Oxea has launched a new lubricant, Oxlube L9-TMP, which is a direct one-to-one replacement for the conventional C8/C10 (caprylic/capric) acid-based trimethylolpropane (TMP) ester.
Oxlube L9-TMP is widely used as a lubricant in engine oils, gear boxes and other demanding applications.
According to Oxea, Oxlube L9-TMP offers the same performance as conventional C8/C10 acid-based TMP, but is more widely available.
The main raw material of the conventional product, mixed C8/C10 acid, has been in extreme short supply for the last two years. Driven by high demand and limited supply, mixed C8/C10 acid is expected to continue to be tight.
Oxlube L9-TMP is based on Oxea’s own n-Pelargonic Acid. The new product is immediately available in commercial quantities. According to Jacco de Haas, commercial business director for specialty esters at Oxea, Oxlube L9-TMP is being manufactured in Oxea’s Amsterdam ester plant.
“This plant formerly used to produce the exact same molecule, which we are now replacing with Oxlube L9-TMP. Because of this history, Oxea has extensive experience and the required know-how to deliver the quality that the lubricant industry is demanding,” says de Haas.
“Oxea did recently launch cost effective alternatives for hardly available C8/C10 molecules. Besides offering linear C9 alcohol (n-Nonanol) and linear C9 acid (n-Pelargonic Acid), Oxea is now also offering esters based on these raw materials,” says Cristobal Ascensio, vice president derivatives. “All these new products are produced on purpose and have no capacity constraints to fulfill market demand globally.”
Oxea is a global manufacturer of oxo intermediates and oxo derivatives, such as alcohols, polyols, carboxylic acids, specialty esters and amines, and is wholly owned by the Government of Oman.