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Oils and Lubricants

Company expects increased product demand in 2017

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 South African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) predicts another successful year for the Rocol range of products, as a result of increased interest in the lubricant Rocol Reaming, Tapping, Drilling (RTD) range for reaming, tapping and drilling... 

First organic coolant in the lubrications market

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 The correct coolant chemistry is vital in maintaining the longevity of engines, says diesel engine and technology specialist Cummins Filtration technical services support lead - Africa Tim Hayward, explaining that coolants increase the lifespan of engines by removing compounds that are difficult... 

Lubricants company retains top spot for tenth year

     10th February 2017 Lubricants supplier Shell Lubricants was being named the number one global lubricants supplier at the end of last year following its retention of an 11.6% market share as indicated in business process management consultant Kline & Company’s ‘Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and... 

Oil enthusiasts sponsor 2017 Great Race

     10th February 2017 In December lubricants specialist Champion Oil announced its sponsorship of the July 2017 Great Race where the overall winner will receive $50 000 in prize money with an additional $1 000 in racing oil. The Great Race is the world's premiere old car rally that has been ongoing for 34 years. It is... 

Structured maintenance programme emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 Introducing a structured maintenance management programme that ensures ongoing effective lubrication is critical in maximising production efficiencies, says technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG). BMG fluid technology manager Wayne Holton says the company’s efficiency drive, which... 

Castrol supplies lubricants for record-chasing Bloodhound SSC

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Global industrial and automotive lubricants brand Castrol will be on the forefront of innovation when the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) attempts to break the land speed record by reaching 1 609 km/h this year. 

Castrol supplies lubricants for  record-chasing Bloodhound SSC
THREE POWER SOURCES The engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter plane will bring the Bloodhound from standstill to 563 km/h before the H2 O2 rockets are powered

Fuchs Petrolub expands global reach

     12th February 2016 Global lubricant producer Fuchs Petrolub has expanded its stable with the acquisition of two recognised lubricant brands in 2015. 

Knowledge of tribology key for lubricants industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 The focus in the oils and lubricants industry is constantly being shifted to address regulations that arise, which, in turn, creates a need to establish a better understanding of tribology for the industry, says the South African Institute of Tribology (Sait). 

Knowledge of tribology  key for lubricants industry
THOMAS SURMON Sait is working with the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Bureau of Standards to make sure local lubricant standards match international standards

Skills development and blue economy prioritised at CIS 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Having identified the lack of training opportunities as a rising concern in the oil industry, the biennial Cape Industries Showcase (CIS), scheduled to take place from July 13 to 15 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will focus on skills development and training in the sector. 

Skills development  and blue economy  prioritised at CIS 2016
JOHN THOMSON The focus on training at the CIS will provide useful networking platforms for employers, government, training organisations and other stakeholders

Swedish group completes acquisition of South African lubricants company

     12th February 2016 Swedish lubrication systems company SKF have been given the approval by relevant authorities to take over South Africa-based lubrication system suppliers Lincoln Lubricants. 

Triton-Leo focusing on growth amid fickle oil prices

By: Simon Sonnekus     12th February 2016 Despite influencing factors, such as the rand:dollar exchange rate, and the stagnant prices of fuel and raw materials, lubricants producer Triton-Leo believes that the market will remain stable this year as it focuses on growing its business and product sales. 

Triton-Leo focusing on growth amid fickle oil prices
SIMON SMITH Triton-Leo maintained double digit growth for the past seven years

Automated lubrication systems increase efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 Automated and centralised lubrication control platforms are essential for any type of machine, as they ensure efficient lubricant consumption and application, says Randburg-based lubrication systems company Control Lubrication Systems. 

Automated  lubrication systems increase efficiency
COMPREHENSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEMS Centralised lubrication systems ensure that there is no need to be concerned about a lubrication point being under- or overlubricated

Energy savings with advanced lubricant for heavy industry

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 US-based lubricant specialist Lubrication Engineers is helping heavy industries to register significant savings, owing to the improved energy efficiency and product longevity provided by the company’s advanced series of Pyroshield lubricants. 

Energy savings with advanced lubricant  for heavy industry
SUPERIOR BASE STOCK Lubrication Engineers’ production facility uses mainly mineral oils for base stock and only synthetic formulas for specialised applications

Industry-proven lubricants ensure steady sales

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 Wynberg-based special lubricants manufacturer Spanjaard’s products are gaining in popularity, owing to their increasing use in many specialised and industrial applications – in a niche field of the sector where competing products are falling short of meeting the requirements of heavy industrial... 

Industry-proven  lubricants ensure  steady sales
INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS Spanjaard's products serve a niche field, whereas competing products are falling short of meeting the requirements of heavy industrial applications

Locally made oil remediator sells well overseas

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 The Ergofito Aqua oil remediator, manufactured locally by Cape Town-based bioproducts company Ergofito, is selling better internationally than it is locally, the company tells Engineering News. 

Locally made oil remediator  sells well overseas
ON-SITE OIL REMEDIATION Ergofito Aqua organically turns oil deposits on land and water into organic matter by attacking hydrocarbons and converting them into humus

Shell pays Niger Delta oil spill victims

     6th February 2015 Oil giant Shell early last month agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of £55-million to compensate a Niger Delta community for two oil spills that occurred in August and December 2008, destroying thousands of livelihoods in the Bodo area, in the south of Nigeria. 

Shell pays Niger Delta  oil spill victims
PAYING THE COSTS Shell has agreed to pay an out-of-court settlement of £55-million to compensate a Niger Delta community for two oil spills that occurred in 2008

Application improves sales calls – lubricants supplier

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based lubricants supplier Triangle Lubricants has increased its sales calls by 25% since using tablet-based software development company Field Office’s HoneyBee application. Triangle Lubricants sales manager Christoff Sonnekus notes that the company started using the application in... 

