Press Release Summary:
Lubrizol 30000 Series additive technology allows oil suppliers to offer formulation tailored to motorcycle engine requirements. Series follows JASO T903:2006 standard for engine oil for four-stroke, gasoline-powered motorcycles, where MA, MA1, MA2, and MB oils can be selected for appropriate friction performance for engines. Additive series comprises range of 7.65-9.4% weight for desired performance.
Original Press Release:
Lubrizol Unveils 4 Additive Packages for 4-Stroke Motorcycle Engine Oils
CLEVELAND, OH, July 27, 2006 - The Lubrizol Corporation (NYSE:LZ) has unveiled its Lubrizol 30000 Series additive technology, which allows oil suppliers to offer a formulation tailored to the unique requirements of motorcycle engines. Previously, oil suppliers relied on passenger car motor oils that may not have been suitable for motorcycles with multiple wet plate clutches and that may not have provided adequate gear protection. In addition to being uniquely developed for motorcycle use, Lubrizol's new chemistry meets the new Japanese Automobile Standards Organization (JASO) T903:2006 standard for engine oil for four-stroke, gasoline-powered motorcycles. Four additive packages, each providing progressively improved performance, comprise the Lubrizol 30000 Series: Lubrizol 30000 at 7.65% weight + 0.05% weight Lubrizol 1371 delivers API SG performance. Lubrizol 30000 at 8.5% weight delivers API SJ performance. Lubrizol 30100 at 8.6% weight delivers API SL performance. Lubrizol 30200 at 9.4% weight delivers API SM performance. "Lubrizol 30000 Series products are designed to meet the needs of a full range of motorcycles globally, ranging from high performance, to sport, to recreational, to bikes used as the primary form of transportation, such as in Asia. Motorcycle oils based on the Lubrizol 30000 Series meet the latest API engine oil upgrades and provide excellent engine cleanliness and gear wear protection," said Preston Barnes, Lubrizol's global business manager for specialty engine oils. The JASO T903:2006 standard sets out four categories of motorcycle oils-MA, MA1, MA2 and MB-allowing motorcycle manufacturers to specify oil with the appropriate friction performance for their engines. For example, oils meeting the MA2 grade have higher friction properties than oils meeting MA1. Lubrizol has tested its new additive chemistry in a variety of base oils, and it has delivered higher friction indices than the new MA2 grade demands. The Lubrizol Corporation (NYSE: LZ) is an innovative specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies that improve the quality and performance of our customers' products in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, other transportation-related fluids and industrial lubricants, as well as fuel additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals; specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. Lubrizol's industry-leading technologies in additives, ingredients and compounds enhance the quality, performance and value of customers' products, while reducing their environmental impact. With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, The Lubrizol Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 20 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 6,900 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2005 were $3.6 billion, excluding operations discontinued in 2006 that had 2005 revenues of $0.4 billion. For more information, visit www.lubrizol.com.