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.” 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.
“The new centre reflects the direction of the Shell Lubricants business today and the central role that China plays in its long-term growth strategy,” said Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice-President Shell Lubricants. “We are well-positioned to meet the anticipated growth in demand in the region. Locating in Shanghai will help us work more closely with our customers and shape mutually beneficial collaborations.”
The 8,600 sq m, nine storey building located at Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park will conduct research work on product applications including passenger car motor oils (PCMOs), motorcycle oils (MCOs), heavy duty engine oils (HDEOs), transmission fluids, industrial and speciality oils, greases, and oils for the shipping sector. While offering tech service to customers, centre staff will interact with OEMs and academic institutions here. The lab is equipped to run field trials, performance demonstrations and bench-testing.
“Shell wants to be the most competitive and innovative energy company in the world so it is natural for us to set up a key lubricants technology establishment in this ‘innovation incubator’. We will be able to explore competitively advantaged technology solutions for business growth and we can establish a forum for technical collaboration with original equipment manufacturers and research institutes in China. We aim to be able to attract the best talent in China. ” stated Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Chairman of Shell Companies, China.