Q8Oils has confirmed that its lubricants manufacturing operations in the UK and Europe will undergo restructuring, after it secured an investment of £100 million for the upgrading of its Antwerp blending plant.
The company has succeeded in doubling the capacity at this plant, with blended product totalling 250 million litres now able to be manufactured there each year, so naturally, Q8’s Antwerp facility is central to its plans.
All of Q8’s blending operations for the UK have now been moved to this plant, and the company has constructed a purpose-built base in Leeds as its headquarters in this country.
The firm’s managing director for the UK, Andy Dixon, stated that the changes were good news for Britain and that Q8 was concentrating on expansion within the UK:
“This move is part of our plans for a long term commitment to the manufacturing, automotive and energy sectors and the restructuring includes new headquarters in Leeds that opened on 3rd July.”
The restructuring being undertaken by Q8 has also seen the company – which has made its name with automotive lubricants like Q8 T750 15W/40 and ones for industrial use like Q8 Haydn 46 – appoint Clarke Transport, Potters Logistics, Reynolds Logistics and IBL Bulk Liquids as business partners.
These firms all have established reputations for distribution and packaging, with the lubricants from Q8 to be distributed by these companies remaining identical to those currently on sale in this country, despite being produced in the Belgium’s northern city.