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Lubrizol and Park Place Technologies Partner to Expand Collaboration With Intel by Providing World-class Service, Maintenance and Monitoring for State-of-the-art Immersion Cooling Systems in Data Centers

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Today, data centers are largely cooled by inefficient and expensive air conditioners. Lubrizol’s immersion cooling ecosystem solution, using CompuZol™ Immersion fluids, addresses the limitations posed by air-cooled methods by delivering a turn-key, sustainable immersion-cooled solution that enables superior thermal management and increased infrastructure density. The solution helps protect customers’ enterprise infrastructure investments and provides greater assurance to future technologies than traditional air-cooled systems, all while helping customers reach their global sustainability goals.

Now, Berkshire Hathaway’s The Lubrizol Corporation and Park Place Technologies have announced that Park Place will become a certified partner of this ecosystem solution, leveraging its market-leading capabilities to provide on-demand service, maintenance and real-time monitoring capabilities to customers utilizing immersion-cooled solutions from Lubrizol. Park Place is an Intel® Data Center Solutions Premium Support Partner that brings global reach and scale together with Intel® certified testing and validation capabilities.

“Lubrizol’s immersion cooled ecosystem solution delivers advantages to today’s data center operators ranging from lower energy costs and higher computing densities to longer server life, all through a more sustainable solution than conventional air cooling,” said Matt Joyce, Vice President, Corporate Business Development for Lubrizol. “Our partnership with Park Place Technologies adds a world-class service, maintenance and monitoring capability to our sustainable offering.”

“Park Place’s industry-leading global service, support, and preventative maintenance capabilities provide the optimal synergy with Lubrizol’s immersion cooled ecosystem solution, delivering a circular economy and sustainability-focused solution aimed at unlocking power densities of the future,” said Chris Adams, President and CEO of Park Place. “Our portfolio of third-party data center hardware maintenance, professional service, infrastructure managed services, network performance monitor and hardware sales, paired with Lubrizol’s novel turn-key solution using CompuZol™ immersion fluid, will deliver substantial value to our customers and end-users, enabling virtually seamless adoption of single-phase immersion cooling technologies with the support of world-class organizations.”

“Scaling innovative technologies such as liquid immersion cooling is critical to maximizing data center power efficiency as well as minimizing data center carbon footprint,” said Jennifer Huffstetler, VP and GM, Data Center Platform Strategy, Mobilization, Sustainability and Services at Intel. “We’re thrilled to see the partnership of Lubrizol and Park Place Technologies to scale the commercial deployment of CompuZol™ based liquid immersion cooling solutions. The combination of Park Place Technologies’ expertise in deploying Intel Xeon® processor-based solutions along with Lubrizol’s proven, validated, and environmentally friendly CompuZol™ liquids demonstrates the technology is ready for worldwide deployment.”

Lubrizol’s immersion cooled ecosystem solution begins with Lubrizol’s family of patented thermal management CompuZol™ immersion fluids, designed specifically for Data Center, Edge, and Far Edge applications. Through a multi-year collaboration with Intel, and partnerships with other industry leaders in the infrastructure, server design and manufacturing, and immersion tank industries – and now in maintenance and service through Park Place – this ecosystem solution brings together Immersion Cooling with new technology advancement for sustainability, and delivers a turn-key solution for customers looking to unlock higher computing power densities while reducing energy and water consumption and extending server life.

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Chris Brown Out, Lubrizol Names Rinehart Interim President & CEO

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Berkshire Hathaway’s The Lubrizol Corporation has appointed Mary Rhinehart as president and CEO on an interim basis, effective immediately.

Rhinehart currently serves as the chair of Lubrizol’s board. She succeeds Chris Brown, who joined Lubrizol in 2021 to help the company with important work around safety and operational excellence.

Rhinehart also serves as board chair of Berkshire Hathaway’s Johns Manville, a global building and specialty products manufacturer. She became Johns Manville’s president and CEO in 2012 and assumed the additional role of chair in 2014. Prior to these roles, she was the company’s chief financial officer for eight years. During her more than 40 years with Johns Manville, she held leadership roles in treasury, supply chain, mergers and acquisitions, and human resources. She also managed several of the company’s business units.

