2 November, 2017 – Shell today opened an integrated lubricants and grease production facility in Tuas, Singapore. At 10 hectares, the site size is equivalent to almost 25 football pitches. It is Shell’s 3rd largest lubricants plant in the world and 2nd largest in Asia-Pacific, capable of producing up to 430 million litres (equivalent to 390 kilotonnes) of lubricants and greases every year – enough to change the engine oil of over 12,000 cars, every hour, every day.
Speaking at the opening, Huibert Vigeveno, Shell Global Commercial, Executive Vice President (including Shell Lubricants) said: “This state-of-the-art, highly automated facility in Singapore was built to support our business ambitions here in the APAC region. It serves as a strategic production hub, and will be the centrepiece of our lubricants supply chain network to reliably supply our world-class lubricants to millions of customers in the region. Asia represents over 40% of the world’s lubricants demand, and is home to half of the world’s largest lubricants markets.
“This facility will also further strengthen our marine lubricant business’s presence here in Singapore, the world’s second busiest port.”
Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board, commented, “We are heartened by Shell’s commitment to improving productivity through the adoption of innovative technologies, which is aligned with the strategies of the Energy & Chemicals Industry Transformation Map. With a 50% increase in capacity and six-fold improvement in productivity over its previous plant, the new plant will be yet another great showcase of an Advanced Manufacturing facility that provides Singaporeans with good jobs.”
The new plant will be a production hub for products that will be shipped to more than 40 countries, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. It will produce lubricants carrying Shell’s globally renowned brands, such as Shell Helix (passenger car motor oil), Shell Rimula (heavy duty engine oil), Shell Tellus (hydraulic oil), Shell Alexia (two-stroke marine engine oil) and Shell Gadus (greases).
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Mary B. Walsh
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Shell fully owns and operates this plant, thus ensuring complete control over product quality.
The new facility will use state-of-the-art, highly-automated lubricant blending, filling and packaging technology. It is equipped with a stringent quality control system that tests lubricants at all stages of production to ensure products meet the high-quality specifications associated with Shell’s brands. All processes at the plant are fully automated and controlled at all stages by skilled operators at control panels installed at the control room and strategic locations in the plant. As part of the focus on quality products, the plant has been equipped with a dedicated world-class lubricant-testing laboratory.
It is located adjacent to the Singapore Lube Park (SLP) in Tuas, Singapore, a JV between Shell and two other partners who share its facilities. SLP contains an import-export jetty, pipelines and a tank farm.
Shell operates 50 lubricants blending and grease manufacturing plants globally, 16 of which are in located in Asia, specifically, in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.
Three out of Shell’s five base oil plants are in Asia.
About Shell Lubricants
The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in five plants; blend base oils with additives to make lubricants and manufacture grease in 50 plants; distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries. We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch – the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor – helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst – an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure. Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in China, Germany, Japan and the USA. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development. Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari and BMW Motorsport. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
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