Total Lubricants Technical Centre
A tour of Total’s world-class research centre in Mumbai: the Technical Centre Asia Pacific (TCAP)
Tour of the lubricant company’s research centre in Mumbai
Total is a
leading name in the oil and gas space, specialising in lubricants, special fluids, fuel additives, and fuels. You might have seen their logo in motor sport, for they are the exclusive fuel supplier for the Moto2 and Moto3 world championships. The company is always in the process of developing new products for the ever-changing market, and the Technical Centre Asia Pacific (TCAP) is Total’s R&D centre dedicated to product development for the entire Asia-Pacific region as well as the Middle East.
Established in 2012 at Mahape, near Mumbai, the TCAP was set up as a strategic advancement in the region to assist with product development, analysis, product training and field testing. The key functions of the facility include the development of adapted products and technical support to key industrial customers and OEMs according to their specific requirements. The centre also focuses on providing solutions to customers’ demands and adapting existing products through the integration of local components when required. R&D is carried out in different areas, including developing lubricants using local components, developing new customised formulations and improving the performance of an already existing lubricant.
All of these processes are handled by the 30 highly skilled researchers and technicians who are qualified to conduct over 150 tests using state-ofthe-art scientific instruments, wherein they assess the viscosity, heat-resistance and emulsifying properties of their various products. I did enjoy the tour of the facility, where I visited the various laboratories and witnessed the researchers, dressed in white lab coats and wearing protective goggles, as they conducted delicate tests designed to replicate the stresses these lubricants face in real-world operating conditions. I was suitably impressed by the professionalism, attention to detail and strict safety regulations that were adhered to all over the facility, and it was clear that the TCAP is on a par with a comparable facility anywhere in the world.