The oil majors delivered disappointing short-term news to thier shareholders after earning and profits were hit across the board as a result of lower oil prices and increased costs.
Analysis of the last 25 years' of global lubricants demand shows a relatively flat market - with a tip towards China and India, but energy demand is set to soar from now until 2050.
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.
VW no longer excluded from US public sector contracts, but is among other automakers that may not be ready for Euro WLTP regs.
EV charging technology and infrastructure is growing rapidly around the world, while battery production expands.
New vehicle technologies require grease and lubes producers to stay ahead of the curve.
Europe and China are the focus for a raft of major Electric Vehicle joint ventures as EV sales boom in Europe
As a Chinese manufacturer adds built-in karaoke and a passenger selfi-camera to its latest vehicle, the challenge of building infrastructure become ever more serious. Europe battles an EV sales challenge and Fiat -Chrysler buys a share of Tesla's emissions allowance.
Conference season reveals new lubes trends; the EV market increases its influence and the lubes industry and the battle over diesel continues.
Two major conferences in Asia and Europe reveal India is catching up in the high quality lubes market; Europe has work to do in read-across interchange and Japan is preparing ultra-low specs.