Afton completes S$380 mn phase 2 expansion Jurong Island plant

Afton completes S$380 mn phase 2 expansion of Jurong Island plant

11:43 AM, 24th September 2018
Afton Chemical’s Phase II facility.
Afton Chemical additive manufacturing facility Phase II.

SINGAPORE: Afton Chemical Corporation has completed the Phase II expansion of its chemical additive manufacturing facility in Jurong Island, Singapore. Afton began its Singapore manufacturing operations in May 2016, when it announced the Phase I opening of its Jurong Island plant. Phase II’s investment of S$222 million is more than Phase I’s initial investment of S$158 million, bringing the total investment in Singapore to S$380 million.

Phase II’s expansion kickstarts production of advanced ashless dispersants and anti-wear components. All are critical components in several of Afton’s products and will help passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles meet performance standards of the future. The latest expansion also enhances the support network in Asia Pacific, which already has established R&D innovation centres in Suzhou, China and Tsukuba, Japan.

This expansion will increase Afton’s workforce in Singapore by 123 percent. The facility will house state-of-the-art equipment and will be the first plant in the Afton family to offer integrated management systems and automated full traceability. It will occupy approximately 45,500sqm in land area and will continue production of key components used in engine oil additive packages such as ZDDP Antiwear, Ashless Dispersants and Sulfonate Detergents.

“This facility was key to Afton’s plans to ensure that our products are ‘Made in Asia for Asia’. Our Jurong Island plant now has the full capability to produce core engine oil additives that we need for the Asia Pacific region. We are also proud to say that we are investing in advanced technologies that will contribute towards longer term goals of reducing carbon emissions,” said Gina Harm, president, Afton Chemical.

“We continue to invest in Singapore because we see it as the central hub of the region. It has a strong record of safety, security and integration – conditions we value. Furthermore, there is a strong talent pool and retention is very positive. From a manufacturing perspective, Singapore is the perfect place to distribute not only to ASEAN but also China. For the three major demand clusters in China, it only takes 20 days to deliver to and from Singapore. Essentially, we are improving customer satisfaction with shorter lead times and enhanced security of supply,” added Sean Spencer, Afton Chemical Asia’s vice president.

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