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API Releases New Donut Symbol to Differentiate New Diesel Oil

API will introduce a special Service Symbol Donut to help consumers identify the recently approved API FA-4 diesel engine oil, which is designed to protect the next generation of diesel engines. API approved two new diesel oil standards, FA-4 and CK-4, earlier this year.


Valvoline Teams Up with Carfax on Vehicle Recalls

Valvoline Instant Oil Change last Monday it is teaming up with Carfax to help customers stay informed about open manufacturer recalls on their vehicle. Within the next few months, VIOC will check vehicles serviced at any of their locations for open recalls using as a courtesy and notify customers by email when any are found.


ExxonMobil Introduces SpectraSyn Elite™ 300 mPAO

ExxonMobil Chemical last Monday announced the introduction of an addition to its line of SpectraSyn Elite™ metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) synthetic base stocks, the industry’s only 300 cSt mPAO – provides formulators with even greater flexibility to develop innovative lubricants.


Afton Chemical Opens Lube Additive Component Manufacturing Facility on Jurong Island, Singapore

Afton Chemical last Tuesday announced the opening of its manufacturing facility on Jurong Island, Singapore. The facility will now commence production of key components that are used in Afton Chemical’s engine oil additives to meet rising regional and global demand.


INEOS Oligomers to Build 420,000 MT/Y LAO Unit at Chocolate Bayou, TX

INEOS Oligomers said it had made a Final Investment Decision to build a new 420,000 tpa world scale Linear Alpha Olefin (LAO) unit at the INEOS site at Chocolate Bayou, TX. Once the unit comes on-stream in November, 2018, the global LAO production capacity of INEOS Oligomers will reach approximately one million metric tons per annum.


ADNOC to Build Lube Blending Plant at Kizad

ADNOC Distribution, the distribution arm of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, plans to build a lubricants manufacturing plant at Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad). The company said it plans to complete a plant with output capacity of 100,000 tons by 2022, with plans to double that capacity at an unspecified future date.


Infineum Announces Executive Appointments

Infineum has announced a number of executive appointments to its Corporate Leadership Team, effective July 1, 2016. Among them, Aldo Govi, currently Lubricants Business Manager, will be promoted to the role of EVP Sales. Chris Locke will remain EVP of Marketing and Technology.


  • Calumet to Increase Prices of Naphthenic Base Oils, 750 and Lighter Grades by 15 CPG, Grades Heavier Than 750 by 20 CPG, Effective May 24
  • Cross Oil to Increase Prices of Its Naphthenic Base Oils, Grades Up to 750 SUS by 15 CPG, and Grades Over 750 SUS by 20 CPG, Effective May 25
  • Flint Hills Resources Increases Prices of Its (Group II) 70/75-HC, 100-HC, 230-HC, and 600-HC by 15 CPG, Effective May 13
  • Warren Distribution Announces Price Increase of 12 to 20 CPG on All Its Lubricants, Effective May 23
  • Smitty's Supply to Increase Finished Lube Prices by 25 CPG, Effective June 6 
  • Nynas Naphthenic Specialty Oil 1Q 2016 Net Income Increases
  • Clariant's Hostacor® AL MWF Corrosion Inhibitor Recognized by EPA
  • NYCO Appoints FL Technics as Its Official Distributor
  • Shell India Names Nitin Prasad to Replace Yasmin Hilton as Country Head
  • Correction: In last week's issue, we stated the prices of Ergon napththenic base oils to increase 20 CPG. It should have stated 'to increase 15-20 CPG, depending on viscosity'

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