AFAL Signs Lubricants License & Manufacturing Agreement with Chevron in East Africa

Chevron Brands International LLC (Chevron) and AFAL Manufacturing Limited (AML) a subsidiary of the Tristar Group have signed a long-term license agreement encompassing production, distribution, and marketing of CaltexTM lubricants in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Under the new scope, Chevron will provide its technology, and AML will blend, market, and distribute Caltex branded lubricants through its network.

“Chevron has a history in East Africa spanning seven decades and we have collaborated with AFAL since 2013. Over the last eight years, our relationship with AFAL has grown from strength to strength and we are excited to begin a new chapter with AML, which will take the Caltex brand across Eastern Africa. This new agreement also includes lubricants blending options for future expansion,” said Douglas Rankine, General Manager for Middle East & Africa – Fuels & Lubricants. “Both parties worked through the pandemic to deliver the agreement, reflecting an enhanced relationship based on trust, integrity and performance.”

AML is confident that this move will enable the Caltex brand to gain a larger market share in East Africa by capitalizing on cost benefits and synergies of local blending.

“Being selected by Chevron for this significant responsibility is a major show of confidence in the long term relationship between Chevron and the Tristar Group since AFAL was first awarded a lubricants distributor agreement by Chevron in 2013, and will serve as a launchpad for Caltex branded lubricants to expand sales in the East African region. We are confident that local blending is a move in the right direction for this business to remain competitive, and we will spare no effort to strengthen the position of the Caltex brand in East Africa,” said Mr Eugene Mayne – Tristar Group CEO.

Tristar is a global business, headquartered in Dubai, which offers end-to-end fuel logistics solutions to blue-chip clients including international and national oil companies and intergovernmental organizations. Its integrated energy logistics platform spans road and maritime transportation, specialized warehousing, fuel farms, commercial aviation refuelling and fuel supply operations.