Lubes producers are identifying partnerships, new markets and product innovations to differentiate in a constantly changing global environment.
Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has referred Impetus Automotive Ltd, trading as Toyota First, to UK Trading Standards for allegedly making false claims about its synthetic engine oil.
EV charging technology and infrastructure is growing rapidly around the world, while battery production expands.
Lubes industry and OEM collaboration are the focus of this month's View from the Bridge, although there's also some tension between two oil majors over product claims.
Toyota and Suzuki will mutually supply cars to the Indian market starting in 2019.
The latest news on EVs.
The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has proposed a new viscosity grade engine oil specification for the Japanese market which is pioneering lower viscosity grade engine oils.
OEMS are investing heavily in EVs with Volvo planning to go all-electric, Toyota splitting from Tesla to speed development and SAIC-GM investing billions.
The global legislative drive to reduce the burn of fossil fuels and enhance air quality is setting challenges for the lubricants industry as OEMs are forced to seek alternative power sources for vehicles and other modes of transport. How the industry responds will be critical over the next few years.
Japanese manufacturer accepts China pressure on EV development as VW announces new all-electric model.