Another Price Increase, MDA Removes 303 THF From Sale

Amalie Announced Lubricant Price Increases

Amalie announced November 17, 2017 that it will increase the price of its oil and automotive chemical products by 32 cents a gallon and 4 cents a pound on all greases. The increase will take effect December 16, 2017. Amalie attributes the increase to continuous rising costs of additives, base oils, corrugated, plastic and transportation.

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Missouri Orders 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluids Out of the State

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As reported last week by the Petroleum Quality Institute of America, he State of Missouri Department of Agriculture Weights, Measures & Consumer Protection Division ordered that effective immediately Tractor Hydraulic Fluid (THF) labeled only as “303” can no longer be sold in the state, and the reason why is clear.

The John Deere (JD) 303 designation is 57 years old and has been obsolete for 43 years. In addition, there are no specifications available for 303 THF, and as such products making only “303” claims cannot be tested to assure compliance with any known specifications. Because of this, in the interest of protecting consumers, the State of Missouri ordered that “303” THF cannot be sold in the state.

Missouri’s banning the sale of “303” THF will have a significant impact due to the proliferation of 303 fluids in the market. These fluids are typically sold as low cost THFs and account for a very significant share of total THF sales. In fact, in some markets they are the leading type sold. Further, they are produced and sold by many lubricant manufacturers, marketers and retailers in the US and some have already received Stop Sale orders from the State of Missouri Department of Agriculture Weights, Measures & Consumer Protection Division.

Although not necessarily a shot heard around the world, the actions taken by the state of Missouri will most certainly send a clear message to marketers, retailers and farmers in other states. Because whereas the State of Missouri is the first to ban the sale of 303 THF, chances are others will follow.

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Source: The Petroleum Quality Institute of America

Round 3: Price Increase Summary

The following is a summary of the price increases JobbersWorld reported on for the third round of price increase is 2017

 

Lubricant Manufacturers Round 3

Company Announced
Date
Effective
Date
Increase
Kleen Performance Products 9/6/2017 9/6/2017 60 to 80 cpg
ExxonMobil 10/20/2017 11/20/2017 up to 6%
Chevron 10/24/2017 12/4/2017 up to 6%
Warren Oil 10/25/2017 11/17/2017 4% to 9%
Chemlube 10/26/2017 11/20/2017 20 to 25 cpg
Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS) 10/26/2017 11/13/2017 6 to 10%
CAM2 10/26/2017 11/15/2017 4 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 10/26/2017 11/15/2017 20 cpg Bulk
25cpg Packaged Lubricants
3cpp Packaged Greases
Phillips 66 10/27/2017 12/1/2017 6%
Nu-Tier Brands 10/27/2017 11/17/2017 up to 6%
Sinclair Lubricants 10/27/2017 12/11/2017 up to 6%
Old World Industries 10/30/2017 11/13/2017 up to 8%
Warren Distribution 10/31/2017 11/27/2017 6 to 9%
Allegheny Petroleum   10/31/2017  11/8/2017 30 cpg
Petro-Canada 10/31/2017 12/1/2017 up to 6%
Valvoline 11/1/2017 12/1/2017 up to 5%
D-A Lubricant 11/1/2017  12/1/2017 up to 6%
CITGO 11/2/2017 12/4/2017 4 to 8%
SOPUS/Shell  11/6/2017 12/11/2017 up to 6%
BP Lubricants/Castrol (including industrial)  11/7/2017  12/11/2017 up to 6%
Total 11/9/2017 12/11/2017 up to 6%
Amalie 11/17/2017 12/16/2017 32 cpg Oil and Automotive Chemicals, 4 cpp greases
Pinnacle Oil 11/15/2017 5 to 7%
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Quick Stats for the Three Rounds of Price Increases in 2017
Days from the Start of Round 1 to the Start of Round 2 63 Days
Days from the Start of Round 2 to the Start of Round 3 205 Days
Average Price Increase for Round 1 5.79%
Average Price Increase for Round 2 5.75%
Average Price Increase for Round 3 6.31%

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Why the Third Round of Price Increases?

 

Why the Third Round of Price Increases?

PIC11142017Rev2Price increases are not unusual in the lubricants business. In fact, this year alone we have seen three rounds. In most cases the increases are somewhat predictable since they are often driven by changes in the price of base oil. This is logical since base oil accounts for about 85% of the volume of material in motor oil and roughly 50 to 60% of its cost. The balance of the cost of goods belongs to performance additives, which are also impacted by higher base oil prices.

