The Case for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and Fluids in Land Applications and Equipment
July 1, 2016
Companies across a wide range of heavy equipment industries are moving steadily toward greater environmental stewardship. Much of this progress has been compelled through enhanced regulatory requirements, and it is fair to say that regulations will continue to grow more stringent over time.
Best Practices in Choosing and Maintaining EALs for Marine Applications
June 20, 2016
Marine Log With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulations in place for several years now and Small Vessel General Permits (sVGP) poised to expand these regulations to new classes of vessels, marine operators have embraced the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and become familiar with the inherent environmental and performance benefits of switching from conventional lubricants. However, there is still a great deal of confusion in the marketplace surrounding EAL choice and maintenance. It’s important for operators to educate themselves on which type of EAL is best suited to different applications and strategies for maximizing ROI and equipment life.
VGP Compliance for Workboats: Best Practices for Deck and Equipment Washdowns
June 14, 2016
Marine News Government regulations have turned our attention to the damage petroleum lubricant discharges cause in the entire marine ecosystem and the market has responded by developing Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs). While large vessel operators have grown accustomed to the requirements of these regulations, the advent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Vessel General Permit, sVGP, is forcing operators of smaller vessels to examine applicable requirements.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS EXPANDING GLOBAL CAPABILITIES
May 4, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the addition of a new market manager for Europe and a new international representative. These new partnerships will further expand the company’s capabilities globally and support business worldwide.
Supply Chain Collaboration to Advance Acceptance of Biobased Technologies By Mike Guggenheimer, CEO and President
April 23, 2016
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the 11th annual World Bio Markets in Amsterdam. As I met the leaders of the biobased industry and listened to various presentations and panel discussions, I reflected upon the challenges and opportunities that our industry is facing.
One of the main takeaways from the conference, and also the topic of my presentation, is the importance of forming partnerships to de-risk, create speed and maximize value in supply chain synergy.
In today’s world, companies are increasingly turning to business partnerships and strategic alliances to share knowledge and market resources. These alliances can provide access to new markets, technology and other resources, ultimately allowing them to better respond to customer needs.
With growing global regulations and increasing performance demands, it is more important than ever that companies form innovative supply chain partnerships with shared goals and complementary capabilities.
My presentation with Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Novvi LLC, provided an example of a successful partnership between a base oil supplier and an end product formulator, aimed at developing innovative biobased technologies and expanding into new markets. In our presentation, we addressed how we could better respond to end users’ needs, how biotechnology solves the problems and how the partnership aids commercialization through speed, credibility and technical synergy. Together RSC Bio Solutions and Novvi LLC are working to create the next generation of lubricants that will not only meet current and future environmental regulations, but will also offer superior operational performance, improved longevity in field, superior sustainability profile and feasible lifecycle cost. I look forward to our continued relationship and to revealing more details later this year.
As the sessions were going on throughout World Bio Markets 2016, the partnering hub and meeting rooms were full of activity, which is just another testament to the fact that while knowledge sharing and the telling of success stories are key, it is even more important to create a platform for the next wave of partnerships to develop. It became clear that a lot of the same challenges are shared across the industry, a lot can be learnt from one another and there is great overlap in business models.
I would like to end with one of my favorite quotes from the conference keynote speaker that sums up the importance of forward thinking in supply chain collaboration perfectly: “It takes great minds, great partnerships, very forward thinking and a huge amount of innovation to create a success in the bioeconomy.”
I look forward to many more future successful partnerships. Please feel free to contact me or a member of my team.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® 3068 AND ENVIROLOGIC® 3100 HIGH PERFORMANCE HYDRAULIC FLUIDS APPROVED FOR USE IN MAN DIESEL & TURBO STERN TUBES AND PROPELLERS
April 19, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 19, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced that its EnviroLogic® 3068 and EnviroLogic® 3100 high performance hydraulic fluids have been approved for use in MAN Diesel & Turbo systems. This approval allows RSC Bio Solutions to serve customers who have MAN stern tubes and propellers, primarily in the marine transport, ferry and fishing industries.
RSC Bio Solutions Expands Series of Biodegradable Lithium Complex Greases
March 30, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 29, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the expansion of its EnviroLogic® 800 series of biodegradable greases. The EnviroLogic 800 series are VGP compliant, biodegradable Lithium Complex greases designed to operate in severe outdoor environments and withstand corrosion.
Houston Explains Effects of EPA Regulation Mandating Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Dredges
February 15, 2016
Matt Houston, market manager for marine construction for RSC Bio Solutions, discussed the 2013 vessel general permit and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants at PIANC’s Dredging 2015. His presentation was entitled “New EPA Regulations for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and their Effect on the Dredging Industry.”
The conference was held at the Savannah Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, Georgia on October 19 through 22.
Proving the Performance of EALs through Field Testing
November 12, 2015
Marine Log The marine industry continues to evolve. In addition to changing equipment needs and trends, thanks to VGP and other regulatory actions, there is an increasing need to utilize safer, more environmentally friendly products to meet industry regulations. In addition to their positive impact on the environment, readily biodegradable fluids and lubricants can result in lower cleanup costs, fewer fines and less downtime – meaning that they can help to lower overall cost of operation while making them an attractive choice for many marine operations.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® 210EP GEAR OIL APPROVED FOR USE WITH THRUSTMASTER GEARBOXES AND THRUSTERS
October 29, 2015
Charlotte, N.C. (October 28, 2015) – A global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants, cleaners and absorbents, RSC Bio Solutions recently announced that its EnviroLogic® 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters. With this approval, Thrustmaster has extended its existing relationship with RSC Bio Solutions, whose sustainable technologies are approved for use by Thrustmaster in oil and gas, workboat, deep water, marine and wind construction applications.
Green greases that work great? Yes
October 8, 2015
Plant Services Industrial lubrication products, practices, and services are advancing at a rapid pace, driven by regulatory requirements as well as practical business needs. The resulting solutions are cleaner, healthier and more sustainable, and promote equipment cost savings and performance improvements.
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Lubricants: The Impact of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Pile Driving Applications
October 6, 2015
Piling Canada The pile driving industry is at a crossroads. As regulations become more stringent and performance is increasingly paramount, organizations are feeling the pinch to be both compliant and perform at their peak. Equipment failures, spills and leaks are followed by costly fines, cleanup fees and increased downtime—further emphasizing compliance concerns and public scrutiny over environmental impact.
With this changing landscape, organizations are looking for ways to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible. That has opened the door for an emerging category of biobased and biodegradable lubricants known as Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® HYDRAULIC FLUID AND GREASE APPROVED FOR USE WITH BECKER MARINE SYSTEMS RUDDERS
September 29, 2015
Charlotte, N.C. (September 29, 2015) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable solutions: EALs (environmentally acceptable lubricants) and cleaners, as well as highly efficient absorbents, has announced that its EnviroLogic 3032 readily biodegradable hydraulic fluid and EnviroLogic 802 multipurpose, lithium-complex biodegradable grease have been approved for use in Becker Marine Systems rudders.
