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.

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