Petronas recently launched its new global research & technology (R&T) centre in Turin, Italy, which was officiated by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. The US$60 million (RM235 million) facility will be the global hub for Petronas Lubricants International’s (PLI) R&T activities – automotive and industrial technology testing capabilities and expertise.

PLI is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the fluid technology solutions (FTS) that have powered Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to four consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles.

The role of the new R&T centre will be to introduce new technologies, create world-class infrastructure and develop industry-leading talent as PLI diversifies its product portfolio to strengthen its global position in the fluids industry.

The Turin facility is the latest R&T centre of excellence set up by PLI, and joins the US$100 million (RM392 million) investment in a lubricant blending plant and satellite R&T centre for motorcycle lubricants at Patalganga in Maharashtra, India. PLI also owns a 50% stake in the Guangxi Nanning Yuchai Petronas Lube research & development centre in China’s Guangxi province.

“Petronas demonstrates through Formula One that it is a world leader in the global fluids industry – and this new facility reflects the scale of the company’s ambitious development programme,” said Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.