With that as a backdrop, the current round of price increases are understandable since there has been close to a 4% increase in the price of base oils since the start of the second round of price increases in April of this year. In addition, Lubrizol announced a temporary surcharge for its additives from September 27 through December 31, 2017 due the events surrounding Hurricane Harvey and the impact on the infrastructure of the petrochemical industry.

There are, however, other factors taken into consideration when price increases push through on finished lubricants; some having a very important impact on the third round of price increases. One in particular is the cost of freight.

Truck11142017The cost of freight climbed significantly this year due to a number of issues. The one with the greatest effect has, and is expected to continue to be, a severe shortage of qualified drivers. According to a report by the American Trucking Association (ATA), the driver shortfall may reach 50,000 positions by the close of 2017. Further, if the current trajectory holds, it’s forecast to balloon to nearly 175 thousand by 2026. Trucking companies are working to address the shortages by offering hefty sign on bonuses, higher compensation, and other perks and benefits to gain and retain drivers. In addition, they are pouring money into recruitment and training programs, all of which are driving up the cost of freight.

Freight costs are also ramping up due to regulations. In particular, the preparation trucking companies are implementing to assure compliance to the new federal regulation that requires the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs). In short, ELDs are digital logging devices that monitor driver hours of operation and help assure drivers adhere to the hours-of-service regulations (limits on the number of hours they can drive). In addition to the expense of planning, and the hardware and software required to implement ELDs, the regulations are said to exacerbate driver shortages by reducing availability.

Another impact on shipping costs, brings us back to August, when JobbersWorld reported on CSX Rail (the country’s third largest railroad) restructuring to rationalize infrastructure and consolidate operations. With this, CSX made regional cut backs in personnel and hump tracks, bringing its ability to handle between 60 and 80 cars a day in some yards, to as few as 35 or even 15 cars a day. Adding to the cut backs, CSX has also changed some of the shipping patterns, which sends some cars north before heading south, adding to delays. These factors encouraged blenders, distributors and others to find an alternative, yet more expensive and/or time consuming, means of transporting necessary products.

Importantly, increases in the cost of shipping impacts both the inbound and outbound freight charges incurred by lubricant blenders and distributors. As an example, higher freight costs mean blenders pay more to transport base oils from the rack to the blender’s lube plant. In addition, the freight costs to bring in additives increased. Distributors also pay more on inbound freight to transport finished lubricants from the blend plant to their storage and distribution facilities. On outbound freight, both blenders and distributors can incur higher shipping costs (when not FOB) to move finished lubricants from their warehouses to the end-user, retailer, or installer. And make no mistake about it, although a marketer operating a private fleet may not share the same cost burden as those moving freight by common carrier, costs can also increase as they compete to hire and retain drivers in the shrinking pool of qualified professionals. Furthermore, they too are seeing higher costs due to more stringent regulations.

But there is more.

bottles11142017Although higher base oil prices and freight costs have a big thumbprint on the third round of finished lubricant prices in 2017, increases in the cost of packaging materials, including steel, resin and paperboard, were also seen this year. As an example, Greif, a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, announced an increase on the price of steel drums of 5%, effective March 2017. Greif attributed the increase to escalating raw material and other input costs. Although not specific to Greif, some blenders say that where they used to pay $23 to 25 for a 55-gallon drum in 2016, they are now looking at prices closer to $30 a drum.

The price of corrugated boxes also increased significantly in 2017. There are a myriad of reasons for the increase including, an explosion at an International Paper factory at the beginning of the year that reduced US paper production by 5%. In addition, increased demand for boxes to fulfill e-commerce transactions, increases in export demand, higher freight costs, investment to meet regulatory requirements, and increases in labor and energy also has an effect. One of the more recent increases underscoring the higher price of packaging came when Georgia-Pacific reportedly announced in September a $50 a ton price increase on linerboard and a $60 a ton increase on corrugated to take effect on October 10, 2017

Although the price of resin used to manufacture plastic bottles is slowly returning to normalcy, production and supply line interruptions cause by Hurricane Harvey took its toll on resin prices. Polyethylene producers pushed through two rounds of price increases from August to October. When taken together, these increases totaled close to $0.10 a pound.

Adding to the higher cost of drums, pails, quart bottles, cartons and other packaging materials, blenders and distributors are also seeing the cost to procure these materials increase circling back to the higher freight prices.

