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  • After several years at the head of GEIR, the European Waste Oil Re-refining Industry sector if UEIL (Independent Union of the European Lubricants industry), Christian Hartmann stepped down from his role as GEIR President to pass the reins to Marco Codognola, CEO of Itelyum.

    Marco, graduated electronic engineer, spent a significant portion of his career in sales, business development and M&A, working for the main players of the energy sector (conventional and renewables). He joined Viscolube in 2012, where he headed the growth and diversification process of the company which resulted in Itelyum Group, now active in regenerated base oil production, solvent and chemical purification, industrial waste management.

    His past years involvment in GEIR activities as member of the Steering committe, alongside former GEIR Presidents Detlev Brunhke and Christian Hartmann, coupled with his international and technical experience, made Marco an excellent fit for this leadership position.

    必乐国际注册As new GEIR President, Marco committed to further the successful work undertaken by his predecessor. In that regard, he is already rolling-up his sleeve so as to contribute to a decisive technical study on waste oils which conclusions will feed in the European Commission’s related feasibility assessment, meant to determine if the EU should establish a waste oil regeneration target. Commissioned by the Joint Research Center (the scientific body of the European Commission), the study will be conducted by independent contractors over the next six months.

  • Dear readers,

    In normal circumstances right now I would be working on the last arrangements for the UEIL Annual Congress that was scheduled to take place in Athens from 28 to 30 October. Unfortunately, due to Corona, the UEIL Board of Directors took the unprecedented decision to cancel this year’s Annual Congress. It was a very difficult decision, as we had been working on the program since last October and had introduced new elements to make the Congress even more valuable for all the participants, and I was very much looking forward to it.

    As my current mandate as President is coming to an end, I was also looking forward to presenting the highlights from the last two years and sharing our plans for the next two-year period. As this is not possible, I will take this opportunity to share some of this information below.

    There are many initiatives that have been carried out during this period, and once again all the Committees have done a terrific job in working on some pressing issues for our industry – conducting advocacy campaigns, driving access to technical information, working for a level playing field for our industry, supporting the safe use of lubricants, developing reliable data for our industry, and much more. On behalf of the UEIL Board of Directors and myself, I would like to thank all those who have put their knowledge and time at the service of the Association in the various Committees, as well as all the companies whose representatives participate. The Committees play a key role in driving the growth of the European lubricant industry, to the benefit of our members and of the industry at large. If you would like to know more about the work of a specific Committee or would like to bring forward a topic you would like to address, please feel free to reach out to me, the Secretariat, or one of the Committee’s Chair.

  • Following the AGM held on the 8th September 2020, Darren Frogson of Exol has succeeded to the position of President of UKLA.

    His first presidential report and interview will appear in Issue 159 of Lube Magazine, to be released in October.

  • Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Novvi LLC have announced the first production of 100% renewable base oil from Novvi’s Deer Park, Houston Facility.

    必乐国际注册“As part of our aim to find more reliable, affordable and ever-cleaner solutions that scale, Chevron remains committed to our investment in and technology development with Novvi LLC,” said Colleen Cervantes, Chevron Lubricants President. “This milestone reflects the focus in our partnership despite the recent pandemic-related downturn, and we are excited about the future.”

    Chevron is an equity investor in Novvi LLC, a California-based company that engages in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of high-performance base oils from renewable sources. The agreement was announced in 2016.

    This development is the latest in a series of Chevron announcements signaling its commitment to the energy transition and climate change focused on three areas: 1) lowering carbon intensity cost efficiently, 2) increasing renewables in support of its business, and 3) investing in the future targeting breakthrough technologies.

    必乐国际注册“Novvi is focused on delivering renewable solutions—essential chemicals and products for the industrial fluids and lubricants markets—without trade-offs in performance, price, or availability,” said Jeff Brown, Novvi President and CEO.

    Chevron is a leading manufacturer of premium base oils and one of the world’s largest suppliers of finished lubricants. It has one of the world’s largest base oil manufacturing platforms through its own refining network and its base oil licensing technology position.

