GS Caltex India developing eco-friendly Lubricants

GS Caltex India showcased its sustainable solutions based on its extensive Research and Development and in developing competitively advanced lubricants and polymers. The new solutions were unveiled by GS Caltex GM – Marketing Madhu Mohan, GM -Industrial and OEM Jayanta Ray, and Technical Head Vishal Nandurkar. Ungsok Yang, Coordinator GS Caltex, South Korea, also graced the occasion and engaged with key OEMs from the Industry.

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GS Caltex shared the company’s readiness on sustainability measures such as recycling and reuse of industrial lubricants to reduce carbon footprint. It is actively expanding its lower carbon business with the vision that 'GS Caltex intends to apply its competitive capabilities to enable sustainable and profitable growth in a lower carbon future and benefit its stakeholders. It is currently undertaking new energy businesses such as hydrogen and EV charging, waste plastic recycling, and bio business. Moreover, it is putting consistent efforts into researching and developing products to reduce carbon footprint. The company’s R&D facility located near Daejon in South Korea has developed many award-winning lubricants and has forged partnerships with major OEMs and key accounts.

“With the use of specialty additives and synthetic base oils, we are formulating industrial lubricants with better efficiency to address the issue of environmental protection and sustainability,” informed Jayanta Ray – GM (Industrial and OEM) at GS Caltex India.

The company is committed to promote circular economy as depicted below:

GS Caltex showcased its ‘Energy Plus Eco’, an integrated eco-friendly brand built on the existing ‘Energy Plus’. The ‘Energy Plus’ brand exemplifies a commitment to ‘change and expansion as an energy company’ and encompasses future-oriented business areas. The brand also signifies the company’s commitment to eco-friendly management for a sustainable future. The Energy Plus Eco brand will be applied to certified eco-friendly products made from eco-friendly materials or products that contribute to a circular economy by using recycled materials, such as recycled PP compounds, Kixx BIO1 (lubricant), Green Diol (cosmetics ingredient). The brand will be widely applied in new business areas such as eco-friendly technologies and products that contribute to carbon reduction.

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Kixx BIO1 is recognized as an eco-friendly engine oil through the US Department of Agriculture certification (USDA Certified Biobased Product). In addition, by complying with the latest standards, such as API SP1 and ILSAC GF-62, the product helps maintain the original performance of engine oil by improving fuel efficiency, protecting the engine, and preventing wear.

Kixx BIO1, developed in partnership with Novvi LCC, a global leader in bio-based fuel development, is also made using a base oil from plant-based raw materials. Since the amount of CO2 absorbed during the cultivation of the raw materials is greater than the CO2 produced by the base oil, the product contributes to a net carbon reduction.

GS Caltex has made consistent R&D efforts to develop eco-friendly lubricant products that can maintain engine oil performance. As a result, hybrid-specific Kixx HYBRID engine oil was launched in 2020, EV-specific Kixx EV engine oil was launched in 2021, and ‘Kixx BIO1’, Korea’s first eco-friendly engine oil made from plant-based raw materials, was launched in 2022.

“GS Caltex has consistently pursued R&D and open innovation to uncover sustainable opportunities and secure differentiated technological capabilities in a wide range of fields including hydrogen, Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), and eco-friendly asphalt / polymer products,” informed Jayanta Ray. “Our objective is to bring sustainability through our new products and services and thereby ensure higher availability of construction equipment. Our services will include oil condition monitoring and customized services for both fleet owners and single equipment owners. We will also help them in their inventory management and in reducing costs through timely availability of our products.”

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He added, “Our ‘Lube Check’ services have been upgraded taking into consideration the extended working hours of construction equipment at project sites. We are now offering both offline and online oil condition monitoring through which OEMs and fleet owners can undertake sampling of our oils based on their usage. We are also providing training to our customers to better understand our products and services. We will meet the demand of OEMs by delivering solutions based on their application needs. These will include our wide Kixx range of heavy duty diesel engine oils, hydraulic oils, industrial gear oils, greases, and compressor oils.”

“One of the key attributes of our solutions is our high-performance base oils shipped from our flagship facility in Korea for use across various industrial segments. For instance, GS Caltex Group II/III base oil has excellent low temperature properties and exceptionally bright white clear transparent qualities. It is environment-friendly, has low volatility, reduces oil consumption, and improves fuel economy. It offers high thermal and oxidation stability to support drain interval extension. All these advantages are the result of our cutting-edge hydrocracking technology,” informed Vishal Nandurkar, Technical Head at GS Caltex.

“With the new emission standards coming into effect, industrial demand is moving towards hydraulic fluids with a very high viscosity index and high oxidation stability. The GS Caltex Group II and Group III base oils can give optimal solutions for top quality lubricants which conventional base oils are unable to provide,” he added. “For instance, to meet the new emission norms, our Kixx range of engine oil complies with the BS IV to BS VI norms. It enables longer drain out intervals and contributes greatly to engine performance in varied and adverse working conditions, thanks to the new and upgraded formulations in our oils and greases.”

“GS Caltex is extremely bullish to grow significantly with its new premium low carbon product launches and the interest generated during Excon. We see the demand of lubricants in India, to be both volume and value based. “This will be chiefly driven by the increasing activities in on and off highway construction equipment,” said Madhu Mohan, GM Marketing. “We have witnessed a CAGR of close to 20% during the past five years. With the Indian CE Industry heading for increased infra development activities in the years to come, we anticipate our future growth to be significantly higher than industry average. This is because GS Caltex is well positioned to meet demand with its wide range of value-added products and services for the construction equipment manufacturers.”
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