The Importance of an Effective Oil Analysis Program
September 3, 2015
Waste Advantage In order to reduce changeover intervals and extend the life of your equipment, implement an oil analysis program, which is a great benchmark to evaluate your lubricant’s effectiveness.
The Prospects for Biobased Chemicals When Crude is under $40
August 27, 2015
Mike Guggenheimer, CEO and President
I typically attend a couple of the major biobased chemical and industrial biotechnology conferences each year. Last year, the mood for biobased chemical companies was somewhat somber with oil prices down from prior years. This year, oil prices are even lower. But, the mood at these conferences was more upbeat. Why?
If you are a biobased chemical player or developing products from biochemical ingredients and positioned as a low cost provider or a “drop-in” technology, then it is likely things have been tough for you. A value proposition based on cost is not holding up well in this environment. Plant and biobased ingredients are not experiencing the same drop in price that we see with petroleum derived ingredients – as a matter of fact, many are increasing.
Despite this, I believe there are several reasons for the more positive sentiment:
• Survival of the fittest: as the market for biobased chemicals evolves, companies that weren’t well positioned or that were overextended have faded away or are hunkering down.
• Differentiation strategies: biobased chemicals are finding target segments where they can deliver unique value (performance, safety, efficiency, etc.) that petroleum alternatives can’t deliver.
• Scaling up: plants are being built and producing volumes that downstream manufacturers need to be able to launch new offerings. The limited sample quantities of early stage companies are fine for skunk works projects, but not a foundation for creating commercialization plans.
• Value of stability: some biobased chemical companies are seeing predictable declines in cost based on scale and experience. More mature biobased ingredients may be increasing in price, but the volatility is very low relative to petroleum. Low cost crude can help in the short term, but the large year-over-year swings make product planning challenging and introduces a layer of management effort that is distracting and costly.
• End user risk mitigation: biobased chemicals—and sustainable solutions in general—are now seen by many downstream companies, OEMs, and users not as niche, feel-good projects but as essential to long term success given the risk and uncertainty created by rapid climate change.
I don’t mean to pretend that low oil prices don’t impact biobased chemical players. Even with a differentiation strategy based on biochemistry, $40 per barrel crude oil generates a headwind. But the fundamental long term value still exists for many biobased products and far outweighs the per unit cost differences. It is a bump along the road towards an exciting and sustainable future.
Eastman Aviation Solutions Strengthens Commitment to Responsible Care® Initiative Through New Collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions
August 18, 2015
Kingsport, TN, August 18, 2015 – As news of new EPA regulations face the aviation industry, Eastman Aviation Solutions is striving to strengthen their commitment to the Responsible Care® initiative and provide additional support to customers by announcing a collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions, a manufacturer of high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Together, the two companies will focus on offering products and services to promote safety, responsibility and sustainability for their aviation partners.
Waste Industry is Coming Around
June 16, 2015
Mark Miller, SVP of Global Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
While Las Vegas is not my favorite place, Waste Expo 2015 may have been my favorite show.
There was a significant amount of foot traffic with a high level of interest both domestically and internationally. Though the waste industry as a whole is conservative and slow to change – from a best practices perspective in chemical technologies, it is somewhat behind other industries we service – it feels like the industry is turning a corner. Attendees, in general, were much more interested in sustainable solutions and acknowledged that they will soon need or want to move to “greener” technologies.
We featured our GreenSorb® natural clay-based, reusable absorbent as well as our SAFECARE® series of powerful, industrial readily biodegradable cleaners. The simple GreenSorb® product demo in the booth provided the opportunity for some great in-depth conversations. We learned not only were attendees interested in these individual readily biodegradable products, but it turned out they also wanted to hear much more about a bigger sustainable chemical solution that would reduce risks, improve their brand recognition and save them money. As in any market, there is a value proposition that needs to be made and getting true cost of fleet operations and environmental clean-up costs in sync will continue to be a challenge.
This event gave us the opportunity to talk to many different constituents in the supply chain about high-performing environmentally responsible products, including our EnviroLogic® series of lubricants. We found equal interest across the board from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), waste hauling companies, and municipalities. Some of the early adopters had been disappointed by some of the earlier, under-performing biodegradable lubricants on the market. While the technology has vastly improved, most of the OEMs still need to validate the performance of lubricants in their systems. They need to protect their customers, their equipment and their well-earned brand reputation. Some OEMs believed that their applications were too technically challenging for biodegradable hydraulic fluids; they were surprised to learn that the operating conditions they described (pressures, temperature range, seals and elastomers) were totally suitable for either RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® 100 series or EnviroLogic® 3000 series high-performance products. All appreciated the preliminary work we have done with haulers and end users, and our history with utility fleets as a “near adjacent” vertical helped displace initial skepticism.
Remarkably, there was real interest amongst this audience in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) which controls effluent of many streams off vessels. Part of the permit requires the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners where there is a chance of fluid entering the water. To be considered environmentally acceptable, it must be readily biodegradable, minimally toxic and non-bio accumulating. The general conclusion was that if the EPA was mandating environmentally acceptable solutions at sea, land could not be that far behind.
The waste industry has been slowly adopting a variety of environmentally safe strategies, such as: natural gas engines, hybrid transmissions, and improved recycling protocols. Adding safer, more sustainable lubricant, cleaner and absorbent technologies is a low-cost, and obvious next step – and one that doesn’t require intensive capital investment!
We heard several stories about high pressure hydraulic hose leaks resulting in spraying petroleum oil across entire neighborhoods. Clean-up costs and efforts were expensive and on-going. The environmental exposure, clean-up costs and disgruntled customers could have been greatly alleviated through the use of environmentally safe lubricants, cleaners and absorbents. RSC Bio Solutions can supply the whole package and significantly enhance the waste haulers’ responsiveness. Some in the industry have already recognized the value of such a holistic solution; as for the others, I do believe they are starting to come around!
Early Adoption is your Best Option
June 1, 2015
Lisa Clark, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
We’ve all heard the saying ‘the early bird gets the worm.’ Applied to business, it’s ‘the first to market owns the market.’ In both instances, we’re referring to an individual or a company that views change as opportunity, not a reason for panic. They embrace ‘new’ – even seek it out – and use it as a catalyst to something bigger than what’s possible today. We call this group the early adopters.
Being an early adopter offers more than just bragging rights. Businesses that are early adopters – especially in the sustainable practices area – reap benefits including brand reputation, competitive advantage, visibility and market influence.
We’ve certainly seen that with respect to our own customers. Across a wide range of markets, from maritime to groundskeeping and utilities to waste management, those who have embraced more sustainable measures have seen numerous benefits. While some were planned, some were happy surprises, they resulted from first or early mover advantage.
