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[Case Study] Origin Fleet Mangement Advisory 2

Mar 9, 2020
[Case Study] Origin Fleet Mangement Advisory 2
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Lubricant maintenance made up a big part of operating cost for most company which rely heavily on machineries, one of them is logistic, or more commonly known as transport company. We were honoured to be given a chance to assist one of our logistic company customer to review their maintenance practice in order to squeeze some extra saving under current bad economy situation.

We have previously achieved a 45.73% saving on pickup trucks, and this time we are working on some heavy duty trucks. The fleet of the company is made up of all UD Nissan Diesel trucks with different configuration, mainly flatbed truck and prime mover, with different engine equipped including RF, RG, RH and GE13. Most of the trucks run an average of 300 KM daily, about 90,000 KM annually. They were using Brand S 15W-40 engine oil (RM 200/pail of 20L) required to be changed every 5,000 KM.

Understanding the situation, we recommended Gazpromenft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 engine oil. We had previously done UOA on similar model and hence we are sure that the oil will last to 15,000 KM before it needs to be changed. We take an example of GE13 engine which uses 42 litres of engine oil, comparison as below:
 
Table 1: Brand S vs Gazpromneft Comparison
 
*Customer have their own workshop and mechanic hence no labour charges is incurred.

From Table 1 above, our customer achieved a saving of 62.20%, or RM 5,262 every year. Also the truck now has extra 12 days to do its job, generating revenue for the company instead of parking at the workshop to get the oil changed. For other models running on RF/RG/RH which uses slightly more engine oil, more saving is achieved. For this particular customer who has 20 trucks, the annual maintenance cost is reduced by more than RM 100,000.

Are you running a fleet or machineries? Wish to reduce your operating cost and/or facing problems? Wonder what can be done to improve your fleet? Contact us now! Free consultation session is available upon request.

Used Oil Analysis: Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 in UD Nissan Diesel

Mar 4, 2020
Used Oil Analysis: Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 in UD Nissan Diesel
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Recently, we received an enquiry from one of our existing customer regarding one of our products, Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4. Since we already have proven records of how well the oil performs in light trucks (see HERE and HERE), the like-minded curious customer wonder how will the oil performs when it is used in heavy duty diesel engine especially in their heavy loaded trucks, driven over long distance daily under the hot and humid Borneo weather, harsh and hilly road condition.

It struck our curiosity hence we collaborated with our customer to carry out an UOA (used oil analysis) on one of their prime mover, which is a UD Nissan Diesel CW 6X4 with GE13-TD (13,074cc, straight 6, turbocharged & intercooled) engine. The prime mover has been running on the Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 for about 15,000 KM before oil sample is taken for UOA.

 
Photo 1: Our test vehicle UD Nissan Diesel CW 6X4 prime mover with GE13-TD engine
 

What is oil analysis? Oil analysis is a routine activity for analysing oil health, oil contamination and machine wear. The purpose of an oil analysis program is to verify that a lubricated machine is operating according to expectations. When an abnormal condition or parameter is identified through oil analysis, immediate actions can be taken to correct the root cause or to mitigate a developing failure.

Why perform oil analysis? An obvious reason to perform oil analysis is to understand the condition of the oil, but it is also intended to help bring to light the condition of the machine from which the oil sample was taken. There are three main categories of oil analysis: fluid properties, contamination and wear debris.

From Machinery Lubrication
https://www.machinerylubrication.com/Read/29598/oil-analysis-report
 
 
Photo 2: Oil Analysis Result

The UOA shows very promising results even after 15,000 KM. The amount of wear metals is minimal indicating that the oil is doing its job protecting the engine. The amount of additive is still very high, only depleted 3.1% for Calcium (detergent), 8.5% for Phosphorus and 5% for Zinc (both anti-wear). The viscosity dropped but stay within the SAE 40 grade. The TBN has dropped 2.11, equivalent to about 35% of usable oil life. The UOA results indicates no abnormal findings and the oil is still good to go for at least another 5,000 KM.

