Afton Chem­i­cal com­pletes ex­pan­sion of Ja­pan Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter

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Afton Chem­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion, a global leader in the lu­bri­cant and fuel ad­di­tive mar­ket, an­nounced the com­ple­tion of its Ja­pan Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter ex­pan­sion in Tsukuba. Mr. Jon Heese, City Coun­cilor for Tsukuba, jointly opened the Ja­pan Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter with Mrs. Regina A. Harm, Pres­i­dent of Afton Chem­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion and Mr. Sean Spencer, Vice Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Afton Chem­i­cal Asia.

The in­vest­ment pro­vides an ex­pan­sion of the an­a­lyt­i­cal and me­chan­i­cal lab­o­ra­to­ries to in­crease lu­bri­cant ad­di­tive test­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This in­cludes stan­dard­ized and be­spoke tests for trans­mis­sion flu­ids, gear lu­bri­cants, pas­sen­ger cars, mo­tor­cy­cles, com­mer­cial and off-road ve­hi­cles en­gine oils as well as in­dus­trial hy­draulic oils. The ex­panded fa­cil­ity will pro­vide its cus­tomers with en­hanced tech­ni­cal ser­vices such as sam­ple blend­ing, phys­i­cal/chem­i­cal anal­y­sis and per­for­mance test­ing that com­ply with in­ter­na­tional and Ja­pan unique test meth­ods like ASTM, JIS, JPI, JASO and JCMAS.

“We are com­mit­ted to bring­ing our Pas­sion for So­lu­tions model to Ja­pan and the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion to help our cus­tomers

® dif­fer­en­ti­ate their of­fer­ings to meet the needs of the lo­cal mar­ket­place. The ex­panded Ja­pan Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter with its in­te­grated tech­ni­cal sup­port and per­for­mance test­ing will fur­ther en­hance our abil­ity to pro­vide quick and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to our cus­tomers in Asia, and will pro­vide cus­tom­ized so­lu­tions ‘Made For' key Ja­pan OEM projects,” said Mrs. Regina A. Harm, Pres­i­dent of Afton Chem­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Afton Ja­pan is a unique mar­ket with dif­fer­ent needs and chal­lenges. The ‘Made For' strat­egy is built on the in­tent to un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of each in­di­vid­ual mar­ket and en­sure we are de­vel­op­ing the cor­rect so­lu­tions from a prod­uct and ser­vices per­spec­tive. We con­stantly keep track of the lo­cal and global trends im­pact­ing the mar­ket and part­ner our cus­tomers to de­velop in­no­va­tive ad­di­tive so­lu­tions that ex­ceed in­dus­try stan­dards,” said Mr. Sean Spencer, Vice Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Afton Chem­i­cal Asia.

The Ja­pan Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter's state-of-the-art chem­istry and me­chan­i­cal lab­o­ra­to­ries op­er­ate with lean pro­cesses and tests run are in full com­pli­ance with ISO 9001/14001 safety, en­vi­ron­men­tal and qual­ity stan­dards. The state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity houses a team of 17 R&D man­agers, for­mu­la­tors, tech­nol­o­gists, tech­ni­cian and ad­min­is­tra­tion staff, in­creas­ing the work­force by 100 per­cent since the last decade.

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