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    Valvoline opens its 1000th franchise location
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced the opening of its 1000th franchise-operated location under its Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Great Canadian Oil Change brands, according to a press release dated Feb. 8. The new 1000th franchise store is a Valvoline Instant Oil Change location operated by Quality Automotive Services, LLC (QAS), one of Valvoline's largest franchise partners. Commenting on the move, Valvoline President and CEO Lori Flees sai...
    New Premium Guard Select Transmission Filter Kits offer easy, reliable installation solution
    Premium Guard Industries (PGI) has launched a new series of transmission filter kits called Premium Guard Select Transmission Filter Kits, a PR Newswire release stated Jan. 30. These kits are designed to provide easy-to-use, "first fit" solutions for installers. Unlike conventional aftermarket transmission filter kits, the new series features an original equipment (OE)-style reusable gasket made of high-grade steel and coated with high-quality NBR rubber. The new kits are packaged in a f...
    US paints-maker PPG announces executive appointments
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that Irene Tasi, currently senior vice president and chief growth officer (CGO), will become senior vice president of Industrial Coatings. In addition, Alisha Bellezza, currently vice president of Automotive Coatings, will become senior vice president of Automotive Coatings, according to a press release dated Jan. 30. Both appointments are effective March 1, 2024. Tasi was named CGO and a member of the company’s op...
    Valvoline Instant Oil Change recognized as an industry-leading franchise
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has been recognized as a top franchisor in Entrepreneur's 45th annual Franchise 500, according to a press release dated Jan. 23. Valvoline ranked first among all oil change and preventive automotive maintenance brands and 27th overall among the top 500 franchise brands. "We are proud to be one of the top franchisors in North America. Our franchise partners have been, and continue to be, a critical part of ...
    Repsol to exceed 600 service stations with renewable fuel in 2024
    Repsol has announced that it will exceed 600 service stations supplying 100% renewable fuel by the end of 2024, according to a press release dated Jan. 16. The company said that with the move, it is accelerating its commitment to renewable fuels, with a goal of expanding its network of service stations with renewable fuels in the Iberian Peninsula. Renewable fuels are one of the main levers of Repsol's strategy to accelerate the reduction of emissions from transport and achieve the goal of be...
    Japan’s KYB launches environmentally friendly hydraulic fluid for shock absorbers
    KYB Corp., a Japan-based company engaged in the manufacture and sale of hydraulic equipment and hydraulic shock absorbers, announced the launch of SustainaLub, an environmentally friendly shock absorber hydraulic fluid that eliminates the environmental risks associated with petroleum, according to a press release dated Jan. 2. SustainaLub is a sustainable product that is both carbon-neutral and recyclable, and full release to the market is planned for 2026, the release added. The company beli...
    Hot Shot’s Secret announces new distribution of anti-gel fuel booster
    Leading US-based lubricant and additives supplier Hot Shot's Secret has announced the launch of its EDT+ Winter Defense product, according to a press release dated Jan. 4. The product, which is a year-round additive that includes a cetane booster, a lubricity additive, an injector cleaner and fuel stabilizer chemicals, improves the fuel system's winter performance and protection. The product was a recipient of the Motor Top 20 Award 2023 for product innovation. It offers the benefits of ...
    Fuchs SE appoints Timo Reister as deputy chairman of the executive board
    Fuchs, the world's largest independent supplier of innovative lubricant solutions for almost all industries and applications, has announced that its supervisory board has appointed Timo Reister as deputy chairman of the executive board, according to a press release dated Dec. 8. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2024, and is part of the company's long-term succession planning. Reister joined Fuchs in 2009 after completing his studies in business administration and his doctorate, and has be...
    TotalEnergies Lubrifiants to increase use of recycled polyethylene in bottle production, reducing carbon footprint
    TotalEnergies Lubrifiants has announced that it is expanding its use of recycled polyethylene in the production of premium-range lubricant bottles, following a successful pilot project launched in 2021, according to a press release dated Nov. 20. The company aims to incorporate 50% post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in all bottles produced in France and Belgium, starting from September 2023. The new grade, developed by TotalEnergies, combines carefully selected recycled p...
    Mobil 1, Steer partner to revolutionize auto repair experience.
    Mobil 1, the leading brand of synthetic motor oil, has partnered with Steer, an automated marketing and communications platform, to enhance the auto repair experience for shop owners and customers nationwide.Through this collaboration, the Mobil 1 and Steer teams will integrate their products, brands, and expertise to improve the overall consumer and workshop experience. Steer's platform to automate customer marketing and communications for auto repair shops, in partnership with Mobil 1, aims...
    Automotive coatings firm Xpel makes senior appointments
    Xpel Inc., a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection and automotive window films, has announced the appointment of two new executive hires: Tony Rimas as vice president of Revenue and Kim Steiner as vice president of People Services, according to a press release dated Oct. 26. Significance: Rimas will lead Xpel's global sales team, partnerships and commercial strategy, bringing deep ex...
    US-based Highline Warren lubricants division COO to retire
    Highline Warren, a US-based supplier of consumable and maintenance products for the automotive aftermarket, has announced that Curt Knapp, COO of Lubricants, will retire at the end of 2023, according to a press release dated October 5. Knapp has served in leadership roles at Highline Warren and its predecessor companies for more than 12 years and is a known leader in the lubricants industry across the US, the release added. Knapp began his career at Texaco Chemical Additives in 1980. Since th...