Competition is fierce. It pays (both financially and in the market place) to be on the forefront as an early adopter. From a sustainability standpoint, it can be your key competitive differentiator. Staying ahead of the pack is reason enough, and makes a strong business case to invest in emerging technologies. The ‘go first and go big’ game book play is a winning strategy for those in many manufacturing, production and business channels.
Building brand reputation is critical. It is based on perceptions of that brand’s character, and it comes from the success (or failure) of a company to deliver on what their brand stands for or promises. Early adoption of sustainable practices offers the opportunity to develop, monitor and protect that brand reputation and to position it in a positive, forward-thinking way to competitors, stakeholders and key audiences.
Embracing sustainable practices is a good starting point. Now it’s time to show that you support this category by implementing these practices into your business mantra. By showing your dedication to this category, it allows you to tell key audiences – current or potential customers, partners, investors or peers – that you stand for something bigger than yourself. It will get you noticed. Early adopters are viewed as thought leaders in their circles.
An early adopter implements innovation ahead of the majority. In the life-cycle of innovation, there’s a beginning, middle and end. Whether you realize it or not, your business is a part of this cycle. Starting early in the cycle is imperative. You not only enjoy the return on your investment sooner, but stay ahead of competitors that lag behind in the middle and end of the innovation cycle. Be the one that drives subsequent phases of adoption, not the one waiting to see what the influencers do before you adopt.
Why delay the benefits of competitive advantage, brand reputation, visibility and market influence? Be a leader in your industry and start incorporating sustainable practices into your business now. Odds are high that doing so will deliver operational benefits and potential cost-savings, further justifying your decision to be a sustainability leader. To learn how RSC Bio Solutions can make it easy to go green, visit our website.
Perspective on the Marine Lubricants Demand Study from Grand View Research
April 13, 2015
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO
I recently had the opportunity to review the latest Marine Lubricants Demand Study from Grand View Research. I’d like to share some perspective on the study’s findings in the form of five key takeaways, and connect them to what we see at RSC Bio Solutions in this segment.
1. Global cargo fleets and the global shipping industry are both growing, which has a big impact on the marine lubricant market.
First, the macro trend for the shipping industry is very positive. Global cargo fleets and the global shipping industry are growing, which directly impacts the marine lubricant market. As the global population grows and trade interaction becomes more global, it isn’t surprising that the shipping industry is growing. What you might find interesting is the relatively strong growth of seaborne trade, which, according to the study, is expected to remain a key driving factor for global marine lubricants market over the next six years. The study also finds that, over 90% of global trade is done through the sea, a factor which is contributing to disproportionate growth for seaborne trade and related segments. We are seeing the impact of this directly, as demand is increasing for marine lubricants around the world. As a result, we are taking steps to expand our worldwide distribution channels to meet demand for EALs (Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants).
2. There is an increasing dependence on hydraulic mechanical parts in ships.
In addition to the macro growth trend, the study indicates that there is an increasing dependence on hydraulic mechanical parts on ships. As a result of the increasing use of hydraulic systems on ships, Grand View indicates that “hydraulic oil is expected to be one of the fastest growing application segments for marine lubricants, growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 3.4% from 2014 to 2020.” Our experience supports this view—our customers are showing increased demand across a range of hydraulic applications. Often the large propulsion systems and oils for stern tubes get the attention in the marine market, but today’s modern fleets use complex deck side and supportive hydraulic systems from vessels specifically designed to lay cables for offshore wind farms to massive roll-on/roll-offs (RORO’s) with adjustable deck configurations to accommodate everything from a small car to a large helicopter. We also work with some of the largest cruise ships in the world, who have to squeeze a lot of equipment into very small spaces. For all of these applications, the hydraulic oils are critical and, at RSC Bio Solutions, we must be able to demonstrate that our EnviroLogic® fluids will work across an ever-broader range of applications.
3. Global markets – specifically Europe and Asia Pacific – have significant impact on industry demand.
In addition to addressing overall growth in the shipping and hydraulic oil segments, the study also examines geographic growth trends, noting that Europe and Asia Pacific will see the biggest growth in the years ahead. Specifically, the European market, which accounted for 46.2 percent of total demand in 2013, is characterized by high investments for lubricants of different grades coupled with increasing seaborne trade, specially food & beverages and packed foods.
From our perspective, we continue to see strong European demand, but we are increasingly seeing the business grow in the Asia Pacific region. Our products are connected to maintenance events and major dry dock repairs, and the growth in Asia is very strong from a maintenance standpoint.
Grand View notes several additional factors contributing to growth in Asia Pacific:
“Several market participants have been shifting their manufacturing bases to high growth regions of China and India owing to governmental favors in terms of tax benefits and financial incentives. Additionally, the emission standards in Asia Pacific are not as stringent as they are in U.S. and Europe. These micro and macro factors are expected to propel the regional growth of marine lubricants market.”
As mentioned above, we are responding to this demand in several ways. In 2014, RSC Bio Solutions opened a warehouse in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. We have also increased stocking levels of EnviroLogic hydraulic fluids through distribution partners like DistributionNOW in locations like Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and Dubai.
4. Material prices and regulations will remain challenges for the industry.
From my perspective, the more interesting trend identified in the study is around the increasingly complex regulatory environment and material pricing environment. Grand View states that “volatility of raw material prices coupled with stringent environmental regulations for manufacturing synthetic lubricants is expected to remain key challenge for market participants.” What we see is that ship owners and ship management companies are becoming overwhelmed by myriad of regulations in various parts of the world. This was made very clear to me during my recent trip to European Shipping Week in Brussels where many ship management company leaders were quick to share their sense of frustration. As trade routes become broader and fleets are redeployed to new areas it can be a nightmare to understand the regulatory impact. The Grand View study supports this and suggests the following:
“In order to overcome these challenges, manufacturers have been collaborating with bio-technology companies to develop bio-based alternatives conventional marine lubricants. This is further supported by government favors and tax incentives for employing clean technologies.”
At RSC Bio Solutions, we try to act as a consultant in this regard. Through nearly two decades of work with industrial biotechnology and a focused effort to help land and marine fleets address the risk that comes along with regulations, we can provide insight and help. Of course, the changing and increasing regulations are a factor in the growth in demand for our suite of biobased and biodegradable solutions. We believe that the market for biobased and biodegradable lubricants will continue to grow much faster than the overall market as marine operators recognize these products’ proven performance in a full range of maritime applications, paired with their ability to meet global regulatory requirements.
5. The market remains extremely competitive.
Finally, I found the study’s comments about the competitive nature of the lubricant market interesting. Grand View describes the global marine lubricant market as “oligopolistic in nature” and one in which market participants compete on the basis of product development and overall profitability. We would certainly agree that a few firms dominate, particularly regarding engine oils. At the same time, as the market needs shift and the emphasis on reducing risk increases, there is an opportunity for new players and new technology to enter.
