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Valvoline announced a price increase of up to 10% on its branded lubricants effective May 1, 2018. Valvoline attributes the increase to the rising raw material costs associated with manufacturing and distribution.

The following is a complete list of lubricant price increases JobbersWorld reported on in Round 2 of 2018.

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Warren Oil 3/23/2018 4/23/2018 3 to 8%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%
Shell 4/4/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Phillips 66 4/5/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%
 Safety-Kleen  4/5/2018  5/7/2018 up to 10%
Valvoline 4/10/2018 5/1/2018 up to 10%
Castrol (excluding industrial) 4/12/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%
Houghton 5/7/2018 up to 10%

On the Wire and in the News

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Valvoline Announces Opening of New Quick-Lube Center in Evansville, Indiana, Area

Gulf Oil Kicks Off Summer-Long Partnership with Live Nation

Tainted Police Car Fuel Tracked to Suppliers and Their Distributor

CIOMA Issues Statement on Failure of the Ban on Internal Combustion Engines

RelaDyne Acquires A&W Oil & Tire Company of Augusta, Georgia

A&WlogoRelaDynelogoRelaDyne, one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and industrial reliability services, has acquired A&W Oil & Tire Company, Inc. (A&W Oil), a fuel and lubricant distributor. This acquisition extends RelaDyne’s geographical footprint in the southeast region of the United States.

A&W Oil, headquartered in Augusta, Georgia, with a second facility in Waynesboro, serves eastern Georgia and western South Carolina with quality fuels and lubricants. As part of RelaDyne, A&W Oil will handle this geography with expanded products and capabilities. The introduction of RelaDyne Reliability Services to A&W’s marketplace and OEMs will add substantial value to the current and prospective A&W Oil customer base.

“We are thrilled to be joining the RelaDyne team,” said John Sylvester, Jr., President of A&W Oil Company. “Our partnership with RelaDyne will be a great expansion of resources, products and services for our loyal customers. All of our employees are now part of the RelaDyne family of companies, providing the same exceptional service to our great customers.”

“We are very excited to welcome both the associates and customers of A&W Oil to the RelaDyne family,” stated Larry Stoddard, RelaDyne President and CEO. “Our acquisition strategy has remained consistent – expand RelaDyne geographically through high quality companies with great people and integrate our robust products and services to create long term value to our associates, customers, and investors. The acquisition of A&W Oil continues this strategy.”

RelaDyne continues to be the “Acquirer of Choice” in the lubricants, fuel, and reliability segments. “The acquisition of A&W Oil Company is the third acquisition for RelaDyne in 2018 and our first in Georgia,” said RelaDyne CSO, Jeff Hart. “RelaDyne continues to make significant investments to acquire, integrate and grow these companies once they join RelaDyne. Our acquisition pace continues to increase as we create a national distribution platform.”

About A & W Oil Company
A&W Oil Company is a fuel and lubricant distributor as well as a common carrier serving customers across Georgia and South Carolina. Those interested in more information can contact the Augusta, Georgia, office to learn more about the lubrication products, services and equipment offered.

About RelaDyne
RelaDyne, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and reliability services for industrial, commercial, and automotive businesses in the United States. RelaDyne was formed in 2010 by the combination of four well-established industry-leading companies and has since grown to more than 60 locations by strategically acquiring other industry leaders in the lubricant, fuel distribution, and industrial service segments. For more information, visit www.RelaDyne.com.

Other RelaDyne Acquisitions in 2018:

RelaDyne Acquires T.A. Roberts Oil Company of Columbia, Louisiana

RelaDyne Acquires Conservancy Oil Group of New Mexico and Colorado

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Warren Oil 3/23/2018 4/23/2018 3 to 8%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%
Shell 4/4/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Phillips 66 4/5/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%
 Safety-Kleen  4/5/2018  5/7/2018 up to 10%
Castrol (excluding industrial) 4/12/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%

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Add Castrol to the List

Add Castrol to the List in Round 2

BP Lubricants USA Inc. (Castrol) announced a price increase of up to 10% on its Castrol and BP branded passenger car, commercial and synthetic lubricants effective May 14, 2018. Castrol attributes the increase to the rising costs of base oils, additives, packaging and transportation.

See the bottom of page for a complete table of all price increases reported by JobbersWorld in Round 2, 2018.

Shell Publishes New Report On Strategy For Energy Transition

ElectricCarRoyal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) today published a report outlining how its strategy should enable it to thrive as the world transitions to lower-carbon energy. The Shell Energy Transition Report describes its understanding of the transition and what it means for the company. It also explains how Shell has designed its strategy not only to be a world-class investment case, and to sustain its societal license to operate, but also to manage climate change-related risks and maximize opportunities through the transition.