    PPG launches protective coating for the refinish aftermarket
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that its SEM Products business has launched Gladiator XC Matte Extreme coating, a premium, low-gloss urethane protective coating that can be used in industries and applications including automotive, light industrial, RVs, emergency vehicles and recreational equipment, according to a press release dated October 4. The company said the Gladiator XC coating has a tough, textured, low-gloss matte finish that is durable a...
    US-based Strickland Brothers acquires 24 Snappy Lube locations
    Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change (Strickland Brothers), a quick lube operator with over 178 locations across 27 states in the US, recently acquired 24 Snappy Lube locations across the state of North Carolina, US, according to a press release dated September 13. With this acquisition, the company has now surpassed 200 quick lube locations, the release added. The company plans to convert all 24 locations to Strickland Brothers 10 Minute Oil Change later in 2023. Strickland Brothers offe...
    US paints-maker PPG appoints CEO Tim Knavish as chairman
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that its board of directors has elected PPG President and CEO Tim Knavis as chair of the company’s board of directors and CEO, effective October 1, according to a press release dated September 26. Knavish succeeds Michael McGarry, who served as chairman and CEO from 2016 to 2022, and is retiring as executive chairman, also effective October 1. Knavish joined PPG in 1987 at PPG’s global headquarters in Pittsburgh,...
    Liqui Moly launches Dual Clutch Gear Oil 8100
    German oil, additives and car-care specialist, Liqui Moly, has announced the launch of its Dual Clutch Gear Oil 8100 to cater to the increase in the number of vehicles with automatic transmission or automated manual transmission, according to a press release dated September 11. The company said that globally, two out of three registered vehicles are equipped with this technology. Liqui Moly said it is expanding the range of applications for its gear oil and it can be used in almost all wet du...
    Lubricants-maker Motul launches sustainable engine oil for hybrids
    The UK arm of French engine lubricant manufacturer Motul has announced the launch of its NGEN range of high-performance engine oils for cars and motorbikes, according to a press release dated September 12 from the UK aftermarket industry body, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The NGEN range of regenerated oils contain a high proportion of raw materials from renewable resources. The range includes NGEN 5 and NGEN 7 for motorbikes, and NGEN Hybrid for hybrid cars. Th...
    Automotive coatings firm Xpel appoints John North to its Board
    Xpel Inc., a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection and automotive window films, has announced the appointment of John North to its Board of Directors effective immediately, according to a press release dated 29 August. North is said to have a deep knowledge of the automotive industry with proven experience in global retail operations, finance, acquisitions and integrations. He currently s...
    Exol Lubricants launches engine oil for improved commercial vehicle fuel economy
    Lubricants and oils supplier Exol Lubricants has announced the launch of a new product that expands its Taurus Euro range, recommended for use in Scania- and MAN-engined heavy commercial vehicles, according to a press release dated August 11. The new Taurus Euro XFE 5W-20 (M542) is a fully synthetic engine oil that delivers improved fuel consumption, compatibility with after-treatment systems such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and selective catalytic reduction systems (SCRs), and outst...
    US paints-maker PPG launches products for automotive repair shops
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced the introduction of the PPG Linq Color software and the PPG Magicbox body shop assistant for smarter wireless mixing in automotive repair shops, according to a press release dated August 30. The tools are the latest components of the PPG Linq end-to-end digital solution for the global refinish industry that provide productivity and sustainability improvement for body shops, the release added. The PPG Magicbox smart d...
    Modine sells aftermarket application coatings plants in California and Florida
    US-based Thermal Solutions provider Modine, announced on August 29 the sale of facilities in Temecula, California, and Tampa, Florida, to Protecall. Both the facilities provide aftermarket application services in which HVAC units are coated with anti-corrosion protection, and the sale process is likely to be executed by end of September. According to Neil Brinker, President and Chief Executive Officer of Modine, "This sale continues the process we started in 2021 with the closure of our Pompa...
    Liqui Moly relaunches car care products
    German oil, additives and car care specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that it has made its car care product category more attractive by relaunching them with several updates, according to a press release dated August 22. The company has undertaken a series of activities such as refreshing the label design, and introducing various new containers and new formulations, the release added. The focus of the relaunch is on the products Gloss Polish, Polish & Wax and Hard Wax. “The new formulati...
    Liqui Moly extends partnership with Formula 1 till 2026
    German oil, additives and car-care specialist, Liqui Moly, has announced that through a new contract, it will continue to be an Official Partner for Formula 1 until 2026 inclusive, according to a press release dated August 24. Liqui Moly has been an Official Partner in the popular racing series since 2019. As an Official Partner, Liqui Moly will continue to have physical and virtual trackside signage at select race events. Additionally, as part of the extension, Liqui Moly will have the oppor...
    Automotive-coatings maker Axalta partners with Xaar for digital-paint technology
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems announced that it has entered into a partnership with Xaar, a manufacturer of drop-on-demand inkjet technologies, to introduce Axalta NextJet, a digital-paint technology for the transportation industry, according to a press release dated August 22. Digital paint, also referred to as overspray-free application, is an advanced paint application that will allow for precise paint placement. Through Axalta and Xaar’s patented t...
    Liqui Moly launches motor oil for Mazda and Toyota models
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, has announced the launch of its thinnest motor oil to date with the Special Tec AA 0W-8 for Mazda and Toyota models, according to a press release dated July 26. The motor oil meets the latest JASO GLV-1 standard, as required for hybrid models from Mazda and Toyota. The abbreviation AA in the product name stands for Asia & America. The company believes modern engines require ever more modern motor oil and that hybrids have special requirem...
