The grand unveiling Image: Dongfeng Castrol
Castrol Dongfeng Lubricants Co Ltd, a tech-sharing joint venture aimed at increasing both companies' presence in the Chinese lubes market, unveiled the "Jin Da" and "Jia Chi" product lines at a recent lubes conference in Chongqing, China.
The new lines are targeted at the nation's commercial and passenger vehicles, respectively.
The new oils are made exclusively from high quality base oils, provided in the most part by international majors such as Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil, but also from local producer Dalian Petrochemical Corp.
The joint venture has also sourced additives from Lubrizol, Afton and Infineum, all of which have been making inroads into the growing Chinese market.
"Jin Da", intended for use in commerical vehicles, will comply with SF/CD, CF-4, CI-1 and GL-5 specifications, while "Jia Chi" will conform to SG, SJ, SL, SM and SN standards. In addition to higher quality base oils, the joint venture has produced all oils to meet TS16949 quality specifications.
The joint venture, founded in 2005, has so far produced over 81 different lubricants products for use in the Chinese market, as well as 25 unique anti-freeze forumlations. According to a statement released by the company's deputy general manager, revenues reached 224m yuan ($36.5m) in 2012, with combined sales of lubricants and anti-freeze totalling 22,340 kilolitres.
Published 13th October, 2013
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