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Kapil Gandhi

Head – Technical Department

Idemitsu Lube India

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COOLANTS & LUBRICANTS We abide by the Indian & global standards for manufacturing lubricants

Apr 9, 2021

...mentions Kapil Gandhi, Head – Technical Department, Idemitsu Lube India – a leading manufacturer of automobile and industrial lubricants globally – in his interview with Juili Ekalahare. He throws light on the company’s next-generation cutting oil, its OEM tie-ups and their focus on deriving latest technology-based solutions for industrial and EV segments. Excerpts…

How have you seen the oil & lubricant market growing in India, especially, given the COVID-19 encounter? Which are the important markets for Idemitsu right now?

The oil & lubricant market in India had witnessed substantial growth until pre-COVID and is under migration as per change in regulations & policies, such as BS-IV to BS-VI implementations. The Indian lubricants market was valued at over 2,610 kilotonnes in 2020, and it is projected to register a CAGR of more than 1.5% during the forecast period, 2021-2026.

Moving ahead, we are strengthening our position as one of the leading lubricant companies and if we look at the Idemitsu India business profile, strategically, we have diversified it in various segments, such as factory fill, genuine oil, industrial and retail.

Your company recently introduced a next-generation cutting oil ‘Daphne Alphacool CS’. Can you tell us more about it and its USP?

Daphne Alphacool CS is a water-soluble cutting oil, assisting to improve the work environment through a special surfactant imparted with a high heat resistance property. The excellent defoaming property makes it suitable for high-speed and high-pressure machining centres. Also, to add up, it can give excellent cost-saving benefit through reduced misting, reduced stickiness, reduced cost on machine maintenance, extended sump life, reduced oil consumption and improved tool life.

With the rising awareness of environmental issues, what role is Idemitsu Lube India playing, especially with the regulations on chemical substances used in oils?

We abide by the Indian as well as global standards for manufacturing lubricants in India, and there are clear regulations on certain chemical substances which should not be used at all. As a responsible organisation, we always focus on reducing emissions by our fluid technology. This technology formulates products and helps in extending the life of lubricants, reducing harmful emissions & oil consumption and enables greater efficiencies & output.

Does your company have any OEM tie-ups planned for this year?

We are already a preferred partner to key OEMs in India by offering the most innovative lubricant solutions. Currently, we are in discussion with several OEMs to derive the most appropriate product mix from the quality & performance point of view. We recently collaborated with OEMs in India to design optimised EV reduction gear for suitable breakthrough applications, and we wholeheartedly welcome all EVs and component manufacturing.

What do you see as the biggest area of growth for your company in the future?

The automotive-based consumer segment is going to remain a key contributor in Idemitsu Lube in our India growth for the next few years. However, we are focusing on deriving the latest technology-based solutions for the industrial and EV segment to align ourselves with changing market dynamics. Our company will continue to contribute by reducing CO2 emissions through innovative technology-based products, which will help deliver fuel economy, increasing drain intervals & reducing electricity consumption.

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