Environmentally conscious and sustainable product developments

We are pursuing a range of developments and measures that avoid emissions and reduce. Our research and development department is continuously working on innovative Solutions that reduce the burden on the environment and improve our customers' processes. Another step in this direction is the development of CO₂-optimized lubricants.
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Our process technologies for the production of CO₂-optimized lubricants

Gentle fission

In the "gentle splitting" process, oil-water phases are separated and deposits are removed and cleaned by filtration. The result is a clean product that is suitable for direct reuse. The lubricants recovered through "soft splitting" save up to 90 % CO₂ compared to conventionally produced lubricants based on petroleum raffinate.


With the help of our refinery, a base oil for the future is created - exceptional, sustainable and virtually waste-free. Our refinery products are sustainably produced, resource-saving and high-quality lubricants. The lubricants produced by "refining" save up to 75 % CO₂ compared to conventionally produced lubricants based on petroleum raffinate.


The production of lubricants with biogenic raw materials represents an additional option for the production of CO₂-optimized lubricants. Biogenic raw materials offer potential for environmentally friendly development, especially if recycling is not feasible. Examples of this include consumable lubricants such as punching oils and corrosion inhibitors, and by developing lubricants made from biogenic raw materials, we save up to 40 % CO₂ compared to mineral oils made from fossil raw materials.

Areas of application


Electromobility is the key to a sustainable future worldwide. more sustainable and CO₂-free mobility: The electrification of the drivetrain results in completely new requirements, which in turn Effects on the properties and composition of our lubricants. For For us, electromobility is the central element of a more sustainable and climate-friendly transportation system. For this reason, we are developing new lubricant solutions today and Cooling media for batteries, fuel cells, electric motors and power electronics.
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Environmentally sensitive areas

They combine the idea of ecology and
They are easily biodegradable (according to OECD degradability test) and technically mature.

  • Saw chain oils + tool cleaner
  • Hydraulic oils
  • Fats
  • Concrete release agent
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Energy-efficient cleaning

Low temperature cleaners that reduce energy consumption and
reduce the heat input in painting systems.

  • Process optimization
  • Saving energy and increasing economic efficiency with
    consistent or improved quality
  • Reduction of the cleaning and process temperature
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Printing ink developments

Our printing inks are
highly reactive systems which, thanks to their formulation
without any kind of volatile raw materials
get by. This offers economic benefits, but also
ecological advantages:

  • Mineral oil and solvent-free printing ink systems
  • Deinkable and recyclable printing ink systems
  • Energy-efficient LED printing ink systems
  • Compostable and low-migration printing inks
    for food packaging
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Recycling & recovery

The concept of recycling is deeply rooted at Zeller+Gmelin. Among other things, our subsidiary Südöl recycles used machine and engine oils and processes them into new base oils and fuels. In this way, they are reintroduced into the production cycle instead of being disposed of at great expense.
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