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Afton Chemical invests to meet growing market in transmission fluids and electric vehicles

Afton Chemical Corporation has announced the recent completion of a $70 MM USD investment in its Sauget, IL Plant’s Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) additive production facility.

The investment will help support the growing needs of oil marketers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for next-generation developments in electric vehicle (EV) fluids, including hybrid and battery electric vehicles (HEV, BEV). The improvements will also provide additional capability and capacity to meet continuing quality standards such as IATF 16949.

“We are committed to maintaining best-in-class manufacturing capabilities to better manage and respond to the needs of oil marketers and OEMs in the rapidly evolving EV market,” said Ryan Pannell, Vice President of Manufacturing. “The investments improve the overall efficiency of our manufacturing footprint to ensure supply continuity for our customers.”

With the support of its parent company NewMarket Corporation, Afton has invested over half a billion USD since 2016 in capability and capacity around the world.

“We are proud of the Sauget team’s ability to safely complete this complex project during the past two years. The capability and capacity added to the facility have us well-positioned to meet our customer’s increasing needs,” commented Kevin Steding, Sauget Plant Manager.

Afton’s Sauget, IL Plant has produced additives for the lubricant markets since 1975. The facility is an OSHA VPP Star site and is RC-14001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 by DNV Certification, Inc., and ISO 9001 certified.

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