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Valvoline to Build Lube Blending Plant in China

Valvoline last Wednesday announced plans to build its first plant in China. With expected investment of approximately $70 million (RMB 443 million) and with an annual production capacity in excess of 30 million gallons, it will also represent Valvoline’s single largest blending plant investment worldwide.


Cummins Issues New NGEO Specification CES 20092

Cummins has introduced a new natural gas engine oil performance specification for its Westport stoichiometric combustion mid-range and heavy-duty engines. This new specification, referred to as Cummins Engineering Standard (CES) 20092, will provide significantly improved oxidation and thermal stability compared to previous natural gas engine oils.


ExxonMobil to Buy Indonesian Motorcycle Lubricant Blender, Marketer

ExxonMobil said it agreed to purchase PT Federal Karyatama, one of Indonesia’s largest manufacturers and marketers of motorcycle lubricants. The acquisition includes the Federal Oil brand and a 700,000 barrel per year blending plant in Cilegon, Indonesia. ExxonMobil will acquire 100 percent interest in the company from PT Mitra Pinasthika Mustika Tbk. and its affiliate.


BP, Valvoline, FUCHS, HollyFrontier Report Earnings

BP, Valvoline, FUCHS PETROLUB and HollyFrontier reported their most recent quarterly earnings. BP reported increased earnings and revenues. Valvoline reported an increase in adjusted net income. FUCHS reported a 4% revenue increase. HollyFrontier reported an earnings increase compared to a loss last year.

Marathon Petroleum Acquires Andeavor, Becomes Largest U.S. Crude Oil Refiner

Marathon Petroleum, the second-largest U.S. oil refiner, and Andeavor (previously Tesoro), the fifth largest, last Wednesday announced they have entered into a $23.3 billion merger agreement under which MPC will acquire Andeavor, to create the largest U.S. oil refiner with a combined oil refining capacity of 2.9 million bpcd, overtaking Valero Energy Corp.


Lube Base Oil Price Report

During this past week, Calumet, Excel Paralubes, ExxonMobil, HollyFrontier, Petro-Canada, Flint Hills Resources and Kleen Performance Products announced paraffinic lube base oil price increases, while San Joaquin Refining announced a price increase of its naphthenic base oil.

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