The new PETRONAS Global Research & Technology (R&T) centre in Turin, Italy was opened by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas recently, together with Toto Wolff and Andy Cowell of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 team.
Operated by PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI), a subsidiary of Malaysia’s national oil corporation, the US$60 million R&T Centre is the global hub for PLI’s automotive and industrial technology testing capabilities and expertise. Additionally, PLI is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the Fluid Technology Solutions (FTS) that have powered Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team to 4 consecutive F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles.
“As a company, PLI is dedicated to moving the world with better, more efficient fluid technology solutions. Our success in achieving that goal leads to the success of our customers and partners, which is exemplified by Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport’s tally of four consecutive Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championship titles. All of these successes have been supported by PLI here in Turin, where the most technologically rigorous sporting series in the world acts as another laboratory for our technical development,” said Giuseppe D’Arrigo, Group CEO of PLI.
“FTS is the cornerstone of the technology that enables our partners like the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport team to maximize their winning potential every time they go out on the track. Our track-to-road engineering has been mutually beneficial for both PETRONAS and Mercedes in developing products for their customers,” added PETRONAS Vice-President of Downstream Marketing, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohd Tahir.
The facility in Turin follows the US$100 million investment in a lubricant blending plant and satellite R&T centre for motorcycle lubricants in Maharashtra, India, and the acquisition of a 50% stake in the Guangxi Nanning Yuchai PETRONAS Lube Co. Ltd. R&D Centre in China.
PLI’s global business aspiration is anchored on technology as a fundamental differentiator to drive sustainable growth, by focusing on delivering innovative products. The role of its new centre in Turin will be to introduce new technologies, create world-class infrastructure and develop industry-leading talent as it diversifies its product portfolio to strengthen its global position in the fluids industry.
Established in 2008, PLI manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 90 markets globally. It has over 30 marketing offices in 27 countries, managed through regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Turin, Belo Horizonte, Chicago and Durban. Currently ranked among the top 10, PLI is driving an aggressive business growth agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company.