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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.

Valvoline - 150 Years
1866

1866

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

1873

1873

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

1892

1892

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

1901

1901

Carrigan brothers first import Valvoline™ into Australia.

1920

1920

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

1940

1940

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

1946

1946

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

1954

1954

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

1964

1964

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

1965

1965

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

1966

1966

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

1982-2010

1982

Wetherill Park Blending Facility opens.

1988

1988

Valvoline™ XLD launches in Australia.

1990

1990

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

1991

1991

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

1995

1995

Car Care Division commences, Pyroil is imported in Australia.

2000

2000

Valvoline™ GRM Commodore wins the Bathurst 1000.

2001

2001

ProDetail launches in Australia.

2002

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

2004

Valvoline™ Australia Customer Service Van program commences.

2007

2007

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

2009

2009

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

1982-2010

2010

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

2014

2014

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

2015

2015

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

2016

2016

Valvoline™ celebrates its 150th birthday.