What may be of particular interest to lubricant marketers are Shell’s views about the penetration of electric vehicles in the global market. The Electric Vehicles and Impact on Liquid Fuels section of the Shell Energy Transition Report states “Shell’s Mountains, Oceans and Sky scenarios show a rise in demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in the next few decades.” The trend is fastest in Shell’s “Sky” Scenario (the most rapid transition to lower-carbon energy) where the report states “… more than half of global new passenger car sales are electric by 2030. By 2050, consumers in this scenario will not be able to buy an internal combustion engine (ICE) anywhere in the world.”

On the Wire and in the News

API Warns Against Approval of Year Round E-15 Sales, Asserting the Need to Protect American Consumers

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Warren Oil 3/23/2018 4/23/2018 3 to 8%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%
Shell 4/4/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Phillips 66 4/5/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%
 Safety-Kleen  4/5/2018  5/7/2018 up to 10%
Castrol (excluding industrial) 4/12/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%

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THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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Warren Distribution Opens New Location

Warren Distribution Opens New Lubricants Blending Plant In Houston, Texas

lo res - Front of New Warren Distribution Plant, Houston, TexasWarren Distribution announced today that it has completed and commissioned its fourth lubricants blending plant. This new plant in Houston, Texas, located at 910 Rankin Road just minutes west of George Bush International Airport, will supply Automotive, Commercial and Industrial lubricants throughout the Gulf Coast Region that will be shipped in bulk transports and packaged in totes, drums, and pails. It has initial annual blending capacity of 8 million gallons and is scalable to 20 million gallons with additional infrastructure investment. This addition increases the Company’s blending capacity to over 100 million gallons per year from plants in Iowa, West Virginia, Alabama and, now, Texas.

lo res - Side View of New Warren Distribution Blend Plant, Houston, Texas“We are very proud of the team that engineered and built this plant to include some of the latest innovations and technology that will make this most efficient plant in the Industry. And the quality of our products will be second to none,” said Donna Weeda, chief operating officer for operations. “We selected Texas for this plant because there is substantial growth in demand for lubricants due to exploding business and population growth in the Lone Star State. And Houston is the perfect hub for servicing the entire Texas market and surrounding States,” said Curt Knapp, chief operating officer for sales & supply. “Customer response has already exceeded our expectations. With this new plant, we will expand sales of our industry-leading quality products and superior service to existing customers with operations in the region and new local customers that we haven’t been able to serve in the past.”

About Warren Distribution
Warren Distribution is a family-owned business that was founded over 97 years ago in 1922 by the grandfather of Robert Schlott, the current Chairman and CEO. Now, it’s the largest private label blender and one of the largest independent motor oil, lubricants and automotive chemicals manufacturers and suppliers in North America. The Company is the private label supplier for some of the largest retailers, marketers and lubricants distributors in North America and has customers in more than 30 countries. It has the capacity to produce 100 million gallons of bulk and packaged lubricants from more than 1,100,000 square feet manufacturing and distribution facilities in Iowa, West Virginia, Alabama and Texas. The headquarters office is in Omaha, NE.

Atlas Oil and TOTAL Announce New Lubricants Partnership

Atlas Oil Company is now a TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. authorized lubricants distributor, cementing Atlas’ vision of a single-source service model of premium lubricants and bulk fuel supply for its customers.

“We know our customers expect only the best products and services, which is why we now proudly offer TOTAL lubricants as part of our oil field services,” said Atlas’ President of Frac and Rig Fueling Michael Meredith. “As the partner of choice for many of the major E&P companies in the country’s largest shale plays, our partnership with TOTAL is a big win for everyone.”

TOTAL’S and Atlas’ successes are driven by many of the same values, including safety, collective responsibility, perpetual innovation and a family-like team spirit. TOTAL is the fourth largest oil & gas company in the world and is recognized internationally as a global energy leader. Their high-performance lubricants are designed to extend the life of equipment and ease the cost of maintenance and repairs.

Atlas’ lubricants distribution will fall under their oilfield services division in select markets with a focus on onshore drilling rigs, frac trucks, and gas compression units with supply capabilities to match customers’ consistent oil, grease, and hydraulic fluid needs. The company plans to expand their lubricants services nationwide and into their commercial fueling, retail, and emergency service divisions throughout 2018.

“We are extremely excited to partner with such an innovative company like Atlas,” commented Christophe Doussoux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants for TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. “TOTAL has the industry-leading product line and Atlas brings years of excellence in customer service. I am confident this partnership will lead to immense growth for both parties.”

About Atlas Oil Company
Headquartered in Taylor, Mich., Atlas Oil is the inaugural Simon Group Holdings company. Since our founding in 1985, Atlas has grown through technological and operational innovation, all while maintaining our unwavering commitment to customer success. Atlas offers single-source solutions for fuel, transportation, and logistics and is one of the largest fuel distributors in the country, delivering over 1 billion gallons of fuel annually to customers in 47 states. We have an active real estate division and are engaged in transportation logistics and fueling including bulk, fleet, event, onsite, emergency response, and oilfield services.

About TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. is a part of the Americas Division for the Marketing & Services Branch of the TOTAL Group. TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. offers a wide range of lubricant products including TOTAL Quartz synthetic performance engine oils. Our products are sold through a comprehensive network of distributors, direct channels and an online presence. In addition to a growing distribution network and evolving production capabilities, we’re committed to heightening our brand awareness through partnerships in motorsports. For more information on TOTAL Specialties USA, Inc. visit www.TotalSpecialties.com

Source: PR Newswire

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. Announces the Acquisition of Biosynthetic Technologies, LLC, Enhancing the Technological Capabilities of the Specialty Products Business

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (the “Company”, “Partnership” or “Calumet”), a leading independent producer of specialty hydrocarbon and fuels products, today announced that the Partnership completed the acquisition of Biosynthetic Technologies, LLC (“Biosynthetic Technologies”). Biosynthetic Technologies is a startup company and developer of proprietary renewable technology focused on the conversion of sustainable plant oils into high-performance synthetic base stocks. These unique estolides exhibit exceptional qualities for high performance lubricants, while also meeting stringent environmental specifications for biodegradability, bioaccumulation and toxicity. Calumet plans to develop and commercialize these renewable esters at its existing esters manufacturing facility in Missouri. The acquisition of Biosynthetic Technologies was completed in partnership with The Heritage Group, a technology partner whose business model offers synergies with Calumet that will maximize the value of the acquired technology portfolio.

CalumetQuote4112018“The acquisition of Biosynthetic Technologies and its technological capabilities align very well with the Partnership’s specialty products-focused growth strategy, and our vision to be the premiere specialty petroleum products company in the world,” said Tim Go, Chief Executive Officer of Calumet. “This acquisition, alongside the recently announced opening of our new Research and Development facility in Indianapolis, are indicative of Calumet’s commitment to innovation. The technology and expertise we have acquired will help extend our existing esters business into new, forward-thinking product formulations with exceptional qualities for which the Calumet name represents.”

About Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership and a leading independent producer of high-quality, specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. Calumet processes crude oil and other feedstocks into customized lubricating oils, solvents and waxes used in consumer, industrial and automotive products; produces fuel products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Calumet is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and operates eleven manufacturing facilities located in northwest Louisiana, northern Montana, western Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey and eastern Missouri.

About Biosynthetic Technologies
Headquartered in Irvine, CA, Biosynthetic Technologies holds exclusive rights to patented technology that converts fatty acids found in plant and animal oils into high-performance synthetic oils that can be used in industrial lubricant, personal care and other chemical sectors. These “biosynthetic” base oils exhibit many superior characteristics compared to petroleum-based lubricant oils. Biosynthetic Technologies was a privately held company funded in part by multiple FT Global 500 companies. First-mover advantage and patented technology make Biosynthetic Technologies a market leader in the sustainable chemicals sector. For more information, visit www.biosynthetic.com.

Source: PR Newswire

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

 

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Warren Oil 3/23/2018 4/23/2018 3 to 8%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%
Shell 4/4/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Phillips 66 4/5/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%
 Safety-Kleen  4/5/2018  5/7/2018 up to 10%

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THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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PetroChoice Acquires Prolube, More Price Increases

More Price Increases in Round 2

Phillips 66 announced a price increase of up to 10% on its finished lubricants effective May 14, 2018. Phillips 66 attributes the increase to the rising costs of the production and delivery of its products.

Safety-Kleen announced a price increase of up to 10% on its lubricants effective May 7, 2018. Safety-Kleen attributes the increase to the rising costs of raw materials, additives and base oil used in the manufacturing process of its products.


Note: In the April 5th issue of JobbersWorld, we wrote that Shell is the third major oil company to announce a lubricant price increase. Understanding that TOTAL S.A. is the world’s 4th-ranked international oil and gas company and one of seven supermajors, and that TOTAL Specialties USA is a wholly-owned Affiliate of TOTAL S.A. and its lubricants business in the US, TOTAL was actually the third major to move when they announced a lubricant price increase on March 29th. Shell was the fourth with its announcement on April 4th, 2018.

See the bottom of page for a complete table of all price increases reported by JobbersWorld in Round 2, 2018.

PetroChoice Acquires Prolube, Inc. out of Bensalem, PA

PetroChoice announced the acquisition of the lubricant business assets of Prolube, Inc in Bensalem, PA.

PetroChoiceProlube, Inc has been a reputable distributor of lubricants in the Northern Philadelphia market, specializing in the automotive market. Gregg Babcock, President, and Bob Powers, Secretary and head of sales at Prolube, Inc. have grown the company’s loyal customer base over the past 20 years and will serve as the primary consultants to PetroChoice during the transition.

