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ADNOC base oil secures licensing from General Motors

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) has finalised dexos1TM licensing for its high-quality base oil, ADbase, from automobile manufacturer, General Motors (GM). The company also announced that it has received DEXRON® VI Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) licensing.

Dexos1 formulation approval allows US lubricant manufacturers to use the base oil for top-tier and high-performance engine oil lubricants for the US market. DEXRON VI ATF licensing allows ADNOC to offer US lubricant manufacturers a high-quality base oil stock to produce ATF lubricants for cars that provide superior friction durability, smooth performance and enhanced protection.

Abdulla Salem Al Dhaheri, Marketing, Sales and Trading Director, at ADNOC said: “ADNOC prides itself on providing consistently high-quality products to customers around the world. We have initiated a broad licensing program for our high-quality base oil, ADbase, and have already secured a number of important formulation approvals. This supports our goal of broadening and expanding our client base, while also achieving the best commercial value for our products.

“Dexos1 licensing […] is an important milestone that opens new and exciting opportunities for ADNOC, and the exclusive seller of our base oil products in the US, Penthol. I would like to recognise our partner, Penthol, for their support in this achievement.”

Dexos1 licensed motor oils use high-quality base oil stock and specific additive components to produce lubricants that offer high-performance and fuel efficiency to modern car engines. The specification was specially designed to meet the exacting requirements of GM’s advanced gasoline engine technology. Administered by The Center for Quality Assurance in the US, the licensing programme requires that lubricant producers, like ADNOC, undergo rigorous product testing prior to licensing.

ADNOC has now completed API SN approval, dexos1, ILSAC GF-5, and 0w-20 for full synthetic motor oils and is actively working with additive companies to achieve Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) formulation approvals.

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