UMW Lubetech launches advanced lubricant facility in Malaysia
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UMW Lubetech launches advanced lubricant facility in Malaysia

UMW Lubetech Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of UMW Holdings Bhd, recently inaugurated its high-tech lubricant blending facility in Pulau Indah Industrial Park, Klang, Malaysia. The plant has a capacity to produce 60 million litres of lubricants per annum, replacing the old plant in Shah Alam which had a 35-million litre capacity.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari graced the opening ceremony of this advanced facility, which spans 3.2 acres with an additional land area of 6.9 acres. The plant employs more than 200 skilled workers.

Initiated in March 2022, the construction of this RM67 million (USD14.3 million) facility represents a strategic investment in land, state-of-the-art building, and equipment. Embracing Industry 4.0-ready processes, the plant aims to boost efficiency and competitiveness. It features an accredited laboratory, an automated racking system in the warehouse, and 14 filling lines on the production floor. Commercial production commenced in April 2023.

Aligned with UMW Groupโ€™s Sustainability Roadmap, the new plant has earned the GreenRe Gold certification. It incorporates eco-friendly features like solar panel installation (to be completed by early 2024), rainwater harvesting, electric vehicle charging stations, waste composting, and energy-efficient lighting.

UMW Lubetech’s product portfolio at this plant includes a wide range of lubricants under its proprietary brand โ€œGranttโ€. These include motor oils for passenger cars and motorcycles, diesel engine oils, transmission fluids, and specialised products like agricultural oils, marine oils, greases, radiator coolants, brake fluids, bio hydraulic lubricants, and food-grade greases.

The facility also engages in toll blending for major original equipment manufacturers such as Toyota, Perodua, and Modenas.

Anas Nasrun Mohd Osman, group director of UMWโ€™s manufacturing and engineering division, highlighted the plant’s 71% increase in blending capacity compared to the previous site. This expansion allows for a broader production range, entry into the biolubricants market, and enhanced toll blending capabilities. He also emphasised the company’s renewed focus on exporting, particularly targeting ASEAN markets through UMWโ€™s establishments in Vietnam, Singapore, and Myanmar.