Lubes are the new Fuel. What's up with all the price changes?

Posted by Kelly Burke on Aug 2, 2021 10:51:51 AM

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Since December of 2020, we have seen an unprecedented SIX price increases roll out on base oil, additive & finished lubricant products. Now we are additionally seeing essentially all major suppliers move to allocations on products because of increasing difficulty on supply/sourcing.

So what is going on? 

Like most things in 2021, a lot of the issue started with the Pandemic & its after effects. When shutdowns went into effect in March 2020, demand for finished products crashed and that led to cuts in production volumes by producers, and the simultaneous drop in fuel demand led to a drop in refining, which caused a drop in the ability to source products for lube production that derive from fuel refining... and so on, like dominos. 

Once things came back online, the freak ice storms in Texas that derailed refineries once again slowed the access to lube production products. 

As soon as that was sorted,  demand  in the US roared back much faster than anticipated on both fuel & lubricant products as the world began to open back up.  This essentially created a situation where production was not able to come back online fast enough to meet suddenly skyrocketing demand. 

This has led to unofficial allocation levels for nearly all distributors across the country, as companies from major suppliers to independent blenders struggle to access the supply required to service their customers properly. 

To add another layer of frustration, the labor shortage in the transportation industry (read about that here: All Eyes on the Growing Driver Shortage )  means that even in the event that product CAN be sourced adequately, it is increasingly difficult to secure delivery, even at higher than standard freight rates. 

Long story short, the Pandemic, Economic Rebound, and Labor Shortages have essentially created a "perfect storm" where the fundamentals of supply and demand are pushing lubricant, additive, and base oils skyward. Optimists in the field hope supply issues will be remedied by the end of the summer, but with talk on the horizon of yet another increase in September, it seems doubtful that will be the case. 

We will keep you apprised of any major changes in the supply and pricing picture going forward. Hang in there, everybody.  

 

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Topics: Price Increase, Fundamentals, Lubricants, Additives

Check out our Taunton Facility, where Product Integrity is Everything

Posted by Kelly Burke on May 26, 2021 10:28:04 AM

In 2015 we moved out of our longtime corporate headquarters in Chelsea MA into our new facility in Taunton MA. In 2020 we also added another state-of-the art lubricant plant in Saco, Maine.

While current COVID protocols limit our ability to show our facilities to our customers, we thought a photo "walk through" and explanation might be helpful while we wait for things to open up in Massachusetts so we can return to the real thing (which thankfully should be soon!!) 

Below is a quick run through some of the key parts of our main facility in Taunton, Mass. 

One of the things we are most proud of about the Taunton facility, is starting again in the warehouse let us have the ability to put the same level of extra care into planning out product segregation in our facility as we have always done in our trucks. 

We have a substantial tank farm, and our Lubricant Operations team really went the extra mile in installing a segregated piping system, including separate pumps for hydraulic, motor oil, and DEF. This essentially provides extra steps to ensure product integrity, and eliminates the chances of any cross contamination by removing even the chance of slight residual product in hoses after pumping. 

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Within our customized lube delivery trucks, the same principal applies, as you can see here:

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For DEF, our DEF trailers are equipped with 1 micron filters, which ensures the cleanest possible product and guarantees no contamination. We run closed systems on all DEF packaging & equipment to ensure quality throughout the life of the product. 

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Additionally, we added a customized tote wall setup. This setup allows us to store multiple totes in an efficient space, as well as designate each one by product and manufacturer, so each tote only carries its designated item which we can track by barcode from fill through delivery to a customers site, meaning in the event of any issues, we have full visibility into the full journey of the product and know exactly where it is and where it came from. 

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The barcoded, segregated totes tie into our broader inventory tracking & product delivery platform we use to integrate product management within the warehouse with precise delivery to customers, and route optimization for our drivers, but that's a subject we will cover in another update. 

Saco to follow!

 

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Topics: Lubricants, product integrity, Taunton Facility

Allison Trusts PetroCanada - So Should You!

Posted by Rich Ahern on Oct 12, 2020 12:54:35 PM

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As a PetroCanada distributor, we're excited about the release of their new Duradrive HD Synthetic 668 transmission fluid.  This product not only has the hard to get Allison approval, it's the new global factory fill fluid for the Allison TES 668, and the only Allison approved fluid for new transmissions (Allison Approval List)

DuraDrive HD products are designed for commercial and heavy duty applications performing under extreme conditions or requiring extended drain schedules. 

DuraDrive HD Synthetic 668 is also fully backwards compatible for all Allison transmissions that require a TES 295 fluid, so this is the ATF you need to keep every Allison transmission in your arsenal performing the way it was built to. 

PetroCanada is so sure your equipment will outperform your expectations with their products they guarantee it. For more info on the testing for Allison certification, the product specifications, and the lubricants warranty, check out this brochure: DuraDrive HD 668

If you would like to speak to an area rep for more product info or to place an order, fill out the contact form below or contact us at 800-289-2875

 

 

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Topics: petrocanada, allison

Protect your Plow with PFC this winter

Posted by Rich Ahern on Sep 30, 2020 10:17:28 AM

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Berkebile Oil's Protection First Class (PFC) is a must for plow and snow removal equipment operators. Road treatments, added to harsh conditions of New England winters can do a number on plows and salt spreading equipment. With PFC, you can coat plow blades (polymer or metal), spreader bays, augers, and chains, and even battery terminals. You have a lot riding on your equipment functioning correctly, and remaining in peak condition to perform. Help protect it with Protection First Class. We stock PFC in our Taunton facility. For more info, contact your area rep, or simply leave a comment below and we will reach out. 