Rhinehart will lead the search and selection process for a new CEO and will continue to serve as Lubrizol’s board chair.

“It is an honor to serve in this role for a company with such a rich heritage as a leader in the chemical industry,” Rhinehart said. “I look forward to working alongside Lubrizol’s dedicated employees to continue to deliver value for our customers and support our communities.”

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Lubrizol Life Science Health Expands U.S. Medical Device Design Center

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Lubrizol Life Science Health has completed a major expansion of its U.S. Medical Device Design Center in Corona, California, to enhance collaboration with customers across the full product lifecycle.

This significant investment adds a dedicated development cell with test lab and pilot lines, including an additional 2,600 square feet of ISO-7 cleanroom space. The expansion also includes additional square footage for future development and manufacturing cleanroom space. To promote collaboration, the expanded site now includes areas accessible to customers who are working with the Lubrizol design team.

The U.S. Medical Device Design Center team is led by Eric Mabry, Senior Manager of Device Design, who brings more than 35 years of experience in medical device design and engineering, including balloon development expertise, to the role. The device design team functions as an extension of customer research and development teams by providing innovative designs of catheters and delivery systems in structural heart, electrophysiology, cardiovascular, neurovascular, and peripheral vascular markets.

Strategically located in the heart of Southern California’s medical device industry, the 53,000 square-foot facility is equipped with test laboratories for device testing and benchmarking, prototyping and development, and cleanrooms for volume production.

The U.S. Medical Device Design Center’s capabilities include:

  • Precision extrusion
  • Braid- and coil-reinforced catheter designs
  • Catheter reflow and assembly
  • Catheter and delivery system handle design
  • Balloon design, bonding, pleating and folding
  • Catheter and device performance testing (including burst and leak testing)
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Laser welding, cutting, and drilling
  • Final device packaging

Lubrizol Life Science Health capabilities at the U.S. Medical Device Design Center are complemented by a similar integrated design and development center near Munich, Germany. The full device design team across the U.S. and Europe includes more than 35 engineers and technicians with a combined total of over 425 years of experience and more than 85 patents. There are 110 employees at the U.S. Medical Device Design Center across all phases of design and manufacturing.

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Lubrizol’s New Foresee Lab Anticipates Future Beauty Trends

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Lubrizol Life Science – Beauty (LLS Beauty) has created Foresee Lab, a program which combines science, future thinking and consumer and market insights to give brands a clear picture of the future of beauty. This allows clients to anticipate and benefit from new developments while giving their customers what they desire as soon as they want it.

In partnership with LLS Consumer and Market Insights team, Foresee Lab collects key market and consumer insights locally and globally to identify growth opportunities. For example, an online product review analysis tool uses AI to identify millions of consumer reviews across different beauty segments while agile video analysis captures consumer behavior for quick feedback on ideas and concepts.

Finally, Foresee Lab connects these trends and consumer insights with the LLS Beauty portfolio of active and functional ingredients and expert formulation capabilities. The results are new market concepts and product line opportunities for clients, as well as new formulations that enhance performance, deliver esthetic benefits, and provide a superior sensory experience for consumers.

LLS Beauty clients don’t need not worry about the future of the industry. With Foresee Lab, they can make decisions today to shape the future of beauty that they envision.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol to Build Additive R&D Center in Shanghai

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Berkshire Hathaway’s The Lubrizol Corporation has signed an investment intention agreement with Songjiang District People’s government, which outlined Lubrizol’s commitment to increasing investment, including setting up an R&D center and further enhancing its capabilities to drive continuous growth in China market.

On July 28, the Shanghai municipal government held a group signing ceremony for foreign investment projects in Shanghai. Lubrizol was invited to participate and signed the investment intention agreement.

As part of its commitment, Lubrizol will invest in the construction of a new “Lubrizol lubricant additive R&D center” in Songjiang, Shanghai. As an important part of Lubrizol’s global R&D network, the Shanghai R&D center will be responsible for research, design and testing of additive solutions for the Chinese transportation market, including fuel vehicles, hybrid vehicles and new energy vehicles, providing customers with reliable solutions that help the world Move Cleaner by extending product life, reducing emissions and reducing environmental impact.

