Metalworking fluids are widely used in machining ferrous and nonferrous metals in the field of automobile, aeronautics and astronautics, shipbuilding, electronics and so on. China is the largest manufacturing country in the world with the largest production and sales of steel and main nonferrous metals and engineering machines.

The rapid development of the industries related to metalworking has greatly promoted the growth of metalworking fluid consumption in China. It has been estimated that the consumption of metalworking fluids is about 500-700 tons per year in China, which makes China the biggest market of metalworking fluid in the world. The market requirement of metalworking fluid is still increasing at an annual rate of 7%-20%.

With the implementation of the “Made in China 2025” plan, the Chinese manufacturing industry will move forward in the direction of high end, smart, green, energy saving, sustainable development, which puts forward higher requirements for efficiency, accuracy, and surface quality in metalworking.  As a result, lubrication in metalworking has become more and more important, and great challenges are raised for metalworking fluids.

Professor Zhang Chenhui, Associate Professor, State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, will provide a detailed breakdown on the lubricant requirements of the metalworking industry in China during a plenary presentation at F+L Week 2018 on March 7. The conference will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao at Cotai Strip.

Zhang Chenhui has had a decorated academic career. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2004 from Tsinghua University in China, he has been awarded the National Science Foundation award for Outstanding Young Scholars in 2013, published 60 SCI indexed papers on Langmuir, Soft Matter, and Applied Surface Science, and has about 200 citations by others. Zhang also has 1 national-level, 3 provincial and ministerial-level awards and 11 national invention patents.