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xol Lubricants Ltd has been supply- ing lubricants to the rail industry for


over 25 years. The privately-owned com- pany is the largest independent lubricants company in the UK.


The company has its own blending facili- ties in the UK and is unique amongst the independent lubricating companies in having access to the British canal system and its own wharfage. This allows it to im- port raw materials required for the next generation of lubricants from new refiner- ies all over the world. The ability to ship in from these areas gives both security of supply and strong purchasing power.


Exol Lubricants runs its own fleet of be- spoke Scania vehicles that can deliver up to 32,000 litres anywhere in the UK. The company says it is proud of its reputation for high-quality products, flexible service, fast delivery and outstanding technical support.


The latest generation DMU engines, cou-


pled with the new emission regulations, have seen the demands on lubricants used in the rail industry increase even further.


The introduction of new engine oil re- quirements for after-treatment compat- ibility, greater durability and fuel economy improvement have resulted in a change in the types of engine oil used in Europe. With this in mind, product development and product approvals is at the forefront of Exol’s lubricant design.


“The ability to ship from these areas gives Exol both


security of supply and strong purchasing power.”


Gaining OEM approval starts off with a complex series of consultations between Exol’s technical department, additive sup- pliers and selected OEM engine manufac- turers. Formulations are then submitted


Uniquely among UK independent lubricants companies, Exol has access to Britain’s canal system and it ships in raw materials from all over the world.


for testing under the most severe condi- tions for OEM acceptance. Testing can take several weeks or months and only when the OEM has fully examined the test results and performance levels can the product claim full approval.


Exol Group has a strong partnership with Lubrizol, the world’s largest additive man- ufacturer, and has been working closely with OEM engine manufactures like MTU in Germany to offer fully approved prod- ucts.


Using products that are fully approved from Exol offers the rail operator a cred- ible alternative to a major oil company and will deliver immediate benefits including cost savings, improved delivery lead times of three to five days, and excellent techni- cal back-up.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


Steve Dunn T: 07774 770 878 E: steve.dunn@exol-lubricants.com


32 | rail technology magazine Feb/Mar 11


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