The Grand View Research Study offers great insights into the marine lubricant market, and the findings support the focus and efforts of RSC Bio Solutions. We’re committed to making the business case for new technologies that solve problems arising for marine fleets living in a world made very complicated by regulatory change and strong public concerns around environmental safety. We’re here to help you navigate these unchartered waters, so please feel free to contact me or a member of my team.
MITIGATING RISK, REAPING REWARDS – Achieving Sustainable Operations Through the Use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants
March 25, 2015
Environment Coastal & Offshore The marine industry continues to evolve. In addition to changing equipment needs and trends, there is an increasing need to utilize safer, more environmentally friendly products to meet industry regulations. In addition to their positive impact on the environment, readily biodegradable fluids and lubricants result in lower cleanup costs, fewer fines, and less downtime. This means that they can help to lower overall cost of operation—making them an attractive choice for many marine operations.
EALs & Oil Spill Remediation
March 24, 2015
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News – The Effects of EALs on Oil Spill and Discharge Reporting and Remediation
In the wake of increased environmental scrutiny and potentially expanding liability issues, oil spill remediation continues to be of great interest to marine operations. While most outsiders think of oil spills in terms of major failures or leaks, more common oil leakage or lubricant discharges from marine equipment result in millions of gallons of oil being released into the aquatic environment each year. Leaks, which are very difficult to prevent, far outpace catastrophic events and result in lost productivity, environmental damage, costly fines and remediation and negative public image.
Behind the Label: Choosing an EAL
March 12, 2015
Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are now essential in US waters, but product labeling schemes are inconsistent, says Mark Miller, executive vice president of business development for RSC Bio Solutions.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ EAL EARNS ADDITIONAL AEGIR-MARINE APPROVAL, EnviroLogic® 802 Approved for Use in PRIME Rudderstock Seals
March 9, 2015
Charlotte, N.C. (March 9, 2015) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in readily biodegradable cleaners, degreasers and functional fluids, has announced that its EnviroLogic® 802 environmentally acceptable grease has met the stringent requirements for approved use in AEGIR-Marine PRIME rudderstock seals. This approval is an extension of the existing partnership agreement between AEGIR-Marine and RSC Bio Solutions intended to increase the availability of VGP-approved environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for steering systems, stern tube seals and other marine applications.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS ADDS VP OF OPERATIONS, New hire positions company for continued expansion
February 23, 2015
Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2015) – RSC Bio Solutions, a leader in high performing environmentally acceptable solutions that include readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners and natural, clay based absorbents, has added Asuama Yeboah-Amankwah as Vice President of Operations. Yeboah-Amankwah will be responsible for leading operational activities including logistics, warehousing, blending partnerships, purchasing and order management.
What we learned at the International WorkBoat Show
January 21, 2015
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO
As I prepare for my next trip to New Orleans for the Biobased Chemicals Summit, I am reflecting on my last trip there. The International WorkBoat Show in December was another great event. RSC Bio Solutions had our largest presence ever, with a booth and a significant technical presence. We even sponsored the keynote speaker, Captain Phillips, which was a highlight of the show for many attendees. I look for learning opportunities wherever I can, so here are a collection of insights from the show.
• Recent regulations are top of mind. Many operators are still seeking to understand how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulation impacts them. The VGP requires the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in a wide range of oil-to-water interfaces for commercial, non-military and non-recreational vessels over 79 feet. The focus up to this point has been on the obvious applications, like stern tubes. Work boat operators, who rely less on stern tubes than other systems but also have a wide range of hydraulics and gears than interface with water, are seeking to understand what systems they have that are covered by VGP. Where the regulatory or enforcement protocols are hazy, we still are seeing industry leaders making decisions to get ahead of this regulation. For example, we suspected at the show that the sVGP—which applies to vessels under 79 feet—would be delayed, yet still clients in this space are making fleet-wide decisions to move to Environmentally Acceptable (EA) solutions to be proactive and simplify procurement.
• There is an interest in making the business case for EA solutions. Simplifying procurement is one of many ways work boat operators are looking to justify the effort to switch to a new product. I see more and more players in this space looking to quantify the incremental costs and benefits, which is a very positive development from my perspective. Historically, fleet operators might have brushed aside EA solutions—making assumptions about inferior performance and higher costs. There is now a real willingness to open a dialogue about value. EA solution providers must demonstrate value through improvements in performance, reductions in operating costs, mitigation of risk or a combination of these benefits. EA solutions can reduce clean up costs, mitigate the potential for a bad PR event, extend equipment life and lower operating temperatures, but work boat operators want to do the math. The early adopters have already moved into the EA solutions space, so for those following fast, even if the math works on paper, operators want to see that the technology is proven by others that have used it or by OEMs who have provided a validation of performance.
• Companies are looking for ways to expand their environmental efforts. While some operators are simply trying to understand the regulatory requirements so they can strictly comply, we are seeing work boat operators that have a strategic imperative to move to more sustainable solutions. For us this was made clear in the increasing interest in RSC Bio Solutions’ SAFECARE series of readily biodegradable* industrial cleaners and solvents. Cleaners are seen as an option that combines a quick win from a sustainability standpoint with benefits similar to other EA solutions in reducing cleanup costs and mitigating risk. Also, unlike some hydraulic applications, the risks of switching are almost nonexistent. There are a number of cleaning applications covered by the VGP, but the industry leaders who are recognizing that they can use sustainability as a differentiator look at cleaners as part of a broad-based approach rather than a one-off solution.
• You are stronger than you think. Many of us at RSC Bio Solutions were inspired by Captain Phillips’ story. I have long believed that a team who believes in itself can do anything. We are ready to take on 2015 with Captain Phillips’ attitude: it’s not done until you quit. With the right attitude and effort, there is no limit to what a team can accomplish.
Best wishes for a winning 2015!
*As per OECD 301B or ASTM D5864
RSC Chemical Solutions Names New President and CEO – Mike Guggenheimer
November 25, 2014
RSC Chemical Solutions promotes Mike Guggenheimer to lead growing company with a new strategic vision
INDIAN TRAIL, NC —Mike Guggenheimer will assume the duties of President and CEO of RSC Chemical solutions effective January 1, 2015. Mike will be replacing John Huber, who has led the company for the last 14 years. In his new role, Guggenheimer will be responsible for RSC Chemical Solutions, RSC of Canada, Omega Process Solutions and Terresolve Technologies dba RSC Bio Solutions.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® HYDRAULIC FLUIDS, SAFECARE® CLEANERS CERTIFIED SMALL VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT (SVGP) COMPLIANT, TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE
November 19, 2014
RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in high performance, readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, announces that its EnviroLogic® Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including hydraulic, stern tube and thruster oils, and SAFECARE® cleaners and their constituent components have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, certifies its hydraulic fluids and cleaner products as 2014 sVGP compliant.
Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs
November 11, 2014
(Marine News) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP), requires that all vessels over 79 feet use an “Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant” (EAL) in oil-to-water interfaces unless technically infeasible. The 2013 VGP revision also requires any above water line hull cleaning or deck washdowns resulting in discharge to be conducted with “minimally toxic, phosphate-free and biodegradable” cleaners and detergents as defi ned in the permit. These regulations are further extended to non-recreational or non-military vessels less than 79 feet in length that are operating as a means of transportation through the recently announced updates to the 2014 Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP). With these announcements, it is becoming more and more apparent that the U.S. is leading the way in the adoption of biodegradable products, such as EALs, in marine applications. For multi-national operators, the country in which they operate that has the most stringent product requirements determines their product selection.
Global Use of EALs Means Global Distribution
October 6, 2014
Lisa Owen, VP of Sales and Marketing
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its updates to the 2014 Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) for non-recreational or non-military vessels less than 79 feet in length that are operating as a means of transportation. In order to comply with the sVGP requirements, operators must use environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and minimally toxic, phosphate-free and biodegradable cleaners. These requirements will go into effect starting December 19, 2014, and further extend the reach of the 2013 VGP regulations.With this recent announcement, it is becoming more and more apparent that the U.S. is leading the way in the adoption of biodegradable products, such as EALs. As these products are critical to marine operations, distribution will play an even larger role in ensuring that quality, compliant products are available.
At RSC Bio Solutions, we’ve taken steps to extend our production and distribution network as the market for EALs has grown globally.
• We’ve signed a partnership agreement with AEGIR-Marine to increase the availability of VGP-approved EALs for stern tube seal applications. As part of this non-exclusive partnership, we will share responsibility for global distribution.
• We’ve expanded the domestic distribution of many of our EnviroLogic® products, as well as SAFECARE® cleaners and GreenSorb® absorbents, through a partnership with Grainger. Additionally, our global market is enhanced by distribution through DistributionNOW locations including Mexico, Brazil, Dubai and Singapore.
• We have entered into a supply agreement with Chevron to provide hydraulic fluids and gear oils, which will be distributed by Chevron as Clarity Synthetic EA Hydraulic and Gear Oils in North American markets and as EnviroLogic® 3000 and 200 series products in European and Asian markets. This collaboration represents an important step in providing technically feasible, environmentally acceptable lubricants to marine operators as they are serviced in ports around the world.
• We recently opened a warehousing facility in Rotterdam, Netherlands—Europe’s largest port—to facilitate the distribution of our EnviroLogic® line of lubricants, hydraulic fluids and gear oils designed for oil and gas and marine applications.
These partnerships and expansions are crucial to meeting customers’ needs for EALs with proven performance. We believe that our product availability now is such that our products are wherever our customers are, but we will continue to seek strong partners to increase the depth and breadth of biodegradable options for operations around the world.
How does availability play a role in your operation’s product selection? How do you see the need for EALs and other biodegradable products playing out on the global stage?
Solutions You Need for Problems You Don’t – Readily Biodegradable Solutions Meet Environmental and Performance Challenges for Pile Drivers
October 1, 2014
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., RSC Bio Solutions was formed by the owners of Radiator Specialty Company (RSC), a 90-year-old company that houses the LIQUID WRENCH® and GUNK® brands. As RSC’s sister corporation, RSC Bio Solutions is provided with chemical manufacturing, distribution, SAP and ISO quality systems.
In 2013, RSC Bio Solutions acquired a majority ownership interest in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of readily biodegradable hydraulic fluids, functional fluids and lubricants for both marine and land applications. Terresolve brought with it a stellar, 17-year track record and an extensive lubricant product portfolio. Besides its EnviroLogic® branded technology, RSC Bio Solutions is also the exclusive North American licensee of SAFECARE®, an innovative line of cleaners, degreasers and solvents for industrial markets. The company also distributes GreenSorb®, an easy-to-use, non-leaching, natural absorbent. These partnerships allow RSC Bio Solutions to provide complementary solutions to more customers, while streamlining both the ordering and servicing process.
Spill Solutions: Examining Choices for Industrial and Commercial Absorbents
September 24, 2014
(EHS Today) Fluid spills are an unavoidable reality anytime an operation uses, maintains or repairs industrial or commercial equipment. Precautions can help limit the number or extent of spills, but even the best precautions will not be able to eliminate spills entirely.
A Preview of World Bio Markets USA
September 10, 2014
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO of RSC Bio Solutions
Leading industry events such as World Bio Markets USA allow me the opportunity to interact with colleagues and representatives from biobased fuel and chemical companies. At the upcoming conference in October, I have the privilege of presenting on the successful supply chain integration with biobased industrial market applications with Glenn King, Marketing Manager at Jacobsen. The presentation will cover how Jacobsen and RSC Bio Solutions worked together to successfully launch a profitable brand of biobased hydraulic fluids in the golf industry. As a preview to that presentation, I was asked by the conference to answer a few questions on biobased products and the future of the biobased industry and wanted to share them with you.
Just how important do you believe feedstock flexibility is for securing the longevity of a biobased company?
As a downstream player commercializing end use products using biobased raw materials, feedstock flexibility is important to the extent it increases supply availability without creating any inconsistency in the material. Often when we explore new materials it is important to understand capacity, lead times and delivery point options. If feedstock flexibility can create more capacity or more localized supply options, then it can be helpful. Sometimes this is even necessary for consideration as a new option. With that said, the longevity of our biobased business is far more dependent on our ability to create application value for end users than feedstock flexibility.
When it comes to biobased chemical off-taker market adoption which sectors are ahead of the curve and already using biobased chemicals regularly? What industry sector do you believe will become the ‘honey-pot’ for biobased chemical producers?
We see more uptake in biobased chemicals coming from sectors where biotechnology is solving primarily for a problem other than environmental sustainability or reducing dependence on petroleum. Sustainability programs—now ubiquitous—are driving interest in environmentally acceptable options, but the sectors really adopting biobased technology are driven by other issues, such as mitigating reputational risk, delivering health and safety benefits, complying with regulations or lowering operating costs. For example, we see adoption in industrial markets where heavy equipment is operating in sensitive environments such that a petroleum-based chemical spill or exposure could be costly, like offshore drilling vessels and work truck fleets. In consumer markets, a product that might come in close contact with a child or a pet—such as a household cleaner, where the benefits are focused on personal health and safety—is seeing faster commercialization. The honey-pot sectors are the ones where a biobased company can position a quick sustainability payback as a secondary or tertiary benefit behind some other kind of value delivered.