    必乐国际注册The Chevron-Novvi partnership leverages the complementary technologies of Chevron’s long-standing expertise in hydroprocessing, particularly ISODEWAXING, with Novvi’s innovative use of renewable feedstocks to produce and market high-performance, synthetic and renewable premium base oils.

    Chevron markets ISODEWAXING technology worldwide through its joint venture partnership with Lummus Technology, Chevron Lummus Global, and has a long history of leadership in enabling premium base oils production for the lubricants industry since its invention in 1993.

    The unique production process and molecules are expected to offer even higher performance than conventional and synthetic base oils, with the advantage of being produced from renewable feedstocks.

    Novvi has developed renewable products through its technology platform that are also applicable in plastics, rubber, personal care, wax, and electric vehicle fluids. The invention and scale of this technology is designed to provide more choice to manufacturers aiming to improve performance and reduce the carbon intensity of their products.

  • SAN RAMON, CALIF., June29, 2020 Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., announced that it has signed a base oil distribution agreement with YPF S.A. (YPF), a vertically integrated Argentine energy company headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    必乐国际注册YPF, which has been well established in Argentina since 1922, has an intimate understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the market. YPF will inventory Chevron Neutral Oil 100R, 220R and 600R at its facilities, which are strategically located for Argentina’s lubricant blenders.

    必乐国际注册Argentina is the 3rd largest lubricants market in Latin America. While today the market primarily formulates with Group I, demand for premium quality lubricants is growing.  Satisfying that demand requires a reliable supply of premium base oils backed by a strong in-region technical support team.

    Currently there is no Group II/III base oil production in South America.  With two in-region supply hubs and a large portfolio of qualifications, Chevron is providing the region with reliable local supply, and an economical path for upgrading product quality as demand grows.

    YPF was chosen as Chevron’s Group II base oil distributor because of its depth of market experience coupled with a full range of logistical and technical support services. By adding Chevron Group II/II+ to their base oil supply network, YPF can help customers navigate the changing needs of the lubricants market while reducing supply chain complexity.

    必乐国际注册“YPF’s breadth of service and commitment to operational excellence make it an ideal distributor for us in meeting the needs of Argentina’s lubricant marketers.” said Tracey Gardiner, Vice President, Chevron Base Oils. “They understand the market’s needs, and we believe that, with our Group II/II+ base oils in tank, YPF can help customers optimize formulations, while shortening their supply chain. That means customers can minimize their base oil inventory while blending higher performing lubricants.”

    Chevron has taken the lead globally in helping markets transition to higher quality lubricants. By sharing its library of approved qualifications with its large network of regional supply hubs, Chevron has helped regional lubricant producers optimize formulating strategies while reducing complexity with a shorter, more reliable supply chain.

    In-region availability of Chevron Group II/II+ base oils will give lubricant formulators an efficient path for optimizing formulations that meet tightening API, ACEA and OEM specifications, as well as the opportunity to blend industrial lubricants with longer oil life and lower additive treat rates.

    Since its founding, YPF has distinguished itself as a fully integrated petroleum company specializing in the exploration, production, refining and commercialization of petroleum products. “We are very excited to represent Chevron premium Group II base oils. With it we can offer lubricant blenders the opportunity to upgrade their current portfolio of lubricant products.” said Eduardo Castellote, YPF Lubricants and Specialties Director,  “We are committed to working with customers to help them understand the benefits of adding Group II to their supply chain and how to optimize formulating strategies as they transition through the maze of changing specifications.”

    必乐国际注册“Chevron’s extensive qualifications portfolio coupled with YPF’s in-region technical support can help formulators seamlessly integrate Group II base oils into their supply chain.” added Mauricio Martín, Vice President,  YPF Downstream.

    This is Chevron’s second Group II supply hub in South America and its 17th hub globally. With three plants producing base oils with the same performance properties, Chevron’s global slate enhances supply reliability around the world.