“Prolube’s commitment to distribution excellence is a terrific addition to our overall growth plan,” said Rob Walker, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PetroChoice. “We are excited to welcome the Prolube staff into the PetroChoice family.”

Gregg Babcock commented, “It was not an easy decision to sell our company, but after getting to know the cohesive team at PetroChoice, we feel they are the best fit to take our company to the next level. Our customers will continue to be serviced by the best in the industry.”

Effective immediately, Prolube’s product distribution will be operating out of the PetroChoice Aston, PA facility.

About PetroChoice
PetroChoice is one of the largest petroleum-based lubricant distributors in the United States, providing business solutions for industrial, commercial and passenger automobile customers. The company, headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, operates locations across the U.S. and employs some of the nation’s most knowledgeable technical experts in lubrication services and equipment. For more information visit PetroChoice.com.

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%
Shell 4/4/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Phillips 66 4/5/2018 5/14/2018 up to 10%
Safety-Kleen 4/5/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%

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THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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Shell is the Third Major to Move in Round 2

Shell is the Third Major to Move in Round 2

Shell Lubricants (SOPUS) announced a price increase of up to 10% on its finished lubricants effective May 7, 2018. SOPUS attributes the increase to the rising costs of raw materials used in the production and delivery of its products.

See the bottom of page for a complete table of all price increases reported by JobbersWorld in Round 2, 2018.

Packaging Cost on the Rise

DrumUpArrowMauser USA, manufacturers of industrial packaging solutions, announced a 7.5% price increase on steel drums and a 3.9% increase on the price of IBCs. Mauser attributes the increase to the escalating costs of steel with the enactment of Section 232. The increase is effective with shipments on April 25, 2018.

Based on JobbersWorld’s calculation, the increase adds close to $0.05 a gallon to the cost of lubricants sold in drums and kegs.

For those unfamiliar with Section 232, on March 8, 2018, President Trump exercised his authority under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, with exemptions for Canada and Mexico, in order to protect our national security. The President’s Section 232 decisions are the result of investigations led by the Commerce Department, after review and comment by other relevant Federal agencies. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting the tariffs on March 23, 2018.

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%
Shell 4/4/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%

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THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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Lubricant and Packaging Price Increases

More Price Increases in Round 2

Nu-Tier Brands announced a general increase of 6 to 8% on all its finished lubricants. The increase is effective April 16, 2018. Nu-Tier attributes the adjustment to the increasing costs of raw materials and manufacturing.

Total announced a price increase of 3 to 5% on its branded lubricants effective April 30, 2018. This increase is being driven by the continuing rise in base oils, additives and other materials used in the manufacturing of lubricants.

See the bottom of page for a complete table of all price increases reported by JobbersWorld in Round 2, 2018.

Packaging Cost on the Rise

DrumUpArrowMauser USA, manufacturers of industrial packaging solutions, announced a 7.5% price increase on steel drums and a 3.9% increase on the price of IBCs. Mauser attributes the increase to the escalating costs of steel with the enactment of Section 232. The increase is effective with shipments on April 25, 2018.

Based on JobbersWorld’s calculation, the increase adds close to $0.05 a gallon to the cost of lubricants sold in drums and kegs.

For those unfamiliar with Section 232, on March 8, 2018, President Trump exercised his authority under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, with exemptions for Canada and Mexico, in order to protect our national security. The President’s Section 232 decisions are the result of investigations led by the Commerce Department, after review and comment by other relevant Federal agencies. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting the tariffs on March 23, 2018.

Chevron Announces New First Source Lubrication Marketer LubeSource

LubeSource customers now have access to a variety of marketing materials and tools

Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., maker of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants today announced LubeSource is the latest First Source Lubrication Marketer for Chevron Canada Limited.

ChevQuote432018As a Chevron-branded First Source marketer, LubeSource is recognized as one of Chevron’s top-performing Delo, Havoline and Chevron Industrial Lubrication Marketers. The First Source designation indicates LubeSource is committed to being strategically dedicated to the long-term success of their customers’ business.

“Chevron’s First Source Lubrication Marketer program has been a great resource for recognizing leading marketers and developing business relationships. The addition of LubeSource under Chevron Canada’s umbrella is a testament to its success rate,” said Bob Stolz, GM Chevron North America Lubricants. “LubeSource already had a reputation as a top lubrication marketer and joining our First Source program confirms it.”

