JOST Eco-Friendly Organic Grease for Fifth Wheel Couplings
As the market leader in vehicle connection systems and components for truck and trailer applications, JOST is continually innovating to offer its customers industry leading performance. Its latest innovation is a high-performance lubricant for its fifth wheel couplings that is completely biodegradable. The eco-friendly solution was launched in the UK in March 2019.
Conventional connections between truck and trailer are made of steel and need to be lubricated regularly in order to avoid wear and damage.
Under normal operating conditions, a fifth wheel coupling requires about 10 kg of lubricating grease per year. With a vehicle fleet of around 600,000 vehicles in Europe, this makes around 6,000 t/y. This high amount of grease requires an eco-friendly solution like the biodegradable organic grease.
With the development of the electronically-controlled LubeTronic system, JOST has already succeeded in reducing the amount of grease needed to about 1.6 kg/y. Now, the company is taking the next step by introducing a grease that is biodegradable in accordance with the OECD 301 B biodegradation test. In independent tests the high-performance lubricant exceeded the demands of the standard and received the rating of “readily biodegradable”, which means it degrades especially quickly and easily.
The lubricant is ideally formulated for use in combination with LubeTronic and is offered at the same price as the standard lubricant product – making it easy for all end-users to switch and improve their ecological footprint.
Danny Broomfield, JOST sales director for the UK and Ireland, is excited by the new biodegradable, high-performance lubricant. “As our business expands, so does our responsibility for the environment. Our products play an important part in reducing the ecological footprint left in the areas we specialize in and by the commercial vehicle industry in general. The development of the fully biodegradable organic grease means that JOST has taken an important step in the right direction.”
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