A total of around €22 million have been invested in the new plant. Its maximum capacity, at 60,000 tons a year, will be 30 percent higher than that of the factory built 25 years ago in Cigli, which is soon to close. “We could no longer expand at that location and it was very cramped, which increased the risk of accidents. Moreover, the conditions there were not ideal for environmental, health and safety requirements,” says Umut Aksoy, CTO of OPET FUCHS and Project Manager, as he explains the motivation for building the new plant.
“In Aliaga we have a direct link to the Tupras Izmir Aliaga refinery, the only company in Turkey producing group I base oils, and from which we have leased a 55,000 square meter plot, adds Aksoy, outlining the advantages of the new plant. “We are also able to further expand our capacity and portfolio, thus steadily improving our position in the Turkish market.” The plant will produce a wide range of lubricants for the automotive sector and industry, as well as specialties such as antifreeze agents.