Chevron Oronite Celebrates 25 Years in China and the Successful Operation of the Ningbo Manufacturing Plant
SAN RAMON, Calif., August 16, 2023 – Chevron Oronite celebrates 25 Years in China with an event to celebrate the successful operation of its manufacturing facility in Ningbo, China. Recognizing the importance of the China market, Chevron Oronite first established its presence with a sales office in Beijing back in 1998. Twenty-five years later, the company’s footprint in China has expanded with another sales office and Technology Support Center in Shanghai, and the new manufacturing plant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.
Chevron Oronite first announced its intention to build a manufacturing plant in China in 2015 and selected Ningbo as the preferred location in mid-2018. The location is part of the Ningbo Economic & Technical Development Zone (NETD), which is located near the Ningbo Port, one of the largest ports in the world in terms of annual cargo throughput. Construction commenced in late 2018 and the plant was fully commissioned in 2020. Commercial production started in 2021, helping ensure reliable supply of components and additives to China customers.
“China is an important strategic market for us in Chevron Oronite and the completion of our Ningbo plant signifies our commitment to grow in China and the broader Asia region,” said Mitra Kashanchi, president, Chevron Chemicals. As Kashanchi continued, “True to Chevron Oronite’s strong belief in providing exceptional reliability, our Ningbo plant increases the capabilities of our global supply chain and puts Oronite closer to our local China customers. We are now able to provide greater flexibility and security of supply across China, Asia, and beyond.”
The project faced several challenges during the construction phase which included the global COVID-19 pandemic and several severe weather-related events. Despite these unexpected obstacles the plant was finished in accordance with the planned schedule and, most importantly, was completed without any major injuries or incidents.
“The celebration of our 25th anniversary in China as well as the successful operation of the Ningbo plant is an important milestone for our team who worked through this project since its ideation in 2015,” said Keng Yang Lim, general manager, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Asia Pacific Region, Chevron Oronite. “I am very proud of the team for their relentless determination for pulling through the multiple challenges during the construction, commissioning and first supply stages.”
About Chevron Oronite
Chevron Oronite is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of fuel and lubricant additives, helping provide solutions to customers globally. Headquartered in San Ramon, California (USA), Chevron Oronite maintains regional offices in Houston (Americas Region), Paris (Europe-Africa-Middle East Region), and Singapore (Asia-Pacific Region); operates manufacturing sites in Belle Chasse, Louisiana (USA), Gonfreville (France), Singapore, Ningbo (China) and Mauá (Brazil); an affiliated blending and shipping plant in Omaezaki, Japan; technology centers in the USA, France, the Netherlands, Japan and China and has interests in additive companies operating in other locations, including India. Learn more about Chevron Oronite at www.oronite.com.
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