The use of synthetic esters in lubricants has been increasing during recent years. Their good lubricating properties, thermal and oxidative stability, solvency for additives coupled with biodegradability / low volatility / environmental profile has seen their use in many different application areas from engine oils to hydraulic oils and metalworking fluids.
BASF offers a wide range of synthetic esters manufactured from sustainable and petrochemical raw materials. These high-quality esters are promoted under the Synative® brand and offer the formulator a broad pallet of properties to work with. The range includes standard viscosity esters acting as the base fluids but also high-viscosity, shear stable esters that can be used to achieve the desired viscosity grade finished lubricant with superior performance (energy efficiency, long drain intervals, improved equipment protection etc).