More Price Increases, Shell Lubricants Doubles Distribution Network in Canada

Shell Lubricants Doubles Distribution Network in Canada

Addition of three new partners to enhance overall network

Shell Lubricants, the global market leader in finished lubricants, has announced the expansion of its Business-to-Business (“B2B”) distribution network in Canada, doubling the number of Shell Lubricant distributors and increasing flexibility for Canadian customers.

As part of the expansion, WestPier, Pepco and Boss Lubricants will join Shell’s B2B distribution network in Canada. B2B Customers will still find Shell lubricants available coast-to-coast through current distributors; Bluewave Energy, Filgo and Lubesource (Original Parts Warehouse).


Jay Schippanoski, General Manager Regional Sales, Shell Canada Products

“The expansion of Shell’s B2B distribution network in Canada is a win-win-win for customers, distributors and Shell,” said Jay Schippanoski, General Manager Regional Sales, Shell Canada Products. “We are proud to have a network of expert partners who sell our products to a broad range of commercial customers and help add value to their operations through effective and smart lubrication solutions.”

Shell Lubricants is one of the largest B2B lubricant providers in Canada. Its network of distributors covers Canada from coast-to-coast. Businesses from a broad range of industries, including agriculture, construction, transport, manufacturing, metals, mining and power, benefit from a suite of lubricant-related services including expert advice and support along with practical tools and training resources.

“We are committed to growing the business in Canada through strong relationships with our distributors, our premium products and continued innovation and advancement of our lubricants offering,” said Schippanoski.

For decades, Shell Lubricants has been helping customers seize cost-saving opportunities through optimizing lubrication and contributing to lower Total Cost of Ownership (“TCO”). The effective selection and management of lubrication can unlock several benefits for customers including lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. Over the past five years, Shell Lubricants has documented projects that have delivered $139 million in savings to customers globally. In Canada Shell Lubricants boasts a state-of-the-art blending and packaging facility in Brockville, Ontario, that produces a complete slate of technology leading passenger car, motor oils, heavy duty engine oils and industrial products.

Shell Lubricants has a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases, and more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development.

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About Shell Lubricants
Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying more than 11 percent of global lubricants volume. The companies manufacture and blend products for use in consumer, heavy industrial and commercial transport applications. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®.

Valvoline Launches Engine Oil Approved for Use in Natural Gas, Diesel and Gas Heavy Duty Engines

Premium Blue One Solution™ 9200 is a unique engine oil delivering on the company’s longstanding commitment to meet changing industry and engine technology needs.

Valvoline Inc. – a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services – today introduced Valvoline™ Premium Blue One Solution™ 9200, an engine oil approved for use in natural gas, API CK-4 application diesel and API SN application gas fleet engines.

“The purpose of Premium Blue One Solution is to dramatically simplify the fill process for fleet managers, enabling one proven product to be used across a number of engine applications,” said David Young, vice president of Valvoline Heavy Duty. “We’ve taken our innovation to the next step in terms of natural gas engine oil, bringing a new brand product to the marketplace.”

The new Premium Blue One Solution was officially unveiled today at a press conference during the TMC Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia.

“In our 150-plus years, we have consistently focused on innovation to develop better products and solve the business challenges of our customers,” said Heidi Matheys, Valvoline chief marketing officer. “With One Solution, we are pleased to introduce another unique product to the industry.”

Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution was initially developed as part of Valvoline’s close relationship with Cummins Westport (CWI), which has introduced a new series of low-emission engines. Through that partnership, Valvoline created an engine oil that is the recommended product for those Cummins engines – and can also be used in engines from other manufacturers.

“Our customers have been very clear that a high-performance engine oil compatible with both mobile natural gas and diesel engines would be a critical benefit to their bottom line. Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution meets that need,” said Yemane Gessesse, CWI director of engineering. “From a technology standpoint, this a huge advancement in the engine oil industry.”

“While there were previously oils in the marketplace that could be used in diesel and gas engines, there was not one approved across all fuel types – until now,” Young added. “With this product, manufacturers across multiple engine types can be confident in the selection of Premium Blue One Solution to elevate performance and extend protection.”

