文章轉載自2014年6月4日的《Lube Report》，作者為Lisa Tocci。英文報道詳見：http://www.lubesngreases.com/lubereport/14_23/china/-7026.html 以下為中文簡譯。
納克潤滑的副總經理劉中文表示，中國的這家工廠將致力于滿足全球對高品質潤滑油和添加劑不斷增長的需求，建成后工廠的 PAO 年產量可達15,000 噸。
納克的市場部經理劉青才稱，該工廠將制造三個等級的高粘度 PAO，并冠以 “Sinosyn”的品牌名稱在市場上出售，其中包括150 cSt PAO，該產品預計將會對中國潤滑油制造商產生較大吸引力，其主要用于制造SAE 20W-50 重型柴油機油等產品。
40 和100 cSt等級的PAO、以及淺色烷基化萘 (AN23)這些其它產品將在國外市場進行推廣，首先將在北美市場銷售。劉青才指出，這些合成潤滑油是制造機油、工業齒輪油和潤滑脂的理想原料。
位于德克薩斯州貝萊爾，靠近休斯頓的Novitas Chem Solutions 公司，已經簽署成為納克潤滑合成基礎油產品在北美的代理商。該公司本身是生產特種添加劑如抗磨劑TPPT（硫代磷酸三苯酯）。Novitas 的總經理 Liwen Wei 稱，納克還建成了一條供應鏈以確保其能夠獲取足夠的癸烯，這是制造 PAO 必需的基礎化學材料。
“為確保獲得充足的烯烴，納克合成基礎油事業部與位于山西長治屯留煤油園區的潞安集團組建了各持股 50% 的合資公司。”Liwen Wei 告訴Lube Report。
劉中文和劉青才接受Lube Report訪談時表示，5月中旬，在美國佛羅里達州奧蘭多舉辦的摩擦學者和潤滑工程師學會 (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) 年會上，他們向世界展示了公司生產的產品，并對他們的計劃在三年努力之后終于開花結果感到欣慰。
Naco to Stream PAO in China（By Lisa Tocci ? June 4, 2014）
Thanks to the startup this month of a polyalphaolefin plant in China, the world is getting a fresh source of high-viscosity PAO. By early July, officials with Naco Lubrication Co. Ltd. told Lube Report, their Shanghai facility will be making commercial volumes of high-viscosity PAO and other components used in making synthetic lubricants.
This marks the third new high-vis PAO plant to come on stream within a year, and follows hot on the heels of ExxonMobil Chemical's metallocene PAO plant in Baytown, Texas, which opened about two months ago and has 50,000 metric tons a year of capacity. In October, Chemtura completed construction of a plant in Ankerweg, Netherlands, with initial capacity of 5,000 t/y of conventional high-vis PAO; it eventually will reach 15,000 t/y.
The China plant will join these other new-builds in meeting the world’s growing appetite for high-quality lubricants and additives, indicated Zhongwen Liu, deputy general manager of Naco Lubrication. In addition to 15,000 metric tons per year of PAO, the plant will have capacity to make 10,000 tons of alkylated naphthalene, alkyl benzene and other specialties.
The facility will make three high-vis PAO grades, explained Qingcai Liu, manager of Naco’s marketing department. Sold under the SinoSyn trademark, these include a 150 centiStoke PAO that is intended to appeal to lubricant manufacturers in China, for making products such as SAE 20W-50 heavy-duty diesel engine oils.
Other grades, including 40 and 100 cSt PAO, and a light-colored alkylated naphthalene (AN23) will be made available to markets outside China, starting with North America. These synthetic base oils are used in engine oils, industrial gear oils and lubricating greases.
Novitas Chem Solutions, which is based in Bellaire, Texas, near Houston, has been signed to represent Naco's synthetic products in North America. Novitas itself manufactures specialty additives such as the antiwear agent TPPT (triphenyl thiophosphate). According to Liwen Wei, Novitas’ managing director, Naco took care to put a supply chain in place to ensure it has access to decene, the building block chemical needed for making PAO.
"With the intent to secure sufficient olefin supplies, Naco Synthetics formed a 50/50 joint venture with Lu’an Group at the Tunliu coal-to-liquids complex, located in Changzhi City, Shanxi province," Wei told Lube Report. Through this venture, Naco expects to secure 10,000 tons of olefins supply, he added.
Naco has done business as an international trading company since 1998, and is one of China’s largest importers and distributors of polyisobutylene used in lubricant manufacturing, according to Zhongwen Liu.
Zhongwen Liu and Qingcai Lui spoke with Lube Report in mid-May, during the annual meeting and exhibition of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, in Orlando, Fla. They had traveled there to unveil their products on the world stage, and were brimming with excitement to see their plans coming to fruition, after three years of effort.
The new plant, located in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, is the company's first move into manufacturing, but it won’t be its last, Zhongwen Liu said. Naco next plans to open a sister PAO plant in China’s Shangxi province, possibly during 2015.