Fuchs Petrolub recently opened a new lubricants plant in Russia to offer more products on local and regional markets.
The 15 million (U.S. $20.4 million) blending plant is located in the Rosva industrial park near Kaluga city, 180 kilometers southeast of Moscow. Construction began in 2011. Within two years we succeeded in building a state-of-the-art, modern production facility, Fuchs said in its Sept. 19 press release. The plant meets the highest standards of quality, safety and environmental protection, and it will produce a wide range of lubes for automotive and industrial applications such as engines, transmission and shock absorbers, as well as hydraulic [equipment], compressors and cutting and grinding tools.
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The plants first phase is slated to produce 12,000 tons per year of finished products, and a second phase would raise capacity to 40,000 t/y. A workforce of 40 employees operates the lubes manufacturing process. Fuchs already operates a smaller metalworking fluids plant in Yaroslavl, but those operations will be gradually transferred to Kaluga.