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Greases Market Olga Voloshina, from analytical agency INFOMINE, presented special research on grease production in Russia. For a long time in Russia, most greases were imported due to the low quality of local products and constantly growing requirements of greases for more technologically advanced equipment. But since 2009, Russian oil majors have started grease production and keep on increasing their share. The largest producers are Omsk Lubricants Plant (Gazprom Neft) – 22%, Intesmo (Lukoil) – 18% and an independent producer RIKOS based in Kazan – 16%.

Although the demand for lubricants in Russia has suffered due to macroeconomic factors (economic slowdown, decrease in automotive industry) and dropped by 20% from 2007 to 2017, recently local lubricants producers have managed to increase their market share. On the other hand, international brands (especially

Russian Grease Production

international players with local production like Total, Shell and Fuchs Petrolub) see potential in the quality segment of the market which is developing and is still attractive for importers.


Figure 6.

Houghton Customer Solutions Centre

Earlier this summer at Manchester United’s home ground of Old Trafford, Houghton unveiled their new Customer Solutions Centre.

Traditionally customers working with fluid, tools or even maintenance suppliers drive the conversation around the efficiency of a product. This brings incremental gains in an independent way but can be detrimental. For example, if a new tool is brought into use which involves major changes to the production process, any efficiency gained from the new tool could be diminished with the process changes that have occurred.

The total solutions approach focuses on the quality of the interaction. Rather than talk simply about fluid supply, Houghton are aiming at a broader conversation. For example, if a customer wants to double the speed of its cutting, different tools will be required. The fact that a different tool is being used probably means that different fluids will be needed. The extra speed required may mean changes to the fluid arising from increased machine vibration. Coming together with partners, Houghton can look at the overall solution.

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expertise in chemical engineers, application engineers and industrial process engineers. Additionally these engineers have access to expertise on heat treatment and safety which is a core focus at the company. With the impending REACH regulations, Houghton can help its customers to become REACH ready which could help avoid possible fines or even plant closures.

the Customer Solutions Centre include relationships with other regulatory bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Houghton is a member of the UKLA Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group (MWFPSG) which allows regular dialogue with the regulator. Through the group Houghton has contributed to a new best practice guide, supported by HSE, on the safe handling and disposal of Metalworking Fluids to be released later this year.

The Customer Solutions Centre is designed to provide improved efficiency, productivity, performance of its customers’ products as well as safety and environmental solutions. The concept of the centre is for Houghton to work in a much

more holistic way whilst working together in partnership with their customers.


The key is partnering. The Customer Solutions Centre is a place where Houghton brings in its strategic partners to provide comprehensive solutions for customer needs. Other features in


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