Chemtura's Anderol scores first GE approval

Anderol 5000 Plus EP is the first product to gain the new gear oil specification approval from GE.

The Speciality Lubricants division of lubes and additive producer, Chemtura, announced the approval ahead of the new D50E35 specification for Off-Highway Vehicle gearbox applications which comes into force on 1 January 2016.

Aimed at protecting gearboxes which often face extreme conditions in sectors such as mining and construction, the spec requires rigourous benchtesting to ensure resistance to component micro-pitting and high-load/low-speed stress.

The new General Electric spec replaces the old D50E27 standard, with the Anderol approvals meeting ISO VG 220, 320, 460 and 680.  According to the company, 5000 Plus EP combines polyalphaolefin and ester additives to create a balanced synthetic lubricant which offers a range of benefits essential for the stresses of off-highway activity.  The products has also gained approvals from a number of other Tier 1 suppliers including Sumitomo and Maag Gear.