    Valvoline says Q3 FY 2023 sales at $376.2 million, up 19% YOY
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced that in the third quarter of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023, its sales from continuing operations stood at $376.2 million, up 19% over the same period last year, according to a press release dated August 9. The company’s operating income was $86.5 million, up 42% year over year, and income from continuing operations was $64.5 million, up 62%. Valvoline’s net store additions stood at 23 (22 company-ope...
    US-based Valvoline announces CEO succession plan
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced that Sam Mitchell is retiring as CEO and a member of the board of directors, effective September 30. Mitchell will be succeeded by Lori Flees, current president of Retail Services, as the company's CEO, according to a press release dated August 9, which added that Flees will also join the company's board. Flees has served as president of Valvoline Retail Services for the past year. In this role, she has led th...
    Automotive coatings firm Xpel says Q2 2023 revenue at $102.2 million, up 21.9% YOY
    Xpel Inc., a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection and automotive window films, has announced that for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, the company’s revenues increased 21.9% year over year to $102.2 million, according to a press release dated August 9. Its gross margin percentage improved to 43.0% in the second quarter, a new high for the company, and net income grew 32.3% to $15....
    US paints-maker PPG opens a site in Italy for automotive color development
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that it has inaugurated a center of excellence at its Quattordio, Italy, site that will increase the efficiency for automotive color development and application, according to a press release dated August 2. The $2.6 million investment combines color development and application in a single process, reducing the lead time to bring new colors to market, optimizing costs and maximizing color performance, the company said...
    Automotive-coatings maker Axalta appoints new CFO
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems announced that Carl Anderson has been appointed senior vice president and CFO, effective August 14, according to a press release dated July 20. Anderson will succeed Sean Lannon, who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Anderson is a seasoned financial executive with decades of corporate strategy and financial leadership experience in the global industrial and automotive sectors. He joins Axalta fr...
    PPG appoints Xiaobing Nie as president, PPG Asia-Pacific
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that Xiaobing Nie, vice president of Industrial Coatings, China, and Global Consumer Products, will become president, PPG Asia-Pacific, effective August 1, according to a press release dated July 24. Nie will continue to maintain her current responsibilities within PPG’s Industrial Coatings business in addition to her new role, and she will remain based in Shanghai. She will report directly to Kevin Braun, sen...
    Amsoil introduces three new specialized motor-oil families
    US-based Amsoil said that its new range of 100% motor oils are targeted at customers who want boosted protection and performance, according to a news article dated July 24. The company's 100% synthetic high-mileage motor oil is purpose-built for the unique demands of high-mileage engines to help extend vehicle life. It is engineered for vehicles with over 75,000 miles, and the product helps reduce oil consumption and preserve horsepower, the company said. This 100% synthetic high-mileage moto...
    US-based Rislone introduces DPF Clean for diesel-powered vehicles
    Rislone's new diesel DPF Clean — Diesel DPF, Exhaust & Emissions System Cleaner cleans the fuel, exhaust and emissions systems of diesel vehicles to restore power and performance. It reduces regeneration cycles, extends diesel particulate filter (DPF) life, saves fuel and turns off check-engine lights. It unclogs blocked DPFs and reduces the need for frequent highway driving to accelerate regeneration, making it an ideal solution for diesel cars, SUVs and trucks that ar...
    Valvoline appoints Patrick Pacious to its board of directors
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has announced the appointment of Patrick Pacious as an independent director to the company's board of directors, effective July 11, as part of the board's ongoing refreshment process, according to a press release dated July 12. Since 2017, Pacious has served as president and CEO of Choice Hotels International Inc., one of the largest lodging franchisors in the world, with more than 7,400 hotels. Before assuming this role, h...
    Dana launches Victor Reinz Reinzosil sealing compound in new sizes
    Dana Inc., the Ohio-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions, announced that it has introduced two new sizes of its Victor Reinz Reinzosil room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone, according to a press release dated June 26. Originally available in 70 milliliter tubes, Reinzosil sealant is now also offered in 20 milliliter cans and 310 milliliter cartridge tubes for larger jobs, the release added. The company said the product has the abili...
    PPG reveals benefits of Agilon performance silica technology for tiremakers
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that its new research has demonstrated energy savings and other manufacturing benefits for tiremakers with the use of PPG AGILON performance silica technology, according to a press release dated 28 June. The research showed that PPG Agilon silica provides nearly 50% energy savings and cuts manufacturing time by a third compared to conventional silica by eliminating one mixing step. The new PPG research also found add...
    Bp invests €7.5M in EV charging service provider Service4Charger
    Global energy products and services provider Bp announced that Bp Ventures has invested €7.5 million in Service4Charger GmbH, a Berlin-based provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, according to a press release dated June 28. Service4Charger's in-house trained and digitally equipped electrical engineers are focusing on the installation and maintenance of charging stations for electric cars throughout Germany — for charging in fleet depots, at public charging stations and...
    PPG appoints new vice president for Global Automotive Coatings
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced the appointment of Alisha Bellezza as vice president, Global Automotive Coatings, effective July 17, according to a press release dated June 26. Bellezza, who will report to Kevin Braun, PPG senior vice president of Industrial Coatings segment, succeeds Vincent Robin, who has announced his intent to retire, effective July 31. Bellezza will support the company’s focus on improving sustainability for automotive ...
