1996 to today: Global growth, modernisation and precisely tailored specialty lubricants for all applications

Further acquisitions and the new Klüber Lubrication Technology Centre

Klüber Lubrication continues to build on its position as innovative worldwide market leader: The company acquires further lubricant manufacturers such as Summit Industrial Products in the USA (1996), IST Industrie-, Textilmaschinen- und Sonderschmierstoffe GmbH in Germany (2000) and needle and the sinker oil manufacturer Madol (2002). As a result, Klüber Lubrication offers precisely tailored specialty lubricants and know-how for every industry and application. Further sales offices and subsidiaries throughout the world expand the company’s presence in the markets.

At the same time the company builds a modern Research and Development Centre at its headquarters in Munich. This is opened in 2004. More recently Klüber Lubrication opens sales companies in Moscow and Bangkok and a new lubricant production facility in Qingpu near Shanghai in China.

As a result of the strong growth of Klüber Lubrication, the new European logistics centre in Maisach near Munich, with a total size of 40,000 square metres and a connected small container filling section, goes into operation in 2018. The most important goal of the new building: to continue to guarantee customers excellent service and outstanding delivery reliability.

In 2020 Klüber Lubrication acquires TRAXIT. The company, based in Schwelm, Germany has been supplying the wire drawing industry with a complete range of lubricants for all applications for 139 years. Since 1881, TRAXIT has grown to become one of the largest drawing lubricant manufacturers in the world. The company has production plants in Germany, China and the USA. The lubricants are sold worldwide. TRAXIT has branch offices, distributors and representatives in more than 150 countries and around 150 employees.

At the coldest place on earth, in the Atacama Desert and coastal protection on the North Sea

To this day specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication are used when it comes to meeting the highest requirements and mastering special challenges: In the middle of the Antarctic, BARRIERTA KL092 guarantees the smooth operation of the fully automated observatory at the Dome Concordia Research Station. In the Atacama Desert, Klübersynth GH-6680 and ISOFLEX IDS Special A support the functionality of the instruments and components of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), a super telescope consisting of 66 interconnected precision antennas. On the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, lubricants from Klüber Lubrication contribute to ensuring that the 62 gates of the flood gates at the Oosterscheelde open and close with reliability even under the most extreme environmental and weather conditions.

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