As part of the customer support, the Vaughan, Ontario marketer now offers an expanded lubricant product portfolio. In addition, LubeSource customers will benefit from:

  • Local warehouses with short lead times for better product management and availability
  • In-Field Technical Lubricant Specialists willing to visit customer locations for reviews
  • Regular promotions and programs, advertising and marketing support
  • Immediate and exceptional technical support through LubeTek

“Chevron has 100 years of advanced engine protection, extended service protection and unsurpassed performance records, so we’re happy we’ve earned the First Source designation,” said LubeSource Director of Sales John O’Donnell. “As a Delo, Havoline and Chevron brand ambassador, LubeSource is now the source for delivering industry leading durability, reliability and efficiency. The latest partnership with Chevron makes LubeSource an even more complete one-stop solution for all of your heavy duty motor oil (HDMO), passenger car motor oil (PCMO) and industrial lubricant needs.”

LubeSource customers can now order Chevron, Delo and Havoline lubricants through LubeSource and are backed by written warranties, including the Delo Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty Program.

About Chevron Products Company
Chevron Products Company is a division of an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation headquartered in San Ramon, CA. A full line of lubrication and coolant products are marketed through this organization. Select brands include Havoline® and Delo® Chevron Intellectual Property LLC owns patented technology in advanced lubricants products, new generation base oil technology and coolants. For more information go to: http://canada.chevronlubricants.com

About LubeSource
LubeSource is a premier distributor and single-source solution for oil, lubrication and related fluids across the automotive, commercial, industrial and agricultural markets. Serving the Ontario market for over 20 years, LubeSource is the premier supplier of all package and bulk heavy-duty motor oils, featuring cutting-edge facilities, industrial experts and technical teams dedicated to maximizing customer operations. For more information go to: or http://lubesource.ca/

Sunoco LP Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Wholesale Fuel Distribution and Terminal Business from Superior Plus Corporation

Sunoco LP LogoSunoco LP (“Sunoco”) announced today the execution of a definitive agreement to purchase certain assets from Superior Plus Corporation for approximately $40 million plus working capital adjustments. The assets consist of a network of approximately 100 dealers, several hundred commercial contracts and three terminals, which are connected to major pipelines serving the Upstate New York market. The wholesale fuels business sells approximately 200 million gallons of fuel annually through multiple channels. The three terminals have a combined 17 tanks with 429 thousand barrels of storage capacity.

The acquisition is consistent with Sunoco’s strategy of utilizing its scale to grow the core fuel distribution business and adding fee-based refined product terminals into the overall portfolio. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in April 2018. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Sunoco with respect to distributable cash flow.

About Sunoco LP
Sunoco LP is a master limited partnership that distributes motor fuel to approximately 9,200 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in more than 30 states. SUN’s general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.

VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel of Race of Champions

VP Racing Fuels, Inc., announced they have reached a multi-year agreement with Race of Champions management to secure Spec Fuel supply and series entitlements as Race of Champions Official Fuel, Lubricants, and Additives.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The 68th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2018 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa on September 27, 28 and 29. It is the second-longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500. CLICK FOR MORE

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%
Nu-Tier 3/28/2018 4/16/2018 6 to 8%
Total 3/29/2018 4/30/2018 3 to 5%

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JobbersWorld Announces Lubricant Pricing Reports

JWMiniBooks-3A must have report for manufacturers, marketers, buyers and others looking to understand price drivers and communicate the reasons for price increases to customers.

THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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Chevron: Second Major to Move in Round 2

Chevron is the Second Major to Move in Round 2

Chevron Lubricants announced today a general increase of up to 10% on all its lubricating oils and greases. The increase is effective May 7, 2018. Chevron attributes the adjustment to the increasing costs of raw materials used in the manufacturing process.

This announcement follows ExxonMobil, the first major to move in round 2, as reported by JobbersWorld, March 23, 2018.

See the bottom of page for a complete table of all price increases reported by JobbersWorld in Round 2, 2018.

Valor Oil acquires Harper Companies of Florence, KY

Valor Oil announces the purchased of Florence, KY based Harper Oil Products, Inc. and Harper Properties, Inc. assets effective April 1, 2018.

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Left to right: Josh Emmick SVP, Gary Emmick CEO/President

“We at Valor Oil can’t tell you how excited we are to have this opportunity to continue the work of such well-respected and well -run businesses”, said Valor Senior Vice President Josh Emmick. Adding to this, Emmick tells JobbersWorld, “The acquisition helps advance Valor’s goal to be the petroleum distributor of choice in Kentucky by extending its geographic reach originally from Bowling Green to Louisville, KY on into the northern part of the State and up to Cincinnati. The Harper’s have been life-long friends of mine and I am so glad they entrusted us with this opportunity. We will offer our entire suite of product lines in this market: Branded Stores, Unbranded Stores, Tankwagon Fueling, Transport Fueling, Cardlock Fleet Sites, Chevron Lubricants, Private Label Lubricants, DEF Manufacturing, and Renegade Racing Fuels.”

