25 May, 2020

Base oil for ‘sustainable mobility and a cleaner future’

02 April, 2019

Petronas Lubricants International (PLI) has unveiled its base oil ETRO+, the next evolution in Group III base oils. An improvement from the existing ETRO brand, ETRO+ is a Group III+ base oil that promotes fuel efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

ETRO+ base oil is used in Petronas’ own finished lubricant products as well as marketed to other leading lubricant manufacturers worldwide as part of PLI’s ongoing commitment to develop fluid solutions that meet the energy challenges of today and beyond.

Group managing director and chief executive officer of Petronas Lubricants International, Giuseppe D’Arrigo, said: “With the help of better fuels and lubricants, we can meet the world’s future mobility needs with reduced emissions. An important lever is to make high quality, fluid technology solutions accessible to all. With the introduction of ETRO+, we hope to change the traditional terms of engagement and help advance access to clean and energy efficient mobility solutions for all.”

Base oils make up an average of 60 to 80% of finished lubricants. To produce top-tier, energy conserving lubricants, the automotive industry relies on expensive polyalphaeolefins (PAO) – a key ingredient in high-grade oils.

Meeting emissions reduction requirements

ETRO+ offers a readily available solution that meets emissions reduction requirements with its high viscosity index, low cold-cranking simulator (CCS) viscosity and low NOACK. The product is introduced with the overall aim of providing accessibility of sustainable and cleaner solutions to a wider market.

PLI supports the drive to address the climate challenge through the development of emissions reducing fluid technologies. In 2018, the company pledged 75% of its research and development investment towards developing innovative solutions that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions.

ETRO+ is a unique base oil currently produced in Petronas’ specially-designed Group III plant in Malaysia with further expansion plans globally. The announcement of ETRO+ was made in conjunction with the Petronas’ 10th Year Base Oil Business Anniversary.


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