  • The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) — the technical society serving individuals, companies and organisations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector — has announced that Paul Hetherington, CLS, manager, technical services, Canada, for Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., and former treasurer, secretary and vice president of STLE, will assume the role of 2020-2021 president effective immediately for a one-year term.

    In his new role, Hetherington will serve as the principal executive officer of the society and as chairman of its board of directors. Joining him on the STLE Executive Committee are Vice President Ken Hope, Ph.D. (Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP), Secretary Ryan Evans, Ph.D. (The Timken Company), Treasurer Hong Liang, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), Immediate Past President Michael Duncan, Ph.D. (Daubert Chemical Company Inc.) and STLE Executive Director Edward P. Salek.

  • The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) announced today that Nynas is no longer being blocked pursuant to the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations. As a result of a corporate restructuring of the ownership of Nynas AB sanctions are lifted, and US persons and companies no longer require an authorization from OFAC to engage in transactions or activities with Nynas AB. As a consequence, general license GL 13E is removed.

    “This means an end to many years of having to carry the unfair burden for a Swedish company of being subject to US sanctions. This led to an increasingly deteriorating financial situation, which ultimately forced Nynas into reorganisation at the end of last year”, says Nynas President Bo Askvik.

    必乐国际注册“Our focus now is to successfully end the ongoing reorganisation process and having exited sanctions Nynas will be able to return to normal trading conditions and secure long-term financing.”

    As Nynas now is out of sanctions, financing is available to secure necessary crude oil purchases going forward.

  • The Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 is making available a practical guide aiming at supporting industry and authorities to ensure sufficient supply of disinfectants to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

    At the initiative of A.I.S.E. (the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products), EBPF (the European Biocidal Products Forum, a sector group of CEFIC) and FECC (the European Association of Chemical Distributors), a Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 was created. The main objective of the alliance is to provide industry with faster access to the relevant information, helping them to ensure that the authorities, medical facilities and the public all have enough supply of valuable disinfectants in this time of need.

    必乐国际注册Under the umbrella of the alliance, a practical guide has been developed with the voluntary contribution of CEHTRA (Consultancy for Environmental & Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment), and the law firms Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Lube Power 50

    Who do YOU think are the 50 most influential people currently working in the lubricants industry?

    Lube magazine would love to hear from you. Send us your 3 nominations of the people you feel deserve to be in the Lube Power 50 List.

    必乐国际注册We will be revealing and interviewing the industry’s key movers and shakers later this year in Lube magazine.

    Criteria for eligibility

    • Nominees must currently be employed in the lubricants industry.
    • They can be based anywhere in the world and must represent the lubricant sector within their role. Readers can nominate candidates from their own company or externally.
    • Employees of the UKLA or Lube magazine, their family or relations are not eligible to nominate.

    必乐国际注册Rank your Top 3 nominees in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place order and tell us why you think they should be on the Lube Power 50 List.

    To enter, send your nominations via email to lube@ukla.org.uk or do so via our online form in the link below. Nominations must be received by 30th April 2020. All nominations will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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  • 必乐国际注册Dear Friends,

    We are facing an unprecedented time of uncertainty and confusion.

    When I was in London for the ICIS conference I truly believed that the worst of the coronavirus was over, as we were seeing the first signs of a slowing down in China. I would never have believed that now, less than a month later, I would find myself wondering when I would be able to visit my family and friends in Italy and constantly fearing for their well-being.

    This situation also made me realise that I had taken for granted the essential role that travelling plays in my life – both on a personal and professional level. I always thought that it didn’t matter where I was in the world, because everybody and everything was just a flight away. The outbreak of the coronavirus is showing us how vulnerable we really are.

    I personally believe that the best we can do right now is to undertake any reasonable measure to protect our colleagues, our friends, and our community at large, and do our best to make sure that our companies and our industry navigate this challenging period in the best possible way (for some it seems that the best thing to do right now is to stock gigantic quantities of toilet paper – but then again, we all have different priorities).

