Valvoline Announces Lubricant Price Increase
Valvoline advised its marketers that it will be increasing finished lubricant prices by up to 5%. The increase is effective March 1. As with most price increases in the first round for 2018, Valvoline attributes the increase to the higher cost of raw materials and increases in manufacturing and distribution costs.
Although Valvoline is the last major lubricant supplier in the US to announce a price increase in 2018, they are not the last to move. Whereas Valvoline’s increase is effective March 1, Castrol is the last major to move. The effective date of Castrol’s increase is March 12, 2018.CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF LUBRICANT PRICE INCREASES IN 2018
Phillips 66® Lubricants Upgrades Complete Passenger Car Motor Oil Line To Combat LSPI And Meet Upcoming SN Plus Specification
Innovative motor oil extends engine life, reduces chance of LSPI events in modern engines
Phillips 66 Lubricants, one of the largest finished lubricant suppliers in the U.S., today announced it is upgrading its full line of passenger car motor oil (PCMO) to tackle the low speed pre-ignition (LSPI) issue that engine mechanics identify as an increased risk for modern engines, including those with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and turbochargers. GDI engines are the most common type of engine produced today and one that has steadily taken over engine market share over the past decade.
Original Engine Manufacturers (OEMs) developed GDI engines to provide consumers powerful engines with improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, however, the engines tend to be smaller and run hotter. “New vehicles require higher lubricant performance,” said Mike Krampf, Phillips 66 Finished Lubricants Manager. “Only a high-quality motor oil formulated for modern engines can help consumers fully gain from the benefits engineered into these engines, including fuel efficiency. A quality motor oil must function as a lubricant, coolant and dispersant.”
Over 120 million turbocharged GDI-powered vehicles have been produced globally since 2010 and are at risk for LSPI -a condition that occurs when there is a premature ignition of the main fuel charge, resulting in very high-pressure spikes, loud noise, power loss, increased fuel consumption and potentially catastrophic damage to the engine. Since GDI engines now make up over half of new car production, lubricant suppliers and consumers need to know that the oils they are getting at quick-lube shops or installing themselves will provide the necessary protection against LSPI.
Krampf told JobbersWorld, “Our decision to upgrade our full product line reflects our commitment to engine protection and on-road safety for drivers of all vehicles.”
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The upgraded Kendall GT-1® Motor Oil and Phillips 66 Shield® Motor Oil formulas will begin rolling out in March. These products meet the upcoming SN Plus specification, for which first license date is expected early this summer. Watch and share this LSPI video series created by Phillips 66 Lubricants product experts to learn more about LSPI and its effect on GDI engines.
About Phillips 66 Lubricants Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. As one of the largest finished lubricants suppliers in the U.S., Phillips 66 Lubricants is known for manufacturing and marketing high-quality base oils and sophisticated formulations currently sold under two major lubricant brands: Phillips 66® and Kendall®. For more information, visit www.Phillips66Lubricants.com
New Phillips 66 Lubricant Product Aids Landfill-to-Energy Producers Converting Your Garbage to Electricity
Phillips 66 Lubricants announces it has formulated a new oil, Phillips 66 El Mar LF-D GEO, to help solve a unique set of challenges caused by the corrosive compounds and contaminants that gas engines encounter during the process of converting landfill methane to energy.
According to the EPA, municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 15.4 percent of these emissions in 2015. Landfill gas is produced during the decomposition of organic matter, volatilization, and chemical reactions in MSW. When landfill gas is captured and used as an energy source, it helps prevent methane gas from going into the atmosphere and contributing to greenhouse gas and global climate change.
The process to convert landfill gas to energy requires complex equipment including gas-extraction equipment, natural gas fired engines and generators. Phillips 66 is proud to offer a product that will keep the gas engines in this process running smoothly.
Phillips 66 El Mar LF-D (landfill-digester) gas engine oil (GEO) is a premium quality, next-generation, low-ash, gas engine oil designed for landfill gas applications. The oil is especially effective in controlling silica deposits formed during the combustion of siloxane gases found in many landfills.
“Silica deposits cause major problems in these engines, resulting in increased downtime to clean the engines,” said Tony Negri, commercial product manager. “Using an ineffective oil in these machines means workers have to take the machinery offline to recondition the cylinder heads and liners. With the new El Mar product, silica deposits are minimized because the silica stays dispersed in the oil rather than depositing on parts.” The right oil results in reduced oil consumption, enhances wear protection, extends overhaul intervals and reduces downtime-which increases power generation and lowers operating costs.
According to Phillips 66, El Mar LF-D GEO is formulated with high-quality Group II base stocks and the newest high dispersant additive technology developed to meet the rigorous lubrication demands of natural gas engines operating on landfill or digester fuel. The low ash content protects catalysts and all exhaust after-treatment hardware, provides outstanding resistance to oil oxidation and nitration, and has a well-balanced alkaline reserve (TBN) to neutralize acids over long service intervals. It protects against ring and liner wear and minimizes the formation of silica deposits on cylinder heads and liners. The additive package is zinc and phenate free for use in landfill applications. El Mar LF-D GEO is recommended for use in natural gas engines manufactured by Caterpillar, GE Jenbacher, Wartsila, and Waukesha.
About Phillips 66 Lubricants Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. As one of the largest finished lubricants suppliers in the U.S., Phillips 66 Lubricants is known for manufacturing and marketing high-quality base oils and sophisticated formulations currently sold under two major lubricant brands: Phillips 66® and Kendall®. These premier products reach across every key market sector, including automotive, trucking, agriculture, aviation, power generation, mining and construction. For more information, visit www.Phillips66Lubricants.com.
Pack Logix completes the acquisition of Spectrum/Phillips 66 Waukesha Packaging Facility
Pack Logix announced it has acquired the assets of the Spectrum Lubricants (Division of Philips 66) packaging facility located in Waukesha, WI. The acquisition was finalized February 16, 2018 and all employees at the location will migrate to Pack Logix.
Pack Logix is a diversified contract packager, packaging distributor, fulfillment and logistics company offering turn keys solutions for hundreds of companies located throughout the United States and Internationally. The acquisition of the Spectrum facility will add high speed filling of lubricants and chemicals to Pack Logix’s capabilities which currently include tube filling, skin/blister/clamshell packaging and kitting. “We are excited about the additional services we can offer our existing and new customers as we continue to service the increasing demand for contract packaging and value added services such as sourcing, packing, warehousing and direct distribution” said Bruce Moncrieff, CEO.
In addition to the Spectrum acquisition, Pack Logix will absorb the contract packaging and fulfillment business from PAX Holdings. PS Capital Partners will become an equity partner of Pack Logix and strategic influence as they continue to explore acquisitions, mergers and alliances in the packaging space.
About Pack Logix Pack Logix (formerly Panef) offers a full range of packaging solutions and service capabilities for virtually all market segments. Typically recognized as a premier contract packager of lubricants, greases, powders and specialty products, Pack Logix also offers a comprehensive range of additional products and services. CLICK FOR MORE