Gulf Oil to blend lubes at Q8Oil’s Antwerp blending plant

Gulf Oil International Ltd. is partnering with Kuwait Petroleum International’s Q8Oils, in a series of moves, one of which will see Gulf-branded lubricants manufactured at Q8Oils’ lube blending plant in Antwerp, Belgium. The plant is located by the river Scheldt, facilitating the delivery of raw materials by ship or barge.

“It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce that Gulf Oil International Ltd. will now have its own company to serve our customers in Europe, thanks in part to its new wider alliance with its strategic partner Q8,” said Tobias Tasche, Gulf Oil’s vice president of operations and production.

“The new supply company will enable us to work much more closely with our customer network. This is a vital step to ensure Gulf Oil International Ltd. meets the strategic objectives planned for the company for the next five years. Working in collaboration with Q8, in both Europe and the Middle East, allows us to supply in bigger volumes, with top quality products, thanks to newer facilities and a plan to invest in technology that will ultimately assist the growth of the Gulf-branded business. To that end, it gives me great pleasure that we are working with Q8 to further strengthen Gulf’s presence in the downstream landscape in addition to introducing our own supply operation.”

Gulf Oil customers will be able to purchase directly from the new supply company from 1 July 2015.

Gulf Oil is part of the USD 18 billion Hinduja Group. Other Gulf Oil International Group businesses include Gulf Oil Marine, which supplies lubricants to the global shipping industry, as well as the world’s most successful metalworking fluids company, Houghton International.