Malaysias Petronas Lubricants International began the second phase of expansion on its lubricant blending plant in the Weifang Economic Development Zone in Shandong, China, on June 1.
The second phase of the expansion will see the Shandong plant upgraded with modern facilities and equipment, a highly automated production line, and increased storage tanks, a PLI spokesman told Lube Report Asia.
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Petronas expects the plant to be operational by the end of 2016, with capacity to produce around 150,000 tons of lubricants per year, which it values at around 2 billion (U.S $322 million). The company has two blending plants in Asia – the other is in Melaka, Malaysia, where it began producing from in 1994.