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Lubricants, Grease & Metalworking

For over 75 years, Acme-Hardesty has supplied the lubricant and metalworking fluid industry with the additives they need to make their formulations the most effective.  At Acme-Hardesty, we do more than connect our customers with sustainable and bio-based products from around the globe – we provide valuable insight that helps them solve problems and grow their business. Today we’ve evolved into one of the largest distributors of castor and palm derivatives, specialty ingredients and product options that are naturally and sustainably sourced.

Acme-Hardesty’s growing portfolio of bio-based products has been developed to match our customers’ needs and to provide solutions to their distinct challenges. We offer our customers high-performance, environmentally friendly ingredients that add further functionality to their end products Our team of experts paired with our ever-expanding product portfolio can help you formulate solutions to take your lubricants and metalworking fluids to the next level. Our fatty acids perform exceptionally well in a variety of functions, such as corrosion inhibitors and lubricity additives. Often, they represent formulation improvements that offer greater product uniformity and cost savings. Whether you’re looking for enhanced protection or improved performance, Acme-Hardesty has a product to meet your needs.

Castor Oil & Derivatives

Acme-Hardesty is recognized as one of the industry leaders of castor oil and derivatives. We provide our customers with a vast range of castor oil products that offer high performance in lubricants, greases, and metalworking fluids.

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Acme-Hardesty has long been an industry leader in castor oil and castor oil derivatives. Castor oil is a renewable, sustainable natural choice for your lubricant applications, as well as a starting point for an assortment of derivative chemistries. Through our broad range of castor products, we can satisfy the needs of several application fields, such as automotive lubricants, metalworking fluids, process oils, grease, and more.


Acme-Hardesty offers a wide range of fatty acids, fatty alcohols, methyl esters, and other oleochemicals sourced responsibly from producers around the world.

The palm oil and PKO-based products are available as RSPO Mass Balance

logo_rspo_13165Acme-Hardesty is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil). Check out our progress

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Acme-Hardesty is your single source for high quality, sustainable oleochemical products made from natural and renewable raw materials. As a leading oleochemical supplier, we pride ourselves in providing sustainable resources to manufacturers across the world. We’ve been working with sustainable products for over seven decades and supply more than 20 products certified by BioPreferred® and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). We offer a wide variety of fatty acids, methyl esters, fatty alcohols, glycerin and more! If your company is interested in using oleochemicals, Acme-Hardesty has the right oleochemical for you.

Specialty Esters

Acme-Hardesty’s offers an extensive line of highly biodegradable esters derived mainly from fatty acids and renewable raw materials.

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Our supplier partner, Temix Oleo, has a long history of producing highly biodegradable esters derived from renewable resources. Combining experience and innovation, Temix Oleo pays particular attention to a sustainable chemistry, promoting the use of selected renewable and biodegradable raw materials in lubrication market. Through Temix’s expansive product offering, we can satisfy the needs of several application fields, such as industrial lubricants, high temperature oils, compressor oils, biodegradable and fire resistant hydraulic oils, metalworking and many more.

Performance Additives

We know how significant high-quality, functional ingredients and innovative technologies are to our customers. That’s why the Acme-Hardesty team is constantly bringing on new, cutting edge ingredients into our portfolio.

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Acme-Hardesty has an ever-expanding portfolio of specialty ingredients and performance additives to help our customers create unique solutions in a continually changing market. We know how important high-quality, innovative technologies are to our customers. That’s why Acme-Hardesty is continually searching for state-of-the-art products to help our customers boost performance of their end products and set them apart from the rest.

The Lubricants and Grease Market

The lubricants and greases market includes a wide variety of products, primarily involved in the automotive and industrial industries. Used to decrease friction between rotating mechanical parts or to seal gaps between pieces of equipment, lubricants and greases are found across industry in a variety of machines, from hydraulic seals to automotive applications.

The lubricant and greases market is projected to grow significantly over the next few years. This is primarily due to the expansion of vehicle ownership across the world and the increase in automation in factories. As the amount of machinery in the world increases, the amount of lubricant and grease needed to produce and maintain that machinery also increases.

Market interest in sustainable greases and lubricants has increased over the past decade as well. The bio-based lubricants market has been growing at a healthy rate since 2012, between five and 10 percent per year across the world. Between increasing worldwide attention to environmental concerns and concerns with the future of petroleum-based products, more industrial customers than ever are considering sustainable alternatives and ethical lubricant additive suppliers.

Acme-Hardesty can help you achieve more with our lineup of bio-based products. We firmly believe in the power of sustainability, which is why we provide nothing less than responsibly sourced, bio-based products. No matter how much demand grows, we’ll continue to provide ethically sourced solutions to meet our customers’ needs.

Lubricant and Grease Chemicals

A range of chemicals are used within the lubricant and grease industry, including lubricity additives, grease additives and metalworking additives. Acme-Hardesty provides a range of them, all ethically sourced and guaranteed high quality. Our lineup of fatty acids for metalworking grease and industrial lubricant applications includes:

12-Hydroxy Stearic Acid (HSA)

12-hydroxy stearic acid is a castor oil derivative prepared via hydrogenation, which is the process of adding hydrogen to produce a chemical reaction. Typically produced in white solid form, 12 HSA is often used in the manufacturing of lithium grease and lubricants. We sell this lubricant additive as flakes packaged in bags and super-sacks. Online, 12 HSA customers can also purchase the product in 50# bags.

AHCOHOL 1698 (Cetyl Alcohol NF)

Cetyl alcohol NF is a long-chain fatty alcohol featuring 16 carbon atoms and a white solid appearance in its natural state. Among the numerous cetyl alcohol applications include it being used as a metalworking lubricant.

Acme-Hardesty offers a vegetable-based cetyl alcohol product in NF and kosher grades and in pastille or liquid form that is GMO-free and contains no residual solvents. Packaging options for this effective lubricant additive include bags and isotanks. Our cetyl alcohol product also offers a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture.

Dioctyl Sebacate (DOS)

DOS is another castor oil derivative that is extremely resistant to cold and heat and offers excellent insulation. These properties make DOS ideal for industrial lubricant applications such as a base for engine lubricating oils. We feature DOS in a clear liquid form packaged in drums. Our DOS products also have a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture when stored in accordance with MSDS regulations.

Rubber Grade Stearic Acid (RGSA)

RGSA features the lowest C18 content of any stearic acid product we sell. This makes it ideally suited for many lubrication and grease manufacturing applications. For instance, RGSA serves as an effective mold release lubricant for sintering as a thickening agent in greases. You’ll find RGSA available from Acme-Hardesty in veg or tallow flakes packaged in bags or super-sacks. RGSA shelf life is one year for our tallow product and two years for veg.