Gazpromneft Diesel Premium is a good option if you wish to protect your machineries’ engine while extending your drain interval, its proven oil quality also helps to reduce maintenance and repair cost over the long run. Contact us for more information or request for quotation.

[Case Study] Operation Cost Saving - Origin Fleet Mangement Advisory

Feb 22, 2020
[Case Study] Operation Cost Saving - Origin Fleet Mangement Advisory
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We have recently taken on a challenge to provide advice to one of our customer on their fleet maintenance practice in order to increase their productivity and reduce operation cost. We started out with one of their “runner truck”, a Toyota Hilux Vigo 2.5 Diesel Turbo (KUN25) which travel more than 8,000 KM every month, clocking around 100,000 KM every year.

They were previously running on Brand S 15W-40 engine oil (RM 200/pail of 20L) which required to be replaced every 5,000 KM. The driver revealed that they tried to extend the oil change interval but the truck started to lose power and increase in fuel consumption after the 5,000 KM mark.

Photo 1: Toyota Hilux Vigo 2.5 Single Cab
 
Hence we advised the use of Gazpromenft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 engine oil. Since we have run a test on a similar model (click HERE or HERE to read the related articles), we are very confident that the oil can last more than 15,000 KM before an oil change is required. However customer chose to play it safe and run the oil to only 10,000 KM before changing it.

After running the oil for few months, customer came back to us with exciting news and data. We have compile it into a table below for easier understanding.
 
Table 1: Saving from Oil of Brand S vs Gazpromneft
 
As we can see from Table 1 above, customer achieved a saving of RM 1125 every year (a whooping 45.73%) from changing of the engine oil alone. Not to mention the extra 10 days that was freed up to be productive and working, which previously was spent at workshop waiting for an oil change to be done. More saving is possible if the oil change interval is further extended to 15,000 KM or even 20,000 KM.

Besides the saving of lubricant cost, customer also reported a slight improvement in fuel economy.
 

Table 2: Saving from Fuel of Brand S vs Gazpromneft

 
From Table 2, we can see that there’s a fuel saving of about 3%, almost RM 568 every year.


Photo 2: Toyota Hilux Vigo VNT Double Cab

Following our advice, the customer achieved a saving of RM 1,692.92 every year, for each of the operating Hilux in the fleet. Wish to know how Origin can help you to increase productivity while reducing your operating cost? Contact us now!

Test review of G-Energy F-Synth 5W-40 on Toyota Innova 2.0L

Jan 13, 2020
Test review of G-Energy F-Synth 5W-40 on Toyota Innova 2.0L
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We have received some enquiries from our like-minded customers and friends who are in quest of extending their oil change interval. They wanted to know how can G-Energy F-Synth 5W-40 fully synthetic engine oil helps them to achieve more lubricant cost saving while ensuring good engine protection. Hence, a test was conducted to find out how the oil will perform after testing.

Toyota Innova with a 2.0L petrol engine which has odometer reading of over 150,000km was used for this test. The vehicle has been driven under combined urban driving and highway driving while carry excess load of 300kg in average on 80% of the time during test period. Engine oil filter was changed around 10,000km mark within the test period. Test ended after 17,000km of driving and engine oil was extracted and bottled for oil analysis to find out the wear protection of the engine oil can deliver and whether the oil is able to go on.


The oil analysis result shown above revealed some promising indication of the engine oil quality.
  1. Minimal wear and tear on critical engine components (only 6ppm of iron while none found for other wear metals).
     
