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Posted on: Tue 3rd Nov 2015

Local sports car manufacturer drives its way to export victory

The West Midlands manufacturing business was given a boost this week as local firm, Westfield Sports Cars’ announced a new £1million contract exporting their kit cars to China.

Assisted by a trade advisor at the West Midlands branch of the UK Trade and Investment, Westfield Sportscars have signed on the dotted line after three years of negotiations were finalised.

Since they launched in 1983, Westfield Sportscars have exported more than 12,000 vehicles worldwide but this is the first time in the companys history that they have secured business in China.

On October 24, Westfield opened its doors to enthusiasts to meet the team and view some of the kits and cars on offer, attracting over 250 visitors the day was a huge success.

For more information visit the Westfield Sportscars website.

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Posted on: Thu 5th Nov 2015

New challenges to face Metalworking Fluid formulators and Emulsifier suppliers.

Performance demands, regulatory issues and commercial pressures will all play their part in providing new challenges for the new generation of high-speed machine tools according to a new article. 

The introduction of the new Global Harmonized System (GHS) for substances and mixtures has placed added pressure on manufacturers to provide more stringent classification and labelling for some emulsifiers. This change may result in a need to develop emulsifiers with milder labelling as well as the introduction of biostable emulsifiers.  

emulsifier.jpgA recent study by Kline & Co. found that the global metalworking fluid market will reach 2.5 million metric tons by 2017, showing an annual growth for the industry of 2.3 percent a year. Along with corrosion inhibitors the most widely used additive in this market are emulsifiers, representing 140,000 of the 600,000 tons of additives used globally.

In todays market both anionic and nonionic emulsifiers are most commonly used in metalworking formulations. Emulsifier systems comprise elaborate blends of components to finely balance the benefits and the limitations. Nonionic emulsifiers, in general, provide good emulsion stability, low foam in deionized and hard water, poor defoaming in DI water and acceptable defoaming in hard water. However, they provide no antiwear performance or staining and corrosion inhibition.

Anionic emulsifiers such as phosphate esters, generally provide good emulsion stability, low foam in DI water and ultra-low foam in hard water due to soap formulation, no defoaming in DI water and excellent defoaming in hard water. They also provide good corrosion and staining inhibition and good antiwear performance. 

Finding the right base stock to develop nonionic emulsifiers is the key to meeting todays regulatory, performance and commercial requirements.

To view NiMAC’s range of Ethoxylates, click here to visit the products page

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Posted on: Wed 29th Jun 2016

Increased Usage of Environmentally Friendly Lubrication Fluids

Environmental friendliness is often a concern for all industries. Now especially the lubricants industry is facing ever more challenges. As the demand for biodegradable lubricants rises and the regulations grow ever tighter, manufacturers have to constantly improve their “green lubricants”. This is by no means a bad thing. The usage of Bio-lubricants can be beneficial for more than just the environment as they can save energy, have longer operating lives and a lower consumption.

Synthetic esters derived from petroleum or vegetable oil come in a wide range of viscosities, have a high thermal and oxidative stability, a good fluidity at low temperatures and are highly biodegradable. Unfortunately, they are also prone to hydrolyse if not manufactured correctly and the fully saturated products, which offer the best performance, come at a high cost. While the vegetable derived esters come from a renewable source, the petroleum derived ones do not and so aren’t as environmentally considerate.

Environmentally friendly lubricants are becoming ever more important as many areas of application nowadays require the use of biodegradable or non-toxic lubes. In areas such as agriculture, forestry, earth moving and construction machinery, marine and concrete moulds the usage of these products is especially important as otherwise there could be serious long-term damage caused to the plant and wildlife if a spill occurs. 

The countries with the highest usage of Bio-lubricants are Sweden, Germany, the UK, France, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, while the usage in the USA, Canada, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic is increasing.

 

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