Official launch of blending of Caltex lubricants by Tristar in Kenya
AFAL Manufacturing Limited (AML) of the Tristar Group has officially launched the local blending of Caltex lubricants in East Africa. The launch follows the signing of a long-term license agreement with Chevron Brands International LLC (Chevron) encompassing production, distribution, and marketing of Caltex™ lubricants in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This move is timely as Caltex has had a long-term presence in Africa and the region is one of the fastest developing markets in the world with demand for premium lubricants growing at a healthy pace. Kenyan government official Eric Simiyu Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary, National Treasury and Planning, attended the launch event with Rochna Kaul, Chevron Vice President, Europe, Africa, Middle East, South Asia Sales & Global Marine and Abhijit Sarmah, Tristar Kenya General Manager.
“The move to local manufacturing in Nairobi is a step in the right direction for our relationship with Chevron, which started in 2013 with a distribution agreement covering the imported Caltex Delo and Havoline brands in Kenya and several East African countries through our subsidiary Africa Fuels & Lubricants Limited (AFAL). We are confident that through local manufacturing we will add value to enable us to take the Caltex lubricants brand to a strong market position by supplying high quality lubricants backed by competitive prices and service. With more than 8 years of local market knowledge, we are confident that there is a growing need for high quality lubricants in the region and we are extremely pleased with this move to be able to sell and distribute locally manufactured, cutting edge Caltex lubricants,” said Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne.
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