We are delighted to announce a partnership with Sport7 who have been appointed the official promoter of the FIM Trial World Championship that now falls under the TrialGP banner. As the official lubricant partner to the series the agreement will showcase the Rock Oil brand, including a range of branding, experiential, hospitality and marketing rights. The global reach of the series will help both our UK and export business across all our market sectors.
Greg Hewitt Managing Director, Rock Oil said: “The decision to become a partner was an easy one to make. We have an established relationship with Jake Miller through our agreement with Dougie Lampkin and the team have consistently delivered and go the extra mile to add further value to the relationship. With the business going through a period of major growth and re-investment, the partnership coincides with one of the most exciting times in the company’s 89 year history. I am delighted for the Rock Oil brand to be involved with the series in 2017 and I’m sure the plans the new team have will push the championship onto a new level. Rock Oil has a long history of working in trials and this sector of 2 wheeled motorsport was one of the first supported by the company in the early 80’s. To now be in a position to be a part of the FIM Trial World Championship in the new TrialGP era is fantastic.”
Jake Miller commented: “I think our history shows that we have enjoyed long and loyal relationships with our partners through various clients and across many different projects, so it made perfect sense to extend our association with Rock Oil with regard to TrialGP. Being able to work with like minded companies that are keen to support sport at the highest level is a real pleasure and something we are really appreciative of. We look forward to show casing the Rock Oil brand around the World as the series moves from country to country and to developing some initiatives to really bring this collaboration to life as the season progresses.”
We are delighted to announce an extended, three-year associate-level partnership with the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. We have enjoyed official partnership status within the Championship since 2015 following a long-standing presence in the British Championship paddock dating back over three decades. The decision to extend this by a further 3 years means we are able to continue to build on the much increased awareness the partnership has afforded the Rock brand. The global reach of the series has helped both our UK and export business across all our market sectors.
The new agreement will continue to showcase the Rock brand at each MCE BSB event, including a range of branding, experiential, hospitality and marketing rights as well as presenting sponsorship status for the local round at Oulton Park in September.
Greg Hewitt Managing Director, Rock Oil said: “The decision to renew the partnership was an easy one to make. Stuart and his team consistently deliver and go the extra mile to add further value to the relationship which provides the perfect platform for the Rock brand. Due to the global appeal of the series we can showcase our vast range of products to customers, not just in the UK but across the world where our products are sold and the series is followed. With the business going through a period of major growth and re-investment, the partnership coincides with one of the most exciting times in the company’s 89 year history. I am thrilled to be able to count the series as major part of our plans for the coming years and I look forward to welcoming Stuart to the launch of our new R&D facility later this year.”
Series Director Stuart Higgs commented: “We have had a fantastic partnership with Rock Oil since they first joined the championship in 2015 and to extend that until the end of the 2019 season shows the brand’s commitment to the series. This is an incredible period of growth for Rock Oil and I look forward to seeing their new state of the art headquarters building which will be completed this spring.”
Rock Oil received some very welcome guests in the form of BBC reporters early yesterday morning at our Warrington HQ. As Prime Minister Theresa May launched her industrial strategy for post-Brexit Britain with a vow that the Government will 'step up' and take an active role in backing business, our Warrington HQ was featured in a series of reports for the BBC over the course of the morning. BBC news reporter, Ben Thompson, gave an impromptu tour around our operation along with 4 live interviews with our Managing Director Greg Hewitt, asking his thoughts on how SME's could benefit from the Government's backing.
Managing Director Greg Hewitt had positive comments on the experience: "We were delighted to welcome the BBC onto site to show them and their viewers that manufacturing in the UK is flourishing and that brand GB is something to be proud of. It’s testament to the continued investment in the business and the hard work of the 80 strong workforce that Rock Oil manages to produce world class lubricants which sell across the globe in many cases against much cheaper competition."
