Russian Supplier Plans India Foray

Russian lubricants supplier Obninskorgsintez is set to expand its business in India this year, the company told Lube Report Asia last week.

The company operates a 125,000 metric tons per year blending plant in Obninsk, Kaluga Oblast, around 100 kilometers southeast of Moscow. It also produces a wide range of coolants and auto chemical products.

Now we are looking for local distributors of our products in India and do not rule out the possibility to open our own production there as soon as we set up the distribution points, said Evgeny Goryansky, the companys commercial director. Our India plans include distribution of our own brand and distribution of co-branded products produced in our factory in Russia.

Obninskorgsintez has co-branded products with lube makers in Germany, France and Turkey in addition to its own brands, Sintec and Sintoil. It also sells the German brand Rolf Oil and Japan's Takayama-branded lubricants.

The company said it recognizes the huge potential of the Indian market and has identified a variety of industry niches into which it could fit, such as engine oils and other automotive products for the countrys expanding fleet of motorcycles and passenger vehicles. India is a boon for consumption of such products as brake fluids or glass cleaning liquids, oil, fuel and air filters, as well as motor oils, Goryansky said.

Created in 1999, Obninskorgsintez has since reached across Russia and into 35 countries including China, Mongolia and Turkey as well as throughout regions such as Central Asia, North Africa and Europe.

Its Obninsk plant features a modern lab with 16 test benches. In addition to its lubricants blending, it has the capacity to produce 225,000 t/y of antifreezes and specialty automotive liquids, and it toll-produces for some of Russias largest suppliers of those products, including Gazpromneft Lubricants and Rosneft.