“The metalworking fluids market has been on the rise due to the resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and in other parts of the globe,” said Sriram Musunuri, global marketing manager for Shell Chemicals Solvents. “Shell Chemicals is proud to demonstrate its line of innovative GTL solvents at the STLE Annual Meeting, where we will meet face-to-face with companies and industry leaders that can benefit from this technology.”
GTL fluids and solvents are produced through a synthesis process that unlocks the value of natural gas by converting it into valuable, high quality liquid hydrocarbon products. GTL-based metalworking fluids offer benefits to the user in comparison to using traditional oils and emulsions. These benefits include non-corrosivity, higher flashpoints, lower toxicity and skin irritation, and improved biodegradability.
“Shell Chemicals’ GTL solvents have a number of metalworking-friendly properties, including a narrow boiling range, high chemical and oxidation stability, low toxicity and skin irritancy, low vapor pressure, low odor and more. Benefits such as increased fluid lifetime expectancy, minimization of corrosion and staining, lower environmental impact and lower viscosity (compared to conventional metalworking oils) are just a few reasons why our products are of great benefit to the market,” said Musunuri.