Sure! I always worry about the Goliaths out there... HPL is not that!Very impressive and great right up & nice pics to boot also. Dave and Dave seem like very courteous and kind men. Good for them overall!!! Dale
For one thing, the smaller companies don't have to put any money into R&D for base stocks or additive development; they only have to deal with blending. They essentially just shop around for the bases and additives they need which are available on the market. Then they target a customer's goal of what they want to achieve, and then try different base/additive package combinations to achieve the desired effect. They more experienced ones have very little guessing to do; they can get very close very quickly. Then they may only have to "polish" the final lube formula with a tweak here and there.I love a nice boutique product, normally. But with small oil producers, I wonder how they can even come close to having the R&D budget that Exxon, Shell, etc do. I am a casual observer, at best, but it seems like proper R&D in this field would be very expensive, at best. How do the small guys do it?