    While several countries are closing borders to contain the spread, I am witnessing the amazing power of friendship and solidarity that reaches across borders. I have received messages from all over the world, which proved once again what a great community the lubricant industry is – from Asia to the US, from South America to many European countries. Messages checking up on how I was, if my relatives in Italy were OK, but also many messages just telling me to stay safe and keep in touch until we can meet and be together again.

    It is the strength of interpersonal relationships, the energy, the positivity, and the resilience that emanates from these messages that makes me believe that, in spite of the difficult time we are going through, we will emerge from this situation stronger than ever, as individuals and as an industry.

    Valentina Serra-Holm
    President, UEIL 

  • Held at the Institute of Directors in London on 11th March, the first UKLA/Lube magazine Women in the Lubricants Industry Conference was designed to explore professional development and leadership strategies with a focus on the women who work in this male dominated sector.

    Built around an innovative programme of presentations, discussions and inspirational speakers, including Dr Valentina Serra-Holm (UEIL President; VP Global Product Marketing, Calumet Specialty Products), Jane James (Chevron Senior Advisor, Corporate Affairs) and motivational speaker, Mandy Hickson, former RAF squadron leader and jet fighter pilot, the day examined many of the key issues affecting our industry, stimulating lively debate among the seventy or so delegates, both men and women, who attended.

    You can read the full report of the conference in the April 2020 edition of Lube Magazine, and a gallery of images from the day are available to view in the link below.

  • On the 11th March the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the viral infection COVID-19 a pandemic; the first outbreak to be designated as such in over ten years.

    The European Union has yet to initiate a coordinated response to the increase in the number of cases, instead leaving member states to introduce appropriate sanctions depending on circumstances. From closing borders in Germany, isolationist measures in Italy and Spain, and banning public gatherings in Ireland and Austria.

    必乐国际注册Meanwhile, many international companies working within the European Union have taken a precautionary approach to limit or even ban non-essential travel for their employees.

    必乐国际注册Health and safety is, of course, of paramount importance, and with the movement of potential attendees and size of potential gatherings limited by precautionary measures, the knock-on effect of COVID-19 is that it has seen a number of industry event organisers with conferences scheduled to take place in March, April and May elect to reschedule them until later in the year.

    The gathering of the European fuel and lubricants industry at UNITI in April has been rescheduled to September, ELGI the European Lubricating Grease Annual Meeting due to take place in Hamburg, has also been put back to the autumn.

    Other events due to be held over the spring remain under review even though some key events such as the Motor Show held in Geneva earlier this year, still went ahead behind closed doors.

    More information on the rescheduled dates of key industry events can be found in our Upcoming Industry Events section on page 57 or on the Lube Media website at www.msltk.com/events.

  • Producing greases faster and more economically – OWI develops new measuring method

    必乐国际注册In a current research project, the OWI (Oel-Waerme-Institut) wants to develop a new measuring method with which the process of manufacturing lubricating greases can be accelerated and thus become more cost-effective. The quality of use of lubricating greases depends to a large extent on the manufacturing process in which the grease constituents base oil and thickener should be homogeneously mixed.

    With the new measuring method to be developed, the “time-to-market” and “cost-to-market” in the manufacturing process of the grease formulation should be reduced and the operational reliability of the grease in the later application should be ensured.

    The integration of a measuring method into the real-time monitoring of the grease production process is intended to enable continuous quality control instead of the random checks of the stirring process that have been common up to now. Furthermore, the method could be integrated into the regulation and control process of the production.

    Depending on the measuring method and the size of the tribological system, it is also possible to integrate the measuring method into the tribological system, thus enabling in-situ monitoring of the lubrication process. This can cover both the general condition of the lubricity as well as the detection of mixing effects of old and new goods in relubrication operated systems and thus the loss or restriction of lubricity can be detected at an early stage, thus reducing downtime.

