AMCOL History

AMCOL, formerly known as the American Charcoal Company, began as a family operated foundry supply house in 1902. In the late 1940s, we began to focus our efforts on lubricants, release agents, quenches, and other chemicals for use in die casting of zinc and aluminum.

 

Throughout the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, AMCOL began to focus on other emerging metalworking industries, including welded steel tube manufacturing and cold roll forming.  Our motto soon became “helping industry meet ecological criteria since 1902”.

 

In the 1990s AMCOL pioneered the creation of the Minimum Quantity Lubrication Systems. Early technologies were crude and expensive. Today, our applicators are designed for industrial environments and the lubricants are tailored to a variety of specialized applications.

 

The concept of Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) was a springboard to carry AMCOL to the present-day holistic approach for the use and application of metalworking fluids. In this way, MQL is the pairing of high performance lubricants (generally “green” chemistries) dispensed with extremely accurate and repeatable spray equipment. Today AMCOL offers a variety of different MQL fluids that are marketed under the CANMIST trade name and 6000 series spray application equipment to dispense these fluids.

 

The matching of chemicals and dispensing systems is now integral to our product offering. Today we also offer metalworking coolants and related filtration systems, release agents with air atomized spray, electrostatic powder systems, and in-line tube coating systems.

 

AMCOL is now officially a fifth generation family business, located in Hazel Park, Michigan, but our presence is worldwide. We look forward to hearing from you on how we can help to improve your metalworking facility.

Proven technology, refined over decades