WICHITA, KS--(Marketwired - Aug 22, 2013) - In one of the country's best examples of industrial ecology, Universal Lubricants®, (http://www.universallubes.com/) a leader in sustainable energy solutions, collects used waste oil and turns it into crystal-clear re-refined base oil that meets the industry's highest standards for purity and performance. Today, the company announced that it has trademarked that base oil as "EcoClear™" as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage environmentally responsible lubricant recycling.
Lubricant base oil is one of the most valuable components in a barrel of crude oil. While many components of crude oil such as gasoline, jet and diesel fuels are "lost" after combustion, lube base oil does not wear out. Drained from automobiles, industrial vehicles, heavy-duty engines, aircraft and railroad engines during oil changes, the oil can be recovered and re-refined to a quality equal to or better than its original virgin form by using an advanced re-refining process.
"Like Rumpelstiltskin of the fairy tale, you might say we spin straw into gold," Universal Lubricants CEO Jan Horsfall said. "Our closed loop process is a self-contained, self-sufficient system. Each year we collect more than 40 million gallons of used oil from our customers across the country and deliver it to our state-of-the-art re-refinery in Wichita, Kansas. There we remove the depleted additives and impurities in the used oil to produce the clean, API licensed Group II base oil now known as EcoClear. That base oil is then blended with high performance additives to produce our Eco Ultra® line of high-quality lubricants. It's a process we can repeat over and over again for as long as people use oil."
Built in 2009, Universal Lubricants' Wichita re-refinery uses a sophisticated hydrotreating process licensed from Irvine, California-based Chemical Engineering Partners (CEP), an advanced process technology company that provides re-refining technology, process simulation, consulting services and technology designs to clients worldwide. The process was developed over many years and Universal Lubricants continues to benefit from the latest CEP process advances.
"Our re-refinery runs 24-7 every day of the year," said Drew Doggett, lead operator at the Universal Lubricants re-refinery. "We re-refine millions of gallons of used oil in order to produce higher performance products. We're proud that what we do creates a more independent U.S.A. by reducing the amount of foreign crude our country needs to import."
CEP President Joshua Park, who designed Universal Lubricants' Wichita facility, said the company stands out in its commitment to both product quality and environmental stewardship.
"Universal Lubricants' closed loop process is the complete package," Park said. "Their ownership from collection, to refining, blending and distribution makes the Eco Ultra line of lubricants one of the best in the world. While other companies often outsource their blending and servicing operations, Universal Lubricants maintains complete control over every aspect of the process, guaranteeing quality."
Last week, the company announced that its Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil was awarded a dexos1® license for meeting the rigorous quality requirements for use in the newest General Motors (GM) gasoline engines.
Horsfall said the Universal Lubricants team is dedicated to educating and encouraging consumers to choose eco-friendly motor oils and to recycle used oil to protect the environment and the economy.
About 1.3 billion gallons of oil are used in the U.S. each year, but only about 10-15 percent of that oil is repurposed. Re-refining used lubricants requires up to 89 percent less energy and releases up to 65 percent fewer harmful emissions than refining from crude. Putting used lubricants into the re-refining cycle also eliminates the danger that comes from improper disposal. One gallon of improperly disposed motor oil can contaminate one million gallons of ground water.
"If all 308 million Americans got an Eco Ultra oil change, we could prevent 616 million barrels of crude oil from being extracted from the Earth," Horsfall said. "Our customers have the unique opportunity to use high-quality finished products that are derived from re-refined EcoClear base stocks, which will lower dependency on foreign oil, reduce depletion of natural resources and eliminate waste material. Now that's environmental stewardship."
For more information about Universal Lubricants' closed loop quality standards and Eco Ultra products, please visit www.ecoultraoil.com.
About Universal Lubricants®
Founded in 1929, Universal Lubricants is a driving force in used oil collection, base oil refining and distribution. Through its closed loop process, the company collects, re-refines, blends and re-distributes its own engine oils and lubricants -- never losing guardianship within the chain -- to ensure that every quart is of the highest quality for optimal performance. Universal Lubricants operates 36 facilities nationally, including one of the world's most technologically advanced re-refineries in Wichita, Kansas. A leader in research and development, Universal Lubricants is a Pegasus Capital Advisors portfolio company and employs more than 430 workers. For more information visit www.universallubes.com.