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Haltermann Solutions Announces New Price Increase

Tue, Mar 22nd 2011, 06:38 by Wayne Petersen

Dear Valued Haltermann Customer:

Given the extraordinary rise in petroleum pricing and the associated impact on raw material and blend stock costs, Haltermann Solutions will be implementing a price increase for its gasoline and diesel fuels. The price increase will be effective Monday, April 4, 2011.

For all customers using blanket pricing, please ensure that the new blanket prices are uploaded by the effective date.  Haltermann will verify that the blanket prices are reflected in customer systems prior to the effective date to minimize any chance of delayed shipments. Due to a recent upswing in raw material pricing, we are forced to implement this price action.

Raw material pricing has been rapidly increasing the past few months for all of our blend stocks. Given this trend, we must increase the price of all products as follows:

Inventoried bulk fuels will be adjusted by the exact raw material cost.

Inventoried drummed fuels will be adjusted by the exact raw material cost.

All other made-to-order fuels will be changed by an average increase based on the nature of the material (gasoline, diesel etc.).

Gasoline products by an average of $0.30/gallon
Oxygenated gasoline products by an average of $0.25/gallon
Diesel products by an average of $0.43 per gallon

To determine the price impact on the specific fuels you purchase, please contact your Haltermann Solutions customer service representative or your Account Manager.

Johann Haltermann, Ltd
P.O. Box 429 Channelview, Texas 77530-0429

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Over the past several years, our pricing actions have been consistent with our previous price announcements in which we committed to the following:

If the variation, up or down, in Haltermann’s raw material pricing is relatively small, Haltermann is committed to maintain price levels to help stabilize fuel prices.
If, however, the cost of our raw materials changes, in either direction, up or down, beyond a pre-determined level, we adjust our pricing accordingly.  Effective April 4, 2011 we must implement price increases for all of our gasoline, oxygenated gasoline and diesel products.

We know how much effort is needed by our customers to implement price adjustments. At this point, we continue to find it necessary to continue regular adjustments due to changing raw material prices. If raw material prices again stabilize, we will strive to reduce the frequency of price adjustments and provide more price stability.

We sincerely appreciate your continued business with Haltermann Solutions. Please contact your Haltermann Account Managers, Elisha Petersen (313-806-9172) or Josh Petersen (615-812-7063), your customer service representative (800-969-2542) or me, personally, should you have any questions.


Wayne Petersen
President and General Manager
Haltermann Solutions
Office (832) 376-2213
Mobile (713) 857-8708

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Dyson/Mazda American Les Mans Racing Team comes in 2nd at 12 hours of Sebring with Haltermann Solutions Fuel

Tue, Mar 22nd 2011, 06:25 by Josh Petersen

SEBRING, FL March 19, 2011 – Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Jay Cochran brought home second-place American Le Mans Series points at the season-opening 59th annual 12 Hours of Sebring. The race was a combined ALMS and Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race, and the G-OIL/ModSpace Mazda Lola ran fourth for an extended period and finished sixth overall in the 1,238-mile race that featured some of the best European teams.

The #16 Mazda-powered entry, the only four cylinder car in the race, ran without any problems in the central Florida endurance classic. “I am thrilled for Mazda and AER about the engine,” recounted Smith. “It ran flawlessly all race long. Today was a testament to all their hard work over the winter. We measured up well against the European teams. The Rebellion team, who I know very well – is a great team, and they were a couple laps behind us. We used our ALMS knowledge on how the pace car works to our advantage.”

In a race that had more than two and a half hours of yellows, the Dyson drivers were able to work traffic without the results that befell many of their other competitors. Noted Cochran after his first stint, “it was a comfortable car for traffic: well engineered and well mannered. I was impressed with the team’s preparation and professionalism throughout the week.”

“Our objective here this weekend was to score the maximum amount of points, and start the season off on the right foot,” said Chris Dyson. “We knew we were not going to be the fastest, but we knew we had to execute and run a smart pace. Everyone did a fabulous job. The strategy was terrific and we picked up some positions just though guile on the pit stand. Jay did a great job – the traffic was wild out there. Guy drove well, turning some of his best times at the end in the dark. The performance of the Dunlop tires was uniformly competitive over the race.”

Or as Rob Dyson summed up at race-end, “We punched above our weight all day.”

On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand because every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car: G-OIL is the world’s most eco-friendly biodegradable motor oil and the first bio-based oil to be approved by the American Petroleum Institute: ModSpace is a leading provider of modular buildings, portable storage and services for temporary or permanent space needs: With over 40 years of experience, the Thetford family of companies has a global reputation for excellence:

Pos Car#  Class  Drivers Difference Car Make
1. 10 P1 Lapierre/Duval/Panis 0 Peugeot 908
2. 01 P1 Brabham/Franchitti/Pagenaud 31.868 HPD ARX
3. 8 P1 Montagny/Sarrazin/Lamy 44.502 Peugeot 908
4. 2 P1 Capello/Kristensen/McNish 5 laps Audi R15
5. 1 P1 Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller 6 laps Audi R15
6. 016 P1 Dyson/Smith/Cochran 8 laps Mazda MZR-R
7. 12 P1 Prost/Jani/Bleekemolen 12 laps Lola B10/60
8. 7 P1 Wurz/Gene/Davidson 17 laps Peugeot 908
9. 036 PC Petersen/Cameron/Gausch 20 laps Oreca FLM09
10. 56 GT Priaulx/Mueller/Hand 20 laps BMW M3
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A note to our customers affected by the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Fri, Mar 11th 2011, 14:30 by Josh Petersen

This morning each of us at Haltermann Solutions woke up to the devastating news on our televisions, radios, and internet that an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami had struck Japan.  As we have continued to watch this unfortunate situation unfold upon the handfuls of countries affected by this disaster, we are filled with a tremendous sadness and grief at the destruction and lives lost in the wake of this event.

