Malaysian Distributor Considers Manufacturing

After expanding an agreement to distribute Gulf Oil International products in Malaysia, KA Petra Sdn said that it may build a lubricant blending plant in its home country.

KA Petra recently signed a preliminary agreement to become distributor of Gulf Oils brand of lubricants for Malaysia. KA Petra has been the distributor of Gulf Oil marine lubricants in Malaysia, and with the new agreement, the company will also carry lubes for passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles, agricultural equipment and industrial applications.

A Gulf Oil spokesman told a Lube Report Asia reporter that the companies may also begin discussing the possibility of collaborting on the construction of a lubricants blending plant, but noted that they have not yet begun formal planning.

KA Petra officials seemed committed to the idea of building their first lube manufacturing facility. We are planning to build a lubricant blending plant with 50,000 tons per year of capacity in Malaysia where the details shall be released soon, KA Petra Business Development Manager Mazlan M. Nafis told Lube Report Asia. He did not indicate that the plant would be part of the Gulf deal.

According to the companys profile statement, KA Petras lubricant business has focused on the marine industry. It also provides marine fuels and bunker services.

Gulf Oil International, a member of Indias Hinduja Group conglomerate, is a fuel and lubricant marketer.