Rock Oil is proud to announce the launch of an innovative new range of light commercial fleet lubricants, VAN-GUARD®. We realised that standard automotive or commercial lubricants are not the ideal solution for protecting LCV engines, so we've specially engineered a series of bespoke products VAN-GUARD® to cover the LCV market. They are OEM specific and approved products, meaning they can be used throughout the whole life of your vehicles, including during the warranty period.
The VAN-GUARD® range also includes high performance support products include FUEL-GUARD C - a diesel fuel additive designed to increase fuel efficiency, the ATF Range of automatic transmission fluids, the gear oil range of gearbox and transmission fluids, and ancillary items including anti-freeze, cleaners and greases for gearboxes, axle and bearings and suspension systems.
For more information, downloadable product brochures and a suitability guide visit the VAN-GUARD® product information page.
Following a fantastic 2015 supporting the British Superbike Championship, Rock Oil distributors and staff enjoyed great success at the 2016 Motorcycle Expo.
Held over three days in Stoneleigh Park, the Motorcycle Expo provides an opportunity for dealers and exhibitors to discuss business related to motorcycle products for the upcoming year. Following Rock Oil's recognition for commitment to quality with the attainment of BS EN ISO 14001:2004, discussions ranged from new launches for our motorcycle range, to forthcoming plans to further increase Rock Oil brand awareness nationally.
The Expo also gave us an opportunity to detail proposals on the continual improvement of policies and procedures within Rock, with aims to earn further accreditation based on quality management principles and a strong customer focus. Rock Oil will continue to support the BSB in 2016 and look forward to cementing the association between Rock Oil and the choice of lubricant for the racing series.
The year has been a fantastic one for the business with the brand enjoying a higher profile than ever. We were also delighted to say we now have over 60 global partners buying the Rock Oil brand.
A new relationship in 2015 has been the partnering of the British Superbike Championship, one of the best domestic motorcycle race series in the world. The partnership is the largest in Rock’s long history and has reinforced the brand to a global audience. We have had a great year of results from our racing partnerships and secured a number of championships, including a Speedway world title through Tai Woffinden. Away from motorcycle we have worked with race partners such as Albatec Racing and Sean Walkinsaw Motorsport, as we continue to push the brand to new audiences.
This past June saw the launch of a new range of commercial lubricants called TRUCK-GUARD®. This specialised range offers real benefits to fleet users and the range has thus far proved very popular. All information, including brochures and technical details are on the commercial lubricants page on our website. Early in 2016 we will be launching VAN-GUARD® which is aimed at the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market. In the UK one in ten vehicles on the road is a van and these vehicles are not currently served by a dedicated lubricants range. We feel a targeted range will be a popular addition to our product line up and will also compliment the TRUCK-GUARD® range as many fleets will operate both types of vehicle.
Once again a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Rock Oil.
A strong and unwavering commitment to quality has always been especially important to Rock Oil. For a number of years, the business has attained the BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Standard for Quality Management, a mark of Quality Assurance recognised worldwide. We are proud to announce that we’ve been accredited once more in 2015, and we hope to maintain this mark of excellence in the coming years.
In addition to our commitment to high quality products and services, Rock Oil takes its social and ethical responsibilities very seriously. We feel a responsibility to manage our operations in an Environmentally responsible and safe manner, with great care taken at every stage in the production cycle to ensure we uphold our commitment to the Environment and to the safety of our employees and the greater public. In acknowledgement of our Environmental diligence, for the first time we have been awarded the BS EN ISO 14001:2004 Standard for Environmental Management which we are both delighted and proud to have achieved. In addition we are currently working towards achieving the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 standard for Health and Safety Management which we should achieve late 2016.
The International Dirtbike Show finished this past Sunday after a hectic 4 days for Rock Oil. The stand was busy throughout the show period and we had many hundreds of visitors come to say hello. Visitors to the Rock stand were able to grab themselves a goodie bag with a selection of posters, stickers and a stick of rock. The very latest off road products were on display and the revised Factory Air Filter Range was on show for the first time.