So for those asking why we are seeing a third round of lubricant price increases in 2017, the answer is complex and goes well beyond increases in the price of base oil. It includes the higher cost of additives, transportation, packaging, labor, and others. These cost increases are real, and producers and distributors typically pass them on, and maybe a little more to improve their margins, by increasing the price of their finished lubricant if they want to stay in business and remain healthy.

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More Price Increases in Round 3

uppricesWarren Distribution announced today that it will increase the price of all its finished lubricants by 6 to 9%. The increase will be effective as of November 27, 2017. Warren Distribution attributes the price adjustment to the increased costs of base oils, additives, operation, raw materials and transportation.

Old World announced on October 30, 2017 that it will increase the price on all finished lubricants by up to 8%. The increase will be effective as of  November 13, 2017. Old World attributes the increase to the higher price of raw materials used in the manufacturing and distribution of its products.

Nu-Tier Brands announced on October 27, 2017 a general price increase of up to 6% on all finished lubricants. The increase goes into effect November 17, 2017. Nu-Tier attributes the increase to the rising costs associated with raw materials and manufacturing.

Chevron announced on October 24, 2017 an  increase on all lubricating oils and greases of up to 6%. The increase goes into effect as of December 4, 2017. Marketers were advised that certain products may be be outside the range.

Pinnacle Oil announced an increase of 5 to 7% on packaged and bulk lubricants effective as of November 15, 2017.

Lubricant Manufacturers Round 3

Company Announced
Date
Effective
Date
Increase
Kleen Performance Products 9/6/2017 9/6/2017 60 to 80 cpg
ExxonMobil 10/20/2017 11/20/2017 up to 6%
Chevron 10/24/2017 12/4/2017 up to 6%
Warren Oil 10/25/2017 11/17/2017 4% to 9%
Chemlube 10/26/2017 11/20/2017 20 to 25 cpg
Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS) 10/26/2017 11/13/2017 6 to 10%
CAM2 10/26/2017 11/15/2017 4 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 10/26/2017 11/15/2017 20 cpg Bulk
25cpg Packaged Lubricants
3cpp Packaged Greases
Nu-Tier Brands 10/27/2017 11/17/2017 up to 6%
Old World Industries 10/30/2017 11/13/2017 up to 8%
Warren Distribution 10/31/2017 11/27/2017 6 to 9%
Pinnacle Oil 11/15/2017 5 to 7%
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Price
Increase

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PQIA Publishes HDEO Timeline

On October 27, 2017 the Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) published a timeline to help educate consumers about the American Petroleum Institute (API) Service Categories for diesel engine oils.

Price Increases: Round 3

Price Increases: Round 3

uppricesChemlube announced today it will increase the price of its Savannah lubricants by $0.20 to $0.25 a gallon. These increases go into effect on November 20, 2017. Chemlube attributes the increase to the higher price of raw materials.

Advanced Lubrication Specialties (ALS) announced today that it will increase the price of its lubricants from 6 to 10%, effective November 13, 2017.

CAM2 announced today, a bulk and package price increase of 4 to 9% per gallon (depending on product). The increase is effective November 15, 2017. CAM2 says the increase is necessary due to the continuing increase in base oil prices.

Smitty’s Supply announced today a price increase of $0.20 a gallon for bulk, $0.25 a gallon for packaged lubricants, and $0.03 a pound for packaged greases. This increase is effective November 15, 2017.

Warren Oil announced on October 24, 2017 that it will increase the price of its finished lubricants and greases by 4 to 9%. The increase will be effective as of November 17, 2017 on orders placed on or after Monday, November 20, 2017. Warren attributes the price adjustment to the increased costs of base oils, additives, packaging and transportation.

ExxonMobil announced on October 20, 2017 that it will increase the price of its lubricants by up to 6% effective November 20, 2017. This increase is said to impact both branded and unbranded lubricants, including greases.

The first it what is now taking shape to be Round 3 in lubricant price increases for 2017 was announced by Kleen Performance Products on September 6, 2017. 

Champion Focuses on Mopar with 0W-40 Modern Muscle Motor Oil

4402H Modern Muscle 0W-40 ImageChampion Brands, LLC, a major player in development and manufacturing of racing and performance products, announced this week the unveiling of a new SAE 0W-40 premium full-synthetic motor oil specifically formulated to maximize the demands of today’s high performance street vehicles.

