Although the shift to manufacturing of electric vehicles will bring a decline in industrial lubricants consumption, it will also bring opportunities for the fluids from the manufacturing of battery casings and electric motor housings, along with the increased demand for copper wire, a consultant said during an American Chemical Society online webinar last week.
Demand for metal forming fluids is probably going to increase and remain in high demand still for use in making vehicle bodies, which are still needed for battery electric vehicles, said Neil Canter, Philadelphia-based consultant at Chemical Solutions, on Nov. 16 during an ACS webinar titled “More Than an Oil Change: Industrial Lubricants and Electric Vehicles.”
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Canter noted that battery casings are primarily produced through metal forming operations. “There is a series of them – bending, blanking, drawing, embossing,” he said.