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  • Croda awarded ICIS Surfactants Award for Product Innovation

    Croda International Plc has been awarded the ICIS Surfactants Award for Product Innovation for their unique, patented molecule, called the Star Polymer. This novel, star-shaped, polymeric non-ionic surfactant serves as a building block for the development of more stable and effective formulated products including as an automotive friction modifier. The molecule improves fuel economy, extends engine life and increases the time between oil changes. These additive benefits make it a prime candidate for customers to meet ILSAC GF-6 specifications which require significant improvements in engine oil. It is 100% bio-renewable when built with ethylene oxide derived from biomass, making it unique for North America.

    The awards recognise excellence and innovation within the surfactants industry. The product innovation award focuses on contributions to vital areas of the market.

    必乐国际注册Rick Hanson, Managing Director, Croda said: “Being recognised for what Croda does well, innovate, by our peers in the surfactants industry & ICIS is a great honour. Credit goes to the Croda team who managed the development of this product from concept to commercialisation. Bringing a totally new molecule in today’s highly regulated market and securing a patent on it is not an easy challege.”

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  • 必乐国际注册As of January 2020, KRAHN Chemie GmbH has acquired a majority share of InterActive S.A., headquartered in Athens, Greece. Through this strategic acquisition the KRAHN Chemie Group expands its footprint not only in Europe but also in the Israeli market.

    InterActive S.A. was founded in 1990 and specialises in the distribution of lubricant additives in the Israeli, Greek and Cypriot market, as well as scientific instruments for R&D and QC laboratories in oil, pharma & chemical industries by representing renowned international manufacturers.

    必乐国际注册Yannis Protopapas, founder, co-owner and Managing Director of InterActive S.A., explains:

    “The new affiliation with the KRAHN Group provides us with a strong and solid base for our future business development. As a family owned company, KRAHN Chemie clearly matches with InterActive, especially with its firm commitment to securing the long-term development and growth opportunities in today’s rapidly consolidating markets. It is a pleasure to be now part of a group which also strongly believes that deep local market knowledge and partnership-oriented relationships are fundamental in creating value for both our customers and suppliers. In addition, the access to an extensive and high-quality product range, technical services as well as in-house laboratory support will accelerate our future growth.”

  • 必乐国际注册Infineum, a global leader of fuel and lubricant additives, held a ceremony with the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone on 8 January 2020 to mark the signing of the letter of intent to begin its integrated manufacturing base phase II project in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province.

    Infineum Zhangjiagang plant first began production in March 2016, as the company’s first wholly owned blending plant in China. Phase I covers an area of 100,000 square metres and can produce 100,000 tonnes of lubricant additives per year. Phase II, a multi-million US dollar investment will cover an area of more than 130,000 square meters and will increase capacity to ensure Infineum can meet the rising demand for high-end lubricants in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

    The Phase II signing ceremony, held at the Jiyang Lake Hotel in Zhangjiagang, was attended by distinguished representatives from the Zhangjiagang municipal government, including: Mayor of ZJG Municipal Government Mr. Pan Guoqiang and Standing Member of ZJG Municipal Party Committee, Deputy Secretary of ZJG Free Trade Zone Party Work Committee Mr. Shi Xixian. The ceremony was also attended by Infineum senior leaders, including: Trevor Russell, CEO, Philippe Creteur, EVP of Global Sales, and Mike Chen, Infineum China President.

    Mr Chen commented “We are excited about this significant milestone in our China business expansion. The long-term trust and support of our customers as well as our industry partners are a cornerstone of Infineum’s continued growth in China. Through close ongoing collaboration, we remain committed to furthering the sustainable development of China’s transportation industry and serving the market with high-quality, high-value products and technologies.”

  • 必乐国际注册Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil laboratory that will focus on applications for transport and storage. Based in Bradford, United Kingdom, this global centre of excellence will support a highly experienced technical services team equipped to address multiple challenges experienced by refineries, storage terminals, pipeline providers, and logistic companies all around the world.

    Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the new lab has a wide selection of testing regimes and modern methods of crude oil analysis and performance testing. The facility puts Clariant Refinery Services at the forefront of finding and developing new, and customised, pour point depressant solutions for the downstream and midstream sector.

