Laugfs Lubricants Ltd. has opened an R & D centre at the BOI Export Processing Park in Malwatta, Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka, to provide innovative solutions customised for local driving conditions.
“With the R & D work carried out by our teams of scientists and technologists at this modern facility, we’ll be able to introduce many innovative products and solutions to specifically cater to the local driving conditions,” said Laugfs Lubricants Director and CEO Gamini Amarasekera.
“This localisation will be critical for enhanced efficiency and performance of vehicles, as factors such as fuel quality, ambient temperature, air quality, road and traffic conditions vary significantly based on geographic conditions,” he said.
Most modern vehicles, machinery and equipment in the local market are designed under operating environments in larger and developed markets which are significantly different from tropical countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. As a result, the designed output and efficiency of these vehicles and machinery cannot be effectively achieved, he said.
Amarasekera said the R&D centre will create unique lubricant formulations using a combination of local expertise and available global technology, calling it “the best of both worlds.”