About Molykote

For more than 65 years, design and maintenance engineers around the world have relied on MOLYKOTE® brand Smart Lubrication™ solutions from DuPont to solve or prevent lubrication problems and to save energy by reducing friction and wear.

Smart Lubrication

MOLYKOTE® brand lubricants are Smart Lubrication, born from centuries-old discoveries to solve the world's severe-duty lubricating problems. Designed for optimum lubricating and energy-saving solutions and supported by internationally recognized experts in lubrication products and services, MOLYKOTE® is known and trusted worldwide. Constantly expanded into new, innovative lubrication technologies, MOLYKOTE® is now respected globally with 65 Years of Smart Success.

Why does MOLYKOTE® stand for Smart Lubrication?

  • Heritage. Innovative heritage of DuPont with years of success in the market with the MOLYKOTE® brand.
  • Product Formulation. MOLYKOTE® brand solutions are engineered to meet application requirements.
  • Expertise. Internationally recognized lubrication experts provide MOLYKOTE® brand support.
  • Channels. World wide network of technical distributors for local supply and support.
  • Customers. MOLYKOTE® brand extends equipment life – and simplifies yours. MOLYKOTE® product and service solutions are designed to provide optimum value.

Molykote Brand Product Lines

One type of lubricant can't "do it all".  Therefore, DuPont provides six MOLYKOTE® types to meet your wide range of lubrication requirements.

Industrial Greases

These semi-solid lubricants, available in a range of consistencies, meet needs for severe-duty performance under high loads, in harsh environments, across wide temperature ranges and from slow to high speeds. The solid to semi-solid materials contain a lubricating fluid, thickening agent and additives. Specialized base oils include silicone, fluorosilicone and PFPE (per fluoropolyether). Applications for these greases include gears, all types of bearings, conveyor systems, slides, drives, pumps, valves, seats and shafts.

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Silicone Compounds

Grease like materials can serve a dual function of lubricating and sealing under light loads and high temperatures on metals, plastics, glass or rubber. Silicone fluids and inert silica fillers provide good resistance to oxidation and thermal degradation while maintaining key properties over a wide temperature range. Some of these products are certified (NSF 61) for use in food and beverage applications, as well as for uses involving potable water.

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Lubricating Oils

Performance-enhancing additives in synthetic or mineral oils meet lubrication requirements in compressors, pumps, gearboxes, chain drives, hydraulics and more. Different base oils and lubricating solids are blended with a solvent carrier that evaporates, leaving a wet-film lubricant in place.

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Anti-Seize Pastes

Contain high levels of lubricating solids for protecting industrial equipment components from galling, fretting corrosion and seizure or damage under high loads. Even if the grease or carrier oil is squeezed out or thrown off under load, the solids form a strong lubricating film on metal surfaces.

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Anti-Friction Coatings

Provide durable, dry-film bonded lubrication for parts industry, dirty environments and those inaccessible for re-lubrication. Often described as “lubricating paints,” these anti-friction coatings (AFCs) coat parts with a dry, slippery film that  fills in surface roughness and optimizes wear-surface friction, even under extreme loads and operating conditions.

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Lubricating Solids, Powders, and Dispersions

Specialized additives for extreme-load lubrication and for adding precise friction-control properties to industrial materials. A range of carefully formulated inorganic lubricating solids and powders can stabilize friction, improve friction recovery and remain stable under extreme temperatures.

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Molykote product past timeline
  • 1935

    Molybdenum Discoveries

    MOLYKOTE® lubricants were initially based on MoS2 and have expanded to include a wide range of solutions from mineral oils to synthetics.

  • 1948

    MOLYKOTE® Debuts Worldwide

    Within a few short years of their debut, MOLYKOTE® brand lubricants soared in worldwide availability and rapidly expanding applications.

  • 1950s

    First DGE members began distributing MOLYKOTE® in the 1950s.

  • 1970

    Growth & Change

    New products introduced include white pastes, metal-forming lubricants, and molynium.

  • 1980

    New products included pastes, AFCs and MOLYKOTE® "plus" Greases.

  • 2000

    Silicones Fuel Expansion

    DuPont's Silicone's globalization deepens within new operations in Germany and Japan.

  • 2016

    Next Generation Lubricants

    Silicone lubricants with enhanced lubricity characteristics under development.

Today's Possibilities

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Independent Certifications

DuPont provides a wide range of certified products to meet your industry or market regulations.  Utilize our expertise and experience with UL, FDA, NSF H-1, NSF H-2, NSF 51, NSF 61, Halal, Kosher, NLGI as well as other certification standards. Contact us for more details if you don't see a certification required for your application.

Technical Support

DuPont Tribologists and Application Engineers have combined decades of lubricant expertise to help support you.  With 3 lubricant laboratories across the globe, Dow Silicones is able to provide advanced testing and technical support.  Our experts are long-time members of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI), where we hold various leadership positions as well as lead many of their training courses.


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