BRB inaugurates new lube oil additives plant in the Netherlands
BRB International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), has recently opened its new lube oil additives manufacturing facility at Echt, Netherlands.
Equipped with higher safety and quality standards, this newly opened facility in Echt will focus primarily on the production of lube oil additives and chemicals (LAC), serving as a LAC hub for the global market.
The facility was officially opened by the Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands, HE Dato’ Nadzirah Osman. Also present were Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer PETRONAS Downstream, Datuk Sazali Hamzah, and PCG Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ir. Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof.
In her speech, the Malaysian ambassador commended PETRONAS Chemicals Group for expanding its operations in the Netherlands. “The opening of this facility is very much in line with the Malaysian government’s endeavors for Malaysian companies to grow their presence in the European market through the strategic location of the Netherlands,” she said.
“BRB’s expansion is in line with PCG’s strategy of diversifying into derivatives, specialty chemicals and solutions to meet the growing and changing customer demands in the region. As part of our growth plan for BRB, the opening of this facility marks a significant milestone towards strengthening BRB’s position as an innovative solutions provider,” said Yusof.
“The LAC unit has been continuously developing solutions for its customers in the automotive, industrial and original equipment manufacturers field for over 40 years. With this new facility, the LAC business will have more room for growth and potential development of new offerings. We are positive that this step will enhance BRB’s competitive edge in end markets,” said BRB’s Chief Executive Officer Ralph Pinckaers.
The Echt facility incorporates sustainable practices in BRB’s production of its drive line oil additives, Petrolad®, which uses lower energy consumption and reduces its overall carbon footprint in the making of its products. This practice will contribute towards PCG’s sustainability vision to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050.