US-based lubricant additives supplier Chevron Chevron Oronite says it has completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of an expansion project at its Singapore Manufacturing Plant (SMP), known as the “Future Expansion Project”. In Phase 1, which started construction in February 2020, facilities and supporting infrastructure were added in SMP to manufacture two new detergent components. In Phase 2, which was finished in July 2022, the blending facility was upgraded and expanded to allow more complex additive packages to be blended and supplied from the plant.
“This project has expanded the core component capabilities of the Singapore Manufacturing Plant, enabling us to produce the majority of components that go into our additive packages. This allows us to further integrate our manufacturing processes and control the variables to improve both quality and lead times,” said Lim Keng Yang, General Manager of Manufacturing and Supply, Asia Pacific Region.
Eugene Ng, General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific Region, reflected on the enhanced capabilities that the expansion provides: “With this new investment and our network of manufacturing plants in Asia, we are delivering more products directly to our customers in the region. This helps to enhance the supply reliability of our products which is critical in the current dynamic environment that is filled with many uncertainties and disruptions.”
In 2017, Chevron Oronite added carboxylate production capabilities to its Singapore plant. Carboxylate is a sulphur-free detergent often used in Oronite formulations that provide differentiated additive solutions for customers’ finished lubricants, used primarily in marine and automotive engine lubricants. The completion of the project was a significant milestone, doubling Chevron Oronite’s worldwide production capacity of the component.