Castrol is a leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of premium lubricating oils, greases and related services to automotive, industrial, marine, oil exploration and production customers across the world. Headquartered in the UK, Castrol operates directly in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 7,000 people worldwide. Third party distributors market and sell our products locally in nearly 100 other markets. Our delivery network extends throughout 140 countries, covering 800 ports and partnering with over 2000 distributors and agents.
Castrol offers lubricants for virtually all domestic, commercial and industrial applications. For automotive lubrication, motorcycles, 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, car petrol and diesel engines. Our products include an extensive range of manual and automatic transmission fluids, chain lubricants and waxes, coolants, suspension fluids, brake fluids, greases, cleaners and maintenance products. We also produce products for agricultural machinery, plant, general industry and marine engineering uses.
Our products all have a global chemical registration status and are compliant in all locations where the product is used.
We are at the forefront of pioneering technology and develop and test hundreds of new products every year. We work closely with leading industry OEMs, with whom we supply a broad range of lubricants designed for particular operating conditions and environments. Many of our products are approved and recommended by, or are co-engineered with major OEMs, including Audi, BMW, Ford, MAN, Tata and Volkswagen, for their ‘new to the world’ equipment.
In 1899 Charles ‘Cheers’ Wakefield left his job at Vacuum Oil to start a new business at Cheapside in London under the name of ‘CC Wakefield & Company’, selling lubricants for trains and heavy machinery. He was a persuasive man who could articulate a vision and eight former colleagues joined him in his new venture. Early in the twentieth century, Charles took an interest in two sporty new motorised contraptions – the automobile and the aeroplane. These new engines needed oils that were runny enough to work from cold at start-up and thick enough to keep working at very high temperatures. Wakefield researchers found that adding a measure of castor oil, a vegetable oil made from castor beans, did the trick nicely. They called the new product ‘Castrol’.