Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc. has been a leader and an advocate for the use of biobased and environmentally friendly lubricants and greases. The company personnel are active in writing and presenting on biobased products. Our blogs are intended to share our experiences and knowledge with the rest of the world in an attempt to help others join our movement.



There is a saying that expresses some of the problems in grease processing: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

A careful inventory of the greases currently in use can reveal opportunities to switch to a few types of multipurpose grease.

Until recently, energy savings have been marginal and difficult to achieve without compromising finished lubricant quality. Now two new manufacturing techonologies are changing the game.

ELM, a leading manufacturer of Biobased/Biodegradable grease and lubricants is increasing its international presence by opening an office in Singapore.

Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Biobased/Biodegradable grease in the United States, is expanding its production resources.

Although biobased and biodegradable lubricants have been around since 1980s, there is still a need to clarify the difference between natural vegetable oils, chemically modified vegetable oils, esters made from vegetable oils and the resulting biodegradable products.

Transforming Technologies in Grease Industry Biobased Grease and Microwave Based Reactors

This paper reports results from over a year of field test investigation of two grease dispensers on a short line railroad.

This paper covers greasing of rail curves to reduce friction and noise.

This article features the use of biobased oils in treating railroad ties, utility poles, home decking boards, and provide a water-resistant coating.

This comprehensive document covers test methods used for evaluating biobased hydraulic oils… prepared by Professor Lou Honary.

Presented at the ELGI annual conference, this paper was published by Lou Honary.

As part of activities in the ELGI working group, Lou Honary proposed a draft specification of the key requirements of grease for gage face lubrication.

This news release featured the introduction of ELM’s new microwave reactor for manufacturing thicker products that require aggressive mixing.

This article appeared in the UK based Lube Magazine by Lou honary and covers various aspects of biobased lubes and greases.

Where to Get ELM Products

ELM products are offered under various private labels. So, it’s likely that many brands of biobased lubricants and greases offered are manufactured and packaged by ELM. There are some companies and distributors that offer the ELM products under the ELM brand names. The following is a sampling of some of the companies that offer ELM products. ELM offers products only through distributors. Please e-mail or call for more information on where to get ELM’s products.

Laboratory Operations Manager

Phone: 319-824-5203

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Sales and Marketing

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Distributor Information

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