Sasol Ltd. opened its alkoxylation plant in Nanjing, China, last week, expanding its production of surfactants, some of which are used to make lubricants and metalworking fluid additives, the company announced. It is the companys first wholly owned facility in Asia.
Chinese metalworking fluid suppliers will face many challenges in the coming years, including stricter health and safety laws, weak research and development capability and a declining economy, industry insiders said at an industry conference held in Shanghai May 7.
South Korea's new Act on Safety Control of Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides regulation took effect Jan. 1. Industry sources disagree about whether it sets requirements for lubricants containing biocidal ingredients.
Master Fluid Solutions has invested in a new metalworking fluids blending plant in Taicang, China, the company announced on Wednesday. The new facility is the Perrysburg, Ohio-based companys single-largest investment globally and will double its capacity in the country.
Japanese lube manufacturer Suzuki Kikoh Co. established a joint venture with a local firm in Thailand to expand its industrial lubricant market in Asia, the director of the company told Lube Report.
Beginning in June, Singapore will prohibit the use of short-chain chlorinated paraffins in metalworking fluids and other products, according to the countrys National Environmental Agency.
Zavenir Daubert India Pvt. and Chemische Werke Kluthe GmbH formed a joint venture to strengthen their reach in markets for specialty chemicals such as metalworking fluids, and plan to build a plant and research and development center in western India by 2020.
The outlook for industrial lube demand in India is positive, thanks to government initiatives aimed at boosting manufacturing activity and infrastructure development, said Ravi Chawla, managing director of Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd.
Two of Japans top metalworking fluid providers said recently that with domestic automobile production and die-casting industries stagnant, their growth will likely continue to come from other parts of Asia and the Americas.
Chinese metalworking fluid suppliers face threats and opportunities due to trends such as closings of aluminum producers and a push to supply more sophisticated metals.