Food grade lubricants are used in the food processing and food manufacturing industries as food safety is the main area of concern. Due to the changing lifestyle, the demand for packaged food products is increasing steadily. Many small and large scale manufacturers are entering into this market to meet the rising demand which has directly impacted the demand for food grade lubricants. Food grade lubricants are essential in order to safeguard the facility operations; Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. has stipulated regulations for the same.
With the growing technological developments, the range of equipment and operation period has increased. Hence, packaged food manufacturers are investing amounts worth billions of dollars on these machineries. There is a need for new grade lubricants so as to meet the operational demands, in order to maintain and run the plant efficiently. Food grade lubricants provide lubrication for metal-metal surface separation, which helps in efficient performance of a machine. The lubricant must have the ability to perform in extreme pressure and high load carrying conditions. Hence the demand has increased for new improved product.
During the past two years, global lubricants players have launched new range of food grade lubricants which are superior to the earlier products as these products are more reliable and have more service life. Svenska Kullagerfabriken AB (SKF) headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden launched new food grade lubricants in March, 2015 that includes LGFP 2 general purpose grease, LGFD 2 high load grease, LFFG 220/320 gear oil. These products reduce the maintenance cost and increases processing efficiency due to its advanced chemical formulation. Petro-Canada Lubricants, another lubricant manufacturing giant whose clients include Mondelez International, Nestle and Danish Crown is developing new food grade lubricants, expected to be launch in 2016. Apart from these two companies, Sprayon has also launched a line of NSF H1 rated lubricants. H1 rated lubricants are used in food-processing plants where there is a possibility of incidental food contact.
The recent product launches by the key players of the market indicates that the companies are strategically investing into R&D activities to develop new products which will help them to meet the growing future demand for the food grade lubricants.
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