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Glenn T.F.,Petroleum Trends International
Lubes-n-Greases | Year: 2010

The Petroleum Trends International indicates demand of lubricant in 2009 dropped almost 21% from 2008. A look at both cyclical and structural changes affecting demand is required. Cyclical changes typically have the most significant influence on the demand. Recession is one of the most painful examples of how economic cycles impact demand. A prominent example of structural change n the industrial lubricant segment is offshoring of manufacturing. Consolidation is another example of a structural change that affects lubricant demand.


Glenn T.F.,Petroleum Trends International
Lubes-n-Greases | Year: 2010

A discussion on whether or not API Group III base oils are fungible covers inventory management concerns; technical and commercial arguments; engine oil formulations; properties of fungible base oils; licensing an engine oil with API; complexities related to question of fungibility; interchange guidelines; and the lack of data presented to API in support of Group III interchange.


Glenn T.F.,Petroleum Trends International
Lubes-n-Greases | Year: 2010

Dexos is the trademark for GM's new global engine oil specification. Dexos1 (which GM likes to show as "dexos1") is formulated to provide owners of GM passenger cars with engine oils that offer several advantages over current ILSAC GF-4/API SM oils. Dexos1 will significantly outperform GF-4. The specification is so advanced that it also will surpass the ILSAC GF-5 and API SN upgrades.


Glenn T.F.,Petroleum Trends International
Lubes-n-Greases | Year: 2010

API Group III base oils are manufactured via several processing routes with the use of three types of feedstocks. Due to these processing and chemical variations, the properties of Group III will differ. A discussion on API Group III base oils covers engine oils made from such, with emphasis on their engine sequence tests; API's position that it can only modify its base oil interchange guidelines as data supporting new guidelines are brought forth; sensitivity of engine and bench tests to the differences in Group III; cost of testing and approving additive packages; and models that can help bring costs down and assure the quality of lubricants.

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