Champion Modern Muscle (CMM) SAE 0W-40 Motor Oil is an API SN licensed viscosity recommended for Dodge Viper 8.4L, Dodge Challenger 6.4L, Dodge Charger 6.4L, Additional Modern Dodge Hemi Motors, Jeep 6.4L, Nissan GTR 3.8L, and others, plus OEM / Engine Builder “Crate Motors” requiring a high performance 0W-40 viscosity.

CMM Motor Oils will provide outstanding levels of fuel economy performance, cleaning power and engine protection, even during extended oil change intervals. These high-performance oils are proven to significantly reduce wear and viscosity breakdown due to advancements in additive engineering.

CMM Motor Oils utilize Champion’s “Blue E.T.®” (Enhanced Technology) racing additive, and Champion’s TVS® (Thermal Viscosity Stabilizer) performance additive. These proprietary technologies deliver unmatched film strength at high temperature, better piston ring seal for maximum compression, and increase horsepower and torque in most engines.

These premium mixtures of synthetic base fluids and additives provide maximum durability and protection from wear and viscosity breakdown by including special lubricity modifiers, and premium anti-wear additives This unique robust formulation enables CMM Motor Oils to outperform all leading high performance synthetic oils.

About Champion Brands, LLC
Champion Brands, LLC, is a globally recognized industry leader in specialty lubricants for over 60 years. Champion also produces and blends over 350 products including fuel, oil, engine additives, and lubricants for the racing, automotive, heavy truck, agricultural, industrial, and specialty markets. For more information call Champion at 660-890-6231. Champion Brands, LLC; 1001 Golden Drive, Clinton, MO, or go to http://www.championbrands.com

Source: Champion Brands, LLC

Kleen Performance Products Announce a Price Increase

Kleen Performance Products notified its marketers that it will increase the price of its blended lubricant products by $0.60 to $0.80 a gallon. The increase takes effect immediately. Marketers are told the increase is due to continuing shifts in raw material economics and changes in supply and demand.

BioBlend Adds New Senior Executive

BioBlend PicBioBlend Renewable Resources, LLC announced today the addition of Len Badal to their senior executive team. As the demand for environmentally friendly lubricants grows, BioBlend is adding to its senior management team to foster further growth for the organization.

Len Badal

Len Badal, BioBlend

Len is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Rice University in Houston. Throughout his career Len has held a number of high-level positions with both Chevron and ExxonMobil and delivers a diverse range of experience that will aid BioBlend’s future growth.

“Len brings exceptional business experience and technical knowledge to BioBlend,” noted Sam Burkett, President of BioBlend. “BioBlend has grown significantly over the past three years and Len’s relationships with distributors, OEMs and end use customers will enable BioBlend to further accelerate that growth.”

BioBlend’s mission to provide consumers with cutting edge renewable and biobased products was a real motivator for Len’s decision to join the organization.

“It is exciting to be at the forefront of the next generation of lubricant development by joining the BioBlend team,” said Len. “We want to showcase that our lubricants can perform as well as, if not better than, traditional lubricants while helping reduce an end user’s environmental impact.”

As businesses and government entities across the world look to lessen their environmental impact and protect employees, BioBlend lubricants continues to innovate with new products that help organizations achieve their performance and sustainability goals.

About BioBlend
BioBlend is a leading manufacturer and marketer of bio-based industrial lubricants. The company provides environmentally responsible products and solutions to a variety of customers and industries around the world. For more information visit www.bioblend.com.

Summary: Round 2 Price Increases

Although Amalie was the first to announce a lubricant price increase in round 2 of 2017, CAM2, Allegheny Petroleum, Kleen Performance Products were the first to move with each having price increases taking effect on April 17th. Valvoline is the last to move with an effective date of June 1 for its price increase.

The lubricant price increases announced by majors and independent lubricant manufacturers in Round 2 of 2017 ranged from 3 to 12%. The average increase is 4.3% for the majors, and 6.5% for the independents, and the combined average is 5.8%.

With a range of 19 to 51 days, there is an average of 31 days from the time a company announced a price increase to the effective date of the increase. The longest span from the announced to effective date is seen with the majors at an average of 40 days. The average time span for the independents is 25 days.

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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%
Royal Mfg 4/1/2017 5/1/2017 4 to 8%
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%

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2017 Price Increase Timeline – Lubricant Manufacturers
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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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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%

  


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