Lubricant Solutions

Taking you where you want to go

BASF’s Fuel and Lubricant Solutions division is a leading supplier of components and formulations to the transportation and mineral oil industries worldwide.

The business is influenced mainly by the trends towards global motorisation and the further development of engines designed to cut fuel consumption. Offerings cover fuel performance packages, refinery additives, polyisobutenes as well as lubricant additives, finished lubricants, synthetic base stocks and components for metalworking fluids. The business unit has its main facilities in Germany. In Africa, our commitment is to make our customers’ products successful by being their partner in lubricant solutions.

Components Portfolio at a Glance

One portfolio – many possibilities

As a leading solution provider and your partner for lubricant solutions, we aspire to market the most innovative products our customers require to fulfil their performance needs and beyond. BASF’s Fuel and Lubricant Solutions division provides an optimum balance of economic, social and ecological aspects, and we continuously strive to provide comprehensive solutions and reliable customer support.

Your Partner for Lubricant Solutions

The use of synthetic esters in lubricants has increased over recent years. Their good lubricating properties, thermal and oxidative stability, solvency for additives coupled with their biodegradability, low volatility, as well as environmental profile have seen them being used in many different application areas, from engine and hydraulic oils to metalworking fluids.

BASF offers a wide range of synthetic esters manufactured from sustainable and petrochemical raw materials.



Typical application areas

  • Fire-resistant and biodegradable hydraulic fluids
  • Marine lubricants
  • Compressor oils
  • Industrial gear oils
  • Engine oils (2- and 4-stroke)
  • Transmission and axle oils
  • Aviation turbine lubricants
  • Stationary turbine lubricants
  • Metalworking fluids
  • Grease and chain oils
  • Refrigeration lubricants
  • Aviation greases
  • Food-grade lubricants
  • Chain lubricants


Expertise to make sustainability tangible to make your sustainability story complete

At BASF, sustainability is at the core of what we do, deeply rooted in our company’s purpose and at the focus of our daily work. We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We believe that working together is the key! Therefore, we are not only developing a more sustainable product portfolio but are actively driving the transformation of our industry together with our customers and partners.

Our Promise

  1. We strive to be your preferred partner for your sustainability needs
  2. We understand sustainability as an integrated part of our business
  3. We offer broad product and service portfolio to best meet your specific needs
  4. We support your targets with strong expertise in making sustainability tangible

Performance and Sustainability

We believe that working together is the key! Therefore, we are not only developing a more sustainable product portfolio, but we are actively driving the transformation of our industry together with our customers and partners.

Our solutions contribute to sustainable development and support differentiation based on performance.

With our sustainability services we, together with our customers and partners, identify opportunities and risks to enable fact-based decision-making and ensure long-term business robustness. With BASF’s sustainability services, we find answers to burning questions, such as
  • What does sustainability mean for my market and my customers?
  • Are we addressing those topics with our products?
  • Do we have hard facts to proof the advantages like CO2 saving products?
  • Do we have differentiation potential from competition?

Our sustainability services combine expertise with tools to measure sustainability and more than 20 years of experience.

We offer unique tools, practical solutions, and best practices to manage the worldwide challenges of today and tomorrow together.

Customer benefits

  • Identifying sustainability trends and hot topics in the fuel and lubricant industry.
  • Embedding sustainability as a core part of the business strategy and innovation process.
  • Identifying possibilities for quick wins as well as long-term strategic options for a robust business.
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of components to fine-tune the unique selling propositions.
  • Supporting marketing messages with a factual approach to sustainability.


Key Properties and Features

  • Systematically assessing an organisation’s sustainability performance for customers, suppliers and competitors
  • Identifying gaps and the development of measures
  • Discovering key areas for differentiation
  • Bridging the gaps and advancing to a higher sustainability level

  • Having an overview of a component’s portfolio contribution to the specific value chain sustainability needs of customers, suppliers and competitors
  • Assessing the sustainability aspects of each individual solution in the portfolio, based on a method that is third-party verified
  • Integrating sustainability in customers’ strategies by steering their portfolio and innovation pipeline
  • Matching component offerings to specific customer needs with a strategic view

  • Analysing environmental impacts of products and processes over the entire life cycle or only cradle to gate
  • Assessing a range of environmental footprints, such as carbon and water footprints
  • Determining the strengths and weaknesses of a component compared to other components
  • Calculating scenarios to understand the environmental implications of current and future changes

  • Combining all relevant environmental factors with economic aspects over the entire life cycle
  • Comparing different alternatives, including detailed environmental information and an aggregated total eco-efficiency ranking
  • Supporting decision-making with a scientific basis
  • Generating robust arguments to support market communication

  • Greenhouse gas emissions savings
  • Responsible biomass production
  • Protection of areas with high biodiversity and large carbon stocks

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