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South Korea company ventures into PH, offers 'quality lubricants at reasonable prices'

S-Oil, a South Korea-based petroleum, petrochemical and lubricant company, has arrived in the Philippines with a variety of products for daily drivers, diesel workhorses and race-spec performance cars. It aims "to deliver top-quality lubricants at reasonable prices."

Venturing into the local scene as S-Oil Philippines, the company is focusing on dealers and service centers within Metro Manila, with provincial areas to follow soon, according to company president Junseo Kano.

S-Oil Philippines offers the brand's complete lubricant line:

* SSU 100% Fully Synthetic: The flagship product of the company, it is engineered for optimal gasoline and diesel engine performance;

* SSU Euro XT: Designed for gasoline-powered European automobiles such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, it meets API SM/CF requirements and is rated by the SAE at 5W-40;

* SSU GXO: This is optimized for vigorous, high-speed driving on gasoline-powered vehicles with sophisticated valve trains, whether turbocharged or supercharged. It is also rated at API SN/ILSAC GF-5 and SAE 5W-30;

* SSU DXO and DXO Turbo: These are 100% fully synthetic, multigrade lubricants designed for diesel engines. SSU DXO is rated at SAE 15W-40, while SSU DXO Turbo is rated at SAE 10W-40;

* Dragon: S-Oil's semi-synthetic lubricant blend, the product is offered at a reasonable price;

* Dragon SN: Designed for naturally aspirated and turbocharged gasoline engines, it can be specified from 0W-20 up to 10W-40; and

* Dragon Turbo Best: Suitable for both turbocharged and naturally aspirated diesel engines, it is available at 10W-30 or 15W-40 and is designed for low emissions.

S-Oil Philippines is participating in the GT300 Class of the Philippine GT Championship Series with South Korean driver Peter Kim behind the wheel of a Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Kim is supported by the Tuason Racing School and Bridgestone.

The Seoul-based company's humble beginnings date back to the 1973 oil crisis, during which the supply of crude oil was South Korea's priority. SsangYong Cement Industrial and the National Iranian Oil Company built the Korea-Iran Petroleum Company with a capital of 200 million won. The Korea-Iran Petroleum Company constructed a refinery and other facilities for the full-scale distillation of crude oil. The company underwent name changes: It was named SsangYong Refinery, and then S-Oil.

The firm then grew to produce petroleum, petrochemical and lubricant products. Today, S-Oil claims to be one of the most profitable energy companies in Korea, with products exported to 40 countries.

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