More Price Increases and ARG Announces Blended Lubricants Team

Four More Price Increases

With nearly all major lubricant manufacturers announcing adjustments, the first round of finished lubricant price increases in 2018 will make its mark in the history books.  The first announcement JobbersWorld reported on came when CAM2 announced on January 12th that it was pushing through a price increase effective February 5th. This was soon followed by Shell and within three days of the first announcement, most lubricant manufacturers also announced with ExxonMobil only seven days after Shell. Importantly, however, although CAM2 was the first to announce, CAM2, Advanced Lubrication Specialties, and Chemlube, with and effective date of February 5th, are the first to move.  A summary of the most recent price increase announcements are shown below and that’s followed by a summary of all finished lubricant price increases JW reported in the first round for 2018.

  • Old World announced it will raise finished lubricant prices by 6 to 10%. The increase is effective February 12, 2018. Old World attributes the increase to recent increases in raw material and distribution costs.
  • BP Lubricants USA (Castrol) advised its customers of up to 6% price increase on Castrol and BP branded pasenger car, commercial and synthetic lubricants excluding industrial This increase is effective March 12th. BP Lubricants attributes the adjustment to escalation in the costs of base oils, additives, packaging, and transportation.
  • CITGO announced a price increase of 5 to 8% for all of its branded and unbranded lubricant products ordered on or after February 23rd. The price adjustment is attributed to industry wide increases in the cost of base oil and additives.
  • Petro-Canada advised its customers of up to a 6% lubricant price increase across-the-board, excluding process oils and Purity FG white oils, which will increase $0.10 cents per gallon. This increase is effective February 23rd.

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

Company
Announced Date
Effective Date
Increase
CAM2 1/12/2018 2/5/2018 6 to 10%
SOPUS Products (Shell Lubricants) 1/15/2018 2/19/2018 up to 5%
Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS)
1/16/2018 2/5/2018 6 to 10%
Sinclair Lubricants 1/17/2018 3/1/2018 up to 6%
Chemlube 1/18/2018 2/5/2018 $0.20 to 0.25/gal
Nu-Tier Brands 1/18/2018 2/19/2018 6 to 8%
Martin Lubricants 1/18/2018 2/16/2018 4 to 7%
Safety-Kleen 1/18/2018 2/19/2018 5 to 8%
Pinnacle Oil 1/19/2018 2/6/2018 6 to 10%
Royal Mfg 1/22/2018 2/26/2018 5 to 8%
ExxonMobil 1/22/2018 2/26/2018 up to 6%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 1/22/2018 2/26/2018 5 to 9%
Chevron 1/22/2018 3/1/2018 up to 5%
CITGO 1/23/2018 2/23/2018 5 to 8%
Petro-Canada 1/24/2018 2/23/2018 Lubricants up to 6%
Process Oils and Purity FG White Oils $0.10/gal
Warren Distribution 1/24/2018 2/26/2018 6 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 1/24/2018 2/12/2018 lubricants 6 to 10%
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Phillips 66 1/25/2018 3/5/2018 up to 5%
Old World Industries 1/29/2018 2/12/2018 6 to 10%
BP Lubricants USA (Castrol excluding industrial) 1/29/2018 3/12/2018 up to 6%

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ARG Announces Blended Lubricants Team

American Refining Group Inc. Announced the Team that will Lead its Sales of Blended Lubricants

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The American Refining Group Inc. Blended Lubes Team comprises (from left)  Mike Greene, Luke Rawding, Todd Cawley and Cody Leatherman.

The American Refining Group announced today that ARG’s customers – existing, new and potential – can turn to this team for all of their blended-lubricant needs. Supported by dozens behind the scenes, the team’s industry knowledge and experience forms the foundation of ARG’s partnership with its customers. The sales team that will move ARG forward to grow and develop business with premium specialty lubricants included:

Todd Cawley Business Manager – Blended Lubricants Todd Cawley will draw on decades of industry experience in working closely with customers and distributors throughout the world to supply them with top-quality blended lubricant products.

Cody Leatherman Product Manager – Base Oils and Blended Lubricants Cody Leatherman began his career seven years ago as a research chemist formulating specialty lubricants. He has supervisory experience in research and development, quality control and technical services. He will focus on aligning products with industry and customer needs, cultivating relationships and conducting industry training for our customers.

Luke Rawding Regional Sales Manager Luke Rawding has more than 12 years of lubricant industry experience specializing in account management and new growth, particularly in production and machining in both the U.S. and Canada. His skills also include product application, inventory management and cost savings.

Mike Greene Focusing on mutually beneficial and logistically advantaged private-label business is Account Specialist Mike Greene. He also heads up ARG’s Kendex® OCTG accounts and many of our export accounts. He holds a master’s degree and nine years of industry experience.

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News on the Wire

2018: Off to an Interesting Start

The Year is Off to an Interesting Start

Additive and Now Base Oil Increases

As discussed in the December 27th issue of JobbersWorld, the big four lubricant additive manufacturers recently announced price increases in the range of 5 to 8%. The increases impact the cost of both VI and DI additives and when taken together, they bump the cost of goods to manufacturer motor oils up by roughly 8 to 10 cents per gallon (cpg). Likewise it increases the cost of most other lubricants at amounts dependent on the product types, treat rates and other variables. But there is more.

In addition to additive price increases, the new year also started off with announced increases in the price of base oil. Although additional increases are likely, those already announced in 2018 move the price of some of the workhorse base oils up by close to 10 cents a gallon.