  2. Very stable oil viscosity (2.1% change from new oil viscosity of 14.5 cSt).
     
  3. High retention rate of engine oil additives (Detergent and Anti-Wear additives).
     
  4. The engine oil is still good to use as advised by oil analyst. Further sampling and analysis are required to pinpoint the crossover point between TBN and TAN numbers.
These findings indicated the engine oil have the capabilities to protect the engine even after it was been ran up to 17000km. While in lubricant cost saving perspective, you may refer to the table below:

Brand Brand S
Fully Synthetic
Brand G
Fully Synthetic
Price in RM 180 250
Oil change interval (km) 10000 15000
RM/km 0.018 0.0167
RM/10000km 180 167
Cost breakeven mileage (km) --- 13888
    
Let’s consider this scenario…oil change around 10,000km is what most people recommended which is considered a very safe option. So now we going to compare the two fully synthetic lubricants where upfront cost in consumer point of view is RM180 and RM250 for Brand S and Brand G respectively. Without any knowledge/oil test result on engine oil, most consumers will go for the cheapest oil as they would think it they are pretty much the same (engine oil is engine oil and they do the same job). But as you learn more about the product, its performance, application, and other benefit, you are allowing yourself to explore better options, options that are more suitable to you and more comfortable with. If you want to enjoy more value for money, Brand G is the more value for money option in this scenario. When you know that Brand G is proven can be used until 15000km without worry, you are actually paying less money/km on lubricant and you will achieve the same value when you use the oil up to 13888km.

Tips:
  1. Use good quality engine oil filter and change it according to normal interval, or invest a little bit more on extended drain oil filter to suit your intended oil change interval.

  2. Clogged engine oil filter and air filter rob engine power as you will feel engine runs ‘heavy’. Most people even some experienced mechanics will cast their doubt on the engine oil without check the condition of the filter. If your car feels more powerful but you found some debris in your oil when you rub it with your fingers, you may have a clogged engine oil filter and thankfully the bypass valve works! If it doesn’t, expensive engine repair awaits.

G-Energy F-Synth fully synthetic engine oil is a good option if you wish to give better protection to your engine and its proven oil quality also allow consumer to reduce periodic maintenance cost over the long run while improve engine performance. Hence making it an ideal product to be used in high performance engines.

Contact us NOW for more product inquiry and order information.          

 

Product Testing: G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil

Oct 9, 2019
Product Testing: G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil
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Race circuit is ideal proving ground for car manufacturers to undergo research and development for their new technology and performance/reliability study of systems and components. Hence, we took the opportunity to test G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil on a track day in Sepang International Circuit.

The engine oil is used in a Proton Satria Neo with mild engine modification running lean air-fuel mixture. Oil change was performed before the car is driven to the track. Oil temperature and oil pressure gauge were installed and readings were monitored throughout the test session. The engine has run continuously for about 1 hour on track with some occasional passenger changes in pit stop.

 
Figure 1: Tyre data collection during track day. 
 
On normal driving condition with G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil, engine oil temperature will reach around 95°C – 110°C while engine oil pressure will be around 5 bar. After the car is driven at fast pace on track for 20min, oil temperature has increased from 110°C to 130°C with noticeable power loss after the oil exceeded 120°C. Oil pressure@130°C has dropped from 5 bar to 4.5 bar. The car continued to run until end of the test session. Engine oil is sampled immediately after the car is in the pit and sent for oil analysis. The purpose of performing this oil analysis is to determine how well the engine is protected despite the engine oil is overheated for majority time of the test session.
 
    Figure 2: Oil analysis result of G-Energy Synthetic Long-Life 10W-40 Engine Oil. 
 
Oil analysis result above showed minimal wear metals found inside the oil sample which is a good indication that anti-wear properties of the engine oil worked to protect wear. Relatively higher amount of molybdenum was detected in oil sample. This may indicate molybdenum is originated from the anti-wear additive package. There is another possibility that it is the result of wear of top piston ring as some engines use molybdenum coating top piston ring. As newer engine oil formulation uses molybdenum in their additive package, this method to pinpoint piston ring failure will be very limited. Hence, a comparison between new and used oil analysis result of same batch will help to ascertain piston ring wear. Consult with engine manufacturers to better understand material used in engines to enable better correlation with used oil analysis result.

