文章转载自2014年6月4日的《Lube Report》，作者为Lisa Tocci。英文报道详见：http://www.lubesngreases.com/lubereport/14_23/china/-7026.html 以下为中文简译。
百苑国际润滑的副总经理刘中文表示，中国的这家工厂将致力于满足全球对高品质润滑油和添加剂不断增长的需求，建成后工厂的 PAO 年产量可达15,000 吨。
百苑国际的市场部经理刘青才称，该工厂将制造三个等级的高粘度 PAO，并冠以 “Sinosyn”的品牌名称在市场上出售，其中包括150 cSt PAO，该产品预计将会对中国润滑油制造商产生较大吸引力，其主要用于制造SAE 20W-50 重型柴油机油等产品。
40 和100 cSt等级的PAO、以及浅色烷基化萘 (AN23)这些其它产品将在国外市场进行推广，首先将在北美市场销售。刘青才指出，这些合成润滑油是制造机油、工业齿轮油和润滑脂的理想原料。
位于德克萨斯州贝莱尔，靠近休斯顿的Novitas Chem Solutions 公司，已经签署成为百苑国际润滑合成基础油产品在北美的代理商。该公司本身是生产特种添加剂如抗磨剂TPPT（硫代磷酸三苯酯）。Novitas 的总经理 Liwen Wei 称，百苑国际还建成了一条供应链以确保其能够获取足够的癸烯，这是制造 PAO 必需的基础化学材料。
“为确保获得充足的烯烃，百苑国际合成基础油事业部与位于山西长治屯留煤油园区的潞安集团组建了各持股 50% 的合资公司。”Liwen Wei 告诉Lube Report。
刘中文和刘青才接受Lube Report访谈时表示，5月中旬，在美国佛罗里达州奥兰多举办的摩擦学者和润滑工程师学会 (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) 年会上，他们向世界展示了公司生产的产品，并对他们的计划在三年努力之后终于开花结果感到欣慰。
Naco to Stream PAO in China（By Lisa Tocci ? June 4, 2014）
Thanks to the startup this month of a polyalphaolefin plant in China, the world is getting a fresh source of high-viscosity PAO. By early July, officials with Naco Lubrication Co. Ltd. told Lube Report, their Shanghai facility will be making commercial volumes of high-viscosity PAO and other components used in making synthetic lubricants.
This marks the third new high-vis PAO plant to come on stream within a year, and follows hot on the heels of ExxonMobil Chemical's metallocene PAO plant in Baytown, Texas, which opened about two months ago and has 50,000 metric tons a year of capacity. In October, Chemtura completed construction of a plant in Ankerweg, Netherlands, with initial capacity of 5,000 t/y of conventional high-vis PAO; it eventually will reach 15,000 t/y.
The China plant will join these other new-builds in meeting the world’s growing appetite for high-quality lubricants and additives, indicated Zhongwen Liu, deputy general manager of Naco Lubrication. In addition to 15,000 metric tons per year of PAO, the plant will have capacity to make 10,000 tons of alkylated naphthalene, alkyl benzene and other specialties.
The facility will make three high-vis PAO grades, explained Qingcai Liu, manager of Naco’s marketing department. Sold under the SinoSyn trademark, these include a 150 centiStoke PAO that is intended to appeal to lubricant manufacturers in China, for making products such as SAE 20W-50 heavy-duty diesel engine oils.
Other grades, including 40 and 100 cSt PAO, and a light-colored alkylated naphthalene (AN23) will be made available to markets outside China, starting with North America. These synthetic base oils are used in engine oils, industrial gear oils and lubricating greases.
Novitas Chem Solutions, which is based in Bellaire, Texas, near Houston, has been signed to represent Naco's synthetic products in North America. Novitas itself manufactures specialty additives such as the antiwear agent TPPT (triphenyl thiophosphate). According to Liwen Wei, Novitas’ managing director, Naco took care to put a supply chain in place to ensure it has access to decene, the building block chemical needed for making PAO.
"With the intent to secure sufficient olefin supplies, Naco Synthetics formed a 50/50 joint venture with Lu’an Group at the Tunliu coal-to-liquids complex, located in Changzhi City, Shanxi province," Wei told Lube Report. Through this venture, Naco expects to secure 10,000 tons of olefins supply, he added.
Naco has done business as an international trading company since 1998, and is one of China’s largest importers and distributors of polyisobutylene used in lubricant manufacturing, according to Zhongwen Liu.
Zhongwen Liu and Qingcai Lui spoke with Lube Report in mid-May, during the annual meeting and exhibition of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, in Orlando, Fla. They had traveled there to unveil their products on the world stage, and were brimming with excitement to see their plans coming to fruition, after three years of effort.
The new plant, located in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, is the company's first move into manufacturing, but it won’t be its last, Zhongwen Liu said. Naco next plans to open a sister PAO plant in China’s Shangxi province, possibly during 2015.