New environmentally acceptable gear oil for tunnel thrusters

December 18. 2014

New environmentally acceptable gear oil for tunnel thrusters

Klüber Lubrication adds to portfolio of biodegradable lubricants for the marine industry

Munich, 18th December, 2014 – Klϋber Lubrication has introduced Klüberbio EG 2-68, an environmentally acceptable 68 mm2/s (68 cSt) viscosity gear oil. This new biodegradable gear oil has been designed to meet the specifications of leading thruster OEMs – particularly in smaller size thrusters such as tunnel thrusters. With the addition of Klüberbio EG 2-68 to its existing line of Klüberbio EG gear oils, Klüber Lubrication now has a complete offering for virtually all types, sizes and manufacturers of thrusters. Klüberbio EG oils, a series of readily biodegradable gear oils especially for thrusters and rudder propellers, are based on synthetic ester oil.

Klüberbio EG 2 oils contain more than 90 percent of renewable raw materials. Their biodegradability is 28 days according to the OECD 301 F test. Klüberbio EG 2 oils are non-toxic to marine organisms, bear the European Ecolabel and comply with the requirements of the 2013 Vessel General Permit defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  for classification as an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL). Klüberbio EG 2 oils are compatible with standard elastomers made of NBR and FKM of leading propeller shaft sealing manufacturers.

“Klüberbio EG 2-68, along with the other oils in this series, offers a high scuffing load capacity to protect the gear teeth against damage even at high peak loads,” explains Dirk Fabry, business development manager marine industry, Klüber Lubrication. "As the oil is resistant to oxidation and hydrolysis, it offers a significantly longer service life than other EALs. Consequently, oil change intervals are extended and maintenance and disposal costs reduced."

About Klüber Lubrication
Klüber Lubrication is one of the world's leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its more than 80 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a test bay hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry.
Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG, a Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. Klüber Lubrication has about 2.000 employees in more than 30 countries.

About Freudenberg Chemical Specialities
Freudenberg Chemical Specialities Munich, was founded in 2004 as a new Business Group within the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim, Germany, a family-owned, diversified technology company with a history of more than 160 years. Freudenberg Chemical Specialities has a lean, market-oriented organisation with Management Board and Corporate Functions. Its objective is to promote innovation potentials in its field of activities and to expand world-wide market leadership in special lubricants and release agents. The Business Group includes five largely independent divisions which are active in more than 50 countries: Klüber Lubrication, Chem-Trend, SurTec, Capol and OKS.

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