Dong Jian-Wei, vice president of Lubrizol Additives in Asia Pacific, who attended the signing ceremony, said, “China continues to be an important growth region for the transportation industry, and we look forward to advancing this growth through a local R&D and innovation center to support local needs.”

He added: “Under the guidance of China’s ‘2030.2060’ dual carbon goal, many industries, including the automotive industry, are facing increasing demands for more sustainable solutions. We believe that this R&D center close to the local market will strategically improve our core technical capabilities locally, accelerate the implementation of the overall R&D strategy and objectives of the business, and support our customers.”

Since entering the Chinese market, Lubrizol has established production bases, R&D and technical service centers in Zhuhai, Guangdong and Songjiang, Shanghai to provide customers with valuable technical solutions and promote the rapid development of the company’s business in China.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Breaking News: Chris Brown Replaces Eric Schur as Lubrizol’s CEO

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There is a major leadership change at Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol. Chris Brown has replaced Eric Schnur as CEO, and now has the title of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Schnur had served as chairman, president and chief executive since 2017.

As of this writing, Lubrizol has not issued a statement about the change in leadership, but has removed Schnur’s bio and his “Message from Lubrizol’s CEO” page from its website.

Lubrizol has been snakebit with fires recently, with a major fire destroying a Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France in September 2019, and its Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois, was gutted in a blaze on Jun 14, 2021.

The Chemtool fire has been determined to have been caused by a leak of mineral oil from piping in the area of work being performed by an employee of an outside contractor working on an insulation replacement project.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol Partners With Prince Pipes and Fittings Ltd. for Manufacturing and Sale of CPVC Material & Piping Solutions in India

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc., inventors and the largest manufacturers of CPVC compound worldwide, and Prince Pipes and Fittings Ltd., have signed a definitive agreement of Corzan® CPVC Processor for the manufacturing and sale of Corzan® CPVC Material and Piping solutions in India. With this collaboration, Lubrizol will broaden its product offerings in the Indian industrial piping sector and will strengthen the position of Prince Pipes and Fittings Ltd in the industrial piping systems in India.

Corzan® CPVC will be available across India through Prince Pipes and Fittings Ltd. starting September 2021.

Lubrizol is a pioneer in CPVC piping technology and its Corzan® CPVC has a long history of withstanding high pressures and corrosive chemicals. Corzan® CPVC is known for its reliability, consistency, efficiency, and productivity without disruptions.

It is mainly used for transporting chemicals, industrial water treatment, mineral processing, and oil & gas applications. Corzan® CPVC is recyclable and is used again as an additive in other vinyl compounds in line with Lubrizol’s sustainability goals of Move Cleaner, Create Smarter, Live Better.

Commenting on the collaboration Mr. Nihar Chheda, VP, Prince Pipes and Fittings Limited, said, “We are delighted to associate with Lubrizol once again. Prince Pipes is not about creating products that are different but providing solutions that make a difference. We have driven change in the industry by replacing conventional products, with high-performance user-friendly solutions. The Indian Industrial piping market has huge potential of ~INR. 160 billion. This is today dominated by the conventional MSRL pipes and low adoption of CPVC, which is majorly used only for domestic applications. Whereas globally, Corzan® CPVC pipes are well accepted for Industrial applications. This association strengthens Prince Pipes’ portfolio of existing range of industrial solutions. Prince OneFit with Corzan® CPVC Technology will solve corrosion issues while decreasing the downtime enabling continuous production. This reflects our strong intent to continue to drive high-impact change for higher value creation.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol’s Advanced Polymer Technology Provides Extended Life and Performance to Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol Corporation has announced new Electro-Rite Polymer Technology for lithium-ion battery-cell construction to deliver new performance capabilities.

As global demands for energy storage continue to expand, lithium-ion battery systems must evolve. With a commitment to its new Electro-Rite Polymer Technology, Lubrizol is dedicated to innovating advanced binder and dispersant technologies for anode, cathode and separator components to improve energy density and extend battery life.

The technology includes polymers designed to improve performance of electrodes, separators, and electrolyte components. Specifically, Electro-Rite polymer technology can help enhance binder slurry formulation, aid in the formulation of advanced anodes and separators, and deliver new primer capabilities.

