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LUBRICANTS: Mitsui, Lubrizol Partner on Auto Lubricants

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Cleveland-based Lubrizol Corp. and Japan's Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. have established a partnership that will make Lubrizol the exclusive manufacturer and seller of the Lucant polymer product range to the lubricant industry. The Lucant range will be marketed as a polymer-based viscosity modifier for lubricant applications and for synthetic base fluid components for lubricant formulations.

The LUCANT technology portfolio consists of well-established viscosity modifiers primarily used for driveline and industrial applications, providing strong end-user benefits in multiple applications. The products are typically used based on their good balance of tre…

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ALUMINUM: Toyota to Follow Ford in Exterior Body Panels

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

There is word from Japan that Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin using more aluminum in the body panels of its Lexus line of luxury cars as they are remodeled.  The report, which appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review and that sent shares of Alcoa Inc. upward, states that Toyota is looking to replace steel panels with aluminum in order to reduce weight of its cars.  Targets parts include hoods, bumpers, doors and fender of Lexus vehicles.

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AIR CONDITIONING: Delphi Hits Roadblocks in Sale of Its Stake in Korean Venture

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Reuters news reports this morning that Tier I supplier Delphi has been caught up in a complicated sale of its stake in a South Korean air condictioning unit.  In the process of the sale, France Tier I supplier Valeo, Germany's Mahle and Japan-based Denso have indicated an interest in the unit that could sell for as much as $700 million.

Delphi's Thermal Systems business unit, along with Korea's Erae and Daewoo jointly own and operate the company under the name Kdac.  Delphi's problems stem from Era…

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HOLIDAY NOTICE: We Are Taking Some Time Off to Celebrate Something

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

As we write this, the snowy weather outside makes it look more like Christmas than Thanksgiving.  But indeed, it is the day before Thanksgiving with only visions of turkeys in our heads.  No sugar plums.

We hope that all of our readers travel safely on this, the most traveled day of the year.  For those readers not celebrating …

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