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NEW ERA FOR DUCKHAMS OILS BRAND

Duckhams announces appointment of Moove Pro-Brands as the exclusive manufacturer and marketer of Duckhams lubricants across 47 European countries including Russia.

KEEPS YOU MOVING.

Duckhams is in advanced stages of developing a new strategic Joint Venture for the Thailand Region to distribute Duckhams products towards the second quarter of 2021.

MAKING HISTORY AGAIN.

Duckhams launches a unique range of market specific Motorcycle oil products.

MAKING HISTORY AGAIN.

Duckhams successfully appoints Moove Lubricants (part of Cosan Group) as exclusive blender and marketer of the Duckhams brand across 47 European countries.

MAKING HISTORY AGAIN.

Duckhams successfully appoints distributor for Lebanon.

MAKING HISTORY AGAIN.

Duckhams successfully appoints distributor partners in several global markets including UK, Ireland, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal.

DUCKHAMS TAKES THE NEXT LEVEL.

Duckhams appoints country-exclusive distributor and leader in transportation Ahmad Yar Group to cover the Afghanistan region.

DUCKHAMS TAKES THE NEXT LEVEL.

Duckhams appoints a top UK branding agency Honest to develop a range of global marketing campaigns for Duckhams.

DUCKHAMS TAKES THE NEXT LEVEL.

Duckhams successfully launches its range of modern passenger car oils at NEC Automechanika in the United Kingdom.

DUCKHAMS GOES FAR AND WIDE.

Duckhams appoints lubricant industry veteran to head the business as global CEO.

DUCKHAMS GOES FAR AND WIDE.

Duckhams opens offices in Dubai and Malaysia as trading hubs for the Middle East and Asia Regions.

DUCKHAMS GOES FAR AND WIDE.

Duckhams develops a range of market specific automotive lubricants with modern packaging, bolder branding and user-friendly labelling.

DUCKHAMS GOES FAR AND WIDE.

Duckhams appoints Petromin Corporation as blender partner for the Middle East Region and SFC Excellence for Asia Pacific region.

DUCKHAMS GOES FAR AND WIDE.

Duckhams successfully forges a partnership with the prestigious FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs) (FBHVC) to become their exclusive lubricant sponsor.

A NEW ERA FOR DUCKHAMS.

Duckhams conducts master brand refresh through top UK branding agency.

A NEW ERA FOR DUCKHAMS.

Duckhams receives overwhelming support during a successful re-launch of the Duckhams brand and Classic motor oils at the NEC Classic Motor Show in the United Kingdom.

A NEW ERA FOR DUCKHAMS.

Duckhams develops a range of unique engine oils for classic and vintage vehicles.

A NEW ERA FOR DUCKHAMS.

Duckhams sponsors the British female rally driver Louise Cooke to represent Duckhams in the World Rally Car Championships.

SIMPLIFIED RANGE LAUNCHED.

After a century at the forefront of oil technology, a new simplified range hits the shelves.

DUCKHAMS QXR HIGH PERFORMANCE LAUNCHED IN 1986

Duckhams launched a five-strong range of engine oils, including the iconic Duckhams Hypergrade, the successor to Duckhams Q.

STATE-OF-THE-ART PRODUCTS LAUNCHED.

Hypergrade, the result of three years' development, QXR aimed particularly at the increasingly popular 'hot hatch' sector of the market, and QS, Duckhams' first fully-synthetic engine oil for the UK are all introduced during this time.

DUCKHAMS GOES RALLYING

Ari Vatanen wins the Rally World Championship, the only privateer driver to have achieved this feat.

DUCKHAMS SPONSOR MOTORSPORT'S FUTURE STARS.

Winners include John Surtees, James Hunt, Jacky Ickx, Ronnie Peterson, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and David Coulthard.

DUCKHAMS ENTER F1, FORMULA 3 AND FORMULA FORD.

The company’s association with motor sport expands into F1 and other formulas, including supporting the John Surtees’ team. It was a momentous time, with the car’s Ford Cosworth DFV F1 engine successfully running on an ‘of-the-shelf’ oil – the Q20-50.

DUCKHAMS IS ACQUIRED BY BP.

Duckhams is acquired by BP with all operational, product and brand infrastructure remaining independent.

DUCKHAMS ENJOY SUCCESS IN MOTORCYCLE RACING.

Sammy Miller, Mike Hailwood and Barry Sheene all wear the Duckhams colours and Duckhams win the 1995 British Motorcycle Championship with the rotary engine Norton.

Q20W-50 EXPORTED TO 37 COUNTRIES.

Success of this legendary oil results in a massive boost in exports. Closer to home, Duckhams is now one of the top players in the UK oil market.

BRANDING CHANGES TO THE NOW FAMILIAR BLUE AND YELLOW.

The iconic colours that are so synonymous with Duckhams are adapted and rolled out across all packaging and communications, making it Britain’s fastest expanding brand.

BMC MINI INTEGRAL GEARBOX OIL DEVELOPED.

Duckhams Q20W-50 addresses the problem of lubricating engines with an integral gearbox, ensuring the compact design of the Mini is made possible.

EUROPE'S FIRST MULTI-GRADE OIL LAUNCHES.

Duckhams is responsible for the introduction of the iconic green oil, this innovation would transform lubrication technology forever.

DUCKHAMS HELPS BREAK LAND SPEED RECORD.

Goldie Gardner breaks the land speed record in Utah with his MG using Duckhams oil.

DUCKHAMS DEVELOPS THE REVOLUTIONARY 'ADCOIDS' FUEL TREATMENT TABLET.

As their effectiveness becomes recognised, sales of Running-In Tablets soar and their eventual contribution to the growth of Duckhams is enormous.

FIRST SYNCHROMESH GEARBOX OIL.

MG give sole recommendation to Duckhams oils for not just the engine, but also gearbox and axle. Gear oils approved and adopted as factory fill by Morris and Wolseley too.

DUCKHAMS RECOMMENDED BY 90% OF CAR MANUFACTURERS.

Many classic marques, including Morris, Wolseley, Austin, Bentley, Invicta, Rolls-Royce, Humber and Rover make Duckhams their engine oil of choice.

REVOLUTIONARY NEW PROCESS OILS ARE LAUNCHED.

Duckhams develop a new oil that controls the build-up of carbon deposits. Within a year, over 60 British car-makers specify Duckhams.

PHILANTHROPY: RAF BENEVOLENT FUND.

Alexander Duckham donates his former family home, Vanbrugh Castle, to the RAF Benevolent Fund, providing a school for the children of RAF airmen killed in service.

WW1 BREAKS OUT AND DUCKHAMS FOCUSES ON THE WAR EFFORT.

Supplying lubricants to the war effort results in Duckhams being appointed to high office in government, on the recommendation of Winston Churchill.

ALEXANDER DUCKHAM TAKES TO THE SKIES.

In a two-person aircraft, fitted with a 100hp Gnome-Blériot engine, Alexander Duckham and Louis Blériot reach a record height of 1,600 feet at the Bournemouth Flying Meeting.

COMPANY FOUNDED BY ALEXANDER DUCKHAM.

A chemist and businessman from Blackheath, South London, Alexander establishes his own oil company in Phoenix Wharf, London with a small loan from his father.