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Fuchs Lubricants SA to increase local production capacity

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Phase One of the investment plan involved acquiring additional land at the Isando facility and construction of a new, state-of-the-art warehouse (pictured here) and head office complex.
Phase One of the investment plan involved acquiring additional land at the Isando facility and construction of a new, state-of-the-art warehouse (pictured here) and head office complex.

Following the successful completion of Phase One of its expansion at its Isando facility, 2024 is expected to be a busy one for Fuchs Lubricants South Africa as it is now on track with the next phase of the project. Phase Two, which will see a 40% increase in lubricants production capacity, was started last year and is expected to be completed in 2024 at a total cost of R218 million, 

This expansion is in line with the company remaining bullish about growth in both the local and African markets. “We are steadily increasing our market share and expanding throughout Sub-Saharan Africa from our regional hub in Isando,” says managing director Paul Deppe, adding that as part of the company’s growth strategy, the plans for capacity expansion started some five years ago.

Paul Depp, MD Fuchs Lubricants South Africa: “We are steadily increasing our market share and expanding throughout Sub-Saharan Africa from our regional hub in Isando”.
Paul Depp, MD Fuchs Lubricants South Africa: “We are steadily increasing our market share and expanding throughout Sub-Saharan Africa from our regional hub in Isando”.

Phase One of the investment plan involved acquiring additional land at the Isando facility and construction of a new, state-of-the-art warehouse and head office complex, which was completed in mid-2022 by DRA Global, which engineered, procured, constructed, and managed the project.

“The next part of our expansion is to increase our production capacity,” says Deppe. This was necessary as the current plant is running at capacity 24/7. “To meet market demand, we had to look at expanding our production capability. It also afforded us the opportunity to introduce the latest technology in blending and filling processes.”

Deppe points out that the new plant is an expansion of the existing plant and will bring about much needed capacity increase. FUCHS embarked on its automation journey when it built its second grease plant in 2018.

The new FUCHS head office complex in Isando has been certified as being net zero carbon.
The new FUCHS head office complex in Isando has been certified as being net zero carbon.

“We are adopting the same methodology with the automation of this plant, using a well-known German company that has done work for the group in other parts of the world,” says Deppe. He adds that 80% of the project spend will be local and the balance imported, mainly on the automation.

Esther Seabi, Sustainability Director at FUCHS, says that in line with the FUCHS Net Zero goals, the project will focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy as key drivers. Features will include insulation, variable speed drives (VSDs), heat recovery from heated product and flue gas, and a solar PV system.

Esther Seabi, Sustainability Director at Fuchs says that in line with the Fuchs Net Zero goals, the production plant project will focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy as key drivers.
Esther Seabi, Sustainability Director at Fuchs says that in line with the Fuchs Net Zero goals, the production plant project will focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy as key drivers.

Recently, FUCHS received an accolade from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Leadership Awards for 2021-2022. In addition, the new FUCHS head office has been certified as being net zero carbon.

The new warehouse in Isando incorporates some of the latest warehouse management technology, including scanning and system driven batch control. The new materials-handling equipment includes narrow-aisle turret trucks stacking up to 17 m high. The warehouse includes a comprehensive environmental, safety and fire system, including in-rack sprinklers and automated spill barriers.

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