Shell’s largest grease plant has begun operations in Zhuhai, China, with an annual production capacity of 30,000 tonnes of greases. The new operation will make a range of lithium, lithium calcium and lithium complex greases aimed at meeting China’s growing demand for the products. The plant has potential to be expanded to reach annual production of up to 40,000 tonnes.

Shell Global Commercial’s executive vice presidents Mark Gainsborough says, “I am pleased we are starting off 2013 with this opening which builds on Shell’s strong heritage in the greases business. We have a track record as a pioneer in grease technology innovation, especially for extremely durable greases used in as high-speed trains, airplanes and racing cars.”

The new plant’s opening ceremony was attended by Zhuhai Local Government Officials, senior Shell representatives, business partners and customers.

Shell Companies in China’s executive chairman Huibert Vigeveno says, “Shell is the number one international supplier of lubricants in terms of market share in China. By building our largest grease plant in China, we are able to be closer to our customers. China’s lubricants demand, including that for grease, is growing fast and we are committed to meeting our customers’ needs and serving them well.”

The Zhuhai grease plant consists of a workshop with four production lines, grease processing equipment, plant control system, pack filling lines and laboratory equipment and other associated facilities.

It also has a warehouse for storage of packed raw materials, packaging and finished products, bulk additive and base oil tanks, bulk finished products tanks and truck unloading facilities.

Shell has a network of 18 grease manufacturing plants in 15 countries including 10 in the Asia Pacific region – Zhuhai and Beijing in China; Yokohama, Kobe and Shimonoseki in Japan; Bangkok in Thailand; Manila in the Philippines; Singapore; Pusan in South Korea; and Pinkenba in Australia. The remaining plants are in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

Last year the company announced its plans to build a large lubricants blending plant in Tianjin and its first lubricants oil blending plant in Indonesia.

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