What role do you believe synthetic biology will have in advancing the biobased products available?
We are further downstream in the value chain, so this is a difficult question to answer. Broadly, research and development activity that leads to new ways to deliver chemistry which optimizes a combination of environmental safety, superior performance, and cost effectiveness should grow the overall market for alternatives to conventional chemistry. The industry is evolving. We can’t expect to replace all conventional, petroleum based chemistry with completely renewable, plant-based and biobased technology overnight. As momentum builds through commercial success of generally safer options, the adoption rate will accelerate across a range of technical solutions, including synthetic biology. At RSC Bio Solutions, we offer products that are derived primarily from plant-based ingredients for some applications. For other more rigorous applications the state-of-the-art biobased raw materials are insufficient from a performance standpoint and we work in the safest synthetic components possible to solve the user problem. The key to longer term advancement of industrial biotechnology is being able to deliver dependable solutions to show end users what is possible.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS EXPANDS MARKET PRESENCE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
September 10, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2014) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in high performance, readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the addition of Richard Day as Market Manager, Europe and the opening of a warehouse facility in Rotterdam, Netherlands—a major expansion to serve marine and offshore oil and gas industry needs in the European Union (EU).
Building a Business Case for Sustainability
August 8, 2014
Lisa Owen, VP of Sales and Marketing
Why do some companies “walk the walk” when it comes to sustainability while others seem to merely be talking the talk?
A recent study from MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group seeks to shed light on how businesses address their sustainability challenges and why some are more successful than others. By analyzing responses from 1,847 participants from commercial enterprises, the five years of survey data revealed that a majority of organizations are struggling to move forward.
According to the study, “the percentage of companies that have tried but failed to build a business case has increased from 8 percent to 20 percent, and more than half of the respondents have either failed to establish a business case or haven’t even tried to create one.”
Furthermore, when looking at sustainability success stories, the report examines the correlation between placing emphasis on sustainability issues and actually implementing change. The study says, “Companies that perceive sustainability issues as significant and thoroughly address them share distinct characteristics.” These companies focus heavily on five business fronts: sustainability strategy, business case, measurement, business model innovation and leadership commitment.
In terms of one of the focus areas—business case—the discrepancy is telling; almost 70 percent of the companies that are making headway in sustainable practices have developed a sustainability business case, compared to only 37 percent of all respondents. A business case provides the necessary justification for changing a current product or practice, and it typically stems from one of three situations: an opportunity that will benefit the company, a required compliance change or a need to correct a problem or “right a wrong.”
Using industry knowledge and repeatable data, good business partners are able to communicate the value of the products or services they supply to their customers and help make a strong business case. At RSC Bio Solutions, that’s what we do to help customers make the switch to readily biodegradable products. For example, a value analysis document demonstrates the estimated cost savings and shows how the sustainable initiative (in this case employing a readily biodegradable solution over a petroleum based hydraulic fluid) adds value to the company’s bottom line. This type of analysis provides evidence that addressing sustainability and being financially responsible don’t have to be separate goals.
A strong business case can help decision-makers transition from just stating the importance of sustainability to actually demonstrating it to employees, stakeholders and the community.
How are you making a business case to address sustainability issues? What roadblocks have you faced and how are you overcoming them?
If Green Isn’t the New Black, What Is?
July 7, 2014
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO of RSC Bio Solutions
I can’t claim to be on the bleeding edge of all trends, but I do get the sense that our team at RSC Bio Solutions is on the front lines when it comes to sustainable biotechnology in industrial markets. So, if green isn’t the new black, as suggested in my last post, what is? What we are seeing at RSC is an increasing focus on risk management. Of course, risk management as a discipline is by no means new. At the same time, large industrial companies, many of whom have well-established sustainability initiatives, are paying increasing attention to new technology that mitigates risk associated with their traditional alternatives. I see four primary reasons behind this trend and an array of risks these companies are considering.
First, I see the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 being a tipping point towards increased attention on corporate responsibility. While Sarbox, as some call it, is focused on financial reporting at the board level, it has created an underlying culture shift towards risk avoidance. This often impacts middle managers in big companies who struggle to find the authority to make major changes or who concentrate heavily on maintaining the status quo in order to avoid making mistakes or creating new risks. When technology does come along that can eliminate risk, it can be seen under a new light.
The second driver we see is an overall increasing number of regulations around hazardous chemicals or ones that have a detrimental impact on the environment or ground level ozone. Not all companies treat new regulations with the same level of proactivity, but the leaders are working hard to stay ahead of regulations not just strictly comply. They are looking to avoid fines, remediation costs, and the reputational risk that follows an exposure of some magnitude.
The third driver is social media and the powerful voice consumers now have. You might wonder how social media and consumers could be a big driver for giant, global industrial businesses. Not too long ago, a fleet operator might have feared being on the cover of the local paper—a hazardous spill might have enraged hundreds or thousands in the local community. In today’s world, an incident that does harm locally can be heard far and wide by millions thanks to all of the avenues people now have to voice a complaint and the power social media has to amplify their voices. Incidents and accidents are bound to happen—even with the safest and most proactive companies—but more are working hard to manage the message and show that they are doing the best they can for environmental and community stakeholders.
The last big driver we see is that large companies are getting better at calculating long term value. While quarterly reporting is still an issue that can force short-term thinking, we are seeing many public companies get better at analyzing payback periods that extend beyond the current quarter. Industrial biotechnology can often show a positive ROI and an attractive payback period resulting from avoiding costs of clean-up or remediation, attracting new clients, increasing the life of equipment, reducing operating temperatures, and increasing uptime. And, more sophisticated players apply total cost of ownership approaches and communicate the value internally and externally.
Of course, there are other things behind this trend towards risk management, but these are what I see as the key ones from our standpoint. I would love to hear your thoughts, too . . . comment to me on twitter @mguggenheimer or via LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/rsc-bio-solutions).
Shop Spill Cleanup, Mitigation for Waste Applications
July 1, 2014
(Waste Advantage Magazine) Spills and effluent water around a shop can cause an operation time and money. Taking simple steps to understand and apply best practices and the right products can mitigate the problematic effects and make any shop safer.
Sustainability Means More Than Green
June 25, 2014
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO of RSC Bio Solutions
Most of the accepted definitions of sustainability typically refer to the triple bottom line: efforts that support profitability, environmental, and human or social goals. For an organization to support initiatives that address social and environmental challenges, they also must build a business model that is durable and sustainably profitable. I have often been heard saying that green is the color of money, since there are many emerging technologies that are both environmentally conscious and renewable and deliver real value to businesses. Makes sense, right?
Despite this generally accepted definition of sustainability, I believe the word sustainability is becoming too attached to the environmental aspect of the triple bottom line—a proxy for “green,” if you will. This hit home for me this week as I was meeting with a VP of Marketing at a Fortune 200 company with a huge sustainability effort. They have made some real progress, and it truly is part of their brand ethos. As we were talking he said that he believes sustainability as a buzzword is waning and wondered out loud what was next.