In terms of fluid properties, Total Base Number (TBN) has dropped from 10.6 mg/KOH (TDS data) to 8.72 mg/KOH. The TBN depletion rate is higher than normal as the oil was overheated for extended period of time and higher oxidation occurred in the oil which produced more acid in the process. As for viscosity@100°C, the viscosity change comparing oil sample and TDS data is marginal. No permanent thickening or thinning of oil occurred after overheating.

This oil uses calcium-based detergent additive package which has better acid normalising capabilities compared to magnesium-based detergent additive package. Accurate depletion level of additive requires comparison between new oil and used oil analysis result.

 
Figure 3: Track day group photo
 
In conclusion, G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil would be a great choice for general application for most cars in urban driving and highway driving. Given its performance and retail price of RM175, G-Energy Engine Oil is one of the highest performance-to-price ratio fully imported lubricant in Malaysia market. For all-out racing and high-speed high load driving, you may consider to go for our higher range product such as G-Energy F-Synth and G-Energy Racing product lines.

Contact us now should you wish to learn more on what we do and provide HERE.

Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 in Toyota Hilux Revo

Sep 3, 2019
Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 in Toyota Hilux Revo
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An oil sampling has been carried out on a Toyota Hilux Revo to investigate car owner’s feedback on engine performance drop and increased fuel consumption due to engine oil degradation after using Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 for more than 8,000km. Previous oil analysis of same oil showed convincing results on oil quality and performance which our team are motivated to determine the possible causes of engine performance drop.

Product Testing: Extended Drain Interval with Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4

 


Figure 1: Hilux Revo engine bay.
 
After some Q&A sessions with the car owner on maintenance history of the car, we have been told the engine oil filter has been used for over 10,000km as the oil change is performed without changing engine oil filter. Previous engine oil used in the engine is a fully synthetic oil from world renowned pioneer in manufacturing synthetic and semi-synthetic lubricants. Owner decided to try Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 even though the fully synthetic engine oil is used for just about 2,000km. Oil analysis is recommended to determine the current oil condition whether it is the root cause for engine performance drop. New oil was sampled to establish baseline reference to be compared with the used oil and sent to the lab along with the used oil sample.
 
       
Figure 2: Oil sample extraction.


Figure 3: Oil analysis result.

Result showed the engine oil is still in very good condition with minimal wear metal and depletion on additives and TBN dropped from 10 mgKOH/g to 9.04 mgKOH/g (9.6% drop compare to new oil, 16% drop from total usable oil life) after the oil is used more than 8,000km. No oxidation occurred as the reading of used oil is identical as the baseline reference. Based on the oil test result, the engine oil can be used for extended period of time before needed to be changed, making it an ideal choice for extended interval application on cars, trucks, machinery, etc. With everything else normal, engine oil filter change should rectify the issue. Owner also feedback that performance of Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 is similar with the fully synthetic oil used last time. Comparing the cost of lubricant between two products, owner is able to achieve saving of more than 80% on lubricant cost with Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 by having similar performance and oil change interval of 10,000km. Lubricant cost saving will be more significant should the oil change interval is extended to 15,000km or more (the oil can last up to 50,000km, estimated from the rate of drop of the TBN).

Find out more information on our products and services HERE.

Product Testing: Extended Oil Drain Interval with Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 Heavy Duty Engine Oil

Jul 23, 2019
Product Testing: Extended Oil Drain Interval with Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 Heavy Duty Engine Oil
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Origin Auto Parts PLT is working closely with Oily Lubricants Malaysia Sdn Bhd to perform product testing on one of the most well-received products in Gazpromneft Lubricants range - Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 Heavy Duty Engine Oil. The main purpose of this testing is to examine how well does the oil perform in a vehicle subjected to Malaysia climate of high humidity and high ambient temperature.
 
 
Picture 1: Engine oil condition at around 4000km (left) and 8000km (right).
 
Picture 2: Engine Oil Condition at around 10,000km.

