New ‘blue-chip’ oil for enviro-friendly engines

Blue Chip Lubricants blends and distributes lubricants from Q8Oils of Kuwait.
Image credit: Blue Chip Lubricants

Blue Chip Lubricants has launched a new heavy-duty engine oil that meets the latest American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 and European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) E9-2016 requirements in South Africa.

Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 is a high-performance synthetic heavy-duty engine oil designed specifically for the lubrication of the latest environment-friendly engines, according to Johan Le Roux, lubricant support engineer at Blue Chip Lubricants. Customer benefits include added engine protection, oxidation and shear stability and piston cleanliness.

Q8 is a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), one of the world’s largest oil producers. Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 was developed at the Q8 Research & Technology facilities in The Netherlands, the largest research-and-development facility of its kind in Europe.

This multi-fleet motor oil is aimed at a wide range of commercial and industrial applications, including transport, mining, construction, quarrying and agriculture. “With the current influx of diesel engines into the South African market requiring this type of technology, now is the ideal time to introduce Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40. The launch supports our expansion strategy, since the diversification allows us access to all diesel-engine operators,” says Le Roux.


Johan Le Roux. Lubricant Support Engineer at Blue Chip Lubricants
Image credit: Blue Chip Lubricants

“We are now able to offer the latest top-tier heavy-duty engine oil technology that offers several improvements in terms of engine performance and protection. Operators may now use one motor oil for all their diesel engines, since Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 is also suitable for older model engines,” he adds.

The new product will be blended at Blue Chip Lubricants’ state-of-the-art blending plant in Kya Sands, Johannesburg, based on the same formulation, base oils and additives used by Q8Oils globally. Blue Chip Lubricants secured an agreement to blend and distribute lubricants from Q8Oils in 2015 and is the sole licenced manufacturer for the newly-launched product in South Africa.


Q8 Formula Truck 7000 15W-40 will be blended at Blue Chip Lubricants Kya Sands, Johannesburg facility.
Iamge credit: Blue Chip Lubricants

API CK-4 and ACEA E9 oils

API CK-4 oils are especially effective at sustaining emission control system durability where particulate filters and other advanced after treatment systems are used and are designed to provide enhanced protection against oil oxidation, viscosity loss due to shear, and oil aeration.

They also offer protection against catalyst poisoning, particulate filter blocking, engine wear, piston deposits, degradation of low- and high-temperature properties and soot-related viscosity increase. API CK-4 oils exceed the performance criteria of API CJ-4, CI-4 PLUS, CI-4, and CH-4, and can effectively lubricate engines calling for those API Service Categories.

ACEA E9 describes stable, stay-in-grade oils providing effective control with respect to piston cleanliness and bore polishing and that provide excellent wear control, soot handling and lubricant stability. They are recommended for highly-rated diesel engines meeting Euro I, Euro II, Euro III, Euro IV, Euro V, and Euro VI emission requirements and running under severe conditions, such as extended oil-drain intervals according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

ACEA E9 oils are designed for use in combination with low-sulphur diesel fuel, and although suitable for engines with or without particulate filters, they are strongly recommended for engines fitted with particulate filters. They are also recommended for most exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) engines and engines fitted with selective catalytic reduction NOX reduction systems.

14 Feb 2018


By Robyn Grimsley
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