Wednesday, July 8, 2009 VOLUME 9 ISSUE 27  

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SK to Spin Off Lubes?
SK Energy plans to spin off its lubricant business, according to a South Korean Yonhap News Agency report cited by Bloomberg on Friday. Yonhap, quoting an unidentified company official, stated that SK Energy “will maintain management control over the new unit while selling part of it,” Bloomberg said.
Pressure Builds on Group I Plants
Expect 2009 to be a really tough year for the base oil business, an industry pundit predicts, with the global recession pulling down demand by 5 to 10 percent from 2008 levels and more than 2 million metric tons per year of new capacity coming on stream. One result? More pressure to close the least competitive API Group I refineries.
Grease Production Slips in ‘08
Total reported grease production worldwide reached 2.25 billion pounds (1 billion kilograms) in 2008, and was 2.3 billion pounds in 2007, according to the latest grease production survey from NLGI International. Lithium greases continued to dominate worldwide, accounting for 73 percent of the total.
Update on Lubes Down Under
Australia is a big country with a small population and a taste for high-quality lubricants, where most base oils and a growing share of finished lubes are now imported.
Unioil Expands in Philippines
Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. is targeting five different regions in the Philippines as part of an expansion program for its automotive and industrial lubricant products.
Kraton, Arkema, Oxea Raise Prices
Kraton Polymers announced upcoming price increases for polymers used in lubricants, while Arkema and Oxea have upped prices for solvents and oxygenated solvents.
U.S. Base Oil Price Report
At first it appeared the U.S. market had a hard time rolling back into action following the extended July 4th celebratory weekend. But on Tuesday, Motiva gripped the industry’s attention with its plans to increase its line-up of API Group II and II+ postings between 20 to 35 cents per gallon.
Europe-MidEast-Africa Base Oil Price Report
A very quiet week after the significant price hikes over the last two weeks, and with Repsol and Total start-ups, availabilities should be easing. However, no sooner have all the producers initiated their price increases when the market slows and things start to change yet again.
SSY Base Oil Shipping Report
European markets have been boosted by a steady stream of new intra-European enquiries. Asian export enquiries have begun to trickle in too, which will help to move the surplus of tonnage in Asia and send it back where it is needed. One place that could most use an injection of additional tonnage is the United States, where prompt space is still remarkably tight.
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