Azelis opens new lubricants application laboratory in Germany
Azelis, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients, announced the opening of a new lubricants application laboratory in Hannover, Germany, following its lubricants lab in the United States.
In cooperation with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hannover, this new Azelis lab is located in the internationally renowned Institute of Machine Construction and Tribology (IMKT). With this lab, Azelis can offer its customers performance testing and advanced measurements with state-of-the-art equipment. The unique collaboration with the IMKT also allows the Azelis lab to stay on top of trends and developments in lubricants.
The new application laboratory is a testimony to Azelis’ strategy to be an innovation service provider to all customers and sectors.
Azelis supplies high quality specialty chemicals for the lubricants and metalworking fluids sector around the world. Its comprehensive portfolio covers a unique range of specialty additives, packages, surfactants and synthetic base oils to formulate engine oils, industrial fluids, fire-resistant hydraulic fluids and greases to metalworking fluids, metal cleaning formulation or heat treatment additives. Azelis has expanded its number of labs from 12 to more than 60 since 2012 and has significantly increased the number of its lab professionals. The high number of application labs allows the company to serve the local market needs while at the same time helping customers to shorten their time to market.
“With the new lubricants lab, we offer complete project management to our customers: starting with giving product and formulation recommendations, going to executing analysis and preliminary formulation tests to creating dossiers for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) approvals,” says Hatem Baly, Azelis technical manager, L&MWF (Lubricants & Metal Working Fluids). “The advanced equipment in the lab allows different ways of testing: on the tribological side (e.g.: the Shell Four Ball test, offering a valuable reference for the classic product comparison, the Micro-Tap-Test equipment for metalworking simulation), and also on the analytical side, with foam test equipment, an infrared spectrometer and so on.”
“This new lubricants lab is exceptional in the European lubricants distribution sector as it’s based on a collaboration with not only the University of Hannover and the IMKT but also with our principals who are contributing with equipment for common development projects. With our leading technology and technical support from our experienced lab team, we are able to offer unique, optimized and competitive solutions for our customers’ challenges, today and in the future,” adds Javier Miranda, Azelis market segment manager, L&MWF EMEA.