Pacegate unveils first commercial lubricant testing laboratory in Nigeria


Temitope Adebayo

Pacegate Limited has announced the official launch of the first commercial dedicated lubricant testing laboratory, called PG Labs, in Nigeria.

Pacegate, which is a subsidiary of Hana Group and manufacturer of steel drums said that the PG Labs is located in Ilupeju, Lagos and can run a number of tests including Evaporation Loss, Homogeneity & Miscibility, Shear Stability, Kinematic Viscosity etc.

The firm made this disclosure in Lagos during the official launch event, where it stated, “These tests like Shear Stability, a measure of the resistance of an oil viscosity to shearing, are mandatory requirements by SON for all engine oils in Nigeria.”

Commenting on the launch, Managing Director (MD), Pacegate Limited, Mr Umesh Amarnani, said, “PACEGATE is delighted to launch the first laboratory dedicated to the lubricants market. This laboratory will further enhance our technical offerings to our lubricant suppliers, customers and partners, and provide them with local services at international standards.

Our ongoing commitment to providing strong technical support ensures that we uphold our position as a valued and sustainable partner in the lubricant industry, while continually building on expertise”.

Also commenting, PG Labs Principal Officer, General Manager-Sales and Technical, Ayodapo Keshinro, said, “At PG Labs, we are committed to improving our services through adequate research and viable practices in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

Since our solutions cater to a wide pool of needs, it is important for us to explore every possible means to ensure they are of maximum quality and can match the requirements of our customers. The lubricant laboratory is an important milestone in our journey to serve our customers better.”

According to the company, PG Labs offers a broad array of tests to suit lubricant manufacturers, regulators and companies. PG Labs is ISO 17025 accredited and is being registered with the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN). The laboratory performs at the highest professional level with industry experts who perform the analysis in accordance with the relevant test procedures and cross-referenced with samples from ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials).

PG Labs comes as a solutions provider to the rising demand for testing lubricants locally with its continued reinforcement of quality, reliability and timeliness. The organization buttresses its commitment to pioneer solutions to support the evolving needs of its customers with the launch of this laboratory. Tests offered at PG Labs include; S.G ASTM D 1298; ASTM Colour ASTM D 1500; COC Flash Point ASTM D 92; Kinematic Viscosity @ 100C ASTM D 445; Kinematic Viscosity @ 40V ASTM D 445 and Viscosity Index ASTM D 2270.Othere are; TBN ASTM D 2896; TAN ASTM D 664; Fresh & Water Metals XRF; Shear Stability ASTM D 6278; Evaporation Loss ASTM D 5800; Sulphated Ash ASTM D 127; Worked Penetration ASTM D 127 and Homogeneity & Miscibility ASTM D 6922.

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