Castrol partners with Pulpex to reduce plastic packaging use

Photo courtesy of Pulpex Castrol, part of the bp group and one of the leading global lubricant brands, announced a new packaging partnership with Pulpex. Successful adoption of Pulpex technology could substantially reduce Castrol’s plastics use. Pulpex is a first-of-its-kind technology that forms bottles from wood pulp using 100% renewable feedstocks from responsibly managed forests.…

Fuchs Group lowers global carbon footprint by more than 8%

German independent lubricant manufacturer, Fuchs Group, which operates globally in the lubricants industry, says it has reduced its global carbon footprint by more than 8% in 2020. It achieved this by converting its entire European electricity consumption in 2020 to 100% green energy. Since the start of 2020, all manufacturing subsidiaries of the Fuchs Group…

API to withdraw ILSAC GF-5 licensing on May 1

Image courtesy of API ILSAC GF-5 will become obsolete from tomorrow and will be removed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) from the list of licensable standards, according to Dennis Bachelder, API’s senior engineer, Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS). Currently, there are 6,500 licensed GF-5 oils, he said. While ILSAC GF-5 products can…

Valvoline launches Premium Blue One Solution Gen 2 in Europe

Photo courtesy of Valvoline U.S.-based Valvoline Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, has launched Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution Gen 2 in the European market. This is the second generation of a product first unveiled by Valvoline in 2018. Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution Gen 2 formulation combines premium…

Croda launches a new dielectric ester base oil

UK-based specialty chemical company Croda International Plc has launched a new dielectric ester base oil that can be used in battery cooling and electric vehicle (EV) transmission fluids to improve safety, stability, and performance. The inclusion of high voltage components into vehicle powertrains has introduced new challenges for fluid formulators and automotive engineers over the…

ExxonMobil signs exclusive offtake deal for renewable diesel

Photo courtesy of Global Clean Energy Holdings ExxonMobil says it will be the exclusive buyer of renewable diesel to be produced at the Bakersfield, California, U.S.A. biorefinery owned by Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (GCEH). The former Alon Bakersfield Refinery, which has been re-purposed into a biorefinery, will start producing renewable diesel early next year.…

SwRI forms research consortium for electric vehicle fluids

Photo courtesy of SwRI Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), based in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A., is launching a new industry research consortium to expand the industry’s understanding of electric vehicle fluid requirements. The consortium, entitled “Advanced Fluids for Electrified Vehicles (AFEV),” will be launched on 18 May 2021. SwRI is inviting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), lubricant…

Does new OEM global fluids consortium spell end of ILSAC?

Representatives from some of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) announced the formation of the International Fluids Consortium (IFC) yesterday at SAE International’s WCX World Congress Experience Digital Summit. Teri Kowalski, principal engineer at Toyota Motor North America, presented how the International Fluids Consortium will develop performance-based fluid specifications that will ensure current and…

Quaker Houghton announces joint venture with Grindaix

Photo courtesy of Grindaix GmbH Quaker Houghton, a global leader in industrial process fluids, has entered into an exclusive joint venture with Grindaix GmbH, a German-based, high-tech provider of coolant control and delivery systems. Grindaix is a spin-off from RWTH-Aachen, a public research university located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Grindaix specializes in optimizing and…

Esso Thailand launches upgraded Mobil Super engine oil

Photo courtesy of Esso Thailand Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited has unveiled its upgraded Mobil SuperTM engine oil line offering proven protection and value-for-money. “The new formulation has proven to provide engine wear protection up to 65% under the latest API standard using Sequence IVB (iron wear) test,” said Manoch Munjitjuntra, director & Thailand lubricant sales…