Metalube Sees Growth Opportunities in South East Asia

Date: 26/02/2019
Author: Metalube
Company: Metalube

Leading lubricant manufacturer, and Chamber member, Metalube has witnessed a significant 50% growth YTD for its Ropetek™ WRD range of wire rope lubricants in South East Asia.

The picture highlights a recent application of the high-performance Rope-Tek™ WRD to the tethering and towing equipment on an oil rig support vessel. Shortly after this photo was taken at the Thai Shipyards on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Thailand, the vessel left Thailand to service offshore operations. It will not return to port for the next 6 months.

Metalube’s spike in demand and on-going growth in the offshore industry is seen as a validation for the Rope-Tek™ WRD range. Formulated from high-performance base oils and thickeners, Ropetek WRD™ contains an advanced additive system that minimises friction and wear and delivers outstanding corrosion protection.  Steel wire ropes are complex in construction and are subject to arduous operating conditions. Movement such as loading and unloading of the rope, bending and flexing over sheaves and pulleys, creates high load points where wires and strands cross over each other. This can result in fretting wear and corrosion, reducing the life of the rope.

Matthew Buffin, Global Product Manager, Metalube Ltd says: “We are delighted by how well received our Wire Rope lubricants have been in this region and a 50% growth within the offshore industry is a significant achievement.  The Thai Shipyards is a very exciting project for Metalube and Rope-Tek™ WRD is one of the best products of its type available in the market.  The high-load carrying solids contained in Rope-Tek™ WRD form a low-friction barrier between the metal surfaces, minimising frictional contact and wear.”

METALUBE exports 95% of its production to over 90 countries worldwide and has offices in Manchester, Dubai, Mumbai, São Paulo and Shanghai.  From its headquarters in Irlam, Manchester the company has a fully integrated lubricant manufacturing facility including new state-of-the-art laboratories. Research and development are key to the business and it is constantly investing in the METALUBE® Technology Centre ensuring technical excellence and innovation across its entire range of products and services.

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