Steve Swedberg

STEVE SWEDBERG has over 50 years of experience in the oil industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and graduate work in business administration. He also has extensive training in petroleum products technical service as well as total quality management. His work experience includes lubricants research and development with ARCO and UNOCAL, oil additive marketing at Edwin Cooper (now Afton) and Chevron Oronite and lubricants marketing with Pennzoil. He managed technical groups related to oil marketing, product quality and technical services. Swedberg has also been involved with several industry organizations including STLE, NLGI, ASTM and, most notably, SAE, where he was Technical Committee 1 (Engine Oils) chairman from 1992 to 1996. While in that position, he was able to help influence industry direction as well as make many valuable industry contacts. Swedberg is currently consulting on lubricating products and additives and is a technical writer.
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As new oil standards are adopted, the devil is in the details

May 16, 2019
On April 3, 2019, the API Auto/Oil Approval Panel (AOAP) voted by voice to prepare a ballot to add API SP and SP Resource Conserving to the approved category list for API engine...

API Posting Oils Online Showing Certification Misuse

May 1, 2019
The American Petroleum Institute has started posting pictures of oils that are using its certification marks (SN, GF-5, etc.) without license to use them.
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The Sea of Specs: Why It’s Important to Use the Oil Recommended by the OEM

April 1, 2019
We’ve all been there: A customer pulls up to have his oil changed. The service writer looks and sees that the vehicle in question isn’t an American-made product and...
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Caution the Five Percent

Feb. 1, 2019
Why the US may soon move to mandatory E15 fuel and the effect it will have on today’s engines.