When fuel additives are blended, there is a process that takes place that means a lot to you in terms of value. The base products that do the work in a fuel additive are called “Active Ingredients”. These are chemical substances that may include things like:
- Cetane Improvers
- Anti-Foulants or Detergents
- Thermal Stabilizers
- Storage Stabilizers
- Corrosion Inhibitors
- Lubricity Improvers
- Emulsifiers or Demulsifiers
- Pour Point Depressants
Based on what the additive blender is trying to achieve, some or all of these Active Ingredients are blended together and immersed in a solvent, which are normally petroleum based liquids or mineral oils.
Here is the big issue: believe it or not, some additives in the market contain as little as 3% active ingredients, while the handful of good products available contain 75% to 100% active ingredients.
So how can you tell good from not so good? Simple: the lighter in colour, the more solvent and the less active ingredients. This may not hold true when the main ingredient of the additive is an alcohol derivative.
All 4+ products contain high levels of active ingredients, and we always stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations on treatment rates as they are supplied in ppm (parts per million).
For 4+ users, this means:
- Lower Treatment Costs - Because our products are so concentrated, they typically treat more fuel than others (just compare).
- High concentration levels mean that we are able to offer true multi-functional products in one container (for example: 4+ Premium contains 8 active ingredients and 4+ Arctic contains 9).
- Value for money - High concentration of active ingredients means that you are buying active ingredient not solvent.
- Reduced shipping costs - We don’t have to ship as much product as the typical additive blender does and we pass the savings on to you.
- Environmental Responsibility - Lower shipping costs translate into lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions.