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Canada Okays Some Chlorinated Paraffins

Health Canada has updated its human health assessment for long-chain chlorinated paraffins to say they are not considered toxic to human health under Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999. The chemicals are used in cutting fluids to provide extreme pressure protection. Upper-bounding estimates of daily intakes of LCCPs by the general population of Canada are well below the established [tolerable daily intake], and therefore, it is proposed that LCCPs are not harmful to human health as defined in the CEPA 1999, Health Canada stated.

In addition, Health Canada and Environment Canada together issued a notice in the Sept. 3 Canada Gazette ( stating they would take no further action on chlorinated al kanes (also known as chlorinated paraffins) greater than C20. Chlorinated paraffins generally are sorted into three paraffin groups according to carbon chain length: short-chain (C10 -C13), medium-chain (C14-C17), and long-chain (C18-C38).

In a Sept. 6 notice to customers, chlorinated paraffin producer Dover Chemical explained that while the Health Canada assessment applied to the C18 to C38 products, Environment Canada is still apparently considering the regulation of chlorinated alkanes (paraffins) up to and including C20 as toxic to the environment.

The updated health assessment is available on the Government of Canadas Chemical Substances web site at allengedefi/chloralkanes-eng.php#dra

Quaker Chemical Buys GW Smith

Quaker Chemical has acquired G.W. Smith & Sons, a maker of die casting and other metalworking fluids. Terms of the sale, which included Dayton, Ohio-based G.W. Smiths commercial operations and a manufacturing plant there, were not disclosed.

Many of our customers have die casting and related operations, said Quaker Chemical CEO Michael Barry. We are excited about the prospect of offering G.W. Smith & Sons complementary product line to our existing customers, both in the U.S. and globally, as well as offering our metalworking products to G.W. Smiths customers.

G.W. Smith will operate as a stand-alone Quaker subsidiary, and continue to be led by its president, Victor Smith Jr. It has been in the die cast lubricant industry for more than 60 years and says it was the first to develop a water-based die lubricant. Its brands include Die Slick release agents, Plunger Slick plunger lubricants and Hydro Slick machining fluids.

Sweet Dream for Base Oils

Albemarle Corp. will supply manufacturing services to aid a new joint venture as it scales up production of lubricating base stocks made from cane sugar. Albemarle will supply the base stocks to Novvi S.A. as Novvi works to build a customer base for its farnesene business.

Novvi is a joint venture formed earlier this year by Amyris Inc., a U.S. developer of renewable chemicals technology, and Brazilian sugar and energy company Cosan S.A. The joint venture aims to use Amyris technology to turn sugar provided by Cosan into high-performance hydro-carbons that can become renewable base stocks. Plans call for Albemarle to use Amyris feedstock to produce base stocks that will be marketed under the brand name NovaSpec. Albemarle, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said it expects its production to take place at its Orangeburg, S.C., plant.

Boom for Grease Cartridges

Biederman Enterprises Ltd. has successfully concluded a year-long search for space to expand its plastic grease cartridge business with the acquisition of a 50,000-sq.ft. plant in Hamilton, Ont., and has opened a new cartridge manufacturing line there. The new plant is closer to the U.S. border, so it cuts transportation time to our U.S. customers, said General Manager Elizabeth Wagg. Having a second plant also assures continuous supply for customers, she added. Biederman makes extruded plastic, metal-ended grease cartridges, and has an in-house graphic design department to create label designs for them. The new cartridge line features all-new extrusion equipment and five-color offset printing to print labels directly on the grease cartridge.

Biederman President Fred Sutcliffe founded the company 20 years ago when he bought a small grease cartridge business from Biederman Packaging. As Sutcliffes cartridge business grew, we had to add capacity to meet the needs of our existing and new customers, said Wagg, who is Sutcliffes daughter. Even this Canadian expansion may not satisfy demand for Biederman cartridges, she added. We anticipate ramping up our capacity at this new facility fairly quickly and weve already begun looking at some opportunities for expansion in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Grease Expertise Sought

Grease is a high-tech lubricant, and NLGI provides a high-profile platform for lubricating greases. The institute is seeking technical, manufacturing and marketing papers for its 79th Annual Meeting, coming June 24-28 to Palm Beach, Fla. With 300 member companies worldwide, NLGI is the leading forum for researchers to exchange ideas, and for suppliers to reach out to the industry they serve, points out Rob Kress of Lubricating Specialties Co.

Presentations may cover any phase of grease chemistry, formulation, manufacturing or application, he reminded. Market trends, new base oil and additive chemistries, and improved test methods are also topics we welcome on the meeting agenda, Kress said. To present at the 2012 meeting, authors should submit an abstract by Jan. 27. E-mail Kress at rkress@lubespecialties. com, or NLGI executive director Kim Bott ( for details or to offer a paper.

Rhein Chemie Opening Pittsburgh Lab

The Lubricant Oil Additive division of Rhein Chemie will soon open a new North American technology center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The lab will be headed by Simon Morton, the companys technical manager, Americas, and should be complete by January. The center aims to be a cornerstone in development of next-generation lubricant additives, and will offer fluid testing, analysis and trouble-shooting for customers. The new center further strengthens our commitment to the lubricant industry in North America, said Michael Assaf, LOA director for North America. Rhein Chemie is a technology leader in the lubricant additives industry and it makes perfect sense that we increase our presence in this important market.

Rhein Chemie has an existing North American facility in Chardon, Ohio. A spokeswoman said that site will remain open as well, and there is no expectation to alter it.

Briefly Noted

The National Petro-chemical & Refiners Association will change its name in January to the American Fuel & Petro -chemical Manufacturers (AFPM). Meanwhile, in September the Engine Manufacturers Association became the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association. The group will continue to use EMA as its logo and initials, however.

