The decision by Shell Oil Products US to close its base oil refinery in Martinez, Calif., is causing big disruptions for users of the plant’s sodium sulfonates, especially in the metalworking fluids market.
The plants closure, scheduled for the end of August, will eliminate the source of most of the emulsifiers used by metalworking fluid formulators. Fluid manufacturers and formulators are hurriedly searching for alternative solutions. Those in the market generally agree that the transition will require lots of work and result in more expensive products.
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