OPET FUCHS, the joint venture between FUCHS PETROLUB and OPET Petrolcülük, has started operating its new greenfield lubricant blending plant in Aliaga, Izmir, Turkey. The lube blending plant, which cost EUR24 million (USD26 million), has a production capacity of 60,000 tons of lubricants in one shift per year. FUCHS said the plant will be operating as one of Turkey’s most modern lubricant production facilities.
“This new plant with its most advanced process technologies and modern automation systems is adapted to customer and production needs in Turkey and is part of our global growth initiative investing in existing and new plants focused on capacity increase in line with advanced technology,” says Stefan Fuchs, chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS PETROLUB SE, during the plant opening ceremony on 3 September 2019.
“We are working hard to give the best service quality to our customers operating in all sectors with our innovative approach, high quality, wide product range, and specialized staff. In this respect, we are very happy to realize our new plant investment in Izmir, Aliaga,” says Murat Seyhan, managing director of OPET FUCHS.
OPET FUCHS’ new plant was built on a total land area of 55,000 m² to manufacture a wide range of products including engine oils, industrial oils, and special products. The traceability, repeatability, and sustainability of the high-quality products offered by OPET FUCHS to customers have been increased by the new plant. The research and development laboratory is equipped with the latest technology and has the capacity to apply more than 100 test methods with more than 45 new testing equipment. Product prototypes and verifications are carried out in the laboratory where new product designs and developments are realized in line with customer requests.
The FUCHS Group, based in Mannheim, Germany, the world’s largest independent lubricant manufacturer. The group employs more than 5,000 people worldwide at 58 operating companies.