Shell 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.
The research work in this 8,600 square metre, nine storey building located at Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park – one of China’s most high profile technology and innovation parks, 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. Its laboratory facilities will enable the running of field trials, performance demonstrations and bench-testing. It will also cover oils for the shipping sector.
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. Matthias Bichsel, Shell’s Projects & Technology Director, said, “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.”