Just 15 miles north of Afton HQ in Richmond, Virginia (USA) sits our Ashland Technical Center, where a team of engineers and technicians are producing leading edge research and test results with state of the art testing equipment.
Their research has led to advancements in in fuel economy, engine cleanliness, deposit control and emissions reduction, to name a few.
The campus-like facility is equipped with an automotive shop that, among other activities, works to determine the clean-up levels of the detergent additives used in real world fleet tests. In the emissions lab, technicians are measuring gaseous and particulate emissions from vehicles operating on a chassis dynamometer.
Over at the cold vehicle soak chamber, they are testing a variety of capabilities while simulating extreme environmental conditions.
In another part of the center, engineers are preparing a vehicle to measure the performance benefits of Afton Chemical's fuel additive technology in a high performance vehicle. Afton’s high speed dynamometer can measure total-vehicle performance under high-speed and demanding load conditions, including measuring fuel additive benefits in power and acceleration.
The team at the Ashland Technical Center is one of the many vital groups within Afton whose collective expertise helps deliver high performance results and innovation for our customers.
World class manufacturing & production facilities
Jurong Manufacturing Facility
Our Singapore manufacturing facility, located on Jurong Island, is one of our newest, most technologically advanced and strategically located manufacturing plants. Opened in 2011, the team at the Jurong Island facility brings local support and manufacturing to our customers in Asia Pacific, improving security of supply and significantly reducing lead times with first intent products – all manufactured using cutting edge technology that ensures fast and reliable service.
With eight blenders and a large investment in people, R&D and supply infrastructure, our team in Jurong Island is rapidly growing…which means our customers in Asia Pacific are receiving, more than ever before, the full benefit of a team whose primary focus is delivering our Passion for Solutions™ to the region, from within the region.
Our team of leading scientist, marketers and logistics specialists works with our customers in the region to develop solutions that deliver clear advantages and help our customers meet specific goals.
Once a solution has been designed, our team works quickly to bring to the solution to life.
Additives are developed and manufactured, then transferred in bulk to our packaging facility. Once the additives arrive at our packaging facility, our experienced operators then transfer the additives into drums for either delivery or for storage in our world class onsite warehousing facility.
Additionally, the logistical benefits our customers receive from our team in Singapore gives our customers, among other benefits, a one stop ordering process which helps reduce customer inventory planning costs and timescales.
Growing in India
Over the past 10 years, Afton has significantly grown its presence in India. We recognize the need to help our growing customer base improve the value they deliver to their customers.
The region has seen major investments in infrastructure and strong growth in the automotive sector. The Indian additive market has grown at a pace faster than the finished fluid market. This high growth has led to a shift from lower tier fluids to more mainstream and value-focused top tier fluids that improve the operability of the rapidly growing auto and industrial segments.
Today, Afton’s local team based in Mumbai has more than doubled in size, bringing increased technical ability and logistical value. Through collaboration with customers ranging from global to regional and local fuel and lubricant brands, we have developed strong relationships with our customers by helping them succeed in the marketplace.
Our local teams are supported by a network of global logistics and in-country manufacturing and warehousing. By partnering with new and existing customers from our facilities in Mumbai and around the world, we are better able to help our customers develop marketable solutions, allowing them to meet their business objectives.