Fuchs Petrolub SE, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of high-quality lubricants and related products, has opened a R 116,8-million grease plant expansion at its Isando factory in Gauteng.
The state-of-the-art plant will manufacture a large variety of specialty grease grades to meet the rising demands of African customers for ever-increasing quality and responsiveness.
“This new facility is a fully automated and very modern grease plant. It will serve the South African market and allows us to export high-quality grease into other African countries.
“It is part of our global growth initiative where we are investing in existing and new plants focused on increased capacity in line with advanced technology,” says Stefan Fuchs, chairman of the Executive Board of Fuchs Petrolub SE.
Paul Deppe, MD of Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, adds: “Fuchs sees the importance and demand for specialty grease growing significantly and wants to be in a position to support this increase in demand from our customers, particularly in the mining industry.
“Importantly, building this new grease plant is not only to increase capacity, but to inject new levels of process excellence and quality into our grease manufacturing.”
The design and automation of the plant conform to Fuchs’s latest standards worldwide. Future expansion in capacity, as well as future grease technologies (which are under development) were also considered during the design phase of the plant.