ExxonMobil has opened a new European Products Technology Center in Hamburg, Germany, its first in Europe.
The new centre is designed to enhance collaboration with key European Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Equipment Builders (EB) while making ExxonMobil’s extensive global lubricants technology resources even more accessible in Europe.
“The opening of ExxonMobil’s first European Products Technology Center represents a long-term and continuing commitment to supporting Europe’s leading automotive and equipment manufacturers and to our downstream business,” said Nigel Searle, vice president of Lubricants for ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants and Specialities Marketing Company. “This new Center will link European customers with ExxonMobil’s extensive global network of technical experts enabling us to work more closely together on premium product applications.”
The European centre, located at ESSO Deutschland GmbH’s campus, is ExxonMobil’s latest lubricants products technology and research facility. ExxonMobil’s primary Products Technology Center is located in Paulsboro, N.J., USA.
Peter Passlack, manager of ExxonMobil’s European Products Technology Center, says: “The new Center will work closely with ExxonMobil’s facility in Paulsboro, N.J. and with third-party test labs. We are also looking forward to taking advantage of the engineering talent at Europe’s top universities and hope to use the European Products Technology Center as a platform for training the next generation of technical experts and leaders.”
Passlack says that while the Center will serve as an extension of ExxonMobil’s U.S. research and development operations, its location will enable engineers to work more closely with automotive, aviation, marine and industrial equipment manufacturers to conduct field testing and proof of performance in Europe. “This European Products Technology Center will also serve as an enabler for joint R&D breakthrough projects with European manufacturers,” he said. “We recognize that innovation and research are critical to future growth.”
“At ExxonMobil, we identify ideas and produce innovative next-generation technologies that meet current and future needs.This new Center is a part of ExxonMobil’s ongoing capital investment in the Downstream,” said Grant Karsner, vice president, products technology at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. “Hamburg was strategically chosen not only because it brings technology development closer to our European customers, but because of our history here.”
In 1914, a group of engineers, who later became ExxonMobil’s Equipment Builder team, gathered in Hamburg to discuss lubricants for what would become some of the world’s most recognized innovations including steam engines, the Ford Model T, air conditioners and even large ships that would ultimately travel through the newly opened Panama Canal.
ExxonMobil’s OEM and Equipment Builder partnerships have led to the improvement of the company’s lubricants and services to better meet their needs. The best examples include the development of Mobil 1™ and the innovative Mobil SHC™ synthetic lubricants.