Preparing for the Pivot
Battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) are hot news. Although the bigger shift to EVs is at least a decade away, now’s the time to start planning. “Right now, there’s a lot of buzz, a lot of excitement and a lot of focus on the EV market, both from car manufacturers and the government,” said Nathan Shipley, executive director and industry analyst for the NPD Group, a market-research consultancy. While lubricant manufacturers have time to prepare, Shipley said the industry needs to pay attention to EVs. “We can’t just dismiss it or ignore it.”
Lessons in Ian’s Wake
The next lubricant standard for the automotive industry, ILSAC GF-7, is on the horizon, potentially to take effect during the second quarter of 2028. Compoundings sought out experts for their insights on what to expect and how to prepare for ILSAC GF-7. Luc Girard, president of Sanjuro Consulting Inc., Steve Haffner, president of SGH Consulting LLC, H. Ernest “Ernie” Henderson, Ph.D., president of K&E Petroleum Consulting, and David E. Adelman, technical sales manager at Advanced Lubrication Specialties, weighed in.
ILMA, AOCA Lead Fight Against California Bill
Earlier this year, a piece of legislation was presented to the California General Assembly that, if passed, would effectively ban the sale of multi-vehicle transmission fluids that don’t pay homage to competing automakers’ unpublished specifications or rely on a Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (JASO) standard. From the vantage point of Jeff Leiter, ILMA’s general counsel, the latest legislative efforts are a classic case of a solution in search of a problem.
Counsel Compound: Employee Monitoring
Employee monitoring has kicked up more than a few notches since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and has led to more employees working remotely from home. Employers are using different and increasingly sophisticated technologies, including instant messaging apps that identify “active” or “away” status; GPS monitoring; and phone, computer screen and video surveillance to track attendance, productivity and how employees are spending their workdays.
Washington Landscape: OSHA, EPA to Expand PSM, RMP
Making good on the movements behind environmental, social and governance (ESG) and social equity concerns, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are seeking comments on their Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Plan (RMP) rules, respectively.
Business Hub: Local Politics
Election season is here, and business owners everywhere are wondering how a changing Washington scene will affect the economic environment. And no wonder: Legislation in Congress can disrupt the most carefully crafted business plan and put downward pressure on profits. Elections at the national level are important. Even so, the health of your business very often depends on decisions made lower on the political food chain: in your town or city.
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