Fuchs plans lubricants facility at Beresfield

Engine liquids firm is moving to larger site as part of ongoing strategy

Fuchs plans lubricants facility at Beresfield
Fuchs sells diesel engine oil and other lubricants


German lubricants manufacturer Fuchs has reinforced its Australian investment commitment with a new manufacturing plant destined for Beresfield near Newcastle.

Part of a global investment strategy for Fuchs, which also sells truck diesel engine oil, the new facility will cater for continuing growth in the region.

The company recently launched its Titan Cargo SAE 10W-30 diesel engine oil on the Australian maket, marketing its fuel-saving qualities.

"This product is almost a mirror of our successful Titan Cargo SAE 15W-40 in an SAE 10W-30 grade." said Tony Swiatek, Automotive Product Manager at Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia).

With a move from the existing Newcastle Fuchs site in Wickham, the new plant will be constructed on a greenfield 25,000 sq m site.

"This project will be a significant investment into the Newcastle region, and is part of an ongoing strategy to increase our investment into our operations in Australia," Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Managing Director Wayne Hoiles says.

The development process has only just begun with the purchasing of the land, and construction is expected to start mid-2015 and be fully operational in mid-2016. 

The Beresford site was chosen for its proximity to all major connecting highways north, south east and west and was close enough to the existing Wickham site that all existing employees would be able to continue to work at the new plant, the company says.

"While such a significant portion of Australia’s manufacturing is moving offshore, we have focussed on growing our business in Australia and New Zealand, particularly in high demand areas," Hoiles adds.

"The existing site in Wickham was too small to expand, so we made the decision to move to the new Beresfield site which will allow us maintain our experienced workforce and increase our production capacity and operational efficiencies to better service our key customer base in NSW and Queensland."

Fuchs manufactures a range of engine, gear and hydraulic oils, engine coolants, grease and cleaning products.

Much of this is to meet mining industry demands.

"The Australian mining industry is of significant importance to the Fuchs Group, and the construction of this new manufacturing plant will allow us to improve the responsiveness and quality of our service for our Australian based customers," Dr Georg Lingg, Fuchs Petrolub executive board member responsible for the Asia Pacific and Africa region says

"This commitment is part of our global investment program to invest in the future, particularly in the growing South East Asian region."

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