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Japan’s ENEOS signs MOU with Vietnam’s Petrolimex

ENEOS Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), a state-owned company and the largest distributor of petroleum products in Vietnam, that will strengthen and expand Japan’s leading energy company’s new collaborative programs in Vietnam. As a long-term strategic partner of Petrolimex, ENEOS aims to further strengthen its relationship…

Daimler Truck partners with Cummins for medium-duty engines

Daimler Truck AG and global power leader and independent engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a global strategic partnership for medium-duty engine systems. The companies added that other opportunities for collaboration are also being evaluated. As part of the planned strategic partnership, Cummins will invest in the further development…

Base oil evolution

By Dr. Mathias Woydt, Dr. Raj Shah and John Calderon Annual global consumption of finished lubricants in the last decade ranged between 38-42 million tons and is expected to reach ~48 million tons by 2035.[1] However, climate change, sustainability concerns and the pursuit of higher performance by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are resulting in greater…

Nano-additives show promise in reducing friction and wear

Dr. Raj Shah, Dr. Steve Nitodas and Isaac Kim Nanoparticles, which range from metals and metal oxides to carbon nanomaterials, have started to play an important role as lubricant additives because of their exceptional thermal stability at elevated temperatures.1 The size of nanoparticles enables them to adhere to and smooth out irregularities in the contact…

Extreme pressure additives increasingly important in metalworking fluids

Extreme pressure (EP) additives react with metal surfaces to form a solid protective layer and reduce friction in severe metalworking conditions. EP additives can include soap esters, polymeric esters, chlorinated paraffins, organo phosphorus and sulphur. Thermally activated, the primary distinction between chemistries is their different activation temperatures as metalworking fluids (MWF) can be exposed to…

PT Pertamina Rosneft to build grassroots refinery in Indonesia using Shell technologies

PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia (PT PRPP) will build a grassroots refinery in Tuban, Java Timur, Indonesia, using state-of-the-art proprietary technologies to be provided by Shell Catalysts & Technologies. Shell Catalysts & Technologies will provide licensing and basic engineering. The agreement with PT Pertamina Rosneft Pengolahan dan Petrokimia includes Shell’s OMEGA process for the…

Schaeffler to build state-of-the-art laboratory complex in Herzogenaurach, Germany

Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is investing around EUR80 million (USD97 million) in a new central laboratory complex in Herzogenaurach as part of the company’s Roadmap 2025 strategy announced last year. The investment is aimed at securing the Schaeffler Group’s competitiveness and ability to realize future opportunities as well as strengthening the position of its…

HCS, with Gevo, to produce sustainable aviation fuels and renewable chemicals in Germany

HCS Group, a leading international supplier of solutions for high-value hydrocarbon specialties, has signed a project memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and build a renewable hydrocarbon facility at HCS Group’s site located in Speyer, Germany, utilizing Gevo’s low-carbon alcohol to jet (ATJ) technology. The agreement anticipates a first project that is estimated to produce…

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