Pilot Chemical has announced increases in prices for corrosion inhibitors and emulsifiers used in metalworking fluids, while Dow Chemical and Oxea eachannounced elevated prices for oxygenated solvents. It continues a wave of price increases in recent weeks, as suppliers of a variety of chemicals used in lubricant manufacturing say they have been hammered by supply/demand pressures and raw material costs.
Cincinnati-based specialty chemical supplier Pilot on Friday announced price increases effective Jan. 15 or as contracts allow. The price of Aristonate alkyl aryl sulfonates will climb 2 cents to 7.5 cents per pound, and Aristonic acids will go up 2 to 11 cents per pound. Calimulse emulsion aids will rise 3.5 to 15 cents per pound, and Calamide amides will jump up by 13 cents per pound.