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First Brand… First in Innovation

Dr. John Ellis established the industry’s first brand in 1866 when he poured his lubricant into the stuck valves of a large V-shaped steam engine, freeing the valves to move easily. He would soon go on to register the name VALV-O-LINE as the world’s very first trademarked oil brand.

Today, Valvoline is a leading provider of innovative products and services in over 140 countries.

1866

Dr. J Ellis establishes Continuous Oil Refining Company producing cylinder oil.

1873

Valvoline™ becomes the world’s first trademarked lubricating oil.

1892

The first gasoline-powered car made in the US is protected with Valvoline.

1901

Carrigan brothers first import Valvoline™ into Australia.

1920

When the model T is mass produced, only Valvoline™ is recommended for use.

1940

Valvoline™ is the first company to offer an unconditional money back guarantee on its engine oil.

1946

Products are sold for the first time under the brand name Ashland.

1954

Valvoline™ introduces all-climate, all-season oil – people don’t need to switch oils for each season.

1964

Valvoline™ Australia is established as joint venture; Total, Boral and Ashland. Silverwater plant opens.

1965

Valvoline™ introduces an oil specifically designed for racing, called VR1.

1966

Valvoline™ first imports from the US into New Zealand through D.R Britton Ltd.

1982

Wetherill Park Blending Facility opens.

1988

Valvoline™ XLD launches in Australia.

1990

John Laws signs as Valvoline™ Australia Spokesman. Valvoline™ forms First Recovery for the collection and recycling of used engine oil.

1991

Valvoline™ celebrates its 125th birthday. Valvoline™ Australia sponsors the Parramatta Speedway.

1995

Car Care Division commences, Pyroil is imported in Australia.

2000

Valvoline™ GRM Commodore wins the Bathurst 1000.

2001

ProDetail launches in Australia.

2002

Valvoline™ Australia introduces MaxLife as the first oil designed specifically for engines with over 120,000 km. Valvoline™ opens an office in New Zealand.

2004

Valvoline™ Australia Customer Service Van program commences.

2007

Ricky Ponting is appointed Valvoline™ Australia’s Brand Ambassador.

2009

$6 Million upgrade of the Wetherill Park Blending Facility is completed.

2010

Valvoline™ Australia’s head office moves from Wetherill Park to Baulkham Hills.

2014

Valvoline™ GRM Volvo S60 wins at Australian Grand Prix – the first season Volvo makes their return to Australian Motor Racing.

2015

Valvoline™ Australia launches SynPower “Man Like HorsePower” marketing campaign.

2016

Valvoline™ celebrates its 150th birthday.