Shell further ups lubricant capacity in Greater China with eighth blending plant
Jun 25, 2015
Shell is set to meet growing lubricant demand in China with the opening of its eighth world-class lubricant blending plant in the country in Tianjin. This complements seven Shell lubricant blending plants already operating in greater China. The new plant can produce 330 million litres of finished product per year and has the potential to expand to 500 million litres. At its full potential capacity, the plant would be Shell's largest lubricant blending plant in China.
Dennis Cheong, Vice President Shell Lubricants Supply Chain, said, "In the last few years, we have made multi-million dollar investments in Shell’s lubricants supply chain in Asia, particularly in China, in both new and existing assets. This plant is our most automated and advanced facility yet. It is strategically located in the Tianjing Nangang Industrial Park to capture demand for transport and industrial lubricants in Northern China. China remains a key growth market for Shell Lubricants. We will continue to invest in upgrading and expanding our existing assets and are committed to building a robust lubricant supply chain here.”
High quality finished lubricants by Shell are produced by blending base oils with advanced chemical additive technology at its network of close to 50 lubricant blending plants around the world. Other than the eight lubricant blending plants in greater China, Shell also has three grease manufacturing plants in the country. In fact, Shell’s largest grease plant globally is also located here in Zhuhai.
The Shell supply chain network in China is further supported by a lubricants dedicated research centre in Shanghai, Shell Shanghai Technology Ltd. This technology centre works closely with local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and customers to develop lubricant technology that meets modern specifications. Furthermore, Shell recently inaugurated the Shanghai Commercial Centre, moving its major downstream and trading businesses, including lubricants, to this financial hub. This strategic move brings Shell closer to its customers and partners as well as opens up new market opportunities for the businesses.
The new state-of-the-art lubricant blending plant in Tianjin produces a full range of Shell branded engine oils including Shell Helix passenger car motor oils and Shell Rimula heavy-duty engine oils. The new plant is also fully integrated with Shell’s global gas-to-liquid (GTL) supply chain with access to GTL base oils made at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar. This enables the plant to produce premium tier products from natural gas, such as Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, for Chinese consumers.
This plant also meets the highest industry standards in blending technology with three blending systems, five fully automated, high-speed filling lines and five more filling lines in the pipeline. It also has bulk vehicle loading facilities to cater to customers with bulk supply deals such as fleet owners or general manufacturing businesses.
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Shell lubricant plant in Tianjin, China
- This new plant complements the existing Shell lubricant blending plant in Tianjin, both now poised to capture growing demand particularly in Northern China.
- The project design incorporated lean and agile production principles. The new plant has been designed to be a highly effective lean plant handling a full range of Shell branded lubricants.
- The plant site includes a 4km long jetty pipeline to receive base oil supply.
- Each Shell lubricant plant has several quality checks and assurances in place to ensure highest quality products are being produced for customers. This includes a laboratory on site that performs random checks on samples taken throughout the production process.
- The plant utilisies solar energy and tries to minimise waste water discharge and keep waste air emission as low as possible.
Shell Lubricants in China
- Shell Lubricants has a network of 3 grease manufacturing plants, 8 lubricant blending plants, 1 gas-to-liquid (GTL) base oil storage hub (Hong Kong) and 1 lubricant-dedicated technology centre in greater China.
- Shell has made multi-million dollar investments in its Lubricants supply chain in Asia, particularly in China.
- Greases offer localised lubrication, particularly for bearings and joints, in industrial equipment and vehicles. Shell’s largest grease manufacturing plant globally was opened in January 2013 in Zhuhai, China. The plant produces 30,000 tonnes of Shell Gadus greases per year.
- In November 2013, Shell expanded and upgraded its lubricant blending plant in Zhapu. The facility can now blend up to 400 million litres of finished lubricants per year, double its original capacity.
- Base oil is the key component/ingredient in finished lubricants. Shell operates three Base Oil Manufacturing Plants (BOMPs) in the region in Japan, Singapore and South Korea. The Korean JV plant opened in late 2014. Shell caters to the China market base oil demand from our global network especially, those BOMPs in Asia.
Shell Shanghai Commercial Centre
- On 3 June 2015, Shell opened its China commercial centre in Shanghai today which sees the majority of its downstream businesses move to the country’s commercial hub.
- The businesses now operating from the new centre include lubricants, corporate sourcing, marine products, bitumen, sulphur and chemicals sales.
- Shell’s first training centre for Chinese distributors, Shell Shanghai University, also resides in the centre.
- Shell’s China corporate headquarters remains in Beijing.
Shell Shanghai Technology Centre
- In March 2014, Shell formally opened a new technology centre in Shanghai, China dedicated to research and development into lubricants and oils.
- The centre focuses 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 sq m, nine storey building covers 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. It also cover oils for the shipping sector.
Finished lubricant consumption according to Kline & Company
- According to Kline & Company, China is the growth engine for the lubricants sector globally. China already represents about 46% of demand within the Asia Pac region, which is 43% of the total world demand.
- It is currently the second largest market, after the USA, but it is expected to soon become the largest market globally with 1/5 of world demand (2017-2018).
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 leading 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.
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