aluminum car body parts pose lubrication challenges

Aluminium, the stuff of easy-to-crush cans, is increasingly found in car body parts. The trend represents an opportunity and a challenge for lubricants. Lubricants are needed that can withstand higher pressures and temperatures during metal forming.

Researchers have demonstrated a new process for the expanded use of lightweight aluminum in cars and trucks at the speed, scale, quality and consistency required by the auto indust...

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, a joint venture between Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66 based in Woodlands, Texas, U.S.A., announced several senior management changes, effecti...

The electric vehicle (EV) battery market is expected to reach USD 16.4 billion in 2020, from a mere USD 2.18 billion last year, according to Werner Tillmetz, head of Germany’...
Angela Willis General Motors

General Motors (GM) has recently introduced second-generation dexos1 engine oil specification from GM, which builds on several performance improvements, particularly low-speed pre-ignition and fuel economy. GM has introduced a vehicle fuel economy test into the second-generation dexos1 specification in order to enhance fuel economy performance in future oils. This is a new concept for North American engine oil specifications.

Shell Tianjin lube blending plant
Royal Dutch Shell, the number one global supplier of lubricants in terms of volume, is shifting its focus to China. In August, the company sold its 75% stake in Tongyi Lubricants to focus on Shell-branded products.

meeting EU fuel targets
The European Union is having non-compliance issues with a few fuel standards, and is behind on meeting certain legislative targets.


DALLAS, Texas, September 2, 2015—Hydrotex®, a national manufacturer and distributor of high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions, is now providing Clean Diesel solutions to c[...]

NORWELL, Mass., Aug 31, 2015—Clean Harbors, Inc., the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America,today announced that its Safety-Kleen subsi[...]

PARIS, France, August 25, 2015—NYCO is pleased to announce it has recently gained NSF HX-1 registration for NYCOBASE 43608 FG, an ISO VG 320 complex ester, responding to the growing demand[...]

Stuttgart, Germany, August 25, 2015 – Bosch has joined forces with a number of other suppliers, automakers, and public-sector partners to launch the “cooperative highly automated driving[...]

With the closure of the Kurnell refinery and the establishment of Ampol Singapore to source the company’s crude and refined product, Caltex continues to evolve towards an integrated transp[...]

HORSHAM, PA, August 21, 2015— Evonik’s Oil Additives business has announced the addition of two technical service managers to its Americas Technology Center: Alexei Kurchan and JoRuetta [...]

viscosity modifier technology
With today’s focus on low viscosity engine oils as one of the keys to vehicle fuel economy, there’s a renewed focus on viscosity modifier (VM) technology. They come in various types, with different molecular architectures.

pico technology
Although the definition and understanding of nano and pico technologies has evolved over the years, the term nano used to refer to the manipulation of matter “as far down as we go up, said Pavlov Rudenko, chief technology officer of TriboTex, based in Colfax, Wash., U.S.A. Essentially, pico technology could eventually allow for the manipulation of matter at the atomic scale.
Ortwin Costenoble

It was a technical mystery, a problem with escalating costs as more and more vehicles underwent warranty repair. The issue? Internal deposits that caused sticking injectors in Eu...

regional lubricant requirements
While the lubricant business is undoubtedly global, research and development (R&D) of new lubricants is increasingly being segmented into different technological regions.

Fuchs Petrolub SE announced that Alexander Selent, 62, vice chairman of the Executive Board, will retire at the end of 2015.

Accounting for 40% of the global lubricant market, Asia-Pacific is now the leading region for finished lubricant demand.

Asia-Pacific has been the fastest growing lubricants market in the world. But how long will it continue to see sustainable growth?
Evonik inaugurates Oil Additives plant expansion on Jurong Island, Singapore

Evonik Oil Additives’ plant on Jurong Island, Singapore is now producing 40% of Evonik’s total global capacity, after its expansion, which nearly doubled the plant’s original...

Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., based in Woodridge, Ill., U.S.A. is developing a Biobased Polyol Ester (BPE) designed to address the demanding fire-resistant hydraulic fluid mar...
Kaustav Sinha

With the impending development of ILSAC GF-6, the newest generation of engine oil, a new standardised oil oxidation and deposit test was developed using a Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar engine.

The number of Chinese grease plants outnumbered North American plants by almost two to one, representing 37% of total global grease production.

Microencapsulation is not a new technology. Its application to lubricants, however, has never been attempted before.

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