    US lubricant-maker Amsoil expands synthetic European motor-oil line
    Amsoil, a US corporation based in Superior, Wis., that primarily formulates and packages synthetic lubricants, fuel additives and filters, has expanded its synthetic European motor-oil line to include new 0W-30 and 10W-60 viscosities, according to a press release dated June 13. These additions are part of an Amsoil-exclusive formula designed for the unique demands of gasoline, diesel and hybrid European vehicles, the release added. Amsoil’s synthetic European motor oil is said to ...
    PPG launches low-temperature cure electrocoats for automotive manufacturers
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced the launch of PPG Enviro-Prime EPIC 200R coatings, a suite of electrocoat (e-coat) products for automotive manufacturers, according to a press release dated June 6. The products provide sustainability benefits for customers, including lower-energy use and reduced CO2 emissions at manufacturing facilities. PPG said it is a pioneer in e-coat, which has been used in automotive and industrial applications for n...
    PPG opens Color Creation Lab with Chery Automobile in China
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced the opening of a Color Creation Lab in China, in collaboration with automaker Chery Automobile Co. Ltd., according to a press release dated June 1. At the facility, located in Wuhu, China, PPG color stylists and Chery designers will create new colors tailored to specific vehicle designs, from initial color recommendations to final materials for application in Chery’s manufacturing plants, the release added. ...
    PPG opens $30 million battery-pack application center in China
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that it has inaugurated a battery-pack application center (BPAC) in Tianjin, China, according to a press release dated June 1. The $30 million facility features a full range of capabilities to test the application of PPG coatings technologies, materials and systems for electric vehicle battery packs, allowing customers to accelerate the development of new EV technologies, the release added. The BPAC will include...
    Castrol India expands aftermarket product range
    Castrol India Ltd. has announced expansion of its portfolio into the auto care segment, with a variety of products that include Castrol Chain Cleaner, Castrol Chain Lube, Castrol 3-in-1 Shiner, Castrol 1-Step Polishing Compound and Castrol Anti-Rust Lubricant Spray, according to a press release dated May 12. The company said it will leverage on its extensive network of distributors, modern trade partners, e-commerce channels, and Castrol Auto service outlets and Bike ...
    PPG showcases coatings for BEVs at The Battery Show in Germany
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG announced that it has showcased its growing portfolio of paints and coatings for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) at The Battery Show, which took place at the Messe Stuttgart exhibition center in Stuttgart, Germany, from May 23–25, according to a press release dated May 19. PPG’s exhibit included battery-fire protection and thermal-management solutions, as well as dielectric-coating systems that improve performan...
    PPG launches paint-films solutions for automotive customers
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty-materials manufacturer PPG has announced that it will deliver paint and clear-film solutions for automotive and industrial customers through PPG Advanced Surface Technologies, a new joint venture formed with Entrotech Inc. (Entrotech), a provider of technology-driven film solutions, according to a press release dated May 23. PPG retains a majority stake in the JV. Paint films are multilayer applications in which at least one layer is made from...
    Automotive coatings firm XPEL reports Q1 2023 revenue $85.8 million, up 19.5% YOY
    XPEL, a US-based provider of aftermarket automotive products, including automotive surface and paint protection, ceramic coatings, headlight protection and automotive window films, has announced that for the quarter ended March 2023, the company’s revenues increased 19.5% to $85.8 million, according to a press release dated May 9. Net income grew 46.5% to $11.4 million, or $0.41 per share, compared to $7.8 million, or $0.28 per share, in the same quarter of 2022, the release added...
    Valvoline reports second-quarter results
    Valvoline Inc. (Valvoline), specializing in preventive automotive maintenance, reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2023, as per a press release May 10. Sales from continuing operations of $344.5 million grew 16% and 19% on an adjusted basis, while system-wide same store sales (SSS) increased 13.5%. Reported income from continuing operations of $32.9 million grew 43% and adjusted EBITDA of $87.1 million increased 26%. Valvoline completed the sale of it...
    Opening of the first innovative Flexpole charging station
    Shell Deutschland GmbH (Shell Germany) and the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) are putting the first innovative Flexpole charging station into operation in Göttingen, Germany. Further stations in Germany and Europe have been planned. The charging station from Volkswagen's Elli brand has a unique battery-storage system that enables connection to a low-voltage grid and, depending on the vehicle type, charges a range of up to 160 km within 10 minutes, as per Volkswagen's press release May ...
    Leading suppliers come together to launch unique garage concept proposition
    LKQ's Euro Car Parts Ltd. (LKQ Euro Car Parts), alongside seven other leading suppliers to the aftermarket, has announced the launch of a unique new garage concept to help the industry’s professionals navigate the ever-changing automotive landscape and deliver best-in-class service, according to a press release dated May 5 by the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Developed in conjunction with MPM Oil, Pagid, Schaeffler, Shell, Valeo, Varta and ZF Aftermark...
    LIQUI MOLY develops liquid thermal manager for electric car batteries
    LIQUI MOLY GmbH (LIQUI MOLY), a German company primarily known for its motor oils and additives, is expanding its range for all-electric vehicles (EVs) with Battery Coolant EV 200, the company announced in a press release May 4. Special drives require special solutions. This is definitely the case with all-EVs. LIQUI MOLY expanded its range early on to include products for purely EVs. A new development in this series is the Battery Coolant EV 200 launched by the German automotive chemica...