    必乐国际注册With the ability to replicate field conditions within the laboratory, Clariant can conduct full performance potential analyses of any crude oil product, in a real-life simulation, providing customers with reliable solutions, fully tailored to their specific needs.

    必乐国际注册With the new laboratory’s innovative methodologies and capabilities, Clariant has already developed PPD products and fuel stabiliser solutions specific to the challenges presented by new International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 regulations, limiting marine fuels’ Sulphur to 0.5% from the previous limit of 3.5%.

    必乐国际注册The laboratory, that celebrated its official grand opening on January 23, will continue its focus on customer centered application development with technical experts being specialists in simulating and replicating field conditions.

  • In December, President of the European Commission von der Leyen unveiled plans to accelerate the European Union’s momentum towards becoming a climate-neutral continent by 2050.

    必乐国际注册Part of this deal will enshrine carbon neutrality in European law, extend the existing Carbon Emissions Trading System to include marine and phase out aviation’s free allowances, review the Energy Tax Directive, and introduce an Industrial Strategy to further reinforce the circular economy.

    At the moment the main impact upon the lubricants sector is through the review of the Energy Tax Directive of which lubricants are included but at a zero rate. The impact upon the sector of the introduction of a planned Carbon Border Tax based on the carbon content of products is still uncertain at this time.

    World Trade Organisation’s proposals upon which the tax would be based, have focused on carbon-based fuel and the use of a tax to regularise the impact of carbon-reduction measures across countries in order to reduce emissions.

    The policy work on the review of the EU Energy Tax Directive will be led by UEIL and the position is to retain the status quo in having lubricants included in the Energy Tax Directive but at a zero rate.
    Political guidelines for the next European Commission 2019 to 2024 can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/commission

    必乐国际注册An EU briefing on the Green Deal can be found at http://www.europarl.europa.eu

  • 必乐国际注册The Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has elected Michael Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), as its new President.

    As of January 2020, Mr Manley will take over from Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Group, who served as ACEA President for two consecutive terms in 2018 and 2019.

    必乐国际注册The priorities of ACEA for next year include developing a pathway for the transition to carbon-neutral road transport, while ensuring the economic sustainability of the European auto sector.

    必乐国际注册“As an industry we want to take the lead in transforming mobility in a way that puts the consumer first, but also enables us to remain globally competitive and resilient,” stated Michael Manley.

    必乐国际注册The ACEA President is elected for a year-long term, once renewable, from the CEOs of its member companies, which are the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers.

  • UKLA is pleased to welcome Intellube Ltd as its newest member.

  • ATIEL, the technical association representing manufacturers and marketers in the European lubricants industry, organised with ATC, the Technical Committee of petroleum additive manufacturers, a workshop dedicated to regulatory requirements for chemicals within a global market.

    必乐国际注册The main goal of the meeting, which took place on the 23rd October 2019, was to highlight the compliance challenges and to discuss best practice solutions in meeting the diverse requirements of national authorities across the world. In addition, the objective was to find a path for improving cooperation with the European automotive industry manufacturing globally today and tomorrow, scanning the horizon for new chemicals and evolving chemicals legislations.

    To handle the actual challenges ACEA proposes specific actions for improvement in the supply-chain communication and ask for discussion. But regulatory compliance data communication within the supply chain is complex. It requires a need to understand the current ways of working within additive companies, oil companies and their respective customers. Once processes, data availability and customer requirements are understood, the lubricants industry can identify the challenges faced with sharing data through the supply chain and seek to improve for the future.

    必乐国际注册During the discussions in the workshop, various solutions were presented to improve communication and increase trust between suppliers and their customers. In the final discussion the attendees agreed on a common goal: establish a joint task force on chemical compliance globally (ATC/ATIEL/ ACEA) to develop, among others, guidance for the communication of sensitive information throughout the supply chain ensuring a win-win situation for all operators and the protection of Confidential Business Information (CBI).

    Attendees applauded the outcome of this workshop and the willingness of all stakeholders to achieve a constructive cooperative approach in product stewardship.

