Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. recently announced that its high-performance synthetic base stock, Elevance Aria WTP 40, has been certified as HX-1 food grade. This certification expands upon the base stock's current potential applications to include those that involve food processing and other applications requiring HX-1 certification.

According to the certificate issued to the company, Elevance Aria WTP 40 is "acceptable as an ingredient for use in an H1 lubricant, anti-rust film or release agent with incidental food contact up to 10 ppm, for use in and around food-processing areas where there is a potential exposure of the lubricant to food." HX-1-certified base stock, as a component of H1 lubricants, is important in lubricant applications for materials manufactured according to good manufacturing practice that are common in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Elevance Aria WTP 40 is a high-viscosity base stock co-polymer that has GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It combines the composition and properties of esters and polyalphaolefins (PAOs) into a single high-performance product to improve seal compatibility, wear resistance and cleanliness. This is especially important in the food and pharmaceutical industries where there are more complex needs, including greases for bearings, joints and gears; freezing, baking and pressing applications; can seaming; and enclosed gear applications.

"The HX-1 certification provides Elevance Aria WTP 40 customers globally with the ability to meet growing demand for a food-grade solution that performs better than traditional PAO-based formulations and can be used across a wide range of applications," said Robin Weitkamp, senior vice president for Elevance. "In addition, we continue to work with new customers every day to uncover expanded uses for this innovative base stock."

Elevance is currently offering a field trial support program to help qualified customers accelerate Aria-based reformulation projects and commercialization activities in North America and Europe.

For more information, visit www.elevance.com.