The video below explains more about PFC, particularly for use in snow removal. For additional info, visit Protection First Class

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Topics: winter additives, Lubricants, PFC

Spec Changes for PCMO on the Horizon: GF-6

Posted by Rich Ahern on Dec 19, 2019 2:24:20 PM

The next generation of passenger car motor oil (PCMO) is on the horizon. The new ILSAC (International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee) is GF-6A and will be backwards compatible with ILSAC GF-5 and prior. The new spec will begin licensing as of May 1,2020. 

 EPA regulations that mandate enhanced efficiency and lower emissions have resulted in OEMs making changes to engine designs and that means the oil keeping that engine going smoothly needs to be adjusted as well. This new spec will offer better protection for new engine designs that have come online (or will soon).

The API spec that correlates with the new ILSAC standard will be SP and API certified products will still display the "donut" logo. There is also a GF-6B portion of the new spec and that introduces a new viscosity - 0w16 that will also have API certification. The API certification seals you'll see on the new spec look like this:

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From now through the spec hitting market, suppliers will be going through licensing processes for their products to be tested & re-certified. As always, remember to check for API certification on the items your fleet or shop runs on - it really is the simplest way you can ensure the highest product integrity, no matter what the change in spec. 

 

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Topics: API Certification, ILSAC, PCMO

AFS AWDA Cold Flow Additives Now Available

Posted by Rich Ahern on Dec 2, 2019 11:03:28 AM

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AFS AWDA Cold Flow Additive is now in stock for the winter months. This additive helps reduce diesel fuel pour point and CFPP  8-12 degrees below the fuel's non additized temperature rating.

We're stocking both  1:3000g and 1:1500g treatment ratios. 

 

AWDA 3000 - one gallon treats 3000gal (available in drums and pails). Product Info Sheet here: AWDA-3000

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AWDA 1500 - one gallon treats 1500gal (available in drums) Product Info Sheet here: AWDA-1500

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If you have questions on the product, or whether bulk fuel additives make sense for your operation versus rack treated product, contact your rep or call the office 800-289-2875

 

 

 

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Topics: winter additives, winter diesel, Additives

DKB Now Stocks Protection First Class Products

Posted by John Presti on Nov 13, 2019 1:02:33 PM

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We're excited to officially announce that we are a distributor for Berkebile's 2+2 product line, which includes Protection First Class products. We have brake parts cleaner, white grease, aerosol grease, and PFC - Protection First Class Undercoating. 

The PFC Undercoating protects against corrosion and rust and it stays translucent so it does not impede diagnosing any vehicle issues, unlike some other products. Application is so straightforward that its DIY with compressed air. 

We have had a lot of positive feedback on the product so far, and anticipate that the customers testing out the PFC undercoating are going to have a much better experience this winter in terms of undercarriage protection than those who don't get their fleet covered before the salt and sand starts covering the New England roads. 

This stuff is fantastic for a diverse group of customers - auto repair shops have added it to their service menus, bus and transport companies are using it to protect their fleets on the road, and landscape contractors have had a lot of success protecting plows and equipment from corrosion. 

This fall we were able to have meetings with customers where a vendor rep demonstrated the product application process and answered any questions that came up. If that sounds like something that would help with your decision making process on these products, let us know and we can coordinate a demo & meeting at your facility. 

For more info on PFC Undercoating, this page has a ton of information on both the undercoating, and other PFC products for your vehicles & equipment - PFC Product Info  - or you can watch the video below for more specific info on undercoating:

 

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Topics: Lube News, branded lubes, PFC

DKB Becomes Northeast Distributor for Phillips 66/Kendall

Posted by Kelly Burke on May 21, 2018 3:07:27 PM

Dennis K Burke is proud to announce that we are now the Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants distributor for the Northeast. Kendall has been on the forefront of advances in lubricant product technology since the early 1900's and we are excited to be able to offer their premium, cutting edge products to our customers.  

For more information about Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants product offerings, please visit  https://www.kendallmotoroil.com/ or feel free to reach out to the office (800-289-2875) or your Dennis K Burke representative for more information.

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Topics: Lubricants, Lube News, branded lubes, Kendall Lubricants, phillips 66

DKB becomes Castrol Distributor for New England

Posted by Kelly Burke on Sep 25, 2017 8:20:00 AM

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Dennis K Burke is excited to announce that we are now an official distributor of Castrol automotive & heavy duty lubricants throughout the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont! 

Castrol is a premium product line, and offers a range of advanced motor oils including synthetics, synthetic blends, high mileage, conventional, and diesel engine oils.  We are excited to add Castrol to our product mix!

For more information on Castrol & Castrol Lubricants, check out their website at www.castrol.com 

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Topics: Lubricants, HD Lubes, branded lubes, castrol

DKB becomes Petro-Canada distributor for the Northeastern U.S.

Posted by Kelly Burke on Sep 18, 2017 2:46:55 PM

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Dennis K Burke, Inc is pleased to announce that we are now a Petro-Canada distibutor for the Northeastern United States!

For over 30 years, Petro-Canada has developed and produced top quality lubricant products, and we are excited to join with them to deliver these options to our customers throughout the Northeastern U.S.

We will be offering the full suite of Petro-Canada products, from trailer loads of bulk lubricants to cases of grease tubes, so whatever your shop or fleet requires to keep running at optimum levels, we have it!

For more information on Petro-Canada products, check their website here: https://lubricants.petro-canada.com/en-US or contact us at lubeorders@burkeoil.com 

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Topics: Lube News, petrocanada