Shell opens first research centre in China

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Shell formally opened a new technology centre in Shanghai, China which will be dedicated to research and development into lubricants and oils. The centre (Shell (Shanghai) Technology Limited) will focus 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 new centre located at Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park, is based in a 8,600 sq m, nine storey building will cover a wide range of product applications including passenger car motor oils, motorcycle oils, heavy duty engine oils, transmission fluids, as well as industrial and speciality oils and greases. It will also cover oils for the shipping sector.

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.

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