Finland’s AT-Tuote partners with Neste on bio-based industrial lubricant

Finnish company AT-Tuote has collaborated with renewable fuels producer Neste to launch the world’s first industrial lubricant with nearly 100% bio-based content.

The company’s environmentally friendly AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant is based on a new formulation, with 95% of its content derived from renewable sources. Neste’s MY Renewable Isoalkane is the key component of the lubricant.

The bio-based lubricant has a considerably smaller carbon footprint than fossil alternatives, with 95% of the content being readily biodegradable. The spray lubricant uses carbon dioxide as a propellant, has an extremely low volatile organic compound content, and is non-flammable.

“This type of a penetrating lubricant is in general used to release corroded parts, as well as to clean and give light lubrication,” explained Jorma Virtanen, managing director of AT-Tuote. “New AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant is developed from environmentally and user-friendly chemical components, and it performs even better than conventional penetrating lubricants. Combining renewable solvent and bio-based oil with a ceramic component enables dry lubrication and easy release. Non-flammable propellant is safe to use.”

“Neste’s premium-quality renewable and circular solutions, such as Neste My Renewable Isoalkane as the key ingredient in AT-Tuote’s formulation, help our customers to reduce their reliance on fossil oil and develop climate-friendlier products,” added Mercedes Alonso, executive vice-president, renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste. “It gives us great satisfaction to see Neste MY Renewable Isoalkane in AT-Tuote’s new formulation, enabling the company to launch a significantly environmentally-friendlier product than any of the fossil-based alternatives currently available.”

The lubricant, which can be used in all industrial, automotive and DIY applications, will be launched in the Nordic countries, Germany, the US, Mexico and Brazil in spring 2020.