ValorQuoteThe Harper family has been a prominent petroleum wholesale distributor and convenience store retailer in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati market since 1955. Steve and Larry Harper purchased and took over operations from founder Bobby Harper in 1990 and have continued its prominence and growth in the region. Harper Oil Products, Inc. provides services to retail fueling stations, commercial, industrial, agricultural, oil heat and governmental customers with unbranded and branded fuels and lubricants. Harper Properties, Inc. operates nine convenience stores under the HOP Shops brand and one Dairy Queen Grill & Chill fast food restaurant.

Valor Oil is a 3rd generation family owned company based in Owensboro, Kentucky and is a full-line petroleum distributor. Valor will now have physical presence in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Louisville, Florence and Maysville Kentucky. Their services provide fuels, additives, lubricants, racing fuels and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) – as well as innovative, cost-saving services – to gas stations, convenience stores, and a wide variety of businesses in the commercial, industrial, marine, mining, oil heat and farming sectors in Kentucky, Central Tennessee, Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Southern Ohio. With products ranging from a full line of Chevron, Petro Canada, and private label lubricants, to top tier branded gas, to high-performance racing fuels and oils, Valor Oil has become one of the premier fuel and lubricant distributors in the region. Through its company operated HOP Shop convenience stores Valor now directly serves the motoring public with clean and inviting stores providing quality gasolines and well stocked facilities at competitive prices.

AXEL ACQUIRES ROYAL MFG

AXEL Christiernsson has acquired the operating assets and the majority of other assets of Royal Mfg Co, LP. The business will now be carried forward as AXEL Royal LLC, a subsidiary of AXEL Americas LLC, building on the heritage of Royal Mfg Co, LP as a well-established supplier of lubricating greases and lubes in the US market and abroad.

The AXEL Christiernsson Group (AXEL) has expanded and become one of the leading producers and suppliers of lubricating greases in Europe, with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Sweden, the Netherlands and France, and AXEL Americas, LLC is also a significant player in the US. Through organic growth and acquisitions, the company is now a leading supplier of private label lubricating greases in the global business-to-business” market.

AXELRoyalQuoteAXEL works successfully with many of the leading lubricant companies around the world and has become the largest independent manufacturer of lubricating greases in the European market, with a noticeable position in the USA since 2011. By adding Royal, we create a step change for AXEL Americas, increasing our capacity and extending our reach in the US market.

Royal Mfg Co, LP, has facilities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Schertz, Texas. Since 1914, Royal and its predecessors have provided high-performance oils and greases to their clients. Bill Mallory, of Royal, has also successfully expanded by bringing Troco and Wright into the same structure. The Brownsville base oil terminal is not included in this transaction.

“I am pleased to see Royal becoming a part of the AXEL Group and believe our companies will work very well together, building on the knowledge and skills that prevail on both sides. Royal and AXEL are both dedicated to high-quality products and customer service. The combination will be excellent!”, said Bill Mallory, President Royal Mfg. Co LP

According to AXEL Americas President, Tom Schroeder, “Our combined customer offering will increase significantly with the capabilities of three production sites and the talents of the larger work force coming together. We will operate the business as AXEL Royal LLC to effectively bridge the transition in a transparent and structured manner. Bill Mallory will be assisting us for a period as consultant, while Jim Gott, Dr Anoop Kumar and all others in the existing team will carry forward as employees of the new company. I, with the help of our dedicated employees, look forward to leading this new organisation and making it a leading lubricating grease company in the US; much like AXEL is in Europe.”

“We are excited to take this important step to grow our platform in USA. We look forward to this great opportunity and our commitment is to offer all our customers, existing and new, remarkable products and excellent services through our talented people”, said Johan Stureson, CEO AXEL Christiernsson.

Round 2 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
Omni Specialty Packaging 4/23/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%
Chevron 3/28/2018 5/7/2018 up to 10%

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JobbersWorld Announces Lubricant Pricing Reports

JWMiniBooks-3A must have report for manufacturers, marketers, buyers and others looking to understand price drivers and communicate the reasons for price increases to customers.

THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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First Major Moves in Round 2

First Major Moves in Round 2

Although many of the leading independent lubricant manufacturers have already announced a second round of price increases for 2018, until today, we had not heard of any majors doing the same. That changed, however, with ExxonMobil notifying its marketers today of a general price increase of up to 10% on its branded and unbranded lubricants and greases effective April 23, 2018.

The table below provides a summary of the price adjustments JobbersWorld reported on that occurred in the second round of increases for 2018. As seen, the increases range from 3 to 10%. When taken together, the average of the reported increases is close to 6.5%. Most announcements state that the actual increase varies by product type.

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Royal Mfg 3/13/2018 4/2/2018 3 to 8%
ExxonMobil 3/22/2018 4/23/2018 up to 10%

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JobbersWorld Announces Lubricant Pricing Reports

JWMiniBooks-3A must have report for manufacturers, marketers, buyers and others looking to understand price drivers and communicate the reasons for price increases to customers.

THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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On the Wire and in the News

STOP changing your oil so often!

RelaDyne Acquires T.A. Roberts Oil Company of Columbia, Louisiana

RelaDyneRobertsRelaDyne, one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and industrial reliability services, has acquired T.A. Roberts Oil Company, a Northern Louisiana regional distributor of lubricants, DEF and related products. This acquisition strengthens RelaDyne’s geographical footprint in the Southeast region.

Founded in 1954, T.A. Roberts Oil Company primarily serves the automotive and commercial industries with its wide portfolio of fueling products and services as well as a premium selection of multi-industry lubricant products.

“Our partnership with RelaDyne is an exciting and welcome venture for T.A. Roberts,” said Rhonda Roberts, Vice President of T.A. Roberts Oil Company. “RelaDyne has a huge array of premium, industry-leading products that we are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve our customers with. The national brands of RelaDyne – DuraMAX and ALLFLEET – will be welcomed product lines for our customers throughout the Northern Louisiana region.”

“The acquisition of T.A. Roberts Oil Company illustrates our growing footprint and strength in the Southeast, especially within the state of Louisiana,” Larry Stoddard, RelaDyne President and CEO, stated to JobbersWorld. “With the existing capabilities of our Louisiana operations and the services and footprint that T.A. Roberts provides, we will continue to grow together.”

RelaDyne continues to be the “Acquirer of Choice” in the lubricants, fuel, and reliability segments. “The acquisition of T.A. Roberts Oil Company is our second acquisition of 2018,” said RelaDyne CSO, Jeff Hart. “We are continually looking to acquire leading businesses with great people and great customers – T.A. Roberts is a great example of this. RelaDyne has made significant investments in acquiring great companies and in our ability to integrate and grow these companies once they join RelaDyne. This dedication to integration and growth at RelaDyne has allowed us to accelerate our acquisition pace as we continue to create a national distribution platform.”

About T.A. Roberts Oil Company

T.A. Roberts Oil Company was established in 1954, providing superior-quality fuel and lubricants to the Northern Louisiana market. T.A. Roberts is a proud third-generation, family-owned company specializing in the automotive, aviation, logging, and commercial industries. Those interested in more information can contact the Columbia, Louisiana and Grayson, Louisiana offices to learn more about the lubrication products, services and equipment offered.

About RelaDyne 

RelaDyne, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the nation’s leading providers of lubricants, fuels, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and reliability services for industrial, commercial, and automotive businesses in the United States. RelaDyne was formed in 2010 by the combination of four well-established industry-leading companies and has since grown to more than 60 locations by strategically acquiring other industry leaders in the lubricant, fuel distribution, and industrial service segments. For more information, visit www.RelaDyne.com.

New Tractor Hydraulic Fluid (THF) Labeling

logoThe Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) published a story last week speaking about some of the new labels it recently observed in the market with the “303” designation. Although THF designated only as “303” has been banned for sale in the state of Missouri, the article points out that it is acceptable to use the “303” designation on THF labels in the state when the designation is preceded by the J20C, J20A, and/or J14B specification(s).

The PQIA also presented other THF labeling guidelines for marketers to use that help provide consumers with what they need to make an informed buying decision.

PENNZOIL® LAUNCHES PENNZOIL PLATINUM® 0W-16 FULL SYNTHETIC MOTOR OIL WITH PUREPLUS® TECHNOLOGY

Pennzoil announced it has developed the next generation of motor oil, Pennzoil Platinum® SAE 0W-16 Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus® Technology, to respond to the continuous focus on increasing fuel economy and reducing emissions.

Pennzoil says its PurePlus Technology base oils are poised for future motor oil requirements and will formulate Pennzoil Platinum SAE 0W-16 without sacrificing NOACK volatility. By using PurePlus base oils, Pennzoil is able to develop motor oils that provide enhanced viscosity control and reduced motor oil consumption than is available from typical group III base stocks. Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic SAE 0W-16 is made using PurePlus® base oils and further enables greater performance with respect to oxidation and deposit control, wear protection and fuel economy than required by the toughest industry standards

The drive for 0W-16 grade motor oils has recently grown following the introduction of certain 2018 vehicle models being sold in the United States. Some OEMs recommend the utilization of a SAE 0W-16 motor oil, or a SAE 0W-20 if a SAE 0W-16 is not available, to optimize the efficiency of engines such as the 2018 Toyota Camry 2.5 L, the 2018 Honda Fit and Accord hybrid.

Pennzoil0W16SAE 0W-16 oils, which can offer additional fuel economy benefits compared to SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20, SAE 5W-30, and other higher viscosity oils, have been in use in Japan for some time. In fact, Shell has been producing SAE 0W-16 oils for Japanese OEMs for use in vehicles sold in Japan since 2014.

Pennzoil will introduce Pennzoil Platinum SAE 0W-16 Full-Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus Technology to meet the needs of applicable 2018 vehicle models, in the following chronology:

  • Bulk, Drum and Ecobox in March 2018 (United States)
  • 1-quart and 5-quart bottles in June 2018 (United States & Canada)
  • Drum and Ecobox in Q4 2018 (Canada)

 

More Price Increases, ExxonMobil Introduces New High Mileage PCMO

More Price Increases in Round Two

Maverick Performance Products announced today a price increase of 6 to 8% on its VP finished lubricants to be effective with orders placed on or after April 2, 2018. This increase is being driven by the continuing rise in raw materials costs used in manufacturing finished lubricants.

Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) announced it will raise its lubricant prices by 4 to 9%. The increase is effective April 9, 2018. Reliance attributes the increase to the rising costs of base oils, additives, packaging and transportation.

Martin Lubricants advised its customers of a 4 to 10% price increase on Its SynGard®, Xtreme®, and Gard® branded products and all private label lubricants and greases. This increase is effective April 16th. Martin attributes the adjustment to escalation in the costs of raw materials, including base oil, additives and resin for bottles and pails.

Sunbelt Lubricants announced a price increase of 6 to 8% for finished lubricants effective March 21st.

Warren Distribution announced a price increase of 5 to 8% on all lubricants to be effective with orders placed on or after Monday, April 9, 2018. This increase is being driven by the continuing rise in raw materials, base oils, additives and transportation costs.

As of today, the list of companies JobbersWorld reported on that have announced lubricant price increases in 2018 Round 2 is shown below:

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 2/12/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CAM2 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Smitty’s Supply 3/1/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 10%
Pinnacle Oil 3/2/2018 3/19/2018 5 to 10%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/5/2018 3/24/2018 4 to 8%
Advanced Lubrication Specialities (ALS) 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Sunoco 3/29/2018 6 to 9%
Chemlube 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/7/2018 4/9/2018 4 to 9%
Sunbelt Lubricants 3/8/2018 3/21/2018 6 to 8%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%
Martin Lubricants 3/12/2018 4/16/2018 4 to 10%
Warren Distribution 3/12/2018 4/9/2018 5 to 8%
Maverick Performance Products 3/7/2018 3/26/2018 5 to 8%

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ExxonMobil Introduces the First Oil for High Mileage Vehicles That Guarantees Protection for 15,000 Miles Between Oil Changes

New Mobil 1™ Extended Performance High Mileage offers extra protection for high mileage engines, helping to extend engine life

New Mobil 1™ Extended Performance High Mileage offers extra protection for high mileage engines, helping to extend engine life

ExxonMobil is introducing a new high performance synthetic motor oil, Mobil 1 Extended Performance High Mileage. The new oil is specifically designed for high mileage vehicles with more than 75,000 miles on their engines and guarantees* longer lasting engine protection for 15,000 miles between changes.

“This new addition to the Mobil 1™ line of synthetic motor oils addresses the needs of a large and growing group of car owners – those that have high mileage vehicles and want extra protection to keep their vehicles on the road longer,” said Michele Biamonte, automotive marketing manager for ExxonMobil. “We know that owners of vehicles with over 75,000 miles represent over half of all vehicles on the road so we’re excited to introduce Mobil 1 Extended Performance High Mileage formula, the first oil designed to protect high mileage engines for 15,000 miles between oil changes.”

Available in 0W-20, 5W-20 and 5W-30 viscosities, Mobil 1 Extended Performance High Mileage is an advanced full synthetic motor oil. These specially formulated synthetic oils help resist oil breakdown, prevent sludge and deposit formation, and stop leaks in higher mileage engines, while providing extra protection to last 15,000 miles between oil changes.

Mobil 1 Extended Performance High Mileage oils provide exceptional engine protection for a wide variety of passenger vehicles including SUVs, light vans and trucks. The new formula is currently available at Meijer and Walmart.

For more information on this new product from ExxonMobil, visit mobiloil.com.

JobbersWorld Announces Lubricant Pricing Reports

JWMiniBooks-3A must have report for manufacturers, marketers, buyers and others looking to understand price drivers and communicate the reasons for price increases to customers.

THE REPORTS provide insights and information on finished lubricant prices and an in-depth analysis of the cost drivers responsible for the changes in lubricant costs and prices in the US market.

The Finished Lubricant Pricing Reports provide lubricant manufacturers and marketers with an independent source of information and insights on price changes at the manufacturer and retail levels and the key drivers behind the changes. In addition to the influence of crude and base oil, the reports analyze the impact of changes in the cost of lubricant additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others.

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