  • The development of the DSL-01 production plant in Delfzijl, Netherlands, is led by SkyNRG, a global market leader for SAF and a long-term strategic partner of Shell Aviation. Shell will bring its technical and commercial expertise to the development of the plant, and through participation in the project will secure the option to purchase sustainable aviation fuel produced at the facility.

    The DSL-01 production facility is on schedule for commissioning in 2022, representing the earliest dedicated commercial supply of sustainable aviation fuel to the aviation market in Europe. The plant will annually produce 100,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel, corresponding to a reduction in lifecycle CO2 equivalent emissions of approximately 270,000 tonnes. The plant will also produce naphtha, and 15,000 tonnes of bioLPG annually as a by-product.

    必乐国际注册Earlier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has committed itself for a 10-year period to the development and purchase of 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel a year.

    The feedstocks used for production will be waste and residue streams, such as used cooking oil, sourced predominantly from regional industries. The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen, produced local to the site in the Groningen Seaport. The combined benefits of the feedstocks, sustainable hydrogen, and use of low carbon energy to power production, will contribute to the production of sustainable aviation fuel with lifecycle carbon emissions approximately 85% lower than conventional jet fuels, as estimated by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

  • 必乐国际注册Infineum, one of the world leaders in the formulation, manufacture and marketing of petroleum additives for fuels and lubricants, officially opened their new Global Centre of Innovation on Friday 8 November, at their Headquarters in Milton Hill.

    This multi-million pound investment in their site close to Didcot, has generated more than 50 new jobs for talented chemists and engineers, to research better and more sustainable solutions in the automotive, transmissions and fuels additives business. This influx of talent provides the opportunity for Infineum to accelerate on their journey of creating a sustainable future using innovative chemistry.

    The new state-of-the-art building delivers improved infrastructure that supports their technology leadership, including new laboratories for leading edge research and development, along with a variety of collaborative and agile meeting spaces, and a new restaurant for employees and visitors.

    The new building has been designed with sustainability in mind and includes solar panels on the roof, a roof garden, LED lighting throughout, and water and electricity optimisation and efficiency investments.

    必乐国际注册Trevor Russell, Infineum’s Global CEO, welcomed key customers and industry partners to a networking event which enabled guests from around the world to experience the building first-hand through guided tours.

  • The UEIL Sustainability Task Force was officially launched on 27 March 2019 during its first meeting in Brussels. Members of the Task Force gathered for a full day of meetings and took this opportunity to introduce themselves and the sustainability strategy of their respective companies, to start an initial discussion on how UEIL should take this concept on board.

    At its Annual Congress in Budapest in 2018, UEIL had announced the formation of a Sustainability Task Force charged with developing a framework to define, develop and measure sustainability in the European lubricants industry. The formation had been introduced by Apu Gosalia, Vice-President for Sustainability (CSO) & Global Intelligence at FUCHS Petrolub, who chairs the Task Force and who explained that the group should work proactively on requirements that the European Union is already beginning to introduce for other industries.

    必乐国际注册The membership of the UEIL Sustainability Task Force was designed to fulfill certain criteria and prerequisites and is therefore:

    • composed of EU-headquartered companies;
    • representative of the whole lubricants value chain, including additive suppliers, base oil suppliers, lubricant blenders, and customers;
    • composed of companies that have proved to be willing to engage in the sustainability debate;
    • representative of a mix of European countries.

    Company members of the Task Force include BASF Fuels & Lubricant Solutions, CRODA, EVONIK Oil Additives, LANXESS, NESTE, NYNAS, INEOS, Itelyum, FUCHS Petrolub, BLASER Swisslube, RS Clare, CIPELIA, NOWAL Chimica, Q8, and BOSCH. The Task Force will evolve into a fully-fledged committee of the association at a later stage.

    必乐国际注册The overall work of the Task Force is led by three main steps:

    • define what sustainability is for the lubricants industry;
    • develop commitments for key sustainability targets;
    • define how to implement these commitments.

