ENEOS OEM R&D Background

ENEOS is the largest oil company in Japan, and as the “original JDM oil” we’ve been working in partnership with Asian automakers for decades. As part of this partnership, ENEOS has in-house testing facilities where we follow strategies developed with each OEM partner to meet their vehicle and performance specifications, particularly for the tighter tolerances of engines that are now being seen more in European and domestic vehicles.

Asian automakers are especially particular about their standards of quality and performance, and our ability to meet those standards has ensured our long-term relationship with these original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Those standards often evolve in Japan and are adopted by other agencies such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) and International Lubricants Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC), in some cases with data from ENEOS engineers.

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Concurrent with this development are pushes for new technologies that will improve fuel economy and performance, such as 0W-16 oil, which is now in production in the US, and 0W-8 oil, currently in development and use in Japan. We’re currently working on a line of EV fluids to meet the needs of the growing electric vehicle market. As part of our OEM partnerships, we work directly with all the major Asian manufacturers to develop new products and push the boundaries of technology to meet their evolving platforms and vision.

Another example of this innovation is Woven City, a futuristic hydrogen-powered prototype city designed to house employees of Toyota’s cutting-edge projects, including its autonomous e-Palette shuttles and robots. ENEOS helped develop the hydrogen fuel cell system that powers its fully connected ecosystem and is anticipated to help Japan achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Toyota partners with ENEOS to explore a hydrogen powered woven city

ENEOS Obsession

ENEOS provides R&D and factory fill for Asian automakers in factories around the world. This access provides ENEOS with unreleased vehicle specifications, allowing our organization to develop lubrication formulations that specifically meet (or exceed) vehicle needs. Because of these partnerships, our products are designed to anticipate future requirements beyond current domestic vehicle standards.

We like to say our obsession with quality and innovation is more than just a statement—it’s why we’ve been trusted by OEMs for almost half a century.

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