Speciality lubricants and performance fluid business Shrieve has appointed Mark Burnett as general manager of the company’s UK operations (Shrieve Products International), which services the Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific regions.
Burnett has more than 30 years of experience in the sector, having previously served in management positions at businesses including Texaco and Chevron.
This position has been achieved through significant investment in people, technology and chemistries, with Shrieve now employing a world-class team of synthetic chemistry experts and application engineers. With a new manager at the helm, Shrieve plans to bring its brand of chemistry knowledge and specialist application insight to more businesses across the EMEA and APAC regions. The company provides an ever-increasing portfolio of high-performance solutions, focussing on customer need.
Burnett said: “Over the past three decades, Shrieve has established itself as an expert in speciality lubricants and performance fluids. From our technology centres in the US and China, we work closely with industry to formulate products that meet or exceed specific challenges posed from the development of new, more sustainable technologies.
This chemical excellence is precisely what industry needs. One example is in the automotive segment with mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems. The industry has moved towards HFO (hydrofluoro-olefin) refrigerants to minimise impact to the environment. However, there is a challenge in the suitable lubrication of MAC’s in vehicles employing the refrigerant R1234yf and the market is being offered a limited number of PAG lubricants which are promoted as suitable for use in these systems.
Taking this challenge a step further, the growth of the hybrid/electric vehicle market has added an additional layer of complexity to PAG lubricant formulation, as polyol ester (POE) lubricants have traditionally been the preferred choice in these systems.''