The shift to renewable energy, the need to decarbonise the economy, and rapid advances in technology for energy and logistics point to a very different world in the years to come.
We play an important role in the fuel and lubricant products that form the lifeblood of global trade, transportation and power generation. We have been at the forefront of driving innovations for these vital systems for many years and continue to do so as emissions legislation drives even more stringent requirements and public sentiment equally calls for improved environmental performance
As additive partner to many heavy duty and passenger car OEMs and through a leading role in industry groups, Infineum has supported the definition and development of many new specifications that have driven and will continue to drive these performance and efficiency improvements in the future.
As our customers look for further opportunities to deliver sustainable products to the markets and for OEMs, Infineum is investing in renewable and re-refined baseoils to drive improvements in carbon footprint and enable waste reduction.
Furthermore, as the automotive industry evolves towards a more electrified future, Infineum is addressing the latest technical challenges presented by hybrid and electric vehicles.
The impact of advanced additives
Advanced additive chemistry gives engine manufacturers freedom to design more efficient engines while allowing the oil to solve the resultant lubricant challenges.
Improving Fuel Economy
Advanced lubricants can have a number of impacts on the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The additive systems are important to powertrain efficiency, both as direct actors and as a critical enabler.
Direct impacts: the lubricant enables a reduction in engine frictional losses which reduce the engine fuel consumption. This can be achieved mainly through changes to the lubricant viscosity (additives are then critical to maintain durability performance like wear protection) or through the use of friction modifiers within the additive system.
Indirect impacts: enabling changes in engine technology with a fuel economy or emissions reducing effect (e.g. reduced SAPS level for compatibility with after-treatment systems)
Oil Drain Intervals
Infineum is developing additives which allow OEMs to extend their recommended Oil Drain Intervals on a lubricant enabling them to reduce waste and maximise asset utilisation. This is achieved by additives providing improved durability performance, especially oxidation control and wear protection throughout the oil drain interval. Such extended drain products are often referred to as “Long Life” lubricants.
Protecting Aftertreatment Systems
Aftertreatment systems are essential to maintaining clean air. They reduce, remove or significantly reduce byproducts of combustion including particulate matter, hydrocarbons, NOx.
Aftertreatment systems are complex and finely tuned. As a result, they are subject to reduced efficiency, or even damage over time. Engine oils are precisely formulated with additives to protect the engine and improve fuel economy while simultaneously minimizing the risk to these aftertreatment systems over the lifetime of the vehicle.
More than ever, customers and OEMs require outstanding performance whilst delivering long oil life and even greater improved fuel economy. Through innovation and collaboration within the industry Infineum delivers performance for the most demanding industry and OEM requirements.
Integrate sustainable design solutions into our product development process
As a technology company with a purpose to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, the products and components we develop must be created with sustainability in mind.
of product developments are evaluated with sustainability criteria.
Collaborate with our suppliers to accelerate environmental and social improvements across the value chain
Building a responsible supply chain is vital to sustaining a resilient and successful business. We will increase supply chain transparency and provide assurance of sustainability compliance with relevant suppliers, using the independent EcoVadis rating as a collaborative platform.
of relevant spend to be covered by sustainability assessments.
Action on innovating for a sustainable future includes:
- Developing technologies that enable our customers and end-users to meet important and demanding environmental regulation.
- Providing more fuel-efficient technologies for internal combustion engines.
- Developing products and solutions so the shipping industry can use new cleaner fuels.
- Working with engine makers on the low emissions engines of the future.
- Developing more sustainable lubricants and chemicals for E-mobility.
- Innovating additive technology to upgrade low value diesel blends.
- Refining our New Product Development Process to better align innovation to market and customer needs for sustainable products.
- Increasing our R&D spend: on new capabilities by >50%, and our external collaborations in R&D by >300% between 2014 and 2019.