Viscosity Modifiers Overview
You may know Lubrizol as the leader in fuel and lubricant additive technologies – we’ve been in that role for nearly a century. And you may even be aware that we’re a supplier of viscosity modifiers (VMs). We’ve been doing that well for quite a while too. But did you know Lubrizol is actually the industry leader in polymer sciences for lubricants as well? It’s true. As the true industry innovator, Lubrizol has more polymer technology platforms commercially available today (with even more in the pipeline) than anyone else in the market - by a long shot.
What are VMs?
Viscosity modifiers (VMs) are polymers that are key ingredients in many lubricating oils. Their role is to help lubricant blenders achieve desired rheological properties, such as reducing the tendency of a lubricant’s viscosity to change when subjected to temperature fluctuations. VMs are used to improve efficiency, cleanliness and low temperature performance, all while providing durability and protecting equipment from severe wear.
From viscosity index improvers for ultra high viscosity index to synthetic base fluids to advanced pour point depressants, Lubrizol innovates, develops, and supplies the broadest range of polymer technologies on the market. We work closely with equipment manufacturers and lube marketers to truly understand global industry trends, consumer needs, governmental regulations and equipment advances – and as a global leader, invest in the R&D, industry collaboration, and exhaustive testing to ensure our polymer sciences are designed with dispersant and other additive packages to deliver the highest levels of performance
Today, our world-class research and development team passionately works on new VM technologies that will continue to improve lubricant efficiency, durability, and low temperature performance. Over the years, Lubrizol polymer science advancements have enabled ever-evolving equipment and performance requirements. That’s not about to change. With Lubrizol, you know you’re getting a VM partner dedicated to your long-term success.
Whether your goal is to offer basic specification-meeting lubricants or to bring the most differentiated and premium products to market, Lubrizol has the polymer science solution to meet your needs. So when you need VM solutions, first think Lubrizol – then think quality, secure supply, tech support, customer service, competitive pricing, and unmatched product performance.