    US paints-maker PPG appoints chief procurement officer
    US-based paints, coatings and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that Christine Camsuzou, currently interim chief procurement officer (CPO), has been appointed vice president, procurement and CPO, effective immediately, according to a press release dated May 2. Reporting to Ram Vadlamannati, senior vice president of Operations, Camsuzou will be responsible for leading PPG’s global procurement team, processes and strategy, the release added. Camsuzou began her caree...
    Lubricant supplier Idemitsu elevates Michael Park to VP
    Idemitsu Lubricants America (ILA), a supplier of Japanese original equipment manufacturer (OEM) lubricants in North America, has announced the promotion of Michael (Mike) Park from senior director to vice president of its “AMO/OES Divisions & Distributor Accounts”, according to a press release dated April 5. After joining the Idemitsu team in 2011, Park became the architect of the organization's national bulk oil program. He spearheaded the company's nationwide distribution capabiliti...
    Lubricant supplier Idemitsu partners with O'Reilly Auto Parts
    Idemitsu Lubricants America, Inc., a supplier of Japanese original equipment manufacturer (OEM) lubricants in North America, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, an American retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, have jointly announced a nationwide expansion of their partnership, according to a press release dated March 29. As per the agreement, all Idemitsu transmission fluids are now available through O'Reilly's national network of auto-parts stores. Founded in 1911, Idemitsu is a supplier of origin...
    German lubricants-maker Fuchs Petrolub extends contracts of two board members
    Fuchs Petrolub, a German multinational manufacturer of lubricants and related specialty products, announced that its supervisory board has decided to confirm Executive Board Members Timo Reister and Ralph Rheinboldt in office for a further five years until December 2028, according to a press release dated March 7. With this contract extension, FUCHS secures the experience and expertise of two long-standing members of the executive board, the release added. "With the newly formed executiv...
    Mobil launches hybrid full synthetic motor oil
    Mobil 1 has launched its newest full-synthetic, low-viscosity motor oil, specially formulated for hybrid engines in response to upward projections for hybrid vehicle sales and adoption, according to a press release dated April 6. Developed with its signature Triple Action Formula, Mobil 1 Hybrid 0W-20 advanced full synthetic motor oil is designed for today’s hybrid engines and delivers performance, protection and cleanliness benefits for hybrid vehicles, the release added. The produ...
    Lucas Oil outlines its preventive maintenance product range
    Lucas Oil Products, a US-based distributor of automotive additives and lubricants, has outlined its preventive maintenance products for the trucking and fleet management market, according to a press release dated March 29. It added that its products improve performance, reduce friction and heat, and improve fuel mileage in all driving conditions. The company said fleet managers were turning to Lucas Oil to keep vehicles in operation longer than ever due to the rising costs of replac...
    BASF Shanghai Coatings opens new technical center
    German chemical company BASF announced that BASF Shanghai Coatings (BSC) has opened its new technical center building at the BSC Minhang, Shanghai, site with an aim to better serve automotive OEM customers in China with its technology, products and services, according to a press release dated March 8. Equipped with advanced laboratory facilities and a team of highly qualified and experienced staff, the new technical center building will provide customers with total solutions covering whole pr...
    bp to invest USD1 billion by 2030 into EV charge points across the US
    bp has announced plans to invest USD1 billion by 2030 into electric vehicle (EV) charge points across the US, according to a company press release dated 15 February. Hertz and bp are also set to bring fast charging infrastructure to Hertz locations in cities including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. “We are excited to be working with bp to build out charging at Hertz locations across the country, a...
    Valvoline completes the sale of its Global Products business
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, reported that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Global Products business to Aramco, via a press release dated 1 March. Valvoline said that with the sale of its Global Products business to Aramco, each business can now focus on its individual future growth and strategic plans. Sam Mitchell, CEO, Valvoline Inc. commented, "Today, Valvoline Inc. becomes a pure pl...
    BPCL launches its fourth EV fast charging corridor in India
    Bharat Petroleum, India’s second largest oil marketing company, (BPCL), has announced the launch of an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging corridor on the Delhi–Jalandhar National Highway with fast charging stations at 12 BPCL retail outlets strategically located along the highway (part of NH-44), according to a press release dated 13 February. The 750-km long segment of NH-44 is BPCL’s fourth such EV fast charging corridor in the country, with fast charging stations at roughly every 10...
    US paints maker PPG launches a new cup system for paint refinish market
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that its SEM Products business has launched a ‘VCS Versatile Cup System’ for the automotive refinish market, according to a press release dated 2 February. The VCS hybrid system, which includes multifunctional cups, liners, and lids, combines the benefits of vented hard cups and sealed liner systems, helps increase body shop productivity. The VCS system is said to reduce the amount of cleaning solvent needed...
    LIQUI MOLY expands distribution in the UK
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has announced the expansion of its distribution in the UK with its range now also available at Motor Parts Direct, a UK based independent retailer of car parts and accessories, according to a press release dated 31 January by Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) “This makes getting hold of motor oils and additives made in Germany easier, not only for workshops, but also for car drivers,” said Debbie Barnes, managing director ...