The show also allowed us to meet up with race partners and discuss plans for 2015 and beyond. We were delighted to renew our partnership with Buildbase Honda and their team of Kristian Whatley, Graeme Irwin and Lewis Trickett should ensure they are amongst the favourites for titles in 2015. We have also renewed partnerships with Heads & Threads Suzuki and Phoenix Tools Honda. We are currently in discussions with a number of other off road teams as we look to finalise our support program for 2016.
This past weekend saw Oulton Park host the Rock Oil round of the 2015 MCE BSB championship in the scenic Cheshire countryside. It was a fantastic event as the Rock brand enjoyed some of its best ever exposure over an action packed weekend. It was further enhanced by it being the Superbike Superbike showdown where the final 6 riders who could contest the championship would be decided. In and amongst the many thousands of spectators were over 100 Rock Oil guests who were hosted in both the Fogarty Moss building and also in a special marquee. Customers across various industries, staff and our German importers were amongst the Rock Oil guests who enjoyed the weekend.
Not only were guests able to enjoy fantastic hospitality but many were also treated to grid walks, safety car laps and meeting with the Gearlink riders who visited the Rock Oil Marquee. Having enjoyed fantastic branding throughout the series the past weekend was ever better and marked a high spot in our partnership with the championship.
In the main Superbike class Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne traded knockout blows leaving the event separated by just two points and having both tasted the winners champagne. The remaining four slots were finally filled by James Ellison, Tommy Bridewell, Dan Linfoot and Michael Laverty. Rock supported team RAF Reserves BMW and their rider Peter Hickman started the day full of optimism on the back of two 2nd place finishes at the previous round at Cadwell. A crash during qualifying effectively ended their slim chances of making the top 6 after qualifying in 23rd place. In spite of this Peter recorded a 10th and 6th place in 2 of the 3 races meaning good points as he aims to finish the season as high as possible in the championship.
The Gearlink team continued their competitiveness in the Supersport class as all 3 riders were focussed on podiums. Glenn Irwin had a dramatic crash in the first race but race two saw him capture 4th and help keep him in 4th place in the championship. Ben Wilson looked more like his old self as he had two strong results with a 6th and 5th. Rounding off the trio was young Luke Hedger, he continued to show he can mix it with the best securing an 8th and a 6th place finish. Gearlink also welcomed Jed Metcher to the team as he rode the Gearlink superbike for the first time. With the bike needing more development work and Jed having not ridden at Oulton Park before his results were superb and he took a number of high profile scalps.
Last but certainly not least, Morello Racing’s Josh Elliot maintained his position at the top of the Superstock championship following a 2nd place finish at Oulton. The Rock supported team have a strong 17 point lead over title rival Alistair Seeley with only two rounds of the Superstock championship remaining.
With some fantastic racing and spectacular crashes the Rock Oil round at Oulton Park was memorable for all who attended.
The 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship comes to Oulton Park this weekend for the official Rock Oil round. We are delighted to be an official supplier to one of the largest and most popular domestic championships in the world. Rock has supported motorcycle racing in all its forms for many years and this weekend’s round is the flagship event for the Rock Brand as part of the largest racing partnership in our history. It offers fantastic kudos for Rock and a chance to celebrate our commitment to supporting top class motorsport.
We will be hosting customers, friends and partners of the business, including our German distributors, who have travelled over especially to enjoy the weekend of racing with us. It should be a sensational weekend of racing as Oulton Park is set for the closest Showdown decider in MCE BSB history, since the format was introduced back in 2010. The upcoming races will confirm the final riders to contest in the three-round Showdown starting at the end of the month at Assen. There's four places to be confirmed with 14 riders in with a chance of joining the final battle for the title.
The main headline event of the BSB is backed by the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championship and British Motostar over the weekend. We wish Rock supported teams RAF Reserves BMW, Gearlink Kawasaki, Morello Racing and Motodex BMW the very best of luck in their respective classes.