During times like this, we are reminded that tragedy knows no national boundary, ethnicity, or creed.  We also understand that this tragedy affects not only those who physically endured it, but men and women in countries all across the world, including the friends and families of those whom lost their lives.

Each of us at Haltermann Solutions wants to extend our sympathy and support to our Japanese customers, along with all of our customers affected by today’s events.  We are ready and willing to help meet any needs they may have during this time of crisis.

One tangible way we each of us can make a difference is by offering monetary contributions to organizations that are already mobilized and well equipped to assist in relief efforts such as:

(1)     Red Cross – To Make A Contribution

(2)     World Vision – To Make A Contribution

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected today.

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Differences Between Corn and Sugar Cane Derived Ethanol for Fuels

Wed, Mar 2nd 2011, 09:20 by Indresh Mathur

Differences Between Corn and Sugar Cane Derived Ethanol for Fuels

Corn and sugar cane are the two primary source of feedstock from which ethanol is derived for use in automobile fuels. Our customers have frequently asked, “Are there differences in the corn ethanol sold in the USA and the sugar cane ethanol sold in Brazil?” The answer is not so clear-cut. Our analysis would suggest that further studies are warranted.

In an attempt to provide an answer the above question, Haltermann Solutions procured anhydrous ethanol from two major US ethanol producers of corn ethanol along with hydrous and anhydrous ethanol produced in Brazil from sugar cane, and compared them.

The impurities in ethanol can adversely impact the properties and performance of Ethanol Fuel as an automotive spark-ignition engine fuel. The quantities of impurities like water, acidity, pHe, chloride, sulfate, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, sulfur, silicon, calcium, magnesium etc. in Fuel-Grade Ethanol is controlled within specified limits. The following summarizes the reasons for limiting various impurities:

Water reduces the energy content of the fuel and therefore adversely affects fuel economy and power. Also, water can cause phase separation problems in some ethanol-gasoline blends. Water is soluble in ethanol but ethanol is soluble in gasoline. When there is excess water in a fuel that is comprised of a preponderance of gasoline (i.e. E5-E25), there is phase separation. Water, in anhydrous ethanol, is generally limited to 0.3%, whereas water content of hydrous ethanol is typically in the range of 5-6%.

Acidity and pHe. Aqueous organic acids in very small presence, such as acetic acid, can be highly corrosive to a wide range of metals and alloys. When the pHe of the fuel is below 6.5, excessive corrosion can occur which may result in fuel injector failure and cylinder wear. Acidity (as acetic acid) is limited to 0.007 %m/m.

Inorganic (ionic) chloride compounds can be corrosive and can damage fuel system components.    Inorganic chloride compounds are generally limited to a concentration of

Sulfate levels are generally limited to <4mg/kg.

Phosphorus, like lead, deactivates exhaust catalysts if present in more than trace quantities.

Copper is a very active catalyst and can promote gum formation in gasoline. Copper is usually limited to <0.100mg/kg.

Sulfur is limited in order to protect against engine wear, deterioration of engine oil, corrosion of exhaust systems, and to prevent catalytic muffler deactivation. Sulfur levels are usually limited to <10mg/kg. Generally, sulfur in non-denatured ethanol is lower than sulfur in denatured ethanol because of the sulfur impurity in the natural gasoline typically used to denature the ethanol.

Silicon in ethanol is unacceptable.  Combustion of a fuel that contains silicon results in the formation of silica deposits on the oxygen sensor in the engine exhaust.

Methanol content in ethanol is limited to 0.5 % m/m. This is important to in order to protect against engine and fuel system wear, corrosion, and deterioration.

C3-C5 saturated alcohols usually enter fuel ethanol as by-products of the manufacturing process, and are limited by the producer as a way to control the purity of the ethanol.

The results of the detailed analytical work carried out on the various types of ethanol are given in the attached table. At first glance, there appears to be little difference between corn and sugar cane ethanol. The ethanol content is consistent with whether the particular ethanol being analyzed was anhydrous non-denatured, anhydrous denatured, or hydrous non-denatured.  The heat of combustion is consistent with the water content of the ethanol.

A closer look at the analytical data shows that hydrous Brazilian ethanol derived from sugar cane consistently has higher levels of inorganic impurities as evidenced by the higher levels of sulfate, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. While natural gasoline as a denaturant in ethanol generally contributes to higher sulfur levels, it is worth noting that the sulfur level found in the hydrous Brazilian ethanol was higher than the sulfur level found in the natural gasoline-denatured ethanol. It appears sodium sulfate is the major impurity in the hydrous Brazilian cane ethanol. It is reasonable to assume that higher inorganic impurities in the hydrous Brazilian cane ethanol are a result of dissolved salts in the higher water content of this ethanol.

The relatively higher inorganic content of the Brazilian hydrous cane ethanol may not, at first glance, seem like a problem until one considers how hydrous cane ethanol is used in Brazil. Brazil has aggressively developed cars that can operate on either 100 percent ethanol, E85, or E25. In Brazil, both ethanol-only fuel and E85 fuel utilize hydrous ethanol. Anhydrous ethanol is used in E25 gasoline blends because water causes phase separation in these lower ethanol-content blends.

The impact of higher inorganic impurities in hydrous cane ethanol is amplified 3-4 times when ethanol is used neat or as an E85. This is an important consideration for the OEMs developing flex fuel cars.

Haltermann Solutions is an importer of Brazilian ethanol and is ready to assist its customers as they develop vehicles that will operate on hydrous cane ethanol.