Technical Applications2021-04-08T10:10:08+02:00



Performance chemicals for technical applications

IOI Oleo offers a range of products for technical applications under the brand name SOFTENOL.® Our products are based on renewable raw materials and developed for the following markets:

  1. Lubrication

    SOFTENOL® 3108 is a biodegradable lubricant which drastically reduces friction between cable and cable duct when telecommunication cables are laid.

  2. Metal-working

    SOFTENOL® 3829 is a heat-resistant lubricant of high oxidative stability, which is used in deep drawing, stamping, bending or embossing of aluminium or tinplate foils.

  3. Plastic processing additives

    IOI Oleo GmbH provides a wide range of components needed for the formulation of EPS coating additives. As a special service for that industry, IOI Oleo GmbH develops customer-specific ready-to-use blends, which guarantee an optimized performance of the individual EPS type.


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