Itba - Total Austral: Committed to Education

Educating and Developing Engineering and Technology Professionals

Since it was established as a private university in 1959, the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires has been recognized for its commitment to innovation, technology and academic excellence.  Since 2004, Total Austral has provided financial support to the Petroleum Engineering degree course taught at ITBA, to fund scholarship grants, assist gifted students and invite foreign professionals to teach advanced courses.

A Commitment to the Future

In 2013, a cooperation agreement was signed between Total Professeurs Associés (TPA), Total Austral and ITBA, under which respected experts from Total are teaching courses on specific subjects at ITBA. In addition, ITBA announced the launch of a double degree agreement between its Oil and Natural Gas Production program and the Resevoir Geoscience and Engineering program at the IFP School in France. Under the agreement, ITBA students who opt to take the double degree will spend two semesters at the IFP School.


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Total Austral and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires are working together to promote technical training in Argentina.

Toyota - Hutchinson Argentina: United for Industrial Growth

Increasing Local Content

In 2005, with the launch of the HiLux pickup truck, Toyota asked Hutchinson Argentina to supply car body seals, fluid transfer hoses and antivibration parts. The Japanese company's manufacturing culture, which is similar to Hutchinson Argentina's, has been deployed, honed and pursued throughout the nine years of production.

Continuous Improvement

Toyota implements policies to oversee and support its key suppliers. As part of this process, Hutchinson Argentina plays an active role in Jishuken agreements, whereby it works with other suppliers to identify opportunities for improving safety, productivity, quality and logistics.

In addition, Toyota remains committed to Hutchinson Argentina as a strategic partner in the country.

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Citroën - Total Especialidades Argentina: A Partnership in Sporting Excellence

International Ties

Total and Citroën have been working together internationally for more than 45 years to ensure the excellence of their products. Citroën, confident in the high performance of Total lubricants, recommends that its dealers use Total products to service all its vehicles. This partnership also extends to motor racing. Total sponsors the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team, eight-time winners of the World Rally Championship. Since 2014, the brand has also sponsored the Citroën Total team in the World Touring Car Championship, where competitors include José María “Pechito” López, Sébastien Loeb, Yvan Muller and Ma Qing Hua.

Local Synergy

In Argentina, both brands work together on initiatives that deepen their relationship. Citroën Argentina and Total Especialidades, a Total group subsidiary in the country, organize regular sales and PR events tied to the local World Rally Championship race in Córdoba and the World Touring Car Championship race in Termas de Río Hondo.

In 2013, Total, which has sponsored Club Atlético Boca Juniors for five years, welcomed the French automaker as a new sponsor of the Club's  soccer team, nicknamed the Xeneizes ("Genoans").

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Citroën and Total in the World Touring Car Championship

Funcei - Total Austral: A Commitment to Public Health

Health Breakthroughs

For a number of years, Total Austral has supported initiatives aimed at improving public health, working with the Fundación Centro de Estudios Infectológicos (FUNCEI -  Foundation for the Center of Infectious Diseases), directed by Dr. Daniel Stamboulian.

Monitoring Hospital-Acquired Infections in Tierra del Fuego

Total Austral and FUNCEI signed a cooperation agreement to implement a program to monitor hospital-acquired infections in Río Grande Regional Hospital, Tierra del Fuego.  

Launched in 2014, the three-year program is being led by three interconnected teams — the Hospital-Acquired Infections Control Committee, the Laboratory Service and the Sterilization and Cleaning Services — each with its own objectives and indicators. Each one is staffed by FUNCEI specialists, who provide medical training and support, both onsite and remotely, according to a timetable of visits prepared jointly with Total Austral. The training program is supported by Total physicians in Tierra del Fuego.

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Program to monitor hospital-acquired infections in Río Grande Regional Hospital, Tierra del Fuego.

Universidad Nacional del Comahue - Total Austral: A Commitment to the Environment

A Combined Commitment

An innovative approach to ecological restoration is being effectively deployed thanks to the joint contribution of stakeholders from 1) the academic world, represented by a multidisciplinary team from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, which is transferring the knowledge needed to take the project forward and conduct research in this area; 2) the local community, which is gaining employment opportunities in places requiring greater economic diversity; and 3) Total Austral, which has a stake in both environmental protection and capacity building for local businesses.

The Project

One result of the ecological restoration project run jointly by the three participants was the development of a nursery for plants native to Añelo and San Roque in the Neuquén region of Argentina. More than two years after it was established in Añelo, it had produced more than 22,000 plants  of 15 different species. Many of these plants were used for ecological restoration projects. The project also includes an ongoing series of presentations to conferences and the publication of related papers by the Universidad Nacional del Comahue.

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The Añelo nursery produced more than 22,000 plants of 15 different species. Many of them were used for ecological restoration projects.

Iapg - Total Austral: An "Unconventional" Approach

Sharing Information

The Instituto Argentino del Petróleo y del Gas (IAPG) is a leading source of technical information in the energy industry in general, and the oil and gas industry in particular. Total Austral formed a strategic alliance with IAPG to make key technical information concerning the exploration and production of unconventional resources more readily available to the wider community.

In Action

More than 130 stakeholders — such as opinion leaders, journalists, academics, local authorities and NGOs — were identified, contacted, informed and/or educated.

The materials distributed included The ABC's of Oil and Gas in Unconventional Reservoirs, a short publication on shale gas, shale oil and tight gas. It is designed to offer sound, authoritative information in response to the main questions about unconventional resources, while debunking misconceptions. The website was also created, which features a Shale Expert who answers questions about the industry. The strategy also includes other documents, interviews and educational videos.

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Development of unconventional reserves in Cuenca Neuquina.