Lubricant technology is driven by the changing needs of customers and OEMs
Lubricant technology is driven by the changing needs of customers and OEMs

Lubricant technology is driven by the changing needs of customers and OEMs

Akhil Jha,
Vice President Technical, Shell Lubricants India
Akhil Jha, Vice President Technical, Shell Lubricants India
in conversation with RATNA NAIR on the latest technology, significance of lubricants, and much more.
What is the implication of winning the ´Lubricant Company of the year´ at the coveted India Wind Energy Forum Excellence Awards?
Receiving the award is a testimony of our continued commitment towards the Indian market. Our focus has always been to provide our valuable patrons with solutions that help improve performance, productivity and profits. With this coveted recognition, we will continue to provide technology leading solutions to deliver quality products and services to our various stakeholders.

What is your lube making capacity? What are your expansion plans?
Most of Shell Lubricants´ products are blended in a world class lube oil blending plant (LOBP) at Taloja Plant near Mumbai and some products are imported - especially synthetic lubricants. The Taloja plant has a capacity to produce 110 million litres per annum.

How is ´Make in India´ likely to affect the lubricant sector? Do you see growth opportunities?
India has a strong domestic market which holds long term promise. We would continue to bring the latest high technology products to support and continuously meet the rapidly changing consumer needs.

Could you throw some light on the latest in lubrication technology?
The latest products and machinery that we see on the block for cement & construction sector carry much more sophisticated technology, and thus require more advanced lubricants. As industry faces the challenges of improving lube for fuel ratio and lowering the cost of production, a key requirement is to lower the operating costs and total maintenance costs. Hence, we see a more rapid adoption of leading edge lubricants that provide energy efficiency, productivity benefits and lower the total cost of ownership.

We have new technology products such as Rimula T5 E 10 W 30 which have demonstrated ~3 per cent Fuel Economy improvement in On & Off Highway applications.

Some of our other key products for cement sector are for lubrication of gear boxes such as Omala S4 GX & Omala S4 WE which help customers in reducing the TCO by increasing the Oil Change intervals, enhancing the component life.

What are the parameters of selecting the right lubricant?
Lubricants can have a huge impact on the operations of customer´s business. Choosing, using and managing them correctly can bring significant rewards in terms of improved efficiency and profitability. We can quantify, monitor and show the customer the value they have saved. We can help businesses reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO) by maximising the value of using Shell Lubricants.

Parameters for selecting a lubricant are:

  • Savings on maintenance cost
  • Savings on overhauling cost
  • Extended Oil and Equipment Life
  • Reducing operating costs

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