Turbine OEM Siemens Wind Power has signed a purchase agreement with lubricant manufacturer Castrol Industrial for its gear oil, Castrol Optigear Synthetic X 320. Castrol Industrial says it will be the exclusive supplier of gearbox lubricants for the OEM. The lubricant company says it also supplies complementary products to the OEM, such as hydraulic fluids and greases.
Because of the agreement, Castrol has begun production of the gear oil at its manufacturing plant in Warminster, Pennsylvania, to help the company better serve Siemens operations in Hutchinson, Kansas, and supply locally-produced lubricants to other customers in the U.S. and surrounding markets.
Sven Thiesen, Key Account Manager Wind Energy, Castrol Industrial, says: “The deal is the latest in a long-standing working relationship with Siemens, which recognizes the importance of working with partners to ensure consistency and quality in all markets.”
The company says its Optigear Synthetic X 320 can offer a significantly greater resistance to micropitting, providing gearbox protection under high loads, and preserving turbine components longer. It also creates a 5 to 10% thicker oil film to improve gearbox protection and cut wear, while smoothing surfaces resulting in minimal wear or damage.
While Castrol Industrial ships its oil from Europe to serve the Chinese market, the company says it continues evaluating the option of manufacturing at its Taichang plant in China to meet the growing demand in the region, which represents significant future potential.
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