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LANXESS’ Wayne Mackwood honored for grease industry contributions

  • Recipient of NLGI’s 2019 John A. Bellanti Sr. Memorial Award

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 12, 2019– LANXESS Global Head of Detergent and Grease Technology Wayne Mackwood was recently honored by the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) with the esteemed John A. Bellanti Sr. Memorial Award during the 2019 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. The award acknowledges meritorious service on the NLGI Board, on technical committee projects, or to the industry in general. The NLGI is a trade association working to promote the technical advancement of grease lubrication and is primarily composed of companies who manufacture and market all types of lubricating grease.


NLGI President Joe Kaperick states: “Wayne is richly deserving of this tremendous recognition for his tireless work on behalf of the NLGI, and within the lubricating grease industry. He has served on the NLGI Board of Directors for eight consecutive years and contributed mightily in several committee and technical roles. Wayne’s acumen and leadership capabilities were also recently validated by his elevation to the position of Treasurer and appointment to the NLGI Executive Committee in 2018.”


Mackwood is recognized as an expert in the design, manufacture and use of Calcium Sulfonate Complex grease; he has developed more than 150 grease formulations and continues to be active in the development and introduction of new detergent formulations and technology. Although he has spent the majority of his 25-year career as a scientist, Mackwood has also held roles in marketing and asset management. His contributions to the field include authoring more than a dozen technical papers, holding two patents, and giving more than 20 technical presentations at leading industry conferences and seminars around the world. In addition to his NLGI service, Mackwood has also served on the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Board of Directors in the past and remains active at the local level. He holds a master’s degree in Materials Engineering Science with a focus on Tribology from the University of Western Ontario.  


At LANXESS, Mackwood heads global application technology for detergents and grease within the Lubricant Additives business, based at the company’s Application Technology Center in West Hill, Ontario. 


LANXESS is a leading supplier of a complete portfolio of synthetic base stocks, additive components, additive packages and synthetic finished fluids used in a wide range of applications and industries, including automotive, industrial, metalworking, marine and aviation.  For the grease industry, LANXESS provides a complete high-performance solution, from components to finished greases. 


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.2 billion in 2018. The company currently has about 15,500 employees in 33 countries and is represented at 60 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.


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