Lubricating oils sales rise in 2004

Sales of all lubricating oils in 2004 rose 1.8 percent, compared to 2003, according to a report by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA).

A 3.6 percent increase in grease sales was reported for the same period. Total lubricant sales (oils and greases) increased 1.8 percent compared to 2003 levels.

Of the lubricating oils, automotive oils increased by 1.2 percent in 2004, while sales of industrial oils increased by 4.1 percent.

The report also contains historical data and trends of lubricating oil sales for the past and prior years. It summarizes the data in charts and graphs which show volumes, channels of distribution and quality levels for engine oils, industrial lubricants, and waxes.

Data are compiled from information reported voluntarily by NPRA refining members who manufacture, refine, and/or blend finished lubricants. In addition to NPRA member participation, responses were received from other manufacturers, including members of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association.

The report is available at no charge to survey participants. NPRA members that did not participate may obtain the report for a processing fee of $25. For non-members, the fee is $300. For additional information, e-mail Dan Strachan or telephone 202-457-0480.

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