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."
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.
Rock Oil are proud to announce a serious upgrade to our lubricant selector. We've had an overhaul of the interface to make it much easier to use and get you to the right information first time. There's also a custom search option so you have the ability to quickly find specific manufacturers and models.
The new version of the selector includes support for automotive, commercial, motorcycle, agricultural and construction / materials handling industries. With information on lubricants and ancillary products for thousands of different vehicles. The new selector also provides recommended inspection interval information and multiple products to choose from where applicable. Making it easier than ever before to select the right product for your vehicle.
The link hasn't changed but the usability has definitely improved, check out the new lubricant selector here.
We are delighted to announce that Rock Oil has won ‘Motorcycle Trader Consumables Supplier of the Year 2015’. The award comes after a shortlist process with Motorcycle Trader magazine and then votes from within the motorcycle trade itself.
We take great pride in this award as we believe it shows vindication in the program of improvements that we have been implementing over the past 3-5 years. From multi-language labels with high impact imagery, a new website and some fantastic relationships with racing partners it shows that the brand is seen as progressive and forward thinking. We celebrate 87 years in business this year which is some achievement but there is always the need to keep driving forward and offering customers a high quality product at a cost effective price. We would like to thank all friends, customers & racing partners, without whom we would not be able to succeed.
As we start 2015 there is a lot to look forward to, starting with a presence at the Autosport Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham. Two customers, Jamsport Racing and The National College of Motorsport were displaying the high performance Carbon range of lubricants. The recently launched range is already being used by a number of professional teams and recent independent tests conducted in the US have shown fantastic friction coefficient and wear results compared to a leading market rival.
The Motorcycle Trade Expo quickly follows the Autosport show and the Expo is really the catalyst for the start of the motorcycle season. This trade only show is a small but important event and is back at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry. Rock would like to welcome all visitors to its stand (at A38) to see the full range of motorcycle products and enjoy some light refreshments.
As 2014 draws to a close we would like to thank all of our trading partners, customers and friends for their continued support and wish you all a very peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year break.
This past year has been our busiest and most successful since the company's establishment back in 1928. 2014 has seen Rock Oil go from strength to strength with trade partners now in 52 countries globally. We've also launched a number of new and exciting products over the past 12 months with more to be released in the coming year. As our research and development department recently recruited more staff, we look forward to continuing improvements across all market sectors and be at the forefront of innovation.
Marketing plans are currently being finalised for 2015 and we will provide continual updates for all of our racing and general marketing activity. Our next exhibition will be In January at the Motorcycle Trade Expo, where we will present our full motorcycle range to the trade network. We hope to see you there!
Rock Oil supported trials legend Dougie Lampkin has recently starred in a superb film produced by Red Bull Media. Tundra Trial, which launched earlier today, is the latest and biggest filming project to date for twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie. He teamed up with Red Bull Media House and film director Stu Thomson of Cutting Media to produce a dramatic and exciting film shot in a harsh but beautiful environment.
For Rock Oil working with Dougie brings many positives not least the professionalism he brings to all his projects. The Tundra Trial pushed man and machine (plus oil) to its limits and the results are fantastic. We hope you enjoy watching.
Rock Oil head office staff were delighted to attend a party held by Rock Oil Germany in their brand new building in Alzey, Germany. Agnes and Erik have imported Rock Oil for 20 years and have long championed the brand in Germany. Their recent investment in a purpose built office and warehouse is testament to the progress in the growth of the Rock brand and increased sales. They are looking forward to growing the business further in the coming years and continuing the success story.
The party was attended by friends, customers and potential new customers and over 150 people enjoyed a fantastic party in Rock Oil themed surroundings. European Trial champion Franzi Kadlec attended and was also delighted to sign for a further 3 years with Rock Oil support as he joins the World Championship roster next year.
Managing Director, Greg Hewitt and Chairman, Charles Hewitt, were delighted to attend and celebrate with Agnes and Erik at the start of a bright new era for Rock Oil Germany. Charles said ‘it gives me so much pleasure and pride to see just how much passion Agnes and Erik have in their work and the serious investment they have made in their futures and their belief in Rock Oil, we are very proud to be able to work with them and wish them every success moving forward’.
Rock Oil are thrilled to announce the latest export customer based in Vietnam, with their distribution scope covering Laos and Cambodia, ensuring that the Rock Oil brand continues to gain momentum in Southeast Asia. This continues our snowballing business success throughout 2014 with future export coverage being negotiated currently with five different countries over three continents.
Current chairman Charles Hewitt introduced the Rock brand to New Zealand over 30 years ago and has been putting pins on the global map ever since. Charles is delighted to reach such a esteemed milestone and said "This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work and improvements made by the staff in offering such a high quality brand, built on excellent service at a fair price. We believe Rock Oil offers the best cost to quality ratio on the global market. Looking ahead we are currently in negotiations with a number of potential new partners and I anticipate welcoming new friends to the Rock Oil family soon."
To maintain this high level of service in the wake of ever increasing business we installed an additional storage tank at the back end of October. In the last three months alone we have added over three hundred thousand litres of container storage space to the site. Securing our capacity to support our customers worldwide in a constantly growing market.
Fresh from a record year we have recently invested in a bespoke new one hundred and twenty thousand litre storage vessel. With sales on the increase and the brand as high profile as it’s ever been, this re-investment is crucial in order to maintain our position as the pre-eminent independent lubricant manufacturer in the United Kingdom.
October will see the addition of a further ninety thousand litres of storage, bringing the total increase in capacity since June to three hundred thousand litres. Expanding the total storage capacity at our Warrington plant to over two point two million litres. With a range of exclusive new products being launched in the coming months our future looks bright at Rock and for our partners around the world.