ADDINOL – Lubricants Made in Germany

The German ADDINOL Lube Oil GmbH is one of the classic medium-sized oil manufacturers. Their engine and transmission oils play among the upper league according to their own information.

The history of the company goes back to 1936 when ADDINOL was founded. In the GDR ADDINOL – which is short for "Additive in Oil" – was one of the most popular brands. After the German reunification ADDINOL invested in a new seat at the chemical site Leuna in Saxony-Anhalt. In 2007 an own production plant and an additional logistics centre were opened. Today more than 600 products are being developed, produced and filled in Leuna. ADDINOL has sales partners in more than 70 countries and is represented on all continents. In Germany the sale is accomplished mainly through the mineral oil trade. The automotive product range of ADDINOL comprises engine and transmission oils with highest international specifications according to ACEA and API. The quality of the lubricants for all motor and commercial vehicles is attested by more than 150 approvals of leading OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) such as BMW, Daimler, the Volkswagen group, MAN, Porsche, Ford, Renault, Volvo, Deutz, Scania and MTU.

Approved by Volkswagen
The Volkswagen group places very high demands on the approval of engine oils. Approvals for service- and first-fill engine oils for longlife-application, as for example engine oils of VW standard 504 00/507 00, underlie a prototype technical release procedure and are valid for a specific place of production only. ADDINOL’s production site in Leuna was examined thoroughly by VW. The approval of the fully synthetic fuel-economy engine oil ADDINOL Mega light MV 0539 LE (Low SAPS, for VW vehicles with Service Interval Extension) with Leuna as binding production site was granted on the basis of the certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 and DIN EN ISO 17025:2005. However, VW does not only examine the production site itself. In the first year a sample of each batch of engine oils respectively approved needs to be provided to VW for comprehensive tests. ADDINOL Mega light passed this test procedure successfully and received the respective approval.

A highlight for workshops
ADDINOL Giga light MV 0530 LL, SAE 5W-30, is a fully synthetic engine oil of the new generation. It is designed as Low SAPS oil for modern gasoline and diesel engines with flexible service intervals. According to ADDINOL, Giga light is an all-rounder for workshops. It outperforms the requirements of specification ACEA A3/B4/C3 and is approved according to VW 504 00/507 00, MB-approval 229.51 and BMW Longlife-04. Thus it can be applied in almost all gasoline and diesel engines of passenger cars and transporters of VW, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Seat and Skoda as well as all vehicles requiring engine oils with ACEA A3/B4/C3 in their service manual, with only a few exceptions. ADDINOL Giga light is said to contain completely novel additives. These shall contribute to a considerable reduction of emissions to the benefit of the environment. Furthermore, ash deposits in the particle filter of turbo diesel engines are reportedly reduced by half which prolongs the service life of the filters significantly. Outstanding engine cleanliness is given as a clear sign of the engine oil performance; additionally the product provides high protection against wear and longlife-characteristics for all suitable engines.

Find the right product
With the OilFinder at the homepage of ADDINOL you can find the right lubricant on the basis of vehicle type and key number. Nearly 2,000 different models, 16,000 vehicle types and more than 400 products are available. Engine oils of different performance classes and lubricants for transmission, steering, brake and wheel bearing are being suggested. Even specific filling quantities are given. In addition, the ADDINOL OilFinder offers comprehensive information on the single products such as available packaging, a detailed picture of the label and of course the respective approvals and specifications.

German article published in amz 1-2/2009 (view German article here)

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