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- There are three Shell technology centre hubs: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bangalore, India and Houston, the United States. These hubs link to a network of ten other centres, including three centres with a lubrication research specialisation, around the world which are, in turn, linked to Shell’s global businesses as well as their customers and partners. Together, they nurture the skills, know-how and creativity that aim to make Shell the most competitive and innovative energy company in the world.
- Asia is the fastest growing regional lubricants market in the world: it represented 43% of global volume in 2012. China is the fastest-growing and second-largest lubricants market in the world. Research shows it will take over as the world’s No. 1 market in the near future (from the USA). Shell is a market leader among the multinationals in the region and has been the No. 1 international lubricants brand in China in terms of market share for seven consecutive years.1
- The Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park is located in Shanghai’s Pudong district. Its core area covers a total area of 25 sq km with technical innovation, hi-tech industry, scientific research & education and residential zones. It has been dubbed China’s Silicon Valley. The Zhangjiang District is 21km from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, 30 km from Shanghai Harbour and even closer to rail links to many of China’s principal cities.
About Shell Lubricants
The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.
We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure.
Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have lubricants research centres in China, Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), and the USA. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development.
Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
1 'Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2013’, Kline & Company, published 2013
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