(EnergyAsia, September 22 2014, Monday) — ExxonMobil said it has begun construction of a new plant at its Jurong facility in Singapore to meet Asia’s growing demand for grease.

Located next to an existing lubricants plant, the new unit is expected to be completed and ready in 2016 to add to the US major’s network of production facilities across the region.

The Jurong plant will manufacture three of the company’s key grease products: Mobilith SHC, Mobilgrease XHP and Mobilux.

“Singapore provides an ideal environment and the necessary infrastructure to continue to grow our business and manufacturing operations in Asia Pacific,” said Paul Grives, global services and grease marketing manager at ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company.

“The Jurong grease plant will integrate with our existing chemical and refining activities in Singapore, enabling us to deliver products that will best meet the needs of our customers throughout the region.”

Joanne Eu, the company’s Asia Pacific marketing manager, said:

“In Asia Pacific, particularly China, the demand for grease products is on the rise and this new plant will help position us to meet that increasing demand and contribute to the growth of the regional economy.”

ExxonMobil said its fuels and lubricants business in the region has been boosted by the recent expansions of its lubricant plants in Taicang and Tianjin, and a new Signum laboratory at its Shanghai Technology Center in China.

ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company is a leading marketer of fuels, finished lubricants, asphalts and specialty products, as well as one of the world’s largest suppliers of lubricant basestocks.