Johannesburg, South Africa-based Blue Chip Lubricants (BCL) has completed the construction of a new blending plant in Johannesburg, which it hopes will help the company to secure a fifth of the lubricants market in South Africa. The plant currently produces around 4 million litres of blended lubricants monthly.
BCL blends and distributes all Q8Oils in the country, having secured an agreement to blend and distribute lubricants from Q8Oils in 2015.
Following the agreement, it secured funding from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to construct a new blending facility and testing laboratory at Kya Sands, in Johannesburg. This plant came on stream earlier this year.
BCL director Kathleen Marais stated that BCL's aim is to secure a 20% share of the market – currently at 22-million litres a month – in the next three to five years. BCL said it will also look at expanding into the production of greases.
Q8Oils regional sales manager Abdul Homoud says his company views Africa as the last “global growth frontier”, with South Africa providing access to 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community.
Blue Chip Lubricants (Pty) Ltd is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of a wide variety of high quality oils and greases in South Africa since 1983, to a broad spectrum of customers in a wide variety of industries such as the automotive, construction, mining, engineering, agricultural and transport segments. In addition to the Q8Oils range of products, Blue Chip Lubricants also produce a series of lubricants specifically formulated for the South African market.