With the price of both base oils and additives going up at roughly the same time and collectively adding at least another 20 cpg to the cost of good, you can be sure lubricant blenders and marketers are working their spreadsheets and evaluating various courses of action. And beyond taking into account the higher price of base oil and additives, you can be sure increases in packaging, transportation costs and others are also being reviewed.

So once again, hang on to your hats, 2018 looks like it’s off to an interesting start.

New CITGO CEO Arrives in Houston

CITGO President and CEO Asdrúbal Chávez conducted his first corporate meeting yesterday with top senior executives and management to review the Company’s 2017 results, including the record-setting safety performance and operational achievements.

Building on this momentum into 2018, CITGO will continue to emphasize excellence in all aspects of its operations to enhance competitiveness within the oil industry and support the hundreds of locally owned and operated marketers and retailers across the United States. Mr. Chávez, a chemical engineer, arrives at the CITGO headquarters in Houston with more than 30 years of industry experience and plans to unveil his vision for the future of the Company over the coming months.

About CITGO
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.

Source: CITGO

BP and Castrol Announce Extension of Global Strategic Partnership With Volkswagen Group

BPCASTROLVWPICBP and Castrol announced the renewal of their successful 17 year global strategic partnership agreement with Volkswagen Group for the supply of fuels and lubricants globally.

The agreement covers Volkswagen PC, Audi, Seat Skoda and Volkswagen LCV. Within the partnership a new Castrol and Volkswagen jointly branded engine oil has been co-engineered with Volkswagen group and will be launched soon. As technology partners, the two companies will continue their close collaboration in joint research and development to improve fuel efficiency and generate innovative future mobility solutions.

Oliver Rose, VP BP Global Accounts said: “For 17 years we have had an extremely successful partnership with the Volkswagen Group. We will continue working together to ensure the millions of drivers of Volkswagen Group vehicles get the best performance and protection.”

Commenting on the agreement, Imelda Labbé, head of Volkswagen Group After Sales worldwide said: “Volkswagen has had a long and successful partnership with Castrol. This powerful combination of our brands will reinforce the natural fit of our high quality standards and reputation. We are delighted to extend this partnership and look forward to working together.”

Source: Castrol

Sayle Oil Recognized as Master Certified Distributor

Sayle Oil was recently recognized by Shell Lubricants as a Master Certified Distributor. This designation signifies Sayle Oil’s loyalty to the Shell brand and the relationship the two companies share. Sayle says, “It is more than just a title. This new designation comes after years of growing in our target markets. Because we are the only Master Certified Shell distributor in our area, we can better serve our customers and continue to stay on top of the dynamics in the transportation industry.” Click for More

About Sayle Oil Company
For over 70 years, Sayle Oil Company has been the leading distributor of lubricants, fuels, and propane in the mid-South. The company offers a vast range of products in a multitude of applications including agriculture, industrial, transport, and consumer. Sayle Oil has the capabilities and resources to service your company – from product delivery to equipment inspection and oil analysis – as well as everything in between. This full spectrum of products and services makes us your ONE STOP SHOP for all things petroleum.

Add CITGO and Valvoline to Round 2

Effective May 15, 2017, CITGO will implement a general price increase of up to 4% to 6% on its branded and private label lubricants. CITGO  says the increase is driven primarily by escalations in base oil and additive costs occurring over the past several months.

Valvoline announced an increase of up to 4% on its branded lubricant products. This increase takes effect June 1, 2017. Valvoline attributes this adjustment to increases in the cost of raw materials and higher manufacturing and distribution costs.

The average time from the date the lubricant manufacturers JobbersWorld reported on in Round 2 – 2017 to the effective date of the increases is 20 days. Interestingly, there is a significant difference in the number of days from announcement to effective dates between the majors and other blenders, as illustrated below and shown in Table 1.

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Table 2

PRICE INCREASES REPORTED ON BY JOBBERSWORLD
IN ROUND 2 OF 2017

Lubricant Manufacturers Round 2

Company Announced
Date
Effective
Date
Increase
Amalie 3/17/2017 4/21/2017 24 cpg lubes, 3 cpp grease
Calumet 3/20/2017 4/20/2017 4 to 6%
Castrol (excluding industrial) 3/22/2017 5/1/2017 up to 3%
CAM2 3/23/2017 4/17/2017 20 to 35 cpg
Warren Distribution 3/24/2017 4/24/2017 6 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 3/24/2017 4/24/2017 4 to 6%
Chemlube 3/27/2017 4/20/2017 4 to 7%
Pinnacle Oil 3/28/2017 4/18/2017 5 to 9%
Reliance Fluid Technologies (RFT) 3/28/2017 4/28/2017 6 to 9%
Old World Industries (PEAK) 3/28/2017 4/21/2017 up to 8%
Allegheny Petroleum 3/28/2017 4/17/2017 20 to 35 cpg
Warren Oil Company 3/28/2017 4/24/2017 4 to 9%
Kleen Performance Products 3/29/2017 4/17/2017 5 to 12%
ExxonMobil 3/31/2017 5/10/2017 up to 4%
Chevron 4/3/2017 5/15/2017 4 to 6%
Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS) 4/3/2017 4/24/2017 5 to 9%
Nu-Tier Brands 4/4/2017 4/24/2017 4 to 7%
Phillips 66 4/5/2017 5/10/2017 4 to 6%
Petro-Canada 4/5/2017 5/5/2017 up to 6% (excluding white oils and process oil)
SOPUS/Shell 4/10/2017 5/15/2017 up to 4%
CITGO 4/11/2017 5/15/2017 4 to 6%
Valvoline 4/11/2017 6/1/2017 up to 4%

  


2017 Price Increase Timeline – Lubricant Manufacturers
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