BASF and Oemeta cooperate in the development of innovative industrial lubricants
* Chemical building blocks provide the desired properties
* Reliability of “liquid tools” is the key
With its innovative intermediates BASF contributes decisively to the development of state-of-the-art lubricants for the metal- and glass-working industries. The company has for several years worked successfully with Oemeta Chemische Werke GmbH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial lubricants.
Oemeta, a company located in Uetersen near Hamburg, specializes in water-miscible and non-aqueous cooling lubricants and multi-purpose oils. These products play an essential role in the drilling, turning and milling of metal, glass or ceramics, in three respects: they reduce friction and thus wear and tear on tools and workpieces; they cool tools and workpieces; and they flush cuttings and other undesirable components away from the part being worked.
Tuned in perfectly to the customer’s expectations
The cooperation started in the winter of 2005, when Holger Immig, Oemeta purchasing manager, met for the first time with BASF sales staff. “BASF’s people were well-primed for the meeting. They had compiled a list of chemical building blocks from BASF’s portfolio that were potentially suitable for formulating our high-grade coolants,” Immig said. Within a matter of weeks BASF supplied its first product samples and received Oemeta’s approvals immediately.
Intensive discussions then continued at the Ludwigshafen site in the summer of 2006. “Rather than talking primarily about our chemical products, we focused mainly on their properties. We set our sights on further improving Oemeta’s lubricants,” reported BASF product manager Dr. Volker Böhm. “The people we talked to tuned in perfectly to our expectations,” said Stefan Joksch, Oemeta’s technical director, and added: “In this way, they introduced us to new chemical intermediates that we never even suspected of being suitable for use in our lubricants.”
Reliability of “liquid tools” is the key
Here is an example of innovative products from Oemeta: General Motors has been running its automotive factory in Vienna, Austria, without changing lubricants for about ten years. This was made possible by a high-grade water-miscible multi-purpose oil from Oemeta. It serves as a lubricant, hydraulic liquid and cleaning agent and is continually recirculated. The benefits include savings in terms of products and waste reduction. A special process ensures that cleaning agents need not be discarded after just one or two weeks: once the maximum level of acceptable contamination is exceeded, the liquid is purified to be reused as a coolant. Oemeta has therefore decided to focus its research on this technology to keep improving its leading edge. Intermediates from BASF will continue to make an essential contribution.
Oemeta Chemische Werke GmbH, established in 1916 and headquartered in Uetersen near Hamburg, Germany, posted sales above 20 million euros in 2007. With 120 employees around the globe, subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia and sales partners in more than 30 countries, Oemeta is now one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialty lubricants for the metal- and glass-working industries. The globally unique product portfolio can be summarized under the heading “machining liquids.” The company specializes in water-miscible and non-aqueous cooling lubricants and multi-purpose oils for metal working applications. “Oemeta,” the name of the company that bears the byname “The Coolant Company,” is derived from “Oel” and “Metall,” the German words for oil and metal.
The BASF Group’s Intermediates division develops, produces and markets the world’s largest range of intermediates containing more than 600 products. The most important of the division’s product groups include amines, diols, polyalcohols, acids and specialties. Among other applications, intermediates are used as starting materials for coatings, plastics, pharmaceuticals, textile fibers, detergents and crop protectants. Innovative intermediates from BASF help to improve the properties of final products and the efficiency of production processes. The ISO 9001:2000-certified Intermediates division operates plants at production sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2007, the division generated world sales of above 2.5 billion euros with 2,600 employees. For more information, go to www.basf.de/intermediates.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.
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