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Shell opens first lubricant research centre in China

Team OD  /
26 Mar 2014

Shell has opened its first technology centre in China. The centre is located at Shanghai's Zhangjiang High-Tech Park and will develop lubricant products for China and other Asian countries.

This facility is dedicated to the research and development of lubricants and oils and application for China and the wider Asia region covering countries such as India, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

Shell (Shanghai) Technology Limited will join a global network of 10 Shell R&D centres.  These centres are linked to the technology hubs in Amsterdam, Bangalore and Houston.

Photo 1Shell executives at the new Shanghai R&D facility

The new centre is spread over nine floors and encompasses 8,600sqm. Its laboratory facility will work in tandem with centres in Hamburg and Houston to enable the company to hold important stages in product development like field trials, performance demonstrations and bench testing. This centre will develop oils and lubricants for use in a wide range of applications like heavy duty engine oils, transmission fluids, passenger car motor oils, motorcycle oils, industrial oils and greases.

Photo 3The new Shell R&D facility in Shaghai

Matthias Bichsel, Shell's Projects & Technology Director, said,  The Shanghai facility will proudly bring Shell's technology leadership even closer to customers and partners in the region. Shell has long been at the forefront of lubricant science and technology. We recognise that better oils and greases can lead to energy savings and improved machine performance."

SHELL OPENS FIRST RESEARCH CENTRE IN CHINA


Today, Shell formally opened a new technology centre in Shanghai, China dedicated to research and development into lubricants and oils. The centre (Shell (Shanghai) Technology Limited) will focus on lubricant product development and application for China and the wider Asia region covering countries such as India, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Matthias Bichsel, Shell's Projects & Technology Director, said, "The Shanghai facility will proudly bring Shell's technology leadership even closer to customers and partners in the region. Shell has long been at the forefront of lubricant science and technology. We recognise that better oils and greases can lead to energy savings and improved machine performance." The centre will become a part of Shell's network of lubricants laboratories, working closely with the other two centres, in Hamburg, Germany and Houston, USA. These are part of a wider 10-centre strong global network of Shell R&D centres. "The new centre reflects the direction of the Shell Lubricants business today and the central role that China plays in its long-term growth strategy," said Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice-President Shell Lubricants. "We are well-positioned to meet the anticipated growth in demand in the region. Locating in Shanghai will help us work more closely with our customers and shape mutually beneficial collaborations." The research work in this 8,600 sq m, nine storey building will cover a wide range of product applications including passenger car motor oils (PCMOs), motorcycle oils (MCOs), heavy duty engine oils (HDEOs), transmission fluids, as well as industrial and speciality oils and greases. It will also cover oils for the shipping sector. It will also provide hands-on technical services to customers. Staff at the centre will also liaise with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and academic institutions in the region. Its laboratory facilities will enable the running of field trials, performance demonstrations and bench-testing. "Shell wants to be the most competitive and innovative energy company in the world so it is natural for us to set up a key lubricants technology establishment in this 'innovation incubator'. We will be able to explore competitively advantaged technology solutions for business growth and we can establish a forum for technical collaboration with original equipment manufacturers and research institutes in China. We aim to be able to attract the best talent in China. " stated Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Chairman of Shell Companies, China The new centre is located at Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park – one of China's most high profile technology and innovation parks. The Zhangjiang Park was established 20 years ago and has played a leading role in boosting innovation, nurturing talents and promoting R&D collaboration in Shanghai and more widely in China.
  

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