Thanks to their high performance properties, synthetic auto & industrial lubricants continue to gain market share. In America, there has been a substantial growth in demand, which presently stands at $2.2 billion a year. Many users have also switched to synthetic products in order to comply with tighter safety and environmental requirements.
Almost every customer we serve talks about the mineral oil vs. synthetic auto & industrial lubricants debate. In some cases, it’s simply to ensure their facility is getting the best life cycle value; other times, it is part of an overall planning exercise.
In what lubricants can achieve, their composition and what’s required to make them function efficiently, mineral oils differ significantly from synthetic products.
Naturally occurring crude is a concoction of hydrocarbons. Even after powerful refining, there are thousands of inorganic compounds and organic compounds which enable acid development and oxidation and promote the development of sludge, especially in high-temperature applications.
In contrast, synthetic auto & industrial lubricants are engineered. They are created via chemical reactions through the precise application of temperature and pressure to a specific recipe of components. All components have strong molecular bonds and are high in purity. Therefore, the end product is a clean compound that is highly resistant to breakdown, far less vulnerable of oxidation, and uniform in molecular size.
If you’d like to learn more about auto & industrial lubricants, feel free to give us a call at Bumgarner Oil in Hickory, NC.