The test vehicle is a Toyota Hilux 2.5L D-4D using Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 and has travelled over 10,000km in a mixture of off-road and federal roads driving in about 3 months. Engine oil was visually checked for colour change at around 4000km, 8000km and 10,000km. Oil filter were changed around 5000km interval as well. The engine oil sample is extracted from the engine at 10,564km interval and bottle containing oil sample is sealed before sending it to an independent laboratory for used oil analysis. Used oil analysis is a routine yet important activity to understand oil condition and operating condition of a lubricated machine.

 
           
Picture 3: Oil sample extraction via dipstick hole (Left). Oil sample in bottle (Right).

Oil analysis result (Picture 4) showed no abnormalities in the oil after running in the Toyota Hilux’s engine under severe condition. Minimal amount of wear metals and contaminant were detected in the oil sample including the amount of soot. Total Base Number (TBN) is a measurement of oil alkalinity – an indication of oil to neutralise acidic contaminants which is corrosive to engine parts. Measured TBN of 7.71 mgKOH/g of the oil sample after 10,000km indicating exceptional acid neutralisation and TBN retention capabilities of the engine oil, due to its advanced additive technology which has high detergent and dispersant properties.
 
Picture 4: Test result of Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 after 10564km.

Based on historical data, engine oil change is necessary when TBN has depleted over 60% from starting TBN with considerable safety margin in place. Using Gazpromneft Diesel Premium 15W-40 CI-4 Heavy Duty Engine Oil as an example, this oil has a starting TBN of 10.0 mgKOH/g. In other words, the oil needs to be changed when its TBN has depleted to 4 mgKOH/g. By calculation, this engine oil only used up 38.2% of its service life and it is projected to be able to last up to 20,000km or more without compromising engine reliability.
 
Optimum lubricant selection for respective machine application is an engineering process which would make big difference in lubricant cost saving and machine reliability. Some lubricants are cheap to own but need to be changed at much shorter interval, hence incurring higher lubricant cost . Simply extending oil changing interval without considering quality of lubricant poses high risk of premature lubricant failure and might cause expensive damages. Changing oil too early means higher lubricant cost and downtime while changing oil too late would cause damage to engine lead to expensive repair costs and much longer downtime. This is why used oil analysis is a valuable tool to determine optimum oil drain interval which could help reducing operating cost and boost revenue.

Consult us on your lubricant needs HERE.

Gazpromneft-Lubricants to present new hydraulic oils line formulated with DYNAVIS® unique technology

Jul 9, 2019
Gazpromneft-Lubricants to present new hydraulic oils line formulated with DYNAVIS® unique technology
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Gazpromneft-Lubricants in cooperation with Evonik, a German specialty chemical company, has developed a new line of synthetic hydraulic oils, G-SPECIAL POWER HVLP, intended for use in mining, construction, forestry, agricultural machinery and industrial equipment.

G-Special Power HVLP hydraulic oils are developed with use of DYNAVIS® unique technology of Evonik. The oils ensure a wider temperature operating range for the equipment, give better protection for the hydraulic system and increase drain intervals due to the high shear stability of the DYNAVIS® formulated new fluids from Gazpromneft-Lubricants. Furthermore, higher productivity and improved fuel efficiency increase the overall efficiency and the service life of the hydraulic equipment. 

During long-term bench and field tests, G-SPECIAL Power HVLP hydraulic oils showed better results compared to the reference oil: increase in the number of loading cycles per shift by 12%, increase in equipment performance by 15-25%, fuel economy up to 6%, reduction in the risk of failure of the hydraulic system.

The official presentation of the new product line was held within the framework of “The Russia’s Coal and Mining-2018” exhibition at the special stand of Gazpromneft-Lubricants. The exhibition guests, the representatives of 626 industrial companies from 27 countries of The CIS, Europe, Asia and Northern America, had a chance to know more details about the new high-tech product and ask Russian developers and their German colleagues the questions on the application of G-SPECIAL POWER HVLP various equipment.

