Chevron Oronite Company LLC develops, manufactures and markets performance-enhancing additives for lubricating oils and fuels.
Owned by Chevron, the company engages in three main business segments: lubricating oil additives, fuel additives, and components and chemicals. The Oronite® brand dates back to 1917, when it was used to market petroleum-based products.
The lubricating oil additives business segment manufactures additives for lubricating oil for most engines, including motorcycles, cars, heavy-duty diesel trucks, buses, ships and locomotives. Each engine type is different and has its own industry specifications, requiring unique additive formulations to properly protect the mechanical parts from premature wear and corrosion.
Several components and chemicals—dispersants, detergents, viscosity index improvers and inhibitors—are blended to meet the desired performance standards. Also, specialty additives are marketed for other applications, such as power transmission fluids and hydraulic oils.
Oronite provides fuel additives that improve a car’s performance and extend engine life. Most additive applications are for gasoline and diesel fuels. Fuel performance standards vary for customers throughout the world, and packages are tailored for each market.
Components and Chemicals
Oronite manufactures and markets a number of chemical intermediates and components used to make additives and chemicals. These components and chemicals fall into four categories: detergents, dispersants, inhibitors and chemical intermediaries.
Oronite divides its operations into three regions: Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe/Africa/Middle East. We have 10 manufacturing, blending and research facilities around the world. Oronite’s manufacturing plants are fully certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards 9001 and 14001 as specified by the ISO. The plants also are active members of their respective country’s Responsible Care Program, as governed by their local trade associations.
Key Oronite manufacturing facilities are in Belle Chasse, Louisiana; Gonfreville, France; and Singapore. These major facilities are supplemented by a plant in Maua, Brazil, and additive companies in India and Mexico in which Chevron has interests. The company also operates technology centers in Richmond, California; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Omaezaki, Japan; and Gonfreville, France. And there is a testing and development center in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2013, the company continued construction on a major expansion of its additives manufacturing plant on Jurong Island in Singapore. The project will increase the plant’s component manufacturing, blending and shipping capacity, as well as expand its overall infrastructure, allowing it to increase total supply capability for the Asia-Pacific region. Upon its projected completion in the third quarter of 2014, the plant, already the largest additives manufacturing facility in the region, will have effectively doubled in size since its commissioning in 1999.
In Gonfreville, a project to expand dispersant production by more than 25 percent was completed in the third quarter of 2013. A project to double detergent capacity began construction and is expected to be completed in late 2014.
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Updated: May 2014