Ed­i­tor's Let­ter

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Lu­bri­cant World turns three with this is­sue! Our story, which started with the MayJune is­sue of 2016, is crowned with the joy and pride of be­ing in this sec­tor for three years. We are grate­ful to ev­ery­one who be­lieved in us and stood by our side in this jour­ney.

Sin­ga­pore is one of the most im­por­tant hubs of Asia Pa­cific in the field of base oils, lubri­cants and chem­i­cals as it has a very ef­fec­tive lo­ca­tion in terms of mar­itime trade and raw ma­te­rial sup­plies, and has easy ac­cess to large mar­kets while the coun­try is a big mar­ket it­self. Ma­jor com­pa­nies such as Neste, Shell, Fuchs, Sinopec, Afton and BRB have man­u­fac­tur­ing plants in Sin­ga­pore. Some com­pa­nies have been op­er­at­ing in the coun­try for more than 100 years. ExxonMo­bil made a huge investment in its Sin­ga­pore plant and com­pleted the ex­pan­sion works. Sin­ga­pore is cur­rently home to ExxonMo­bil's largest in­te­grated re­fin­ery and petro­chem­i­cal com­plex in the world.

An­other im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment that shows Asia Pa­cific's in­creas­ing im­por­tance for the sec­tor is Fuchs' de­ci­sion to build a new 80,000 sqm fa­cil­ity in China. This state- of- the- art new plant will have over 100,000 tons of pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity in the first phase. This investment by Fuchs in China is part of the com­pany's strat­egy for the Asian mar­ket.

Al­though calcium sul­fonate thick­en­ers is known and used for many years, calcium sul­fonate com­plex greases are gain­ing im­por­tance in the grease scene with their rust per­for­mance, high tem­per­a­ture prop­er­ties and ox­i­da­tion sta­bil­ity. How­ever, they also have some dis­ad­van­tages such as cost and pumpa­bil­ity. Tay­fun Yıl­maz from Akoni Kimya dis­cusses these prop­er­ties in his ar­ti­cle about calcium sul­fonate com­plex greases.

One of the most im­por­tant and old­est events of the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, the

In­ter­na­tional Paris Air Show held for the 53rd time this year at Le Bour­get Air­port, France.

The event hosted many ac­tors from the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, from air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers to sup­ply in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion com­pa­nies and so on. NYCO, sole Euro­pean pro­ducer of avi­a­tion lubri­cants and ex­pert in the de­vel­op­ment of syn­thetic es­ter- base stocks, par­tic­i­pated in the show. In ad­di­tion, mil­i­tary air­craft man­u­fac­tured in Turkey was ex­hib­ited at Paris Air Show. Turkey's na­tional com­bat air­craft, Atak and Gök­bey he­li­copters, Hür­jet and un­manned ae­rial sys­tem Anka were in­tro­duced.

With this is­sue, we will at­tend the ACI 2019 US Base Oils and Lubri­cants Sum­mit in Or­leans, Louisiana.

En­joy read­ing.

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