Company launches oil-condition sensor

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based wear control, lubrication and filtration company Filter Focus launched the SmartMon-Oil condition-monitoring sensor onto the South African market last month. Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald tells Engineering News that this in-line unit, which is manufactured by US-based... 

Lubricants company increases capacity

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based lubricants manufacturer Fuchs Lubricants, a subsidiary of Germany-based Fuchs Petrolub, is installing three 30 t blend vessels at its plant in Isando, Johannesburg, Fuchs Lubricants industrial sales manager Andrew Cowling tells Engineering News. The installation of the blend... 

Lubricants company  increases capacity
Photo by Fuchs Lubricants
MANUFACTURED FOR DISTRIBUTION After being in the blend vessels for a day, the finished oil product is pumped into drums for storage or into tankers for distribution

New hydraulic oil offers 11% energy savings

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based lubrication manufacturer Engen launched its Hydrokin energy saving fluid (ESF) hydraulic oil in November, which Engen industrial product engineer Tony Kukard says can provide companies up to 11% energy savings in equipment that consumes hydraulic fluid. Engen industrial... 

New hydraulic oil offers 11% energy savings
Photo by Bloomberg
FIELD TESTING Field tests on Engen’s Hydrokin ESF were conducted in Europe using a medium-sized excavator, skid steer loader and compact excavator

Campaign seeks to eradicate oil theft in Niger Delta

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 An international campaign to end the theft of crude oil and its derivative products from the Niger Delta, in Nigeria, was launched late last month to further raise awareness about the scale and consequences of the prevalent illicit trade in the region. 

Lubrication systems of R2.5m supplied to India-based steel mills

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 India-based Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) contracted engineering products manufacturer and supplier Operational Marketing South Africa (Omsa) to supply bearing oil lubrication systems and girth gear centralised spray systems to the value of R2.5-million in the last quarter of 2012 to three... 

Rare-earth filters extend oil life in quench oil industries

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 Wear control and filtration specialist Filter Focus has launched a new range of rare-earth magnetic filters, Magna-pure, to provide quench oil industries with significantly extended oil life. 

Stricter regulation of waste oil generators

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 Strict penalties await the generators of used oil whose businesses fail to comply with the National Waste Information Regulations 2012, which came into effect on January 1, warns the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (ROSE) Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that manages the environmentally... 

Training to facilitate adoption of high-quality lubricants in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) maintains that, while South Africa is slowly embracing higher quality lubricants, owing to international original-equipment manufacturer-specified requirements from the US, Europe and Asia, the best-selling engine oil in South Africa remains... 

Cameroonian company to locally distribute multinational’s lubricants

     10th February 2012 Energy company Blessing Petroleum has been appointed as the official distributor of African multinational Engen Petroleum’s full range of lubricants in Cameroon as of mid-December 2011. 

Growth in the pipeline for empowered SA oil company

By: Gia Costella     10th February 2012 Empowered oil company Afric Oil plans to increase its market share and business volumes this year, finance director Mangadi Dikotla tells Engineering News. 

Lubricants vendor continues to grow

By: Gia Costella     10th February 2012 Independent lubricants vendor KZN Oils successfully started production of its own brand of lubricants in December.  

Manufacturer to unveil new products, services

By: Gia Costella     10th February 2012 Lubrication specialist Klüber Lubrication plans to unveil a number of new developments this year, the company’s sales and marketing director Paul Holland tells Engineering News. 

Supplier meets energy supply, environmental challenges

     10th February 2012 Petroleum companies are at the intersection of two of the greatest challenges facing the world today – energy supply and environmental protection, asserts Total South Africa fuels and lubricants technical manager, Thomas Surmon. 

Institute urges industry to adopt basic lubrication principles

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) urges South African industries to adopt a ‘back-to-basics’ approach when it comes to lubricating machinery. 

Lubricants vendor prepares for future growth

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 Independent KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) lubricants vendor KZN Oils reports that it has acquired an additional 2,4-million litres of petrochemicals storage capacity in the province, to bring its total storage capacity to more than 12-million litres.  

Oil additives assist in reducing emissions while improving engine performance

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 Although major oil companies discourage the need for a supplement additive in oil products, about 90% of forecourt retailers stock the basic supplements, owing to the average age of South African vehicles exceeding ten years. 

Oil blender sources Group 3 base oils

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 South African downstream petrochemicals products marketer and affiliate of Petronas, Engen, has taken delivery of its first consignment of high-grade Group 3 base oils, marketed under the Etro brand name, from parent company Petronas, in Malaysia. 

Synthetic oil results in cost savings

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 A demonstration trial undertaken by South African downstream petrochemicals marketer Engen Lubricants, an affiliate of Petronas, points to synthetic oils as being able to significantly reduce operating temperatures and associated energy consumption in plant machinery and gearboxes.  

Energy efficiency drives lubricant development

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 The drive for lubricant development is currently based on energy efficiency, which is attributed to environmental reasons, says South African Institute of Tribology president John Fitton. 

Industry focuses on energy efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 The drive for energy efficiency will have beneficial outcomes on the environmental footprint of any company using oils and lubricants, wear analysis organisation South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) president John Fitton says. 

Innovating with industrial waste

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2010 Industrial waste, specifically the waste containing oil or oil distillates, must be disposed of properly because it is considered hazardous. Oil recycling company Oil Separation Solutions (OSS) believes that it can turn waste oil or used oil, as well as sludge, solids and contaminated soils... 

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