Aussies to benefit from Shell's China lab

A new Shanghai facility will benefit heavy duty transport networks in Australia

Shell's newest technology centre, it's third globally, will be a boon for heavy duty transport operators in Australia as its regional proximity will allow for enhanced OEM relationships. The facility has the capacity to test lubricants at extreme temperatures for the country's difficult conditions.

Selda Gunsell, vice president of global commercial technology, sees HDDOs as a key growth market in the Asia-Pacific region and has invested some $1.3bn to anticipate "future energy challenges and develop industry-leading products that will deliver tangible benefits" to its customers across the region.

The Dutch major would also continue to support Australia's mining industry, which also puts high demand on lubricants.

Key challenges for players in the region will be withstanding high workloads and tough work cycles, whilst maintaining efficiency, lowering vehicle maintenance costs, extending vehicle life and meeting stringent lubricants standards.

The new lab will primarily be focusing on developing Shell's Rimula, Rotella, Tellus, Gladus and Spirax lines.