New JOST eco-friendly organic grease for fifth wheel couplings

JOST has developed a completely biodegradable high-performance lubricant for its fifth wheel couplings. JOST’s new product is a very innovative and eco-friendly solution for the lubrication. The new organic grease is available as of 15th of March 2019.

Eco-friendly solution for lubrication 

Conventional connections between truck and trailer are made of steel and need to be lubricated regularly in order to avoid wear and damage. Under normal operating conditions, a fifth wheel coupling requires about 10 kilograms of lubricating grease per year. With a vehicle fleet of around 600,000 vehicles in Europe, this makes around 6,000 tons per year. This high amount of grease requires an eco-friendly solution like the biodegradable organic grease.

With the development of minimal lubrication with LubeTronic, JOST already succeeded in reducing the amount of grease needed to about 1.6 kilograms per year. Now, JOST is taking the next step by introducing a grease that is biodegradable in accordance with the OECD 301 B biodegradation test. Considering that JOST’s organic, high-performance lubricant actually exceeded the demands of the test, it received the rating of “readily biodegradable”, which means it degrades especially quickly and easily.

Organic grease without additional costs 

The lubricant is ideally formulated for use in combination with LubeTronic and is impressive from more than just an eco-friendly perspective. JOST will offer its organic grease at the same price as its commonly used grease. Thus, all JOST customers will be able to switch to the organic grease without incurring additional costs, thereby contributing to preserving the environment.

Lars Brorsen, Chairman of the Executive Board of the JOST Werke AG is excited by the new biodegradable, high-performance lubricant. “As our corporate group expands with sites around the world, so does our responsibility for the environment. Our products play an important part in reducing the ecological footprint left in the areas we specialise in and by the commercial vehicle industry in general. The development of the fully biodegradable organic grease means that JOST has taken an important step in the right direction.” JOST already showed the “green” grease at IAA 2018 in Hanover. It is available to dealers and customers as of 15th of March 2019.

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