China Gets ExMo Oil Analysis Lab

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ExxonMobil opened a new Asia Pacific oil analysis laboratory at the companys Shanghai Technology Center in China.

Signum, ExxonMobils oil analysis program, is designed specifically to help evaluate the condition of in-service lubricants, the company said in a June 19 news release. The Signum lab in Shanghai is the companys first in the Asia Pacific region.

With the Mobil branded lubricant business growing steadily in China and the Asia Pacific region, more and more customers are requesting superior oil analysis to improve productivity and reduce downtime, said Darrin Talley, vice president of marketing for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Co.

The laboratory provides access to the companys centralized database of oil analysis results and is capable of handling several hundred analyses daily. After receiving a sample, the lab then generates a comprehensive analysis report for most client applications in 24 to 48 hours.

The companys Signum oil analysis examines lubricant properties, contamination levels and wear debris. The analysis helps extend oil life by pinpointing proper oil drain and filter change intervals of different lubrication systems.

ExxonMobil is also expanding its Tianjin lubricant and grease blending plants capacity by nearly 80 percent to meet Chinas growing demand for Mobil branded lubricants. The Tianjin expansion – which involves construction of additional facilities for base oil, additives and finished product – is underway, and is expected to be completed in late 2013. The plant produces lubricants for automotive, commercial and industrial applications to serve the China market.

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