The company’s Electro-Rite® Technologies for Batteries are advanced material solutions for inside the battery, designed to improve performance of electrodes, separators, and electrolyte components. The Electro-Rite portfolio includes unique binder materials for anodes and separators for improving cell performance. The portfolio also includes dispersants and rheology modifiers that enhance dispersion, viscosity, flow properties and suspension of carbon, graphite, silicon, silicon oxide and ceramic active materials in aqueous slurries for optimal coating applications.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol Suffers Catastrophic Fire Forcing Evacuation in Illinois Town

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol Corporation has suffered a catastrophic fire at its Chemtool plant in Rockton. Illinois. The fire has multiple area fire departments battling the blaze, which was first called in around 7:00am. One firefighter has reportedly been injured.

The fire has forced the mandatory evacuation of everyone within a one-mile area of the plant, and people took shelter in the Roscoe Middle School.

“At approximately 7 a.m. today, local emergency personnel responded to a fire at the Lubrizol Corporation’s Chemtool Facility in Rockton, Ill. We have confirmed all on site are safe and accounted for. Our concern right now is for the safety of all our employees and the surrounding community. As a precaution, authorities have evacuated residents in a one-mile radius of the site. We do not yet know what caused this incident, but we will be working with local authorities and with our own risk management team to determine what happened and identify any corrective actions. We will share more details as they are known. We are grateful to our employees, first responders and safety forces responding to this incident,” Alicia Gauer, Senior Director, Global Communications for the Lubrizol Corporation said.

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Lubrizol Awarded $1 Million DOE Grant to Advance Fuel Cell Durability

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently awarded The Lubrizol Corporation $1 million to develop enhanced membranes for heavy-duty fuel cell applications.

The award will be used by the Lubrizol Corporate Ventures team as they advance work focused on improving the durability of Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells through enhanced membrane oxidation performance.

The real-world application of the grant will not only contribute to reduced emissions but add more than 25% to the fuel cell lifespan and hours of usable runtime. This development will also enable the advanced adoption of this technology and promises a lower cost of lifetime ownership for several different applications where PEM fuel cells will be used, including commercial vehicles, material handling equipment, final mile delivery fleets and backup power generation.

This work leverages Lubrizol’s chemical and synthesis expertise and process development capabilities to address the issue of oxidative degradation prevalent in PEM fuel cell membranes.

Advances resulting from this project will enable greater marketplace commercialization of fuel cells for highway applications and beyond. “As a company, Lubrizol is focused on the opportunity to leverage our existing technologies and introduce new capabilities that will address challenges in emerging markets and adjacent fields,” said Deb Langer, Senior Vice President, Lubrizol Corporate Ventures. “This grant will leverage foundational Lubrizol technologies and market knowledge in unique and valuable ways. More durable fuel cell technology will be a substantial step forward in how the world Moves Cleaner.”

This project will rely on Lubrizol’s track record of leveraging existing technology in new ways and ability to commercialize new solutions at scale.

As part of the grant proposal, the Lubrizol Corporate Ventures team focused on new energy solutions will collaborate with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to conduct validation testing of the enhanced membrane technologies. This award is part of the approximately $64 million in DOE funding for projects that will support EERE’s H2@Scale vision for clean and affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution and use across the economy.

Over the course of the next year, the Lubrizol team will continue its work to study, enhance and test new membrane technology. Matt Joyce, Vice President, Commercial, Corporate Ventures added, “Industry engagement and understanding the biggest challenges facing stakeholders today have driven this work. Our team has considered solutions to the complex needs in the market and have applied our technology and application science to solve these issues. We look forward to progressing this work with NREL to deliver a meaningful solution to an emerging market and continuing to engage industry stakeholders who can benefit from this technology advancement.”

The Lubrizol work will support the next round of H2@Scale research, development and demonstration activities. This is one of several areas the Lubrizol Corporate Ventures team is advancing relative to fuel cell technologies and new energy solutions. The Ventures team includes Lubrizol innovators working in partnership with inventors, start-ups, strategic minds and organizations to build new business opportunities that leverage the company strengths and enable sizable growth in new areas.

The Lubrizol Corporate Ventures team works to address unmet needs across these markets, including new energy solutions, with a market-driven approach utilizing our extensive resources and expertise to develop, test, commercialize, and scale new business opportunities and deliver sustainable growth.

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