Roman Zimovets, Deputy General Manager for Marketing and Strategic Development, Gazpromneft-Lubricants:

“Efficiency is one of the main priorities for our company’s operation and the key benefit of G-Special Power HVLP. The new product market launch is the result of a long partnership in creating oils that meet the highest requirements of world’s OEMs. We used advanced technologies and unique market expertise to offer our customers the modern product that can increase the productivity of the equipment”. 

Rolf Fianke, Global Marketing Manager DYNAVIS®, Evonik: 

We, as Evonik, are proud to have one of the regional market leaders as our business partner to introduce high shear stable hydraulic fluids with a high viscosity index formulated with DYNAVIS® technology. The benefits for fleet owners in Russia will be significant, because they will experience better cold start behaviour, better equipment availability, longer drain intervals and on top they can work more but will spend less energy for the achieved work. We are looking forward to many satisfied users of G-Special Power HVLP formulated with Evonik’s DYNAVIS® technology.

Source: 
http://www.gazpromneft-oil.com/clients/gpn.nsf/all/e02s?opendocument&stype=357CBA0BA82C96CE432582AD005B1033

NEW SYNTHETIC GAZPROM NEFT G-ENERGY OILS SECURE APPROVAL FROM MERCEDES BENZ

Jul 1, 2019
NEW SYNTHETIC GAZPROM NEFT G-ENERGY OILS SECURE APPROVAL FROM MERCEDES BENZ
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Gazpromneft Lubricants, operator of the Gazprom Neft lubricants business, has been awarded the Daimler AG MB-Approval 229.3 (Mercedes Benz) for its G-Energy Synthetic Long Life 10W-40 oil.
 
This product, from the new G-Energy Synthetic range, has been developed from the company’s own synthetic API Group III base oils, giving greater corrosion resistance, meaning lubricants retain their performance characteristics for longer retain their performance characteristics for longer.
 
This new motor oil has been tested over a period of six months at cutting-edge accredited independent laboratories in Europe and the United States, under a programme involving engine and laboratory bench-testing, as well as physical and chemical tests — all of which have confirmed the product’s high quality, on a par with the best international alternatives.
 
Alexander Trukhan, CEO, Gazpromneft-Lubricants, commented: “Developing products, technologies, and joint initiatives with leading automotive and industrial equipment manufacturers are priority areas in our company’s work. We follow new trends in lubricants production closely, and take these into account in developing our own new products. Securing Mercedes Benz’ endorsement for our new G-Energy Synthetic range recognises the successful work not just of the specialists at our Science and Technology Centre, but of the entire team involved in developing this new line and bringing it to market.”

Source: https://www.gazprom-neft.com/press-center/news/2512055/

G-ENERGY SYNTHETIC OIL SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE EUROPEAN FUEL ECONOMY TEST STANDARD

Jul 1, 2019
G-ENERGY SYNTHETIC OIL SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE EUROPEAN FUEL ECONOMY TEST STANDARD
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Gazpromneft-Lubricants received positive test results on G-Energy Synthetic Super Start 5W-30 that successfully passed NEDC (the New European Driving Cycle) fuel economy/emissions test standard. The main feature of the study is that the testing procedure is carried out in a real car with the reconstruction of various road situations: acceleration/braking in urban environment, start/stop, high-speed performance and etc. The obtained results allow to estimate fuel economy in the real conditions.
 
The NEDC test was conducted at the ISP Testing Institute in Germany, one of the world’s leading testing centers used by Gazpromneft-Lubricants for the new products development.
 
G-Energy Synthetic Super Start 5W-30 high efficiency results for the car owners into fuel costs reduction in comparison with the reference sample (up to 2%), that is relevant for active motorcyclists and large fleet owners.
 
Nikolay Doroshenko, Head of Product Management and Development Department:
“Our expertise allows us to launch complex products, developing the most up-to-date offers for consumers. Every year our product portfolio expands with innovative products that guarantee not only the stable equipment exploitation, but also increases the operational efficiency.”

Source: http://g-energy.org/en/press-center/news/maslo_g-energy_synthetic_viderzhalo_evropeyskiy_test_na_toplivnuyu_ekonomichnost___.html



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