Petronas opens new research and technology centre for Latin America

September 14, 2018

CONTAGEM, Minas Gerais, Brazil – PETRONAS, through its subsidiary PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI), opened its research and technology centre in Latin America, the largest facility dedicated to the development of fluid technology to meet the region’s automotive and industrial sector’s growing needs.

The Research & Technology (R&T) facility located at the PETRONAS Lubricants Brazil’s blending plant here focusing in development of the latest industrial fluids, lubricants and greases, while serving as a centre for technical expertise, customer assistance, product management and quality control activities.

“For PLI, this new R&T Centre in Latin America symbolises our commitment and deep-rooted belief in the power of technology to help industries succeed in the future,” said PLI Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe D’Arrigo at the launch.

Also present were PLI’s partners and customers in the automotive and industrial business, as well as PETRONAS vice president of marketing (downstream business), Datuk Sri Syed Zainal Syed Tahir and PLI head of Americas, Guilherme de Paula.

The USD 8 million investment joins PLI’s network of satellite R&T centres around the world, including China, Malaysia, South Africa and North America.

These facilities have their nucleus at the PETRONAS Global Research and Technology Centre in Turin, Italy, which was opened in March this year.

“We believe in Brazil’s growth ambitions and are committed to our goal to fulfill the market requirements of the largest economy in the region,” said De Paula.

The R&T centre, which covers an area of over 2,400 square metres and houses state-of-the-art facilities including ISO 17025 accredited laboratories for its team of chemists, engineers and technicians to perform more than 105 different ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) methodologies.

“This is not just a physical structure that houses the hardware and people who will deliver fluids to our customers. It represents our partnership with worldwide leaders in automotive and industrial sectors. It is our promise to innovate towards your winning performance and future success,” said Syed Zainal.

PLI markets PETRONAS Selenia, PETRONAS Syntium, PETRONAS Urania, PETRONAS Tutela automotive fluids, and a range of PETRONAS industrial lubricants and greases to its customers in the region.

Over the past six years, the company had moved from seventh to fourth position of the top lubricant players in Brazil, which testifies to its capability and credibility in meeting customers’ needs.

Earlier this year, PLI announced it will be committing 75 percent of all future R&T projects to achieve its CO² emissions reduction agenda, through its unique approach in technology and co-engineering of specialised lubricants products.

PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS, the national oil corporation of Malaysia. Established in 2008, PETRONAS Lubricants International manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 90 markets globally.

Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, PLI has over 30 marketing offices in 27 countries, managed through regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Turin, Belo Horizonte, Chicago and Durban.

While, PETRONAS Lubricants Brazil (PLB) is the lubricants manufacturing and marketing division of PETRONAS Lubricants International, responsible for meeting the needs of customers in Latin America.

PLB has one of the most modern factories of the group, located in Contagem, Minas Gerais, with a production capacity of 220 million liters per year.

Supported by a large logistics network and distribution centers in Contagem, Curitiba, Recife and São Paulo, PLB is committed to meeting the demands for industrial and automotive lubricants in Latin America.

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