    LIQUI MOLY appoints managing director for Australia
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, announced the appointment of Vincent Prinzing as the managing director of LIQUI MOLY Australia, according to a press release dated 16 December 2022. Prinzing has been with LIQUI MOLY for 10 years and was most recently responsible for business in Australia, New Zealand, and many Asian countries, the release added. The 37-year-old will soon move from Germany to Sydney for this position. "I'm very much looking forward to the challenge of advancing ...
    LIQUI MOLY appoints new managing director for UK division
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, announced that Debbie Barnes has being elevated to the position of managing director of its UK subsidiary, according to a press release dated 19 January. The position involves the responsibility for national operations, the release added. Barnes has been part of the LIQUI MOLY team for seven years and was most recently regional sales manager and national key account manager at LIQUI MOLY UK. In her new position as MD, she is now responsible for ...
    The Lubrizol Corporation appoints a new leadership team
    Lubrizol Corp., the Berkshire Hathaway-owned specialty chemicals company based in the US, has announced the appointment of a new executive leadership team, according to a press release dated 12 January. The company says that consists experienced business leaders will continue to support the organization’s talent and its customers, the release added. “For more than 90 years, Lubrizol science has solved complex challenges and advanced new opportunities across a variety of industries. We’r...
    India Auto Expo 2023: Lubrizol showcases SilSense material for car seat covers
    Lubrizol Engineered Polymers has announced that a prototype of its newly developed SilSense material for car seat covers was exhibited at the Auto Expo Components trade show in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, from 12 to 15 January, according to a press release dated 13 January. The company said SilSense material is a non‑animal solution which has low volatile organic volatile (VOC) as it is produced through a cleaner, solvent-free process than other products currently used in the mar...
    Automotive coatings maker Axalta partners with UK-based Steer Automotive Group
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems has announced that it has signed a multiyear agreement with Steer Automotive Group, a UK-based independently owned vehicle repair organization, according to a press release dated 5 December. Under the agreement, Axalta is the single preferred paint partner, supplying its premium refinish brand Standox to Steer Automotive Group’s 57 UK sites. The agreement also includes products from U-POL, known for its expertise in refini...
    TotalEnergies plans to build new production line for recycled polymers for automotive in France
    TotalEnergies has announced the construction of a new production line of high-performance recycled polypropylene for automotive in its polymer plant in Carling, France, according to a press release on 25 November 2022. The Carling – Saint-Avold petrochemical platform has been manufacturing compounds with added value for the automotive industry since 2016. The launch of a new line dedicated to hybrid compounds will strengthen the platform's position as Europe's premier polymers site. ...
    Katie Lucas promoted to Chief Administrative Officer of Lucas Oil
    Lucas Oil Products, a US-based distributor of automotive additives and lubricants, has announced the appointment of Katie Lucas, the company's VP of Strategy and Philanthropy, to the position of chief administrative officer, according to a press release dated 30 November. In this role, Lucas will be responsible for blending day-to-day operations with long-term strategic goals, providing oversight of company policies, procedures, campaigns and growth initiatives, the release added. As VP of St...
    US-based automotive coatings maker Axalta appoints Chris Villavarayan as CEO and president
    US manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings Axalta Coating Systems has announced the appointment of Chris Villavarayan as CEO and president and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective January 2023, according to a press release dated 16 November. At the same time, Rakesh Sachdev, who has served as interim CEO and president, will succeed Bill Cook as non-executive Board Chair, the release added. Axalta said Villavarayan is a proven global executive with more than two decades...
    Valvoline reports fiscal 2022 net income at USD424.3 million, up 1% y/y
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, has reported financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended 30 September 2022. According to a press release dated 15 November, for the full year the company reported a net income of USD424.3 million, up 1% year-on-year. Continuing operations net revenues stood at USD1.2 billion, up 19% and the reported net income was USD109.4 million, down 45%. In the fourth quarter, the company reported a net...
    LIQUI MOLY announces dual leadership with second MD
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, announced that its long-standing administrative director based in Ulm, Germany, Uli Weller, will become the second managing director of the group of companies at the start of 2023, according to a press release dated 28 November. The company believes this is a logical step and a guarantee for lasting stability and security. With this step, Weller will be promoted to an additional managing director of the LIQUI MOLY Group, which also includes the ...
    LIQUI MOLY launches brake fluid for EVs
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, announced that it has developed a brake fluid especially for electric vehicles (EVs) called DOT 5.1 EV, according to a press release dated 15 November. The company believes there are several reasons why brake systems are more demanding for vehicles that are partly or even purely electrically powered. “One of the reasons is corrosion protection, because the electric motor also acts as a brake and uses it to generate energy for the battery,...
    Castrol announces a new contract with Jaguar Land Rover
    Lubricant maker Castrol has announced an agreement with Jaguar Land Rover under which the automaker, that has exclusively recommended approved Castrol engine oils for its vehicles since 2001, will extend their relationship through to 2026, according to a press release dated 15 November. Castrol says its deep collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover is focused on delivering technologically advanced, efficient lubricant products that push the boundaries of engine performance and help improve fuel e...
    Sernauto lead a discussion on Spanish New Sustainable Mobility Strategy
    In the recent "#PosventaConSentido (Aftersales with Sense) Dialogues", organized by the Spanish Association of Automotive Suppliers (Sernauto) with the collaboration of Conese, a consultancy specializing in sustainability, the dialogue #MovilidadConSentido (Mobilty with Sense) was published, a conversation in which it is valued how large companies face the new environmental and regulatory challenges posed by a more environmentally friendly mobility. During the conversation, it was analyzed ho...
