Lubricants, Fuel Additives, and Process Chemicals:
Antioxidants, cetane improvers, cold flow improvers, corrosion inhibitors, lubricity improvers, petroleum dyes and markers, antistatic agents, chelating agents, corrosion inhibitors, etc.
Lubricants and lubricant additives, fuel additives and process chemicals are used to enhance performance and/or provide other functional benefits to their area of usage.
Modern day equipment relies on proper lubrication in order to prolong its life. Lubricating oil additives (LOAs) are used in conjunction with lubricants and other functional fluids to enhance their performance. The primary function of lubricant base oil is to lubricate and act as a carrier of additives. The function of LOAs is to enhance an already-existing property (such as viscosity, pour point, oxidation resistance) of the base oil and/or to add new properties (such as cleaning and suspending ability, anti-wear performance, and corrosion control). Dispersants, detergents, oxidation inhibitors, antiwear agents, extreme-pressure additives and viscosity index improvers are a few examples of LOAs. The growing construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries fuel the demand for lubricant additives. With regulatory standards increasing, OEM specifications for lubricant performance will continue to drive innovations.
Similarly, fuel additives are chemicals added to various fuels to enhance performance, efficiency, and provide other functional benefits. Most commonly used fuel additives include deposit control additives, cetane improvers, antioxidants, dyes and markers, lubricity improvers, cold flow improvers, stability improvers, corrosion inhibitors, octane improvers, and anti-icing. Growth in the fuel additives market is driven by stringent environmental regulations, depleting crude reserves, and demand for clean and efficient fuel.
The term “process chemicals” is often used in similar context of performance enhancers. Process chemicals are chemicals that help stabilize an industrial process. They are used to enhance performance, improve process speed, increase quality, or optimize production capacity. Examples of process chemicals include sealing and coating agents, antistatic agents, chelating agents, and corrosion inhibitors.
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