ETNA is founded in 1943
A new line of drawing compounds were created to meet the requirements of the ammunition manufacturing industry that installed a new high speed machines to make shell cases used in WW II and the Korean Conflict.
Pigmented oils are released to draw shot blasted carbon steel bar and rod to eliminate the use of pre-coats such as lime or phosphate and soap.
Developed a line of drawing compounds for copper tubing industry that “burn clean” in annealing furnaces. A line of straight oils used to draw shot blasted carbon steel bar and rod without the use of pre-coats.
- 1960 ETNA relocates to it’s current headquarters in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
- 1968 Mechanical Products Division is formed to design and manufacture systems to apply,maintain or to remove lubricants used on metalworking and metal forming operations.
Water soluble lubricants used to produce brass plated tire wire for steel belted radial tires are released. The compounds aid in the adhesion of brass plated steel to the rubber used in tire construction.
Developed a new line of water soluble lubricants that are readily waste water treatable are released. These soluble oils reduce both Bacterial Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD).
- 1983 Speciality Chemicals Division is formed to manufacture esters and polymers used in specialty metalworking lubricants.
Etna pioneered the line of synthetic drawing compounds for the copper tube production industry. A Low Fume (LF) series of drawing lubricants for non-ferrous tube drawing are developed and released to reduce or eliminate the fume/ smoke. Most importantly the LF series improved quality of life for plant workers. Etna also launched a new line of mineral oil based drawing oils, this allowed for the left over residues from the bright annealing process to be acceptable to the R134a type refrigerants to be used in the final product.
- 1999 Etna Products, Inc. and Carl BECHEM Lubricants, GmbH embarked on a joint partnership creating ETNA-BECHEM. The new partnership brought a specialty line of greases, copper wire drawing and machining lubricants to the market.
2000’s and beyond
A line of non-chlorinated oils replaced the conventional chlorine extreme pressure additives, no pre-coats needed!
The Copper Development Association and Etna establish new safety guidelines for residual material in water tubes.
- 2001 ETNA-Tec is formed to develop a line of multi-functional acrylates for the paint and coatings industry
- 2008 ETNA and Carl BECHEM Lubricants create ETNA-BECHEM Europe, GmbH
Etna is working on developing non-mineral oil based lubricants to replace oil based products and a novel additive to replace chlorinated extreme pressure agents