    Castrol expands its carbon neutral portfolio
    Castrol is expanding its portfolio of carbon neutral products in Europe with Castrol TRANSMAX, a range of highly advanced transmission and axle fluids. Castrol TRANSMAX products are available for automatic and manual vehicle transmissions and for axles. These products have been verified as carbon neutral, in accordance with the internationally recognized PAS 2060 specification. A typical passenger car makes an average of 18,000 stop-starts and 88,000 gear changes every year. This places huge ...
    Liqui Moly showcases automotive chemicals at AAPEX and SEMA Show 2022
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that it demonstrated its wide range of automotive chemicals at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) from 1–3 November as well as the SEMA show 2022 held from 1–4 November in Las Vegas, according to a press release dated 20 October. The new products included Top Tec Gear EV 510, a gear oil especially for Tesla. “The EV 510 is one example of how we are supporting the change in mobility. We aim our wide range of automoti...
    Valvoline's synthetic motor oil offers 24x protection than an industry-leading one
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that head-to-head testing of its product with a “industry-leading full synthetic” motor oil revealed that Valvoline’s full synthetic motor oils provided 24x stronger protection against engine-killing contaminants, according to a press release dated 17 October. It said engine-killing contaminant include water, fuel, and ethanol.  If moisture builds up in the engine and is not properly controlle...
    Renault and Castrol extend lubricants supply partnership until 2027
    French carmaker Renault Group and lubricants supplier Castrol, part of the BP group, announced the extension of their partnership for a further three years until the end of 2027. The two companies will continue to co-design and supply aftermarket engine oils to the global dealer network of Renault Group brands (Renault, Dacia, and Alpine), according to a press release dated 28 September. In addition to the partnership extension, the Renault Group and Castrol co-branded product range will also...
    PPG registers Q3 2022 net sales of USD4.5 billion, up 2% y/y
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that its third quarter 2022 net sales stood at USD4.5 billion, up 2% year-on-year and 8% in constant currencies, according to a press release dated 19 October. The company said sales volumes were impacted by further softening demand in Europe and less sequential quarterly demand recovery in China than was expected due to a resumption of certain pandemic-related restrictions. These factors, along with worsening f...
    Castrol launches EV transmission fluids for workshops
    Lubricant maker Castrol has launched Castrol ON EV Transmission Fluids specifically for use by franchised and independent workshops certified to work on electrified vehicle (EV) powertrains, according to a press release dated 13 October. Available in five-liter packs, the two new products—in D1 and D2 variants—are claimed to suit a wide range of EVs, helping to extend the life of the drivetrain system and enable EVs to go further on a single charge, the release added. The new product...
    PPG appoints Tim Knavish as president and CEO
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that Tim Knavish, chief operating officer, has been named president and CEO, effective 1 January, 2023, according to a press release dated 19 October. Knavish, 57, who has served as PPG’s COO since March, will succeed Chairman and CEO Michael McGarry, 64, in the role of CEO. McGarry, who has served as CEO since September 2015, will become Executive Chairman. Knavish joined PPG in 1987 at PPG’s global...
    Michelle Jou joins Castrol as CEO as Mandhir Singh retires
    Lubricant maker Castrol announced that its CEO Mandhir Singh retired at the end of September 2022 and was succeeded by Michelle Jou, who joined Castrol’s parent company and oil conglomerate bp in April 2022. Jou is said to bring in extensive strategic commercial expertise, with over 25 years’ experience across sales, marketing, supply chain, and executive management in the chemical industry. Most recently, she was the global president of the Polycarbonates business unit at Covestro, a pol...
    LIQUI MOLY outlines windshield repair package for workshops
    German oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has outlined its extensive package to support workshops in repairing windshields, according to a press release dated 5 October. Aimed at enabling a workshop to not only repair stone chips, but also replace complete windows, LIQUI MOLY’s offerings include everything from chemicals (adhesives and primers), tools (separating cord, suction lifter, sausage caulking gun, seam scraper, etc.) as well as training, the release added. The compa...
    Liqui Moly showcases new services for workshops to generate more revenue
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that its Gear Tronic III and JetClean Tronic II service machines can allow workshops to expand their range of services and open new business areas, according to a press release dated 5 September.  Gear Tronic III largely automates the complex oil change process for automatic transmissions, for which simply unscrewing the oil drain plug is insufficient because a significant part of the old oil would remain in the transmission. Howe...
    Liqui Moly expands range of car care products
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that it has expanded its range of car care products, according to a press release dated 6 September. Although the company is known for its oils and additives, it is also constantly expanding its range of car care products in an effort to “live up to our claim of being a full-range supplier of automotive chemicals,” according to company managing director Günter Hiermaier. The latest additions to the firm’s car care product range ...
    Shell appoints Wael Sawan as CEO effective 1 January 2023
    International energy and petrochemical company Shell plc announced that Ben van Beurden will step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the end of 2022; his successor will be Wael Sawan, whose appointment will be effective 1 January 2023, when he will also join Shell’s Board of Directors, according to a press release dated 15 September. Ben van Beurden will continue working as adviser to the Board until 30 June 2023, after which he will leave the group. Sawan is currently the Director, I...
