Klüber Lubrication to invest Rs. 1.42 billion for expansion in India

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  • May 28,24
Klüber Lubrication, a global supplier of speciality lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions, expands to boost domestic production, supporting GOI’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Klüber Lubrication to invest Rs. 1.42 billion for expansion in India

Klüber Lubrication, a global leader in specialty lubricants, is thrilled to announce a significant expansion of its operations facility in Mysore, slated to be fully operational by early 2027. The current manufacturing plant, spanning 17000 sqm, already produces top-notch specialty lubricants. The recent investment of Rs.1.42 billion, will reaffirm its commitment to ‘Make in India’ by boosting domestic production.

The upgraded plant will boast a state-of-the-art production facility tailored to Klüber Lubrication's specialised requirements. As part of these investments, Klüber will acquire new certifications like IATF (for automotive customers) and ISO 21469 (for food grade lubricants), while enhancing R&D infrastructure and expediting the introduction of new products to market. Leveraging these enhancements, Klüber Lubrication aims to ramp up its operations, introduce high-value product lines, and facilitate the seamless transition of global products to better serve its clientele.

The groundbreaking ceremony, graced by members from the Freudenberg Chemical Specialities and Klüber Boards, along with the Klüber India leadership team, marked the commencement of this transformative project in Mysore.

Hitendra Bhargava, CEO and Regional Management Board Member Asia Pacific, Klüber Lubrication, emphasised the transformative impact of this expansion, stating, "By integrating a new production hall and world class infrastructure, we aim is to offer state-of-the-art speciality products which will be locally manufactured. Ultimately, this initiative is in sync with the self-reliance India mission (Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan) launched by the Government of India. This investment helps us to be closer and faster to our customers not just in India, but in the entire APAC region.

Kanakaraju Thangavel, CTO, Klüber Lubrication India added on the regional impact of this expansion, “This a big benefit to our customers in south-east Asia, especially considering the supply chain challenges the world has seen in the last few years owing to geo-political disruptions. This investment reflects our confidence in the region and our dedication to exceeding customer expectations. We are ready to elevate operations, innovate, and contribute meaningfully to the region's development."

The Mysore expansion reinstates the commitment to sustainability, with solar panels installed on the roof generating over half of the plant's energy from renewable sources. In 2024, Klüber Lubrication was honoured with the prestigious EcoVadis gold medal for sustainability for the third consecutive time, placing it among the top 5 per cent of companies rated worldwide for sustainability. 

Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, through consultation and extensive services, earning an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a test bay hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry. Klüber Lubrication, set up in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG, a Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim.

Founded in 2004 as a part of the Freudenberg Group, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities Munich operates as a lean, market-oriented organization aimed at promoting innovation and expanding global market leadership in special lubricants and release agents. It comprises five largely independent divisions, including Klüber Lubrication, Chem-Trend, SurTec, Capol, and OKS, serving more than 50 countries. 

The Freudenberg Group, a 175-year-old global technology conglomerate, focuses on developing cutting-edge technologies and superior products for various markets, including seals, vibration control components and medical products.

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