October 2015, senior representatives from some of Shell JOSLOC’ most important industrial clients in the Middle East (including SPCC, Wärtsilä, DRI, Cummins Energy, Safwa Cement and Rajhi Steel) enjoyed a visit to the Shell Technology Centre in Hamburg, Germany – courtesy of the company’s Saudi operating division, Al Jomaih and Shell Lubrication Oil Company Limited (JOSLOC).
The Shell Technology Centre Hamburg (STCHA) is a state-of-the-art laboratory complex for research and testing – with a growing reputation as a global centre of expertise in fuels, lubricants, marine power, engine transmission and vehicle testing. Inaugurated a year earlier, in October 2014, the three-storey, purpose-built facility also includes a modern workshop with engine dynamometers, and a hospitality showroom for visitors.
STCHA was conceived as a major expansion and upgrading of Shell’s existing German laboratory, which had been in operation since 1956. The new Centre is one of four Shell technology labs around the world, now employing over 300 international staff – all dedicated to achieving technological breakthroughs, such as the Hamburg lab’s groundbreaking advances in Gas-To-Liquids (GTL) technology, creating sulphur-free fuels that hugely improve fuel efficiency.