Lubrizol to Build Plant in Chiba, Japan

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The Lubrizol Corporation will build a new plant within the Ichihara Works (Ichihara City, Chiba, Japan) to manufacture LUCANT(TM) hydrocarbon-based synthetic fluid.

LUCANT is a high performance, hydrocarbon-based, specialty synthetic fluid used primarily as a viscosity modifier. It is used in the most demanding applications including automotive driveline, industrial lubricants and greases, and is the approved choice for leading OEMs and global oil marketers. Mitsui Chemicals was the first manufacturer to offer this unique synthetic fluid which boasts industry leading efficiency and durability.

“This investment in additional LUCANT capacity will allow the Lubrizol Additives business to further optimize its strategic relationship with Mitsui Chemicals to meet the evolving and demanding needs of lubricant market, while ensuring we remain a trusted, reliable and secure supply partner,” said Barrie Masters, global business director for the viscosity modifier business at Lubrizol.

Commercial operation at the new plant is planned for 2021 and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. and The Lubrizol Corporation are excited to further invest in their partnership.

In 2014, Lubrizol entered into an exclusory agreement with Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. to become the exclusive worldwide seller and marketer of the LUCANT polymer products in the lubricant industry.

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