Who we are
Castrol is acknowledged as the world’s leading provider of lubrication solutions
Historical backgroundOn 19 March 1899, Charles Cheers Wakefield started up an oil company.
Within 10 years, a new lubricant was produced that would revolutionise transport in the first half of the twentieth century – it was called ‘Castrol’.
The success of our company owes much to the original philosophy of Charles Wakefield. He drew on the help and encouragement of his customers in developing his new Castrol Oils, because he had the foresight to see that working in partnership was the best way to achieve success for both parties. This rationale is as relevant to us today as it was then.
Castrol now employs over 12,000 people in more than 130 countries.
We work at the forefront of advanced technology and are the world leader in the development of motor oils.
Castrol acquired by BP: July 2000With the acquisition of Castrol by BP, Castrol has become the leading brand within BP’s lubricants business. Castrol was selected by BP because it was seen as one of the great lubricants brands in the world, with a name that is synonymous with superbly engineered products of the highest quality.
It has been a very successful union. Castrol’s creative and innovative marketing and brand management expertise has fitted well with BP’s ability to build highly profitable, performance-driven businesses. Today, a distinctive global lubricants operation is taking on all competitors…and winning over customers in markets across the world.
Industrial Lubricants & Services…shaping technologyCastrol Industrial, part of BP's Refining & Marketing division, is a leading global player in its own right, supplying the equipment manufacturing and industrial maintenance industries with a unique and diverse range of essential products and technical support services.
Every day, we harness our unrivalled knowledge and expertise in high performance lubricants and metalworking fluids – and share best practice with our customers.
Around the world, we work with our customers to introduce and exploit all the benefits of improved process efficiencies. To support this, we maintain strategically located technology centres as well as machining test centres in Asia, Europe and North America.
Our offers include a wide range of product support services to boost performance and profitability across different customer locations and manufacturing sites.
We understand the challenges of implementing the right processes in the right places. For the maximum convenience of our customers, we operate from a broad network of sales and support locations and channels.
You can find us anywhere in the worldEach of our units concentrates on its own market, enabling us to deliver a quick and effective response to the specific needs of local customers, while making full use of the knowledge and support of a truly global infrastructure.
With our technological expertise and in-depth experience spanning every continent, we are well equipped to meet the diverse needs of customers right around the world.
Castrol’s global involvement
Castrol sponsors motor sports, research institutes and local projects
Our business partners
Our partners include BMW, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Komatsu, among others
The history of Castrol
Read all about our history, the evolution of our logo and our achievements over the last 100 years