 specialist jobs in Oxfordshire

    Infineum, one of the world leaders in the formulation, manufacture and marketing of petroleum additives for fuels and lubricants, officially opened their new Global Centre of Innovation on Friday 8 November, at their Headquarters in Milton Hill.

    This multi-million pound investment in their site close to Didcot, has generated more than 50 new jobs for talented chemists and engineers, to research better and more sustainable solutions in the automotive, transmissions and fuels additives business. This influx of talent provides the opportunity for Infineum to accelerate on their journey of creating a sustainable future using innovative chemistry.

    The new state-of-the-art building delivers improved infrastructure that supports their technology leadership, including new laboratories for leading edge research and development, along with a variety of collaborative and agile meeting spaces, and a new restaurant for employees and visitors.

    The new building has been designed with sustainability in mind and includes solar panels on the roof, a roof garden, LED lighting throughout, and water and electricity optimisation and efficiency investments.

    Trevor Russell, Infineum’s Global CEO, welcomed key customers and industry partners to a networking event which enabled guests from around the world to experience the building first-hand through guided tours.

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  • UEIL Sustainability Task Force holds its 3rd meeting

    The UEIL Sustainability Task Force was officially launched on 27 March 2019 during its first meeting in Brussels. Members of the Task Force gathered for a full day of meetings and took this opportunity to introduce themselves and the sustainability strategy of their respective companies, to start an initial discussion on how UEIL should take this concept on board.

    At its Annual Congress in Budapest in 2018, UEIL had announced the formation of a Sustainability Task Force charged with developing a framework to define, develop and measure sustainability in the European lubricants industry. The formation had been introduced by Apu Gosalia, Vice-President for Sustainability (CSO) & Global Intelligence at FUCHS Petrolub, who chairs the Task Force and who explained that the group should work proactively on requirements that the European Union is already beginning to introduce for other industries.

    The membership of the UEIL Sustainability Task Force was designed to fulfill certain criteria and prerequisites and is therefore:

    • composed of EU-headquartered companies;
    • representative of the whole lubricants value chain, including additive suppliers, base oil suppliers, lubricant blenders, and customers;
    • composed of companies that have proved to be willing to engage in the sustainability debate;
    • representative of a mix of European countries.

    Company members of the Task Force include BASF Fuels & Lubricant Solutions, CRODA, EVONIK Oil Additives, LANXESS, NESTE, NYNAS, INEOS, Itelyum, FUCHS Petrolub, BLASER Swisslube, RS Clare, CIPELIA, NOWAL Chimica, Q8, and BOSCH. The Task Force will evolve into a fully-fledged committee of the association at a later stage.

    The overall work of the Task Force is led by three main steps:

    • define what sustainability is for the lubricants industry;
    • develop commitments for key sustainability targets;
    • define how to implement these commitments.

    After June, the Task Force reunited for a third meeting that was held on 11 September. On this occasion, the Task Force Members confirmed their definition of sustainability in the lubricants sector, discussed the prioritisation of relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and further progressed on their work to develop a formal Sustainability Task Force strategy.

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  • Leaders in Industrial Process Fluids Combine to Form Quaker Houghton

    Quaker Chemical Corporation and Houghton International have combined to create Quaker Houghton (NYSE: KWR), the global leader in industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets. Along with the new name, the company revealed a new logo and brand representing the combined companies. The company will continue to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the “KWR” ticker symbol.

    Quaker Houghton Combination Press Release 08.01.19 FINAL

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  • New Chair for CEC

    ATIEL is pleased to announce that Dr Nick Clague of SK Lubricants has been appointed to the chair of CEC. Nick is a well known member of various ATIEL committees and we are delighted that his company has made sufficient time available to him to carry out this role.

    Nick has worked in the industry for over 20 years since completing his PhD with Adibis in 1998. He has previously worked for both Afton and Lubrizol in various roles developing formulations for many different applications from hydraulic oils through to formulating heavy duty diesel engine oils.

    Nick is the Global Technical Manager for SK Lubricants and is based in the United Kingdom. Nick is responsible for technical matters relating to SK Lubricants YUBASE and YUBASE plus base oils. He also represents SK Lubricants on several ATIEL committees and regularly attends cross-industry meetings. He has been one of ATIEL’s representatives on the CEC Management Board for several years and is therefore well placed to take on the chairmanship. He takes over the role from Frank Stunnenberg of Chevron, who chaired CEC for two years on behalf of ATC, another of CEC’s stakeholders.

    CEC, the Coordination Council for the development of performance tests for fuels, lubricants and other fuels, comprises four stakeholders – ACEA, ATC, ATIEL and Concawe. It is tasked with developing performance tests for fuels and lubricants.

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  • Appointment of New Leader for Shell Aviation

    Anna Mascolo has been appointed Vice President of Shell’s Aviation business, taking over from Anne Anderson who is moving to a senior leadership role in Shell’s Chemicals business.

    “I am so proud of what we have achieved in recent years,” said Anne. “Shell Aviation is a thriving business in Shell’s portfolio, equipped with the right expertise and resources to offer a diverse suite of solutions for our customers. We have a new footprint through growth in new locations, new supply chains, and we are at the forefront of the industry response to climate change. Through collaboration with external partners, we are providing truly add-value solutions, including our industry-first electric pump jet refuelling vehicles, Shell SkyPad – our digital refuelling data capture technology, and sustainable aviation fuel. The business is in an extremely strong position to help our customers’ businesses progress and succeed.”

    Anna will take over from Anne on 1 July 2019. She brings to the Aviation business broad global experience from Chemicals, Fuels and Gas Products. Her career spans over 20 years in customer facing and supply roles.

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