May 2020

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Refining: Despite decline, Group 1 base stocks are here to stay

Given increasingly stringent automotive specifications and the advent of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur regulations, the continued decrease in Group I base stocks demand should come as no surprise for anyone in the industry.

Nadasdi, T., ExxonMobil

Given increasingly stringent automotive specifications and the advent of the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulfur regulations, the continued decrease in Group I base stocks demand should come as no surprise for anyone in the industry. Finished lubricant formulations typically consists of 75%–99% of base stocks—engineered fluids that can significantly influence lubricants’ physical properties and performance. The automotive industry’s drive to better fuel economy has propelled the need for higher-quality formulations that deliver reliable performance benefits, while maintaining environmental standards. As such, the automotive industry has begun to lean on Group 2 and Group 3 ba

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