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Lubricants are made by combining base oil, the raw material, with additives that are used to compensate for certain traits.
SK Innovation produces Yubase™, premium base oil with a very high viscosity index, and ZIC™, our own lubricants using Yubase™.
With our premium base oil and lubricant, and over 100 kinds of engine testing devices and lubricant performance equipment, we have
attained leadership in the global market. We have been developing a variety of lubricant products including new automotive lubricants, industrial lubricants, specialty oils, and spray oils. We will further diversify our product line-up and spectrum in the base oils area through continuing research on base oil manufacturing processes.
- 1. Group III Base Oil (YUBASE)
YUBASE™ is a leading global brand which accounts for over 40 percent of the world Group III base oil market. SK Innovation has developed, brought to market its unique base oil process technology,
and won patents for it in 23 countries around the world.
70 percent of total YUBASE™ production is shipped to global energy companies. In addition to the
three plants located in Korea, we completed base-oil plant at a production facility of Pertamina,
a state-run petroleum company in Indonesia, to meet growing demand, and launched operations there in 2008. Nowadays, we decided to build another plant with Repsol at Spain.
- 2. Heavy Base Oil
SK Innovation has been developing various manufacturing processes to expand its products spectrum not only for Group III lubricants,
but also for other kinds of base oil.
In particular, we are focusing on developing heavy base oils, such as 500V and Bright Stock, which are used as engine oil for
automobiles, as gear oil for industrial use, as hydraulic oil, and as shipping oil. SK Innovation has successfully completed heavy base oil-producing technology and applied it to plant at Ulsan CLX.
To achieve an enhanced position in the world market in the coming years, we will continue to widen our product spectrum.
- 3. Premium Lubricant (ZIC™)
ZIC™ is an unbeatable, high-performance lubricant which has been named one of No. 1 power brands in Korea. Using finely calibrated performance and engine-testing equipment, we isolate the attributes of engine oil that are best described as “slight, but sensitive” and reflect them in our product formulas. After field-testing, we launch only proven products, whose quality never goes unrecognized by our
Based on these outstanding technologies and product quality, we have partnered with global car and engine manufacturers including
Hyundai Motor, Renault Samsung Motors, Doosan Infracore, and General Motors of the U.S. on joint research and development. We
also develop high-performance products that meet the quality standards of prominent motor companies around the world, including
General Motors, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Volvo, and Renault.