Shell opens 1st research centre in China
Shell has reportedly 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 was quoted as saying, “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 longterm growth strategy. 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,” Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice-President Shell Lubricants reportedly said.
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, the company informs. 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 benchtesting.