  • An engineering innovation, Valvoline Premium Blue One Solution is formulated with:
    Excellent high temperature oxidation resistance and TBN retention to support long oil life
  • Outstanding wear protection
  • Superior deposit protection compared to industry requirements

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More Price Increases in Round Two

Chemlube announced it will raise its Savannah branded lubricants prices by 5 to 8%. The increase is effective March 26, 2018. Chemlube attributes the increase to recent raw material price increases.

Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS) advised its customers of a 6 to 9% price increase on all finished lubricants. This increase is effective March 26th. ALS attributes the adjustment to escalation in the costs of base oil.

Sunoco announced a price increase of 6 to 9% for most finished lubricants ordered on or after March 26th. The price adjustment is attributed to continued increases in base oil.

PennStar, LLC announced today a general price increase to be effective with orders placed on or after Monday, March 19, 2018. Pennstar, LLC will increase pricing on all lubricating oils, gear lubes and greases by 6% to 10% depending on product segment. No extended lead times will be honored. This increase is being driven by the continuing rise in base oils, additives and freight costs which impact the manufacturing and distribution of our lubricant products.

For those unfamiliar with PennStar, Pennstar, LLC is an independent lubricants blender located in the greater Allentown, PA area. Rob Perkins, President of Pennstar, LLC told JobbersWorld “We purchased the facility in January of 2018. The facility, has over 250,000 sq ft, and more than 1 million gallons of blending and storage capacity that sits on 9 acres in Northampton, PA”. Pennstar, LLC is an ILMA member, positioned to service the lubricant wholesale market throughout the Northeast and MidAtlantic geography and beyond.


For those who may have missed it, in addition to the most recent base oil price increases, Afton Chemical advised its customers on February 27th, of a price increase for lubricants and fuels additives. The increase is effective March 19th and increases vary by product segment. Afton attributes the adjustments to the rising costs of raw materials used in manufacturing 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%
PennStar 3/9/2018 3/19/2018 6 to 10%


Valvoline Introduces Low-Speed Pre-Ignition Protection Across Motor Oil Portfolio

Innovative Formulation Combats Challenges with Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-Injection Engines

Valvoline Inc. a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services – is introducing protection against an issue in newer engines called Low-Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI) across its line of North American motor oils for gasoline-powered vehicles*. Valvoline is the first major motor oil brand to specifically address LSPI – and to meet newly approved motor oil standards before they have been implemented.

LSPI is an abnormal combustion event caused by the higher in-cylinder pressures common in engines that are newer – e.g., those that are turbocharged and/or gasoline direct-injection (T/GDI) – while operating under low-speed, high-torque conditions. LSPI’s milder effects might include engine noise or rough idle, but it can also cause catastrophic damage that results in engine failure.

In addition to addressing LSPI, Valvoline’s formulations will offer protection against excessive timing-chain wear, an issue to which GDI engines’ unique combustion characteristics can contribute.

With that, Valvoline is early in meeting standards called API SN Plus that were recently approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API) but have yet to be officially implemented.

“Additive technology in motor oil formulation has been proven to help avoid LSPI, making it essential for preserving performance and reliability in newer engines,” said Fran Lockwood, Valvoline chief technology officer. “Valvoline is leading the industry by adopting formulations that prevent the harsh effects while maintaining the integrity of the oil’s basic performance.”

* Excluding Euro formulations (XL-III, MST and Advanced 0W-40 and 20W-50 products)

About Valvoline
Valvoline Inc. is a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, with sales in more than 140 countries. Established in 1866, Valvoline’s heritage spans over 150 years, during which it has developed powerful brand recognition across multiple product and service channels. The highly trusted brand ranks as the No. 3 passenger car motor oil brand in the DIY market by volume and the No. 2 quick-lube chain by number of stores in the United States. The company operates and franchises more than 1,100 Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM centers in the United States. It also markets Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals, including the new Valvoline™ Modern Engine Full Synthetic Motor Oil, which is specifically engineered to protect against carbon build-up in Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), turbo and other engines manufactured since 2012; Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife technology motor oil for engines over 75,000 miles; Valvoline Synthetic motor oil; and Zerex™ antifreeze. To learn more, visit

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