Shell opens its first lubricants lab in India

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 21 May 2019


Shell India has inaugurated its new lubricants laboratory at its Technology Centre in Bangalore, further expanding the company’s R&D efforts both for India and internationally. The setting up of the laboratory  as a solutions provider aims to meet the rising demand for innovative lubricants following the rapid upgrade of technology in the industrial and automotive sectors.

With valuable data analysis and new technologies, the laboratory will support India’s Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and customers across automotive and industrial sectors. Housing 15 technical experts in India who closely work with Indian and global OEMs, the new laboratory will have leading technologies to co-develop and co-engineer products that would help OEMs in improving efficiency and reliability of their equipment.

The new laboratory will also be instrumental in supporting business development and maintenance activities of Indian customers through laboratory and product application support from Shell India technical and commercial teams.

According to Mansi Tripathy, Country Head, Shell Lubricants India, “OEM partnerships are the main pillars of our technology leadership. At Shell, we are significantly investing in the R&D of lubricants that help us pioneer solutions to support the evolving needs of OEMs and customers. The lubricants laboratory is an important milestone in our journey to serve our customers better, accurately matching their requirements. In addition to serving OEMs, this laboratory will also enable us in developing performance data of Shell-branded products relevant to Indian customers.”

Shell has major laboratory facilities in Houston, Hamburg and Shanghai (and a partner laboratory in Tokyo, managed by Shell Lubricants Japan) and a global network of 50 expert product application specialists around the world (including 4 in India). India is the world’s third largest market for lubricants and the addition of the Shell Lubricants R&D laboratory in the country further extends the company’s direct global reach.

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