Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies. With approximately 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories, Shell helps to meet the world's growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.
Shell is organised into: Upstream; Downstream; and Projects & Technology.
- Upstream explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas
- Downstream refines, supplies, trades and ships crude worldwide, manufactures and markets a range of products, and produces petrochemicals for industrial customers. Marketing sells a range of products, including fuels, lubricants, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), for home, transport and industrial use.
- Projects & Technology manages the delivery of major projects and drives research and innovation to develop new technologies. It provides technical services and technology capability in upstream and downstream activities including research & development into fuels (including conventional and advanced biofuels) and lubricants with this R&D focused at technology centres in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Houston and Shanghai. Wolfgang Warnecke was appointed as Shell’s Chief Scientist for Mobility in May 2011.
Shell Retail is the largest branded fuels retailer in the world with approximately 44,000 Shell branded Retail sites operating in more than 80 countries, selling around 158 billion litres of fuel annually. For over a century Shell scientists have worked relentlessly to create technologically advanced fuels for customers. The flagship of Shell’s fuels offering, the Shell V-Power is the result of constant innovation and passion for both customers and for driving. Inspired by the technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, Shell V-Power’s unique formulation is designed to improve performance through advanced technology.
The 60-year technical partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, in which Shell invests over 21,000 hours a year into R&D, provides an environment to test new premium gasoline fuels and lubricants in extreme conditions. Shell also works closely with other leading car and equipment manufacturers to develop mobility solutions for the future.
Shell Lubricants manufactures and markets some of the world’s leading lubricants brands in around 100 countries including Shell Helix, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Rimula, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus, Shell Gadus, Shell Gadinia and Shell Omala. According to Kline and Company, Shell is currently the number one lubricants supplier globally. Shell is also the number one lubricants supplier in the US (the world’s largest lubricants market) and the leading international lubricants supplier in Asia, the fastest-growing region in the world. Technology leadership provides a key competitive advantage with strengths in the areas of technology application, innovation and collaboration. More than 200 scientists and engineers are dedicated to lubricants research and development with lubricants research centres in Germany, the US, China and Japan (a joint venture with Showa Shell) and a patent portfolio of more than 150 patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases.
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