JV aims to grow To­tal lu­bri­cants of­fer­ing

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A 50/50 JOINT VEN­TURE HAS BEEN FORMED by in­ter­na­tional oil and en­ergy com­pany To­tal and the long­time New Zealand im­porter and dis­trib­u­tor of its lu­bri­cants, Oil In­tel.

The JV, be­tween Oil In­tel and To­tal Mar­ket­ing & Ser­vices, ce­ments their strong 20-year part­ner­ship, they say – and is in­tended to ex­pand To­tal’s lu­bri­cants of­fer­ing here.

It also “sig­nals strong con­fi­dence in the NZ mar­ket and rep­re­sents a strate­gic drive to be close to our cus­tomers in in­dus­tries such as min­ing, in­dus­trial, food pro­duc­tion, agri­cul­ture, au­to­mo­tive, constructi­on and trans­port.”

Oil In­tel man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and co-share­holder Reuben Thick­penny says: “Achiev­ing growth by be­ing the best at what we do has al­ways been my key fo­cus. It is what the busi­ness was built around.”

And, he adds: “We al­ways felt well-sup­ported in this vi­sion by To­tal.”

The com­pa­nies say that both par­ties “are fur­ther united by a shared mis­sion of con­duct­ing busi­ness re­spon­si­bly: Over the years, we have taken in­dus­try-lead­ing steps to­wards re­spon­si­ble trad­ing, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.”

One ex­am­ple, they say, is the Lubri­cant Con­tainer Ste­ward­ship Pro­gramme, “whereby NZ oil com­pa­nies col­lec­tively work to­wards a sus­tain­able process of re­cy­cling lubri­cant con­tain­ers. Oil In­tel is one of the lead­ing par­ties in push­ing this project to suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion.

“This is in line with To­tal’s am­bi­tion to be the re­spon­si­ble en­ergy ma­jor, sup­ported by ini­tia­tives such as pro­grammes on used oils re­cy­cling part­ner­ships or biodegrad­able lubri­cant ranges.”

To­tal Mar­ket­ing & Ser­vices VP spe­cial­ties and BtoB for the Asia Pa­cific and Mid­dle Eastern re­gion, Chris­tine Richard, says the com­pany is look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­ni­ties the JV brings.

“I am proud of our col­lec­tive achieve­ments over the last two decades. Our cus­tomers have come to rely on the con­sis­tency of qual­ity ser­vices and we are fully com­mit­ted to de­liver in­no­va­tive and re­spon­si­ble so­lu­tions to the NZ mar­ket.”

Hast­ings-based Oil In­tel, founded in 1999, serves 12 NZ in­dus­try seg­ments with over 50 prod­uct cat­e­gories.

T&D

Oil In­tel MD Reuben Thick­penny

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