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  • Base oils 2013: Fuel economy drives up base oil quality

    Base oils 2013: Fuel economy drives up base oil quality

    by Cynthia Challener ICIS February 15, 2013 Legislation around the world is driving new engine design for both passenger vehicles and heavy duty trucks, leading to the need for new lubricant standards and the introduction of new lubricant grades. These lower viscosity lubricants must have greater thermal and oxidative stability under more stressful conditions; properties that can only be achieved through the use of high quality base oils… Clearly, weight reductions, improved aerodynamics and new engine designs will have the [...]

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  • Suppliers ride the MPG wave; saving fuel brings soaring profits

    Suppliers ride the MPG wave; saving fuel brings soaring profits

    By CHARLES CHILD Automotive News May 21, 2012 Gasoline at $4 a gallon and government-mandated fuel economy targets are creating vast opportunities for many big global suppliers. In North America, those suppliers are selling turbochargers, direct injection, stop-start equipment, eight-speed transmissions and many other systems that save fuel. “If you bring a real idea to an OEM to improve fuel economy or lower emissions, they will seriously listen,” says Tim Manganello, CEO of BorgWarner Inc., a top maker of turbochargers. [...]

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