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These rigorous technical requirements will likely become more commonplace over time. It’s extremely important for European lubricant manufacturers to be mindful of upcoming OEM specifications and have a thorough understanding of the implications on a lubricant’s product life cycle.


Currently, there are base stocks on the market well-suited for ACEA-12, but, the specification is in the decline phase. The new ACEA-16 specification is now in the beginning of the growth phrase, so, there is maximum value to be captured by converting to Group II at this time. Of note, ExxonMobil’s EHC Group II base stocks are designed with a high level of compatibility with current engine oil and other finished lubricant specifications, including ACEA-16. While this is just one example, this principle should be considered for all situations involving conversions and upcoming specifications.


That all said, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to base stock conversions. Transitions to Group II should take place at a time and pace most appropriate to individual finished lubricant manufacturers operations.


In today’s complicated industry environment, lubricant and base stock manufacturers in Europe have a number of hurdles to leap over. The lubricant market will continue to evolve, globally and regionally, as newer specifications and more stringent regulations come to the surface. To address these continual market shifts, it’s important for companies to remember that while manufacturing and technology assets are important, these resources must be coupled with deep industry knowledge and experience.


ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery investment is a good example of this principle, and a testament to the company’s commitment to the industry. The decision to invest in this region and specifically, the Rotterdam refinery, involved counsel from numerous ExxonMobil experts over the course of many years. By studying long-term projections and analyzing which locations were advantageous, ExxonMobil was highly disciplined in its decision of where and when to invest.


ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam, Netherlands refinery remains on track and on time to begin production of EHC™ Group II base stocks in Europe in Q4 2018.


While Group I will still remain relevant for specific applications, Group II is becoming the work horse of the global industry, and with a stream of reliable Group II supply to be introduced through the ExxonMobil Rotterdam refinery in 2018, ExxonMobil is confident that Group II will become the true heart of the European base stock needs.


LINK http://exxonmobil.com/Basestocks 1 Source: ExxonMobil assessment of publicly available information.


Modules include: Certificate of


Lubricant Competence


DEVISED AND DEVELOPED BY INDUSTRY LEADING EXPERTS


1. Exploration & Refining 2. Base Oil Types and Characteristics 3. Basic Tribology 4. Lubricant Additives 5. Automotive Lubricants 6. Industrial Lubricants 7. Greases 8. Metalworking 9. Health, Safety & Environment 10. Certification Session


Commencing February 2018. Attend 9 modules and the final certification session is free.


For more details go to www.ukla.org.uk/training/


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