21 February 2013 22:22 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--There is growing complexity in the lubricants market as a result of environmental regulatory requirements, according to Paul Basar, a regional business manager for Lubrizol, speaking at the 17th ICIS World Base Oils conference on Thursday.
“The primary driver is the environment,” Basar said.
These ongoing and emerging requirements are at the core of the increasingly complex base oil and lubricants markets, impacting Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) as they strive to make the necessary changes.
OEMs are responding to the challenges with new engine designs for both gasoline models and for diesel models.
In Europe, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has implementation timelines in place for 2013 and 2014 whereby various test protocols must be conducted to ensure specifications for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are met in lubricant formulations.
In North America, there are proposals for split categories in the International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) GF-6 basket, putting forth GF-6A and GF-6B tiers, the first driven by fuel economy and the second by higher level fuel economy performance.
The GF standards are uncertain and the proposals are as yet unpublished.
There are other complexities and more split categories, with conversion and licensing dates upcoming by 2014 in some cases and 2016 in others.
“Managing the timing will take resources,” the speaker said.
The 17th ICIS World Base Oils conference is taking place in London from 21-22 February.
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