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.