Digging Deeper Pages 6 to 8 and 10

The need for evolution in mining lubrication With mining technology having to withstand ever more extreme conditions, Andreas Lindstrm of Axel Christiernsson highlights the problems of using moderate, multipurpose greases in such circumstances; advocating the necessity for utilising more advanced materials in mining operations in spite of the perceived extra cost.

Keeping the Wheels Turning Pages 12, 14 and 16

A brief history of lubrication in the British mining industry

Charting the growth of British coal mining from its earliest, pre-industrial beginnnings in the 18th Century to its demise in 2015, this article explores how mining technology, and consequentially lubricants, developed over the course of three centuries, and the impact British coal mining continues to have on the global mining industry.

What kind of lubricants does the European breadbasket use? Pages 28 and 29 Keeping agriculture moving in Ukraine Agrinol, the leading manufacturer of oils and lube products in Ukraine, shares the importance of manufacturing lubricants that can be used by a range of vehicles that make up Ukraine’s agricultural fleet, and highlight their mission to continue the development of lubricating sciences in a country that has historically been the largest producer of lubricants in Europe.


Pages 34 to 35 and 38 to 49 Biorefinery Technology: New, High-Performance Approaches in Lubricant Base Stocks Jonathan A. Brekan of Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc gives an overview of the development of Elevance Aria™ WTP 40; a new, synthetic base stock whose chemical properties make it an ideally versatile material with significant advantages over comparable PAO/ester blends for use in a wide range of industry fields.

Hydraulic Fluids Used in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry Pages 44 to 46 The rise of environmentally friendly materials A concise history of the growing usage of bio-lubricants, provided by David Whitby of Pathmaster Marketing. This article details how bio-lubricants went from being a small niche in the lubricants market to a sought after commodity, and summarises the properties and advantages of different categories of bio-lubricant, as well as detailing how they can be put to use.

CCBL - cold blending is possible Pages 50 to 52

Blending at a molecular level yields highly efficient homogenisation of lubricant Discovering the new cold blending process developed by CCBL could vastly improve the efficency of lubricants blending in terms of time and money saved, as well as improving the quality of the end product when compared to those manufactured using mechanical blending techniques.

Regulars: UKLA President’s Report UEIL President’s Report Local Report UEIL News


ICIS Base Oil Report Forthcoming Events Publisher’s details

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Cover: courtesy of Axel Christiernsson.

Axel Christiernsson is a full range supplier of customised solutions for your grease needs. As the front picture shows, mining is much more than just large haulers and digging equipment. It is equally important to transport the tailings and to transport the minerals, often done with conveyors over large distances. Electric motors and conveyor bearings are also part of a mining operation. See the full article starting on page 6.


Record breaking

Opportunely, part of my closing comments in the February 2016 editorial were “Where will we go next? How far, how deep, how high, how low?” Well, in this edition of LUBE, there are four pieces which spotlight the Main Feature: Mining. One of them provides commentary on mining in high altitudes as well as depths 6000m below the surface of the sea. These must be record breaking highs and lows.

Speaking of record breaking, this edition of LUBE is breaking a new record, it is 72 pages! And another breaking record was the 20th ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference recently held in London. There were 602 delegates! ICIS used some new technology which I’ve never experienced before, it was called and allows for live Q&A during presentations, I was very impressed...

As part of the housekeeping at the beginning, we were asked to NOT turn off our phones but to switch them to silent. If we wanted to use we simply had to download the App and away we went, it was so easy (and I use a BlackBerry). Whilst the speaker was presenting, we could type our questions into our phone. During each presentation all questions were visible to everyone on the mobile phone screen only. If you agreed with a question, you could ‘like’ it, each ‘like’ adding up. Once the presentation had finished, the questions appeared on the main screen, ranked by the number of ‘likes’ with the highest number of ‘likes’ at the top. The questions were clearly typed and without ambiguity. It also saved someone from having to take a microphone to the person who wanted to ask a question.

Another conference due to be a record breaker this year is the UEIL 2016 Annual Congress of the European Lubricants’ Industry taking place in Berlin (Germany), between 26-28 October 2016. The conference programme is currently underway. If you would like to have the opportunity to address over 250 representatives of the lubricants’ industry, please send an email by 8 April 2016 with: 1) the title of your proposed presentation; and 2) a one-page abstract to

See you at UNITI and ELGI!

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Suzy Jarman Editor

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