A Visit to the Research Center of Total Oil [fr]
Mr. Bernard Dufresne (Head of the Economic Department) and Mr. Nicolas Poussielgue (Attaché for Science and Technology) visited the research and technical support centre (TCAP) of Total Oil, located in Navi Mumbai.
This centre, located next to the production plant, is a first of its kind Technical Centre outside of France. Its location in the Asia Pacific is critical: a growing market that accounts for one third of sales of lubricants in the industry. In terms of location, India provides an excellent environment, mainly because of the quality of its workforce, its ability to work with the teams in France and its own business interest in lubricants and bitumen.
Its primary functions are: technical support, development of local formulations and to act as a support to academic work in order to better meet the specific needs of the Asian market.
During this visit, some interesting discussions were held with French officials of the R & D wing of Total to explore the possibilities of cooperation and exchanges, especially through the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA). In addition, Total Oil is a part of the R & D Club of French companies operating in India.