    Rebecca Liebert named President and CEO of Lubrizol
    Lubrizol Corp, the specialty chemicals unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, has announced that Rebecca Liebert has been named the company’s President and CEO, effective 3 October, according to a press release dated 1 September. She succeeds Mary Rhinehart who has served as interim President and CEO since March of this year. Rhinehart will continue as the company’s Board Chair, the release added. Liebert was most recently Executive Vice President of PPG Industries, a global leader ...
    Castrol and UK-based Sprint Power partner to develop ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs
    Lubricant maker Castrol and Sprint Power, a UK-based firm involved in electrified propulsion systems, power electronics and battery systems, are collaborating on a project to develop ultra-fast charging cells and battery packs for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles (FCEVs), according to a press release dated 6 September. Under the collaboration, two Sprint Power designed battery modules that will use Castrol ON EV Thermal Fluids to deliver an 80% charge in...
    PPG to showcase coatings for EVs at the Detroit Auto Show and The Battery Show
    US-based paints, coatings, and specialty materials manufacturer PPG has announced that it will showcase its growing portfolio of paints and coatings for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) during the North American International Detroit Auto Show and The Battery Show, North America from 13–15 September, according to a press release dated 12 September. Exhibits at both events will include the PPG CORACHAR branded battery fire protection solutions that are claimed to enhance safety and productio...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Organizer says 83% of 2,800 exhibitors from outside Germany
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, who is also organizing the upcoming automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, has revealed the key topics at this year’s event and announced that the exhibitor line-up continues to be international, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key topics include alternative drive systems, training and professional development, resilient su...
    BYD partners with Castrol for EV fluids
    BYD (China) and Castrol have signed a three-year partnership to enhance the supply and promotion of Castrol ON advanced EV Fluids for BYD’s zero-emissions vehicles, according to a press release dated 22 August. The agreement builds on existing first-fill agreement, the release added. BYD sold almost 600,000 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) last year and plans to increase this to a million units in 2022, the release stated, adding that BYD will officially recommend the use of Castrol ON EV T...
    Sinopec Capital, Johnson Matthey sign MoU to explore decarbonization and hydrogen technologies in mainland China
    Sinopec Capital has announced via a press release on 2 August that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with British specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey. The companies seek to explore joint opportunities in green and blue hydrogen, fuel cells, decarbonization technologies, and circular economy businesses in mainland China.  Dr Mark Su, Johnson Matthey China President, said, “Johnson Matthey has a long heritage in China. We are China’s leading auto catalyst produ...
    BP to invest USD60 million in EV battery testing center and analytical laboratory in the UK
    bp unveiled plans to invest up to GBP50 million (around USD60 million) in a new, state-of-the-art electric vehicle (EV) battery testing center and analytical laboratory in Pangbourne, United Kingdom, according to a press release dated 2 August.  The new facilities will be located at bp’s existing global headquarters for its Castrol business in Pangbourne, Berkshire, and will support the technology, engineering and science roles housed there. The site already undertakes research an...
    Valvoline to sell Global Products business for USD2.65 billion to Aramco
    Valvoline, a US-based supplier of lubricants and automotive services, announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Aramco for the sale of Valvoline's Global Products business for USD2.65 billion in cash. Following the closing of the transaction, Valvoline will own the Valvoline brand for all retail services purposes globally, excluding China and certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, while Aramco will own the Valvoline brand for all products uses globally. Both co...
    Castrol survey shows value and location top workshop customer loyalty drivers
    A nationwide survey commissioned by Castrol known as OnePoll research, conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, has identified the most important factors influencing customer loyalty for vehicle workshops across the UK, according to a company press release dated 22 July. The factor mentioned more than any other—by 45% of motorists—is the perception that the work carried out represents ‘good value’. However, the research also strongly indicates that motorists are not simply looking ...
    Liqui Moly registers EUR382 million sales in first half 2022, up 8% year on year
    German oil and additive specialist, Liqui Moly, announced that it has registered sales of EUR382 million (around USD387 million) in the first half of the year, up 8% year on year, according to a press release dated 20 July. The company said despite the loss of the Russian market, it was able to achieve a “respectable increase in sales”, even though this figure fell short of expectations. The company did not meet its revenue target, according to the release. The managing director of LIQUI ...
    Repsol launches Master range lubricants verified as carbon-neutral
    Spanish energy and petrochemical company Repsol announced that as part of its goal to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050, it has launched its first-ever carbon-neutral lubricants under the ‘Master’ range, according to a press release dated 21 June. Repsol's ‘Master’ range is made up of 11 high-performance lubricants for conventional and hybrid passenger vehicles. The low viscosity and selected additives of these products are said to enable greater fuel economy compared with trad...
    TotalEnergies incorporates immersion-cooled battery into a road-going vehicle
    French energy company TotalEnergies has announced that it has replaced the battery cooling system in a Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid with an immersion alternative, a first for a road-going car, according to a press release dated 7 July. The move was done on a pilot basis and the company has no plans to mass-market it, in the short-term at least. The cooling of lithium batteries by immersion is regarded as the optimum solution to the challenges posed by ultra-fast charging, with the most powerful ...
    Castrol urges UK workshops to follow up on deferred work and upsell consumables
    New consumer research commissioned by Castrol suggests workshops across the United Kingdom could be missing out on valuable revenue-generating opportunities by not up-selling consumables and by not following up on deferred work, according to a press release by the company dated 6 July. The survey, a OnePoll research conducted among 1,000 UK car owners, found that only 40% of motorists are typically contacted by their workshop between vehicle services to discuss any work that might need to be ...
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