    必乐国际注册After June, the Task Force reunited for a third meeting that was held on 11 September. On this occasion, the Task Force Members confirmed their definition of sustainability in the lubricants sector, discussed the prioritisation of relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and further progressed on their work to develop a formal Sustainability Task Force strategy.

  • 必乐国际注册UKLA is pleased to welcome Kline and Vista as its newest members.

  • Machine workshops use water-based metalworking fluids (MWF) to cool cutting machines but this can release a mist of MWF. Machinists inhaling this mist are at risk of developing chronic lung disease…

  • Leaders in Industrial Process Fluids Combine to Form Quaker Houghton

    Quaker Chemical Corporation and Houghton International have combined to create Quaker Houghton (NYSE: KWR), the global leader in industrial process fluids to the primary metals and metalworking markets. Along with the new name, the company revealed a new logo and brand representing the combined companies. The company will continue to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the “KWR” ticker symbol.

    Quaker Houghton Combination Press Release 08.01.19 FINAL

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  • Leading lubricant manufacturer Metalube has been awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

  • 必乐国际注册Safic-Alcan, an international specialty chemicals distributor, is pleased to announce the extension of its distribution agreement with Albemarle Corporation…

  • Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science today expands the analytical capabilities…

  • 必乐国际注册ATIEL is pleased to announce that Dr Nick Clague of SK Lubricants has been appointed to the chair of CEC. Nick is a well known member of various ATIEL committees and we are delighted that his company has made sufficient time available to him to carry out this role.

    Nick has worked in the industry for over 20 years since completing his PhD with Adibis in 1998. He has previously worked for both Afton and Lubrizol in various roles developing formulations for many different applications from hydraulic oils through to formulating heavy duty diesel engine oils.

    Nick is the Global Technical Manager for SK Lubricants and is based in the United Kingdom. Nick is responsible for technical matters relating to SK Lubricants YUBASE and YUBASE plus base oils. He also represents SK Lubricants on several ATIEL committees and regularly attends cross-industry meetings. He has been one of ATIEL’s representatives on the CEC Management Board for several years and is therefore well placed to take on the chairmanship. He takes over the role from Frank Stunnenberg of Chevron, who chaired CEC for two years on behalf of ATC, another of CEC’s stakeholders.

    CEC, the Coordination Council for the development of performance tests for fuels, lubricants and other fuels, comprises four stakeholders – ACEA, ATC, ATIEL and Concawe. It is tasked with developing performance tests for fuels and lubricants.

  • 必乐国际注册Morris Lubricants is 150 years old this year, and has redecorated its frontage and clock tower in Castle Foregate (Shropshire, UK) in striking blue and gold to mark the milestone.

  • Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has taken a new test bench for additivated hydraulic fluids into operation at its Mannheim site. It is being used to test the additive package Additin RC 9200 N, as well as other fluids.

  • Building on a history of success in chemistry and industrial lubrication, specialty lubricants and performance fluid business Shrieve EMEA and APAC has appointed Mark Burnett as the general manager of the company’s operations in Europe.

  • Anna Mascolo has been appointed Vice President of Shell’s Aviation business, taking over from Anne Anderson who is moving to a senior leadership role in Shell’s Chemicals business.

    “I am so proud of what we have achieved in recent years,” said Anne. “Shell Aviation is a thriving business in Shell’s portfolio, equipped with the right expertise and resources to offer a diverse suite of solutions for our customers. We have a new footprint through growth in new locations, new supply chains, and we are at the forefront of the industry response to climate change. Through collaboration with external partners, we are providing truly add-value solutions, including our industry-first electric pump jet refuelling vehicles, Shell SkyPad – our digital refuelling data capture technology, and sustainable aviation fuel. The business is in an extremely strong position to help our customers’ businesses progress and succeed.”

    必乐国际注册Anna will take over from Anne on 1 July 2019. She brings to the Aviation business broad global experience from Chemicals, Fuels and Gas Products. Her career spans over 20 years in customer facing and supply roles.