Wednesday, July 22, 2009 VOLUME 9 ISSUE 29  

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July 15, 2009
Vol. 9 Issue 28

ROBO Is Ready to Roll
ASTM International has published RohMax’s ROBO, a bench test designed to replace the more expensive Sequence IIIGA engine test in the new ILSAC GF-5 engine oil performance standard.
Dow to Close Wilton Plant
Dow Chemical plans to close its 55-employee ethylene oxide and glycol production facility at Wilton, U.K., by the end of January 2010, citing economic impacts from the global recession.
Competition Colors China Market
Competition, internal market changes and the global recession are influencing the direction of China’s 5.5 million ton lubricant market, an expert said. Oil quality will improve and consolidation will continue, driving most local independents from the market.
Lifetime Lube for Turbine Gearboxes?
The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday announced a $745,000 grant to Dow Corning to develop a lifetime lubricant for gearboxes to increase the efficiency and durability of wind turbine drive trains.
U.S. Base Oil Price Report
Overall demand for base oils in the U.S. is described as picking back up, after nearly grinding to a stop from late June to mid-July.
Europe-MidEast-Africa Base Oil Price Report
With scant activity on the base oil scene, the few players around are attributing the slowdown to the European and Middle East vacation period which is upon us. The $50 to $80 per ton price hikes of recent weeks are filtering through over buyers’ objections.
SSY Base Oil Shipping Report
The markets retain an air of despondency. Owners are attempting to hold onto present freight rates, but the overhang of tonnage is making itself felt. Even areas such as the U.S. Gulf, which has been tight for some time for prompt loading, is beginning to wane with more ships appearing on the horizon.

Lube Report Editor


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