Military Planes Fly on Hatco Fluids


Hatco Corp., a subsidiary of Chemtura, last week won a $14.8 million contract from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to supplyester-based aviation turbine oils to the U.S. military.

All jet planes fly on these types of fluids, Hatco Vice President Avron Magram told Lube Report. Its one of the major applications for the fluids.

Hatco, based in Fords, N.J., was awarded a maximum $14,770,880.23 fixed-price-with-economic-adjustment contract to supply the polyol ester-based aviation turbine oils through Aug. 13, 2008. In announcing the contract, the U.S. Dept. of Defense noted that the original proposal was Web solicited with one response.

Hatco has several other contracts for synthetic oils with the DLA, according to Jan Price, deputy director of Aviation Supplier Operations at the Defense Supply Center in Richmond, Va. Under the current contract, Hatco will supply 1.2 million quarts per yearto the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The contract covers all three plus the Air Force, Price said. There is heavy demand currently in Iraq.

Hatco says it is the world’s largest manufacturer of lubricant-grade esters for applications such as aviation and refrigeration. In addition, the company supplies esters and synthetic lubricants for diverse applications

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