InterviewFrance's Total supports Asia-Pac lubes business via India

03 September 2012 09:46  [Source: ICIS news]

Olivier Denizart, Total’s specialties business coordinator and project leader for TCAPSINGAPORE (ICIS)--French oil and gas major Total aims to develop lubricants products that will suit the needs of its Asia-Pacific customers via its recently opened technical centre in India, a company official said on Monday.

The technical centre started operations in May this year and is Total’s first in the region, which takes up about a third of the company’s lubricants sales volumes, Olivier Denizart, project leader and coordinator for specialties business at Total, told ICIS.

Investment details were not disclosed.

The new facility in Navi Mumbai called Technical Centre Asia Pacific (TCAP) supports Total’s affiliates in the region, providing technical assistance for its lubricants, bitumens, fuels additives and special fluids products, Denizart said.

Total has two other technical research units that are both located in France – one in Solaize and another in Gonfreville.

The Asia-Pacific-centered technical centre will look into making lubricants that are compatible with future engine and transmission systems technology, recognising the unique needs of the region, Denizart said.

“The way they develop cars here in Asia such as in Japan is very different to that in the US and Europe. In Japan, there is a stronger move towards fuel economy which differs from Europe, Denizart said.

“The TCAP has already been supporting affiliates in field tests operations like in Vietnam for two-wheelers, or in Thailand for trucks,” Denizart added.

TCAP will also have a bitumen pilot lab for products made in Asia, and will also be equipped to test base oils and additives to meet requirements in the region, he said.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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