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MOTOREX Magazine 2017 110 EN

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INTERVIEW CONTINUED We currently employ twelve chemists from seven different countries. And they maintain extremely good relations with educational and industry organizations such as the ETH, various other universities and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. This gives MOTOREX the resources to respond quickly to the continually changing needs of the markets. In The Limits of Growth in 1973, the Club of Rome predicted that oil reserves would run out within two decades, i. e. by 1993. It’s now 2017. How does MOTOREX deal with the fact that fossil commodities are being depleted? Although crude oil can still be pumped out of the ground in vast quantities, we know that our reserves are not inexhaustible. How long these reserves will last depends on how we use them. But innovative and modern lubricants themselves can help quite a bit in managing limited resources responsibly. Modern lubricants enable longer service intervals, their own chemistry helps lower emissions values, and by reducing friction they save energy, for example by cutting fuel consumption. And often, and increasingly, they are based on ester base oils made from plants rather than crude oil. The number of alternative base oils is growing steadily. Alternative raw materials? Can you tell us more about that? As I mentioned, some base oils are derived from plants, for example. At one time many of these lubricants were made from rapeseed oil. But for demanding and heavy-duty technical applications we turn to materials called esters. Most of these are also of plant or sometimes animal origin. That means they not only meet requirements such as low environmental impact and good biodegradability, they are also made from renewable resources. And in many cases they also allow for new technical features such as extended service intervals. The service intervals with modern lubricants like biodegradable Oekosynt HEES hydraulic oil can be three to five times longer than with conventional hydraulic oils. MOTOREX is continually investing in research and development and often comes up with exciting new product innovations. High-tech motor oils have become an engineering element. What are the most important aspects of this? There are three important issues when it comes to motor oils: reducing fuel consumption, lowering emissions, and longer service life. Modern engines work with increasingly narrow tolerances, and the lubricant performs a wide set of tasks within the engine. Ever thinner superhigh-lubricity motor oils also help save energy. 1981 MOTOREX REVUE NO. 1 The first issue of customer newsletter MOTOREX Revue (now MOTOREX Magazine) is published in German and French. The publication is now in its 36th year (edition 110) and appears in German, French, Swedish and English. 15,000 copies of the first issue were printed. The print run has now quintupled to 75,000. Link to MOTOREX Revue No. 1, 1981 12

Fill-for-life automatic transmission fluids for vehicles and other machinery have been a reality for some time now. Do you think this trend will continue? I don’t believe so. We’re starting to see the trend reverse. At least for the next few years, we will have to take a step back from a fill-for-life approach in high-tech automatic transmissions. Transmissions and the entire power train play an increasingly important role in cutting fuel consumption, reducing emissions, and ultimately improving the all-important CO 2 performance. Stresses on the gears and the frequency of shifting are constantly increasing. It’s been calculated that the number of shift processes in an eight-speed automatic transmission is nearly twice that in the six-speed transmissions that have been common until now. Be that as it may, we just need to remember that wherever technology involves moving parts, you need lubricants. The fact that the applications and how they’re used will keep changing just makes it more exciting for us. Without machining fluids to reduce friction and heat, the chips would stop flying in the metal machining industry. What innovations are helping MOTOREX to stay ahead in this area? Metal machining fluids present a diverse field for constant innovation and improvements. Not only are new materials being developed all the time, but more sophisticated components and applications are being developed too. Technology never stops advancing. The machines and tools used in production are also constantly changing. There is further pressure to innovate because, especially in Europe, legislation severely restricts or prohibits many traditional chemicals and additives that have been used successfully for many years. Along with © This modern automatic transmission automatically selects the right gear in every situation. The transmission fluid performs long-lasting heavy-duty service. technical challenges, machining fluid developers are being driven to innovate by very strong environmental and worker safety considerations. Where will MOTOREX focus in the future? We want to continue to be the partner of first choice for customers who operate across Europe. We will continue to make research and development a high priority and to make the right investments to meet constantly increasing technical requirements. That’s the only way we can maintain our ability to offer specialized products. We will continue to expand distribution in Europe, focusing especially on powersports and industry. Thank you for your interesting remarks. • 1982 MOTORSPORTS DEBUT MOTOREX made its motorsports debut in the motorcycle and sidecar (motocross and on-road) category. To date, riders and teams who use MOTOREX lubricants have notched up no less than 104 FIM world championship titles! 104 1982-2017 Stefan Everts becomes four-time world champion with MOTOREX. MOTOREX MAGAZINE 110 I MAY 2017 13



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