One thing Idemitsu Lubricants America (ILA) isn’t short on is industry know-how. Founded way back in 1911, the company has over 100 years of experience in the lubricant industry.

ILA has been in the United States for over 25 years. A wholly owned subsidiary of Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan, ILA has manufacturing operations in Jeffersonville, Ind., and sales offices in Southfield, Mich., and Torrance, Calif. The company, which employs over 180 people in the U.S., also operates a state-of-the-art blending facility that is continuously being updated.

ILA supplies a wide range of high-performance lubricating oils for automobiles, metalworking operations, equipment manufacturing and many other product applications. The MTI member’s line of quench oils helps keep its customers in compliance with CQI-9 and other quality standards. But what makes ILA stand out is that it offers quench oils and water-soluble polymers for virtually every commercial and captive heat-treat application.

The company’s quench oils have some of the shortest vapor phases to minimize distortion. An extremely high resistance to oxidation compared to competitive quench oils results in cleaner parts. ILA’s I-LAS quench-oil analysis is performed in an ISO 9001/ TS19649-certified lab, which is required by many quality systems.

As one of the largest global suppliers of quench oil, ILA has various PPAP approvals for its quench oils and polymers. The company meets some of the more difficult PPAP approvals, including those designating minimal bainite formation. ILA has even gained PPAP approval from one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world for its quench oils to be used in the heat treatment of the company’s latest transmission.

ILA provides an in-depth consultation to establish a customer’s baseline quenching challenges and then discusses possible technology issues. This consultation includes on-site evaluations as well as interviews with engineers and operators. ILA selects only the highest-quality ingredients to address a customer’s heat-treating needs and recommends a formulation that provides long-lasting quality and thermal stability. Once a product has been suggested, ILA has the ability to analyze the quench severity conditions in order to evaluate and analyze performance.

One thing that ILA takes seriously is its impact on the environment. As such, the company continuously contributes to the realization of a sustainable society by mitigating the environmental impact of its business; complying with all applicable laws and regulations; and conducting business by taking into consideration the interests of consumers and communities.

ILA is not resting on its laurels. In 2016, the company launched a research-and-development facility in Wixom, Mich., that is focused on developing and introducing new product formulations; running and monitoring advanced field trials; and collaborating with its customers’ own R&D efforts to help optimize their lubrication solutions. ILA is also planning on expanding its PPAP approvals to include other major OEMs across the country.

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