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September 27, 2012
ExxonMobil Chemical says it will invest $215 million to increase capacity for synthetic lubricant base stocks and lubricants blending and packaging operations at its Baton Rogue...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/ExxonMobil-Chemical-Plans-to-Expand-Lubricants-Production-in-Louisiana_46569.html
July 13, 2012
Elevance Renewable Sciences (Woodbridge, IL) and hte AG (Heidelberg, Germany) say they will collaborate to develop biobased lubricant base oils and polymers using hte's high-throughput...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Elevance-and-hte-Sign-Research-Collaboration_44877.html
June 7, 2012
Calumet Specialty Products (Indianapolis) has acquired lubricants maker Royal Purple (Porter, TX) for $335 million, the company says. Royal Purple makes lubricants aimed at the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Calumet-Specialty-Products-Acquires-Lubricants-Firm-For-$335-Million_44031.html
May 15, 2012
Rockwood Lithium, a division of Rockwood Holdings (Princeton, NJ), is increasing prices of its lithium salts to $1,000/m.t., effective July 1. The increase will help fund investment...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Rockwood-Increases-Lithium-Salt-Prices_43438.html
February 15, 2012
Infineum (Abingdon, U.K.) says it will build a new salicylate manufacturing facility at its site in Jurong Island, Singapore. The investment amount was not disclosed, but it is the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Infineum-Builds-Salicylate-Facility-in-Singapore_41366.html
December 23, 2011
The light vehicle industry is a customer of growing importance for the chemical industry in North America, according to ACC's latest Chemistry and Light Vehicles report, released this...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Relationship-Between-Light-Vehicles-and-the-Chemical-Industry-Grows-Stronger_39967.html
December 19, 2011
Afton Chemical (Richmond, VA), part of NewMarket Corp. (Richmond), says it has opened a new research and development (R&D) laboratory at Suzhou, China. The new fuel and lubricant...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Afton-Opens-Research-Laboratory-in-China_39894.html
December 1, 2011
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) says it has completed the acquisition of a polyalphaolefin (PAO) plant at Beringen, Belgium from Neste Oil. “The addition of this plant to our...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/CPChem-Completes-Acquisition-of-Belgian-PAO-Plant_39438.html
November 15, 2011
Other than a handful of earnings reports and the usual small- to medium-sized acquisitions, specialty chemical firms have had a quiet two weeks. Late-reporting specialty firms, for the...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Specialties-Snapshot-Nov-3-15_39055.html
October 7, 2011
ExxonMobil Chemical says demand for high-viscosity polyalphaolefins (PAO) is expected to grow at about 6%-8%/year for the foreseeable future, driving the company to invest in new...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Energy-Efficiency-Driving-PAO-Demand_38093.html
October 3, 2011
Quaker Chemical says it has acquired G.W. Smith & Sons (Dayton, OH), a die casting lubricant provider with annual sales of approximately $14 million. Financial terms were not...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Quaker-Acquires-Metalworking-Lubricants-Firm_38016.html
September 1, 2011
Croda says it has started up production of a lubricant esters plant at New Castle, DE, boosting the sites total esters capacity by 15%. The site will now be able to manufacture...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Croda-Starts-Up-Lubricant-Esters-Plant-in-Delaware_37314.html
August 23, 2011
Albemarle says it agreed to supply base oils  made from renewable-based farnesene to Novvi (São Paulo, Brazil), a joint venture between Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Albemarle-Signs-Renewable-Oils-Supply-Deal_37082.html
August 18, 2011
Lubrizol says it will upgrade its existing additives testing capabilities at Mumbai, India. Renovations will include the consolidation of several existing labs into a modern lab...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Lubrizol-Expands-Lab-in-India_36952.html
August 8, 2011
Algae oils firm Solazyme (San Francisco) says it has signed a framework agreement with Bunge to form a triglycerides production joint venture in Brazil. The agreement, subject to a...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Solazyme-Bunge-Sign-Preliminary-Agreements-for-JV_36790.html
August 5, 2011
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) and Honeywell’s UOP subsidiary have formed a marketing and licensing alliance for their lube and advanced hydroprocessing and...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/ExxonMobil-UOP-Form-Lube-and-Fuel-Production-Alliance_36758.html
July 21, 2011
Lubrizol says it is constructing a new technical services laboratory in the campus of Jilin University at Zhuhai, China. The lab is expected to be functional in the third quarter of...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Lubrizol-Builds-Technical-Services-Laboratory-in-China_36283.html
April 27, 2011
Lubrizol’s first-quarter earnings rose 4% from the same period last year, to $169.5 million, including charges of $9.1 million related primarily to Berkshire Hathaway’s proposed acquisition of Lubrizol. Sales rose 15%, to $1.52 billion, on higher volumes and selling prices, and improved product mix. Adjusted earnings, excluding merger-related and restructuring costs of 14 cts/share, were $2.71/share, well above analysts’ consensus of $2.53/share as reported by Reuters Thomson (New York)....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Lubrizols-Earnings-Beat-Analyst-Estimates_34423.html
March 14, 2011
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire Lubrizol for $135/share in an all-cash transaction that values Lubrizol at about $9.7 billion, including about $700 million in debt...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Berkshire-Hathaway-to-Acquire-Lubrizol-for-$9-7-Billion_33431.html
March 8, 2011
The new unit at Oberhausen, Germany will come online in late 2012, helping to meet growing demand for synthetic fatty acids for end markets such as lubricant esters and specialty phthalate-free plasticizers....
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/lubricants/Oxea-Announces-Third-Carboxylic-Acid-Expansion_33256.html
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