Universal Environmental Services has acquired The McPherson Cos. used oil collection business and has begun construction of its rerefinery in Georgia that aims to process 30 million gallons of waste oil per year to make API Group II base oil. UES CEO Juan Fritschy said the rerefinery construction is on schedule and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013.

Gert Wendroth, CEO of base oil and waxes producer H&R AG, will leave the German firm at the end of June 2012, citing personal reasons.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 14 more biobased products for federal procurement preference, including slideway lubricants.

PT Pertamina has selected process automation firm Cellier Activity, part of ABB France, to build a fully automated lubricants blending plant in Northern Jakarta, for startup in 2013. This is the second blend plant Cellier has built for Pertamina.

Tulstar Inks Deal with Tianhe

Tulstar Products has begun marketing in North America a range of lubricant additives manufactured and licensed by Chinas Tianhe Chemicals. As part of Tianhes international strategy to market their technology and products globally, we have selected Tulstar Products to expand our presence in North America, said Colin Stone, Tianhes vice president of international marketing and sales.

Tianhe is headquartered in Jinzhou, a coastal city in Chinas Liaoning Province. Tulsa, Okla.-headquartered Tulstar has warehouses in southern California, Texas and Oklahoma, and will offer Tianhes additive components and packages in drum and bulk volumes. The products are in use now in Asia and Europe, and come with full data packages and proven technologies, said Jeremy Kriska, Tulstars director of sales and marketing. Tulstars initial focus will be industrial lubricant applications for the products, he said. Weve also got access to basic components, including antiwear components, detergents, dispersants and oxidation inhibitors.

Italmatch Links Up with Sea-Land

Sea-Land Chemical Europe Ltd. Has been named sole distributor for Italmatch Chemicals S.p.a.s products sold in the United Kingdom and Nordic region. Made at Italmatchs plant in Arese, Italy (formerly owned by Akzo Nobel), the products include synthetic esters, amides and phosphorus derivatives and are sold under the Ketjenlube, Dapramid and Dupral brands. Italmatch Managing Director Sergio Iorio said his company has been investing heavily in manufacturing capability and research and development and added that the agreement will help it provide a greater level of interaction with existing and prospective customers. Sea-Land Chemical Europe will handle all marketing and sales activities including customer communications, logistics and technical service for the region.


Octobers article, Stripped Down to Fighting Weight, should have noted that GS Caltex, not Chevron, operates their joint-venture Group II base oil plant in Yeosu, South Korea. Also, Chevron is not the first supplier to have a global slate of interchangeable base oils – but it could be first with a global Group II slate after its new Pascagoula, Miss., plant streams.

Forecasts, Tribology and More

Lutz Lindemann of Fuchs Petrolub will describe The Impact of the Global Raw Material Landscape on the Worldwide Lubricants Market, in a plenary address to the upcoming 18th International Colloquium Tribology, Jan. 10-12 at the Technische Akademie Esslingen in Germany. Hundreds of other presentations on industrial and automotive lubrication are also on the agenda of this key event, held every two years in Ostfildern, near Stuttgart. The conference language is English, and it typically draws some 800 participants, and includes a trade exhibition. The complete agenda is online at, or e-mail for details on how to register and book accommodations.

Faces in the News

Infineum International announced that Xavier le Mintier will be appointed as chief executive officer, replacing Dominique Fournier who retires at the end of 2011 after seven successful years leading the ExxonMobil Chemical-Shell Chemical joint venture. Le Mintier joins the U.K.-based additive company from Shell, where his 30-year career included recent service as executive vice president for Shell Oil Products Africa, and prior to that, as vice president of Shells Global Aviation Fuels business.

Natural oils marketer Elevance Renewable Sciences named David Kelsey chief financial officer, responsible for financial growth and management of the biorefining company. He joined Elevance from Sealed Air Corp., after holding positions with GE and GE Capital.

Timothy Brown has been promoted to executive vice president at base oil refiner and lubricants marketer American Refining Group, and also continues to serve as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the company. With ARG since 1999, he has more than 17 years of lubricants and petroleum industry experience. ARG also elevated Donald A. Keck to senior vice president of operations, responsible for all processing, blending, packaging, maintenance and engineering. Keck has been with ARGs Bradford refinery for 24 years, including 11 with the refinerys prior owner, Witco Corp.

RichardsApex has named Andrew P. Helffrich corporate accounts manager, relocating him to its Philadelphia headquarters and making him responsible for sales and customer service for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The metalworking fluid maker also named Ed Cuff, a graduate of East Stroudsburg Univ., to be regional sales manager for the upstate New York/New England territory that Helffrich had served.

David Foster, previously with Commonwealth Oil, has become the new Canadian district sales manager for Master Chemical Corp., where he will locate, develop and train new distributors for the companys portfolio of industrial and metalworking fluids.

Whitmore Group has recruited David Schaer as director of marketing for its four operating divisions, to handle strategies, branding, advertising and overall objectives. He has more than 25 years of marketing experience. Industry veteran Charles Yerkes also has come aboard as global mining business development manager. He most recently was with Oryxe International. Additionally, Whitmores Air Sentry division, which markets contamination control breathers, has named Scott Dunbar its general manager.

Evonik Oil Additives recently marked the retirement of Christian Neveu, an expert in polymethacrylate polymers and energy efficiency who rose to be the German companys global marketing manager and later its knowledge master and trainer. Based in Paris, Neveu developed one of the first PC-based blending efficiency programs and similar useful tools, as well as published many technical papers and patents during his 39-year career in the lubricants and additives industry.

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