As I reflect on this question and the company’s brand positioning, I realize he is saying green isn’t as new and different any more. In a way, this is a good thing. More and more companies are adopting broad sustainability initiatives as a fundamental business pillar, like quality systems in the 1990s. This bodes well for our long term ability to attack climate change, food dislocation, water shortages and other global challenges. On the other hand, I am concerned that we are losing sight of the real, multi-faceted definition of sustainability. The three pieces need go together to develop a true sustainability program, rather than an environmental program being presented as one. For example, a sustainably profitable business model is great, but if we destroy our environment and ignore social challenges we won’t have a marketplace. Likewise, we can do all the good we want for the environmental and social issues, but if we don’t have a durable value proposition we won’t be doing good for very long.
The other problem with sustainability becoming synonymous with only the environmental aspects is that it creates a communication problem. Green is polarizing. Some assume green means costs more and doesn’t work as well…that it’s only for tree huggers and college campuses, not big equipment or industry. Sustainability should imply value across multiple horizons. A sustainable investment should have a business ROI and an environmental or social ROI. As an industry we need to do better at explaining that goals founded in people, profit and planet can and do coexist.
I’ll have another post next week where I share my thoughts on what is the hot topic, if it isn’t “green.”
RSC Bio Solutions’ Envirologic® Hydraulic Fluid Approved by Rolls Royce for Stabilizers as VGP Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL)
June 12, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. (June 10, 2014) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, announced today that its EnviroLogic® 3068 biobased hydraulic fluid has been approved for Rolls Royce stabilizers as an environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) in order to meet the revised 2013 U.S. EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements now in effect.
RSC Bio Solutions Expands Reach of Envirologic EALs Through Agreement with AEGIR-marine
June 9, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. (June 3, 2014) – RSC Bio Solutions recently signed a partnership agreement with AEGIR-Marine to increase the availability of VGP-approved environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for stern tube seal applications. As part of the non-exclusive partnership, both companies will take responsibility for global distribution, as well as the performance of RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic EALs with AEGIR-Marine’s PRIME Seals.
Report from BIO World Congress
May 20, 2014
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO of RSC Bio Solutions
I always enjoy the opportunity to step away from the real-time work servicing our business and our customers to engage with peers and upstream technology companies deeply invested in Industrial Biotechnology. To that end, I had the chance to attend and speak at the BIO World Congress event last week in Philadelphia, Pa. Unlike many of the market segment-based trade events we participate in, events centered on biobased chemistry bring together players deeply focused on this technical area. You will find passionate professionals in many places, but in these events, people are driven by a sense that they are truly saving the world.
At RSC Bio Solutions, we share a passion for building a better, more sustainable world, but we tend to be much more focused on solving downstream user problems than I usually encounter at biotechnology conferences, where much of the energy is devoted to novel molecules, optimum feedstocks, pilot processing facilities and the like. I believe we are approaching a meaningful tipping point—a point that I am beginning to notice more and more at events like BIO World Congress. There is still the usual excitement around new sustainable chemical building blocks, but now I sense a meaningful shift in the dialogue towards building sustainable businesses. Companies are announcing new partnerships with brand owners, not just capital providers; case studies are presenting commercial solutions, not just drop-in chemistry to replace the petroleum analog; and more and more, the applications are proven in the field, not just in the lab. Of course, this is the natural evolution as new technology evolves, but you can see it happening.
We have been bombarded in the news recently with alarmingly high atmospheric CO2 levels and disturbing reports about polar ice melting. It often feels like we are paralyzed with the sense that the problem is too big, too nebulous or too complex for any one person or one company to solve. At RSC Bio Solutions, we are constantly reminding ourselves that this is a journey. We have much work to do over many years. So, we are dedicated first and foremost to solving problems for our customers, who are fighting right now just to survive in a very competitive environment.
The exciting takeaway for me last week was the realization that the industrial biotechnology industry seems to be getting better at translating technical advantages of biobased chemistry into value for end users. This helps them compete better now and also fuels a new wave of growth and innovation for biotechnology that will be a positive step towards addressing the larger challenges in the future.
May 15, 2014
RSC Bio Solutions is helping marine, off-shore and other heavy-machine intensive industries better prepare for inevitable spills, leakage and contamination, the company’s CEO said on Wednesday.
Waste Advantage Magazine
April 1, 2014
Understanding the benefits of bio-based products can lead to a safer, more productive and eco-friendly operation.
Evolving to Address Global Sustainability
April 1, 2014
Nearly four years ago, Mike Guggenheimer knew that sales at RSC Chemicals, an Indian Trail manufacturer of hands-on household consumer lubricant and cleaning products including Liquid Wrench and GUNK, were optimal.
But what if the company pushed the envelope, capitalizing on the same basic technology RSC Chemicals had been using for 90 years, and formed a sustainable solutions platform aimed at big industry: deep sea oil rigs, waste management, underwater construction and dredging?
RSC Bio Solutions Certifies Wire Lubricant As EPA VGP 2013 Compliant
March 20, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. (March 20, 2014) – RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® 268 wire rope, cable and chain lubricant has been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, self-certifies the product as a Vessel General Permit (VGP) 2013 compliant environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL).
Auburn University receives $50,000 gift from RSC Chemical Solutions for new minor September 2013
December 12, 2013
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s tribology and lubrication science minor, the first of its kind in the nation, recently received a gift from North Carolina-based RSC Chemical Solutions to provide scholarship and programmatic support.
RSC Bio Solutions Certifies Envirologic® 200, 200 EP Series Fluids, 802 Grease…
November 25, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 25, 2013) – RSC Bio Solutions announced today that its EnviroLogic® 200 and 200 EP series of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) and its EnviroLogic 802 grease, as well as the products’ constituent components, have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, certifies these lubricant and grease products as Vessel General Permit (VGP) 2013 Compliant.
Waste Pro USA Approves RSC BIO Solutions’ EnviroLogic® Hydraulic Fluid For Use In Fleet
November 13, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 13, 2013) – Waste Pro USA, Inc. announced today that it is has approved RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic hydraulic fluids in its fleet of 1,500 solid waste vehicles, following a year-long test program. Waste Pro is a privately-owned solid waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal company, serving more than two million customers in eight states from more than 70 operating locations.
