Also known as: Motor oil, lubricating oil

Lubricants are a class of refined products made from base oils and used to lubricate engines (trucks and automobiles) and other machinery.

Blending of lubricants from base oils can be done either at a refinery, where base oils and produced, or at separate blending and packaging plants that bring base oil in from refineries.

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