Balmer Lawrie & Co., India’s grand
old grease company, is trying to shake off some dust. In the midst of a
multi-plant plan to expand its production capacity, the 146-year-old
company is also aiming to become a bigger player in the market for
Fuchs Petrolub announced that its
Australian subsidiary will build a lubricant blending plant in Beresfield,
New South Wales, Australia, to replace an existing facility in Wickham.
Officials said the new plant will be larger and will be in a better
Revenue growth from machinery
production in China dipped to 1.8 percent in 2012 due to over-capacity,
according to market research firm IHS
Technology. The market research firm predicts a rebound to
growth rates of 8-10 percent in coming years. U.S.-based BioBlend has selected
Indonesian firm National
Energy Solutions to distribute its bio-based industrial lubricants
Conventional theories about
metalworking fluids state that they react chemically with the surfaces of
metal workpieces during the short time that the two are in contact. These
reactions supposedly form metal chlorinate, metal sulfide or metal phosphor
layers that are more easily removed by the machine tool. Researchers at a
German supplier of metalworking fluids challenged that model.
Allor-Plesh will distribute Calumet Specialty Products
Purple lubricants to the North American steel industry.
Indonesian firm National
Energy Solutions will distribute Elk Grove Village,
biobased industrial lubricants in Indonesia.
ExxonMobil Chemical opened its
new metallocene polyalphaolefin synthetic lubricant base stock plant at its
Baytown, Texas complex, boosting the company’s global PAO capacity by
50,000 metric tons per year.
A fire last week at Fiske
Brothers’ Toledo, Ohio, lubricants plant resulted in no injuries but caused
approximately $8,000 in damages, according to the local fire department.
Plant operators and fire crews quickly contained the blaze.
Calumet Specialty Products
acquiring Tulsa, Okla.-based Anchor Drilling Fluids USA’s parent company,
ADF Holdings, for $235 million. Houghton International completed
its acquisition of Henkel’s
North American Steel Mill business, including rolling oils, pickle oils,
wet temper fluids and steel mill-specific cleaners. Automotive parts
Kapodistrias & Sons will distribute Castrol
products for BP
Eastern Mediterranean Ltd. in Cyprus.
The U.S. base oils market
was dealt a full house in terms of posted price increases, with a number
of players joining those producers who had stepped out with announcements
earlier this month.–by Gabriela Wheeler
Rising API Group I and Group
II prices throughout the EMEA markets have stabilized at last week’s
levels. Group l supplies from mainland suppliers are still tight, with
Baltic avails still not forthcoming.–by Ray Masson