Valvoline Cummins
Valvoline Cummins ltd., a joint venture between the US-based Ashland's arm Valvoline and Cummins India, has recently commissioned a blending plant to manufacture industrial and heavy-duty lubricants on a 10-acre plot in the Ambernath Industrial Area on the outskirts of Mumbai, entailing an investment of Rs. 162.42cr. The plant has an initial production capacity of 120 million liters per annum with a provision to hike capacity to 150 million per year, President Ashland Consumer Market, Sam Mitchell, said, claiming that the player is keen to sustain its double digit growth in the coming years as it is currently No. 3 brand in the country but the company is building its volumes and market share. The brand, which has a strong presence in the diesel engine oil segment, has aimed at a market leadership in the space by 2017.

According to the Managing Director, Valvoline Cummins, Naveen Gupta, the new blending facility will expand the company's in-house production capabilities and enhance its ability to deliver fast, localized technical service to customers in the region. Located on the west coast of India, Mumbai is considered the country's hub for lubricant blending activity. The proximity of Mumbai to one of the busiest ports in India facilitates the import of base oils and due to which most of the leading lubricants manufacturers have their blending facilities in and around Mumbai. The western region in India is also an industrial hub and has the largest consumption of industrial lubricants across regions.