September 17, 2013
Understanding on board lubricants – examining impact on performance and the environment too.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ EnviroLogic® Hydraulic Fluids, Safecare® Cleaners Certified Vessel…
September 16, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2013) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, announced today that its EnviroLogic® Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including hydraulic, stern tube and thruster oils, and SAFECARE® cleaners and their constituent components have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s definitions of biodegradable, minimally-toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, certifies its hydraulic fluids and cleaner products as 2013 VGP Compliant.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS Adds Roell As Technology VP
August 21, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. (Aug. 21, 2013) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, has added Bernie Roell as vice president of technology. RSC Bio Solutions is aggressively addressing the needs of the biobased chemical industry for new innovative solutions for a wide range of applications.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS Appoints Segment Managers To Focus On Growth
July 1, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. (July 1, 2013) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, is focused on growing its business in key markets and has organized its sales team into segments focused on growing private and public waste, marine construction, marine transport, utility fleets, offshore oil and gas and wind power industries.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS Organizes Leadership For Continued Growth Through Market Focus
May 30, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. (May 30, 2013) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in readily biodegradable cleaners, degreasers and functional fluids, has reorganized its leadership team following its announcement in January 2013 of acquiring a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of readily biodegradable functional fluids and lubricants.
RSC BIO SOLUTIONS delivers biodegradable, nonhazardous hydraulic fluid to WASTE PRO USA
May 21, 2013
NEW ORLEANS (May 21, 2013) – RSC Bio Solutions (Booth #4767) and Waste Pro USA, Inc. (Booth #4733) jointly announced this week at WasteExpo 2013 that RSC Bio Solutions is now supplying its nonhazardous, readily biodegradable EnviroLogic®
3000 series hydraulic fluid to Waste Pro’s fleet of waste collection vehicles.
March 22, 2013
Under the Draft 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and Small VGP, EPA will require vessel owners and operators to adopt environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) into their operations to further reduce their environmental impact starting in December 2013.
Leading Green Lubricants Manufacturer Expands Offering with Proven Cleaners, Degreasers and Solvents
March 11, 2013
Mentor, Ohio, March 11, 2013 – Terresolve Technologies, a global leader in environmentally safe fluid technology, in collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in safe cleaners and degreasers, announced that it now offers the proven SAFECARE® brand cleaning and degreasing solutions for the marine and offshore industries. Uniquely suited for offshore drilling operations, as well as marine transport and construction equipment, SAFECARE® is a comprehensive line of powerful, readily biodegradable cleaners, degreasers and solvents.
Leading Chemical Manufacturer Expands Biobased Offering through Unique Distribution…
March 6, 2013
Charlotte, NC, March 6, 2013- Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Sorbent Green, LLC, makers of GreenSorb®, an environmentally friendly absorbent that makes the management and disposal of fluid spills safe and easy. The agreement will directly benefit RSC and its sister company, RSC Bio Solutions, by bolstering their reputation as leading providers of innovative biobased solutions for industrial and automotive customers who are focused on performance without tradeoffs – ensuring the safety of their employees and the environment.
Utility Products article “Greening Your Fleet”
March 1, 2013
Electrical, cable and telecom utility companies have incorporated sustainable products into their fleets for years to accomplish a variety of business objectives. As fleet managers begin to look at the results from these greening initiatives, more companies are realizing tangible benefits and intangible strategic value that biobased and environmentally safe products bring to their companies.
Blumenthal Holdings, LLC Acquires Majority Share of Terresolve Technologies
January 22, 2013
Charlotte, NC, January 22, 2013 – Blumenthal Holdings, LLC, owners of Radiator Specialty Company (RSC), today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Terresolve Technologies, LTD, a leading manufacturer of biobased hydraulic and functional fluids and lubricants for the offshore marine, marine transport, oil and gas and turf care industries. The acquisition will complement RSC’s existing business, RSC Bio Solutions, LLC, and further solidify the company’s commitment to delivering high performance chemistries that do not negatively impact the environment or the employee safety of their industrial customers.
Waste Advantage Magazine
January 1, 2013
Today’s biobased chemical solutions have succeeded in debunking the myth that “green” products fail to work effectively for work truck fleets in the waste management industry. Biobased hydraulic fluids not only meet or exceed the performance of conventional, petroleum-based fluids, but also help mitigate operating costs and improve environmental impacts. Biobased cleaners and functional fluids can prove to be a more cost-effective choice for waste management companies by lowering the threat of potential risks to employees and the environment, such as expensive spill response, remediation and fines a company incurs if hazardous fluids are spilled or leaked onto soil, pavement or water during use.
December 1, 2012
Terresolve, an industry leader in producing environmentally safe lubricants and functional fluids, announced Rolls-Royce Deck Machinery (Brattvaag Group) has approved its EnviroLogic 3000 line of high-performance, readily biodegradable hydraulic fluids for use in its products.
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News
November 22, 2012
The EPA’s Proposed 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) will require vessel owners and operators to adopt environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) into their operations to further reduce their environmental impact starting in December 2013. This regulation brings a two-fold benefit to the industry by boosting the bottom line of both small and large vessel operations, while engendering positive change that ensures the preservation of ecosystems in which these vessels operate.
Commercial Carrier Journal
August 7, 2012
The massive industrywide effort that culminated in the family of low-emissions 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-compliant diesel engines is over. Now the industry is catching its collective breath and preparing for the next generation of heavy-duty diesel engines that will have to meet new federal greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards being phased in from 2014 through 2017.
July 18, 2012
In industry, it’s all about the uptime, and the upside in performance that drives cost-competitiveness. There, biobased lands a hand. In manufacturing, time is money. In fact, reducing errors and down time is a primary focus of the Deming system of quality management practices, and the Six Sigma movement initiated by Motorola and then taken around the world.
June 22, 2012
Safety considerations are just as important in the shop as they are out in the field. In fact, the confined environment of the shop can make small incidents turn into bigger problems.
March 22, 2012
While Washington debates how to reduce emissions within the electric utility sector, the nation’s utility providers are already planning how to become more environmentally responsible. These companies are investigating a range of options designed to green their fleets-including everything from alternative energy sources to adding hybrid vehicles to their fleets. One of the nation’s largest plug-in electric vehicle fleets is owned by an electric power company, which has committed that 100 percent of new fleet vehicles will be plug-in electric or electric vehicles by 2020. Another larger power provider uses 500,000 gallons of biodiesel in its trucks. Most utility companies that use biodiesel hybrid and electric vehicles are not doing so because of government mandates, but because they want to be good stewards of our natural resources while improving their business efficiency with safe, cost-effective green technology.
Manufacturer of Biobased Cleaners, Degreasers, and Lubricants Showcases Innovative Hydraulic Fluids
March 4, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 4, 2012) – RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in manufacturing and distributing non-hazardous, biobased cleaning, degreasing and lubricating products for the work truck industry, is heading to The Work Truck Show, March 6-8, in Indianapolis to exhibit its ENVIROLOGIC® 3000 Hydraulic Series at Booth #5468. Uniquely suited for work trucks, the ENVIROLOGIC® 3000 Series is a high performance line of readily biodegradable, non-hazardous hydraulic fluids.