View from the Bridge
28th April, 2013
China's latest drive for urbanisation could be good news for the OEM lubes sector and for 'cleaner' infrastructure development. But it could lead to a significant increase in local government debt.
14th May, 2013
The drive for US gas is affecting the energy majors' profitability, but the lubes sector is running a tighter ship. The internet is forcing an omni-channel model in the retail sector and OATS is re-aligning its Bulletin from next month.
8th April, 2013
What would happen if US consumers follow Europe's diesel consumption and petrol reduction lead? How will the trend for Always On technology impact lubes marketing in developing nations.
22nd March, 2013
As the new Chinese leadership is sworn in, CO2 emissions top the agenda for the regime's plans for the future.
11th March, 2013
The complexity of Lubes marketing was brought into sharp relief at the recent London ICIS Conference.
22nd February, 2013
The potential deal between CNPC and Rosneft will require careful balancing on both sides, but is the balance of influence in the energy sector shifting from West to East?
28th January, 2013
Beijing's smog problem is reaching dangerous levels, but should the government be looking to the automotive and oil industries to solve the problem?
7th January, 2013
A generally positive outlook for 2013 for the global economy and the oil and lubricants sectors, but the legislators are likely to be the key influencers.
4th January, 2013
A five year look back at China's growth and some five year predictions from OATS' Chairman, Sebastian Crawshaw as 2013 begins.
26th November, 2012
OATS discusses the potential impact of China's new leadership on the nation and the lubricants industry.
25th October, 2012
Up or down? OATS' Chairman Sebastian Crawshaw examines the mixed messages emerging from China's economic numbers and their analysts.
25th September, 2012
China's oil majors face profits squeeze and increasing competition at home while looking to develop expansion abroad.
11th September, 2012
Positive signs of growth from the US; a way to go yet in Europe and standards initiatives could be a force for positive change in the auto lubes industry.
25th August, 2012
The Olympics, overseas investment and a potential domestic crisis are the key points of this month's article.
13th August, 2012
The London Olympics brings some short-term cheer to continued economic gloom as the oil majors show depressed Q2 results. Technology could prove to be the salvation.
24th July, 2012
Floods and the five-year plan; EV sales and China's stockpiling strategy
5th July, 2012
US recovery may not be good news for OPEC along with oil sands and volatile oil prices; UEIL clamps down on rule breakers and tablets drive digital development.
26th June, 2012
As China's economy slows and global oil prices drop, there's new stimulus in the world economy. Meanwhile, China's oil majors cut back on overseas investments and China's auto industry continues to boom.
12th June, 2012
The political and economic crisis in the Eurozone is continuing to have a global impact on the lubes industry. Sebastian Crawshaw discusses what could happen next and looks at the new CARS 21 regulations.
29th May, 2012
OATS celebrates the First Anniversary Edition of its China Bulletin with a look back at the last 12 months of China's economy and oil industry, with some predictions for the future.
4th May, 2012
This month's VFTB takes a US perspective on the global outlook and the implications for the lubes industry.
23rd April, 2012
As the West looks East, China's oil majors look to the West in a drive for expansion and profitability. Meanwhile emissions remain high on the agenda of the auto and lubes industries.
11th April, 2012
The Russian vehicle parc is modernising rapidly and lubes producers are having to keep pace with high quality products. Russian producers will need to look at JVs if they are to avoid losing the lubes market to 'Western' produducers.
23rd March, 2012
China's analysts are taking a long, comparative look at growth predictions against reality as China's economy starts to slow, the drive for quality lubes continues but domestic automakers fail to perform.
26th January, 2012
Chinese New Year sees massive migration; Sino-Russian relations are critical to China's oil supply and improved vehicle reliability means good news for lubes industry and
9th January, 2012
2011 proved an 'interesting' year. What will 2012 hold? The initial global signs are generally positive.
3rd January, 2012
China's economic growth is a concern for the global economy, but lubricants could benefit from the Chinese drive for better emissions standards.
9th December, 2011
The Eurozone crisis continues to dominate global thinking, but some glimmers of hope remain in the lubricants sector and CARS 21 approves report.
25th November, 2011
China's plummeting PMI and the knock-on effects of Europe's economic woes mean a long haul for manufacturers and the energy sector.
7th November, 2011
The UEIL Conference highlights resilience in the lubricants industry and a need for continued focus in tough economic times.
25th October, 2011
The Chinese economy continues to grow, although tough decisions may be required in the manufacturing sector. VW is set to be come the top global automaker.
11th October, 2011
Have the latest PMIs created a fog of indecision amongst the world's legislators as they look for a way out further economic crisis? What next for the lubricants market?
28th September, 2011
Europe's financial woes have an impact on China and the country struggles to balance pollution measures against a booming car population.
14th September, 2011
The Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York's Twin Towers offers a chance to reflect on world progress in the lubes industry, technology and economics,
30th August, 2011
China's internal and external investment in the oil and automotive industries continues, despite a changing economic backdrop and safety issues.
8th August, 2011
Has the global economy reached a tipping point? Are we about to experience a 'double dip' recession or is it the Whiplash effect? Companies need to invest now to secure a long term future.
13th July, 2011
Environmental issues dominate this month's View from the Bridge - from Europe to the US and China, automotive to aviation.
10th June, 2011
China surpasses US oil consumption; the world reaches 'grid parity'; recession dogs world economies while the virtual world beckons for lubes marketeers.
4th April, 2011
The Japanese environmental disaster, combined with a slowing global economy and short-term auto production slowdown, could still benefit the lubes industry.
7th March, 2011
Political instability in North Africa and the Middle East puts oil dependency into sharp relief, while the ICIS Conference offers plenty of thoughts on other oil-related issues.
3rd February, 2011
Political unrest in the Middle East and mixed signals from world economies cause uncertainty but oil producers show improved profits and REACh has an impact on documentation.
29th November, 2010
REACh has finally arrived with implications for documentation management across Europe.
6th October, 2010
As Germany continues to drive European growth, a report from RPS Energy poses some challenging questions about the role of lubes marketing and manufacturing.
17th September, 2010
German growth heartens Eurozone, while Asia continues to lead the world as US treads water.
7th June, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon tragedy continues to dominate the industry. But what are the long-term implications for the industry and society as a whole?
10th May, 2010
Torrey Canyon and ExxonValdez are names tattooed on the collective memories of both the oil industry and the general public as shipping-related disasters causing exceptional levels of pollution – and helped change cultures and attitudes.