Covid, a global chip shortage and the green hydrogen economy have seriously impacted the lubes industry.
Passenger vehicle technology must adapt quickly to the challenge of a growing car market and the urgency of climate change according to Lubrizol.
The International Fluids Consortium will develop performance-based fluid specifications that will ensure current and future vehicle technologies are supported.
While there is a will to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe, industry and environmentalists are lobbying for more investment in infrastructure to make it possible.
European automaker body ACEA has called for the latest Euro-emissions standards to be delayed for six months due to COVID; a European coalition explores new energy source development and China looks to tighten post-COVID emissions regs.
There are winners and losers in the Covid-19 pandemic as the easing of lockdown allows the lubes and automotive markets to take stock and re-group.
Contined testing and communication issues delay ACEA 2018 sequences further.
European trade body ACEA is setting about updating the 2016 lubes sequences
API's SN Plus licences due to roll out at the start of May 18, as ACEA starts Euro sequencing revisions, but GF-6 hits further delays.
Policy set to firm-up standards compliance for lubes marketers, based on EELQMS.