Leading lubricant manufacturer Metalube has witnessed a significant 50% growth YTD for its Ropetek™ WRD range of wire rope lubricants in South East Asia.
The picture highlights a recent application of the high-performance Rope-Tek™ WRD to the tethering and towing equipment on an oil rig support vessel. Shortly after this photo was taken at the Thai Shipyards on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Thailand, the vessel left Thailand to service offshore operations. It will not return to port for the next 6 months.
Metalube’s spike in demand and on-going growth in the offshore industry is seen as a validation for the Rope-Tek™ WRD range. Formulated from high-performance base oils and thickeners, Ropetek WRD™ contains an advanced additive system that minimises friction and wear and delivers outstanding corrosion protection. Steel wire ropes are complex in construction and are subject to arduous operating conditions. Movement such as loading and unloading of the rope, bending and flexing over sheaves and pulleys, creates high load points where wires and strands cross over each other. This can result in fretting wear and corrosion, reducing the life of the rope.
Matthew Buffin, Global Product Manager, Metalube Ltd says: “We are delighted by how well received our Wire Rope lubricants have been in this region and a 50% growth within the offshore industry is a significant achievement. The Thai Shipyards is a very exciting project for Metalube and Rope-Tek™ WRD is one of the best products of its type available in the market. The high-load carrying solids contained in Rope-Tek™ WRD form a low-friction barrier between the metal surfaces, minimising frictional contact and wear.”