In April, the United Kingdom Lubricants Association Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group and the countrys Health and Safety Executive will launch the Good Practice Guidance for Managing Metalworking Fluids.
Italmatch Chemicals Group is set to acquire Afton Chemicals metalworking fluid business, strengthening the Italian companys position in the industrial lubricants market, the companies announced Friday. The deal is expected to close by May 30.
On both sides of the Atlantic, metal removal fluid suppliers and their customers are relieved by the European Unions extension of regulatory exemptions for lead in steel, aluminum and copper alloys.
Quaker Houghton announced Aug. 29 that it agreed to acquire the four operating divisions of United Kingdom-based Norman Hay plc for 80 million. This includes the Surface Technology division, which provides dry film lubricant coatings that provide friction control.
Nouryon announced Aug. 27 that it will double capacity at its surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, through a 12-million expansion and upgrade scheduled for completion by 2021s first quarter. The expanded plant will produce corrosion inhibitors and surfactants for the lubricants market.
Bosch Rexroth is set to take delivery of the first prototype of its oil ageing test rig, a machine developed to obtain more precise values for the effects of lubricants ageing in the field. The prototype will be delivered in the coming weeks, an official with the German equipment manufacturer recently told a conference in Amsterdam.
Master Fluid Solutions announced on Oct. 7 the acquisition of German metalworking fluids manufacturer Wilhelm Dietz GmbH, saying it will enable products that it sells in Europe to be made in-house instead of through toll partners. Terms were not disclosed.
Master Fluid Solutions opened a metalworking fluids production facility outside of Istanbul in Tulza, mainly serving the aerospace and defense industries, the company announced last month.
Global volume demand for lubricant additives grew approximately 1 percent in 2017 after increasing an average of 2.6 percent annually from 2014 to 2016, according to a report from Kline & Co. The firm said growth decreased because of a tightening regulatory framework that includes chemicals and biocides regulations in the European Union.