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 JobbersWorld   PriceTrak


Retail Price ($/qt.)-a
June 28, 2010
 Type $/Qt. % Change
Castrol 3.97 -
Valvoline 3.87 -
Pennzoil 3.47 -
Quaker State 3.37 -
Motorcraft 2.77 -
Mobil 5000 2.77 -
Store brand 2.39 -
Private label 2.17 -
Average 3.10  -
High Mileage
Castrol 4.67 -
Valvoline Maxlife 4.57 -
Pennzoil 4.17 -
Quaker State 3.88 -
Store brand 2.87  
Average 4.03  -
Pennzoil Ultra 6.97 -
Mobil1 6.37 -
Castrol 6.36 -
Pennzoil Platinum 5.97 -
Store brand 3.94 -
Average 5.92

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August 26, 2010

The First and Only Independent Newsletter to Focus on Lubricant Distributors.

Your needs, your concerns, your outlook. No bias, no fluff and no punches pulled. Whether it's buy backs or brand battles, allocation of co-op ads, operating costs or turf wars, Jobbers World keeps you on top of the issues that matter to YOU: The Lubricant Marketers!

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Castrol Will Not "Officially License"  Edge and Syntec as dexos1
Castrol advised its marketers that during October 2010 Castrol Edge 5W-20 / 5W-30 and Syntec 5W-20 / 5W-30 will transition to exceed the requirements of GM's dexos1™ specification. At the same time, it says "While the decision has been made not to officially license Edge and Syntec, Castrol will guarantee their performance in GM gasoline engines that recommend a dexos™1 approved engine oil."
Although Edge and Syntec will not be officially licensed as dexos1™, Castrol says, "Edge 5W-20 / 5W-30 and Syntec 5W-20 / 5W-30 will have passed all the testing requirements of the dexos™1 specification and will provide the required protection and performance when used in applications requiring a dexos™ 1 approved engine oil." 
In addition, Castrol says,"Syntec 5W-20 and 5W-30 will be dexos™1 capable under a new name yet to be officially communicated." 
When asked: If a dexos1™ license engine oil is not used in an engine that calls for dexos1™, will the warranty be voided?," Castrol says, "No." They continue by adding, "In order for the warranty to be voided, the engine manufacturer must prove that the engine oil caused the failure. If the engine oil meets / exceeds the requirements of dexos™ 1, the warranty can not be voided just because the engine oil in question is not officially licensed."
Castrol addressed the question, "If a dexos1™ licensed engine oil is not available, can ILSAC GF-5 approved engine oil be used?"
Castrol's answer follows below:
GM owners' manuals will state "Your vehicle was filled at the factory with dexos™1. Use of dexos™1 is required." Certain manuals will go on to state: 
    • If dexos-1 is not available, GF-5 may be used as top-off
    • If dexos-1 is not available, GF-5 may be used as top-off and service fill.
    • Other manuals such as the Corvette, Cadillac and engines with turbochargers (that require GM 4718M) will not mention the GF-5 option. They must use engine oil that meets the requirements of dexos-1 or is licensed as dexos-1 oil.
dexos - The Yeas and the Nays 
As announced in the June 7, 2010 issue of JobbersWorld, Valvoline was the first major to announce a decision not have a dexos licensed engine oil. At the same time, Valvoline made it clear that Valvoline stands behind its products and that "the use of the appropriate Valvoline products for GM vehicle's will NOT void the vehicle's warranty."
Now we have Castrol officially joining the "nays" and making a statement similar to Valvoline's by saying its engine oil will pass all the testing requirements of the dexos1™ specification and will provide the required protection and performance when used in applications requiring a dexos1™ approved engine oil.
So the tally is now, two of the brand leading PCEO manufacturers saying "nay" to officially licensing dexos and one (Shell) saying yea.
This leaves only one of the leading players in PCEO, in the uncommitted column. That player being ExxonMobil. Whereas many in the industry believe ExxonMobil will eventually be a check in the "yea" column due to its position with GM in factory and service fill, even if they do go dexos, Castrol's announcement, together with Valvoline's, will likely have some reconsidering their position moving foreword. Further, it ups the ante and adds more tension to those sitting at the dexos™ table waiting to place their bet.
Pinnacle Oil Moved to Action 
Pinnacle Oil, one of the leading independent lubricant manufacturers in the US, responds to the Petroleum Quality Institute of America's (PQIA) findings...
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) recently reported on several motor oils that tested outside of API specifications. One of the oils was manufactured by Pinnacle Oil in Indianapolis, Indiana. Whereas the product was within specifications on 29 of the 30 dimensions examined, its NOACK volatility exceeded API's limits.
Pinnacle's investigation confirmed PQIA's findings, and they took immediate steps to sure up their rigorous quality assurance standards in an effort to prevent any reoccurrences.
PQIA says it is "Very pleased with Pinnacle's quick, positive and professional response to our findings, and we applaud their actions to ensure that this issue is being addressed." Further they add, "It is this sort of open communication and cooperation that leads to rapid improvements in lubricant quality, thus supporting PQIA's mission to serve the interests of the lubricant consumer." 
Click here for more on the story at PQIA's website
OSHA Fines Calumet 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Calumet Shreveport Lubricants & Waxes LLC in Shreveport, La., for 22 alleged serious violations and two alleged repeat violations of federal health and safety regulations. Penalties total $173,000.

Dorinda Folse, OSHA's area director in Baton Rouge, La., said it's not the first time the company has been flagged for jeopardizing employee safety.

OSHA's Baton Rouge Area Office began its inspection Feb. 23 at the company's facility in Shreveport as part of the agency's Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program. The PSM program is intended to prevent or minimize the consequences of a catastrophic release of toxic, reactive, flammable or explosive highly hazardous chemicals from a process. A process is any activity or combination of activities including any use, storage, manufacturing, handling or the onsite movement of highly hazardous chemicals.

Serious violations found include failing to provide accurate process safety information for piping and instrumentation diagrams, conduct incident investigations, provide written operating procedures, resolve recommended actions resulting from compliance audits, and adequately address the citing of control rooms and employees working in process units.

Two repeat violations have been cited for failing to update process safety information when changes occur and to act on findings of potential overpressures for occupied structures stemming from process hazard analyses for the period from 1998 to 2009. OSHA defines a repeat violation as one where the employer previously has been cited for the same or similar hazard within the past three years.

In September 2007, OSHA cited Calumet Shreveport Lubricant & Waxes for willful, serious and repeat violations totaling $122,400. Calumet, an operating subsidiary of Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP, employs about 600 workers total, and operates two additional refineries in northwest Louisiana as well as facilities in Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Source: OSHA
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