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ExxonMobil’s equipment group celebrates centennial

Oilfield Technology,

This year ExxonMobil’s Equipment Builder Group, dedicated to helping optimise the performance of machinery and equipment in the oil and gas industry, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Group specialises in working alongside leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in over 150 countries to develop high-performance lubricants which can help oil and gas companies to improve the safety, environmental awareness and productivity of their operations.

Equipment Builder Group

Established in 1914, the Equipment Builder Group has helped OEMs maximise industrial equipment performance and design. Comprised of technical experts and engineers with backgrounds across many disciplines, the Group is often involved with OEMs from the start of equipment conception through to design and construction. This unique level of insight, from the ground up, enables the team to develop recommendations on formulating lubricants that help to optimise the performance of equipment.

Gears and bearings

These relationships have enabled ExxonMobil to push the boundaries in regards to lubrication formulation and performance. For example, next generation products such as Mobil SHC Gear™ oil have the potential to help industrial organisations secure tangible benefits such as outstanding protection of gears and bearings as well as extended oil life even under extreme conditions. The new gearbox oil range can also offer the potential to improve the energy efficiency of oil and gas equipment, with some tests recording energy savings up to 3.6%.


“For 100 years, ExxonMobil’s Equipment Builder Group has been helping leading oil and gas OEMs develop new equipment which can help to improve their customer’s operations. Today the Group continues to dedicate significant resources to build innovation-led relationships with equipment builders worldwide and develop lubricants which will help industrial organisations optimise the performance of their operations today and into the future,” commented Rainer Lange, Mobil SHC Brand Advisor - Europe, Africa & Middle East, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants.

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Synthetic lubricants

The Equipment Builder Group has been at the forefront of ExxonMobil securing an extensive range of OEM approvals and recommendations for its high performance products. ExxonMobil’s flagship Mobil SHC™ synthetic lubricants are approved for use in more than 10,000 applications and have preferential endorsements from more than 2500 equipment builders. The Mobil SHC 600™ Series oils alone are approved for use in 1800 applications by more than 500 major equipment builders, including Siemens, for use in Flender gearboxes.

Online product selector

To further help oil and gas companies determine the right oil or grease for their machinery, ExxonMobil has developed Looble™ - an online Mobil-branded industrial lubricant product selector. This service enables industrial plant operators and maintenance professionals to match their equipment needs with lubrication recommendations for machinery manufactured by more than 6500 equipment builders and OEMs around the world.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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