Kluberbio Gear and Stern Tube Lubricants from Kluber Lubrication Receive European Ecolabel Approval
32 Industrial Drive
Londonderry, NH, 03053
Press release date: November 14, 2013
Londonderry, NH – Kluber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, announces that its Klüberbio EG 2 gear oil for thrusters and Klüberbio RM 2 stern tube oil now carry the European Ecolabel, signifying compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP).
The EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal.
Kluber’s gear oils for thruster and CPP propulsion units and its stern tube oils are approved for use by leading thruster and seal system OEMs and now have independent assurance, from the EU Ecolabel Program, that the products achieve the U.S. EPA’s requirements for classification as an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL). Therefore, these high-performance lubricants meet the standards for biodegradability, minimally toxic, and non-bioaccumulating standards set in Appendix A of the U.S. EPA’s VGP.
“Receiving the certification from the EU Ecolabel program for our gear and stern tube lubricants is significant,” says Ben Bryant, marine market manager, Klüber Lubrication North America L.P. “The VGP states that lubricants with this label qualify as an EAL and therefore vessel owner/operator can be absolutely certain that the product meets all of the requirements set in Appendix A of the VGP.”
Kluberbio EG 2 oils have a high scuffing resistance, protecting gear teeth reliably against fretting damage even at high peak loads. Klüberbio EG 2 and Klüberbio RM 2 oils have a longer service life than mineral oils owing to the good stability towards ageing, oxidation and hydrolysis of the synthetic base oil. Consequently, oil changes are required less often.
“Kluberbio EG 2 gear oils and Klüberbio RM 2 stern tube oils have been extensively tested by Klüber and by leading OEMs for compatibility and performance,” says Dirk Fabry, global marketing and application engineer, Klüber Lubrication München SE Co. KG. “Our gear oils and stern tube oils now join our hydraulic oils as being EU Ecolabel certified, providing a full range of VGP-compliant products.”
About Kluber Lubrication
Kluber Lubrication is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its more than 80 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a test bay hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry.
Kluber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities KG, a Business Unit of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. In 2013, Klüber Lubrication has approximately 1900 employees in more than 30 countries.
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