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Shell launches the next generation of Rimula – Shell Rimula R4 X
Ho Chi Minh City (July 17th 2013) - Shell today launches Shell Rimula R4 X, a new heavy-duty engine oil designed to meet the needs of truckers and fleet operators keen to enjoy a longer lasting engine. Shell has applied its market leading research and innovation to create a new flagship product for the Shell Rimula range, offering superior triple protection in three critical areas:
- Acid control and corrosion - protects against corrosion from the acids formed as fuel burns;
- Deposits - keeps engines clean for optimum performance and long life; and
- Engine wear - keeps moving metal engine surfaces apart for long engine life.
Shell Rimula R4 X is specifically designed to work with a wide range of high-power, heavy-duty diesel engines and has been shown to work effectively in a variety of challenging driving environments. It has been rigorously tested and verified by leading industry experts and truck manufacturers in real-world operating conditions, and shown to offer potential savings for drivers and fleet owners through longer oil drain intervals, longer vehicle life and reduced maintenance costs.
Mr. Tran Hong Van, General Manger of Shell Vietnam, said that the new Shell Rimula R4 X can help fleet owners and operators to control maintenance and operating costs by providing a versatile one-oil solution for modern fleets. “Maintaining cleanliness in an engine is crucial for operating efficiency and wear control. Shell Rimula R4 X’s optimized detergent additive system uses detergents to reduce piston deposits, and soot dispersants to reduce sludge deposits in various parts of heavy-duty diesel engines more effectively and efficiently than ever” he explained.
Shell Rimula R4 X really is the oil that works hard. “In industry and OEM engine tests, Shell Rimula R4 X has been shown to offer 50% more protection from corrosion, 50% better engine cleanliness and 30% better wear protection than is required to meet standard API and ACEA specifications*” Van added.
Shell Rimula R4 X replaces Shell Rimula R3 X, and provides truck drivers and modern fleet operators with a simple, versatile one-oil solution that meets a wider range of industry and OEM specifications than Shell Rimula R3 X. Shell Rimula R4 X contains a specially optimized combination of performance additives and chemicals designed to provide the right level of engine cleanliness, wear and oxidation protection under tough conditions in engines with exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and provides improved protection for previous engine designs. Meeting the requirements of engines with EGR and offering significant improvements in engine cleanliness, acid corrosion care and engine wear protection, and cost-effective one-oil solution that can help them cut costs and run their business even more efficiently. It is suitable for a wide range of vehicle types, from heavy and large trucks to buses and construction heavy equipment.
Shell Rimula R4 X helps to prevent oil thickening and the formation of harmful deposits in all areas of the engine, including the bulk oil in the sump and the thin oil films at high temperatures in the piston ring belt area. Shell Rimula R4 X offers superior engine wear protection through the addition of anti-wear additives that are designed to form protective films in metal-to-metal contacts under different engine operating conditions. The API CI-4 specification compliant Shell Rimula R4 X also meets a wider range of industry and original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) specifications. In industry and OEM engine tests, Shell Rimula R4 X has been shown to offer 50% more protection from corrosion, 50% better engine cleanliness and 30% better wear protection than is required to meet standard API and ACEA specifications.*
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Tang Thuong Phat
Brands & Communication Manager
* % relative to API and ACEA engine oil specification limits in key engine tests
Notes to Editors
About Shell Lubricants
The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries. We also provide technical and business support to customers.
We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools and Shell LubeAnalyst - early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure. Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers.
Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), the UK and the USA. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants.
We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development. Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
About Shell global
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 87,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. We use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future.
Our strategy seeks to reinforce our position as a leader in the oil and gas industry while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. Safety, environmental and social responsibilities are at the heart of our activities.
Meeting the growing demand for energy worldwide in ways that minimise environmental and social impact is a major challenge for the global energy industry.
We aim to improve energy efficiency in our own operations: we support customers in managing their energy demands and continue to research and develop technologies that increase efficiency and reduce emissions in the production of liquid products and natural gas.
Our commitment to technology and innovation continues to be at the core of our strategy. As energy projects become more complex and more technically demanding, we believe our engineering expertise will be a deciding factor in the growth of our businesses.
Our key strengths include the development and application of technology, the financial and project-management skills that allow us to deliver large field development projects, and the management of integrated value chains.
We aim to leverage our diverse and global business portfolio and customer-focused businesses built around the strength of the Shell brand.
Shell by numbers (figures for 2012)
+ 70 countries where we operate
~87,000 average number of employees
50% of our production is natural gas
20.2 million tonnes of equity LNG sold during the year
3.3 million barrels of oil equivalent we produce every day
44,000 Shell service stations worldwide
30+ refineries and chemical plants we run
Further information about Shell.