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National Lubricating Oil and Grease Federation

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National Lubricating Oil and Grease Federation

1918 (May) The Government convened a meeting of the lubricants trade to discuss shipping space in the light of the wartime submarine menace.

1919 (Nov) The Manchester & District Lubricating Oil & Grease Association proposed the formation of a national “Federation of Associations” of the lubricants industry.

1921 (April) A lubricants section of the London Oil & Tallow Trades Association was formed, so that national coverage could be attained.

1921 (September) The National Lubricating Oil & Grease Federation was formed at a meeting held at the Great Eastern Hotel, EC2. The first President was W. B. Dick of W. B. Dick and Co.

1923 The Midland Counties association becomes affiliated, completing coverage in England. Note that Scotland remained outside and that the participation of the Yorkshire associations was vitiated for many years by disputes between themselves and with the Federation.

1928 (Oct) The Federation was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee. 1928 The Federation published (for members’ use) a regionally based list of English and Welsh lubricant companies, with blending or legitimate trading interests. This became known as the “Bona Fide” list. It includes some 450 separate companies.

  • 1952 Address: 84 Leadenhall St., London EC3
  • 1957 Address: Audrey House, 5/7 Houndsditch, London EC3
  • 1967 Address: St. Mary Axe, London EC3

1968 The National Association dissolved itself, and was reconstituted as the British Lubricants Federation (which is the immediate precursor of the present United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) [1].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. : The archives and publications of the Federation. The “Bona Fide” list is published anew in A History of the British Lubricants Industry by T.J Hill (Merton Priory Press, Chesterfield, 2018)