Afton Chemical Corp. recently announced the addition of a new chemical additive manufacturing facility on Singapore's Jurong Island.

Designed to support the growth of the Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets, the new plant will begin producing components in January 2016. The site was selected after extensive analysis of the local infrastructure, market access, economics, safety and logistics.

"Afton Chemical has been a key player in the lubricant and fuel additive industry for more than 90 years," said Rob Shama, Afton president. "We have a strong commitment to Asia's fast-growing economy, and this plant means we can improve service levels to all of our customers in the region and security of supply to all customers worldwide."

Existing plant operations in other regions will remain fully operational to supply the growing demand for Afton's solutions.

To support Afton's engine oil business, the ­first operational unit will produce detergents for commercial use in 2016. Construction and startup of additional units to produce dispersants and anti-wear components will follow with full operation expected within the next ­ five years.

When completed, the facility will operate around the clock. There is also the opportunity to expand the plant further based on future market conditions.

For more information, visit www.AftonChemical.com.