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As more than a quarter of Western European Group I capacity is set to disappear, Nynas is offering a new range of oil products that mimic the performance characteristics of Group I oil.
2015 will see four Group I refineries in Europe closing down their operations, completely or partly. Inevitably, this will lead to uncertainty and worry among many producers facing shortages of the oils they need for their products. For many of them, having to reformulate their products will seem a daunting prospect.
"Reformulation is a very expensive and time consuming process. It will not be an affordable alternative, especially for many smaller producers," explains Valentina Serra-Holm, Marketing Director Naphthenics.
Having identified the need for inexpensive and more realistic solutions, Nynas has developed new products intended to replace Group I oils in a whole range of different applications.
"We have 12 new products that replicate the chemical and physical properties of Group I oils. These offer a range of viscosity and solvency performances that will suit many producers."
The new products have been developed specifically for their desirable properties in terms of viscosity and solvency, and combinations of these.
"Apart from general process oils, we are targeting applications such as metalworking fluids, hydraulic fluids and industrial lubricants."
Hydraulic fluids offer a particularly good example of what is at stake when Group I capacities are disappearing. If Group II oils were to replace Group I oils in hydraulic fluids, the solvency difference could affect rubber seals, resulting in very costly leakage problems. A change in solvency would also affect the particles and sparingly soluble components residing in an in-use hydraulic fluid system, increasing precipitation and sludge formation, adding stress to the filtration equipment.
"What we are seeing during 2015 is only the beginning of a more substantial restructuring within the Group I refining industry. We believe there will be a great market opportunity for our new products."
12 new Nynas oils
Nynas' new range of oil products comprises both base oils and process oils. Six new oils are offered in each segment, with the new base oils Nybase 70/100/150/300/ 500/600 and the process oils Nyflex 3014/3022/3030/3060/3100/3120.
Targeted applications include: plasticisers for the rubber and tyre industry, mould release agents, mineral-oil-based drilling muds, additives for the lubricant industry, carrier oil for anti-foam additives, metalworking fluids, industrial greases and lubricants, the leather industry, printing inks, anti-caking solutions for fertilisers, agricultural protective spray oils and explosives.
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Stina started at Nynas as Supply Chain planner EMEA after graduating from Linköping University with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management in 2007. She moved on to roles as Supply Chain Analyst, Contract Manager Supply Chain, and Planning Manager Supply Chain. Since December 2016, Stina has been Head of Supply Chain EMEA. Find out what's on her mind.Read more about The brains of Nynas: Stina Wiqvist