Synthetic And Mineral Oils What Is Different?

At LubiQ we offer mineral, semi-synthetic, and fully synthetic oils for petrol or diesel engine lubrication and also transmission, differential, gearbox, and hydraulic and even biodegradable rock drill oil.

Whats the story with synthetic? Is it just that it sounds cool or what?!

HVO Fuel For Cars

Most hydrocarbons originate from crude oil or petroleum which is a thick black viscous chemical that is heated and cracked to extract everything from bitumen and heavy fuel oil (HFO) up to bottled propane gas.

Mineral oils are a product of the fractional disillation that takes place at huge oil refinery sites like Milford Haven or our local Petroineos plant here in Grangemouth.

Born In Grangemouth

The difficulty is that as the relentless pursuit of lower emmissions and more powerful engines continues, it can be the the more random and varied molecules found in a natural product just is not uniform enough to offer a performance lubricant.

This has led to a slew of ‘synthetic’ or man-made lubricants where the oil is made from Hexene and thus as it is ‘assembled’ the building block molecules are chosen specifically to engineer a superior result in modern highly stressed internal combustion engines.

Would you like to know more about fully synthetic petroleum? Have a look at what the RAF and Zero Petroleum are working on for fuels here!

Semi-synthetic just means a blend comprising some synthetic as well as natural cracked mineral oils and additives to control and reduce foaming, oxidation, and corrosion.

We supply in 5 litre or 20 litre and you can see our range here.

RAF Aircraft For Synthetic Fuel

Why ‘Born in Grangemouth’?

Born In Grangemouth

Grangemouth is the home of the LubiQ brand of high performance automotive, off-highway, and plant engine oils, lubricating greases, and workshop supplies.

A small town with a huge oil refinery, busy port, and rail freight hub and handling facilities, this is a key transport, manufacturing, and chemicals manufacturing nerve centre; indeed, our immediate neighbours are Syngenta, Calachem, Piramal Pharma, Fujifilm and ED & F Man.

Having a central location that is near to both Edinburgh and Glasgow with regular container and petrochemical shipping, rail freight and advanced anti-cancer drug manufacturing makes this town perfect for a young and ambitious lubricants supplier!

We hope to be able to help you with your workshop supplies and lubricants challenges soon.