Total Lubricants Outlines Expansion Plan to Mark 50 Years of Blending at Ferrybridge
Total Lubricants in UK, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its blending plant in August, has unveiled plans to invest in developing and expanding the site at Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire.
The development plan includes the purchase of four acres of land adjacent to the plant, which will enable Total Lubricants’ Blending Plant to develop and upgrade the site, review its warehousing operations and enhance the blending process.
Planning permission has been granted and work is due to commence in 2021. The ambitious plan includes developments using renewable energies and optimisation that will modernise the manufacturing process and increase the efficiency of the site. Total Lubricants’ Blending Plant in Ferrybridge currently employs 90 staff.
Total is the only integrated oil company which still manufactures lubricants in the UK, and offers a complete range of engine oils, transmission and hydraulic oils, greases, and coolants.
Anna Whitehouse, VP of Operations, Western Europe at Total Group and former general manager of Total Lubricants’ Blending Plant in Ferrybridge, said:
“It has been a privilege for me to be part of the 50-year history of Total Lubricants in UK. Everyone concerned can be proud of the past and confident for the future, knowing that the business can, has always, and will continue to adapt in line with market changes.”
John Ryder, general manager of Total Lubricants’ Blending Plant in Ferrybridge, said:
“As the only major energy company to still have a blending operation in the UK, we are in a strong position for the future due to the proximity to our customer base. The investment underlines our commitment to the Yorkshire region and the UK market, and we are pleased to make this announcement on the 50th anniversary of blending at Ferrybridge.”
Blending in the UK since 1970, when Total purchased the grease plant from TH Newsome, Total Lubricants is recognised as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced lubricants, operating in over 130 countries worldwide and selling over two billion litres of product each year. It has specific expertise in metalworking, the iron and steel sector, chemicals, energy, automotive, mines, and the food processing industry.
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A brief history of Total Lubricants’ Blending Plant in Ferrybridge
- 1879: TH Newsome founded in Leeds
- 1952: TH Newsome moves to Ferrybridge
- 1970: TH Newsome bought by Total
- 1971: The oil plant at Ferrybridge was opened
- 1974: ARCO oil blending plant in London closed. All blending moved to Ferrybridge
- 1983: Laboratory and offices opened
- 1990: Second grease plant opened
- 1990: Cambridge Warehouse constructed
- 2000: Merger of Total Fina and Elf to become TotalFinaElf
- 2004: Last grease production in the UK
- 2012: Total begins to separate its Refining and Marketing activities in the UK
- 2018: Purchase of the land adjacent to Ferrybridge blending plant
- 2019: Full planning permission granted for three-phase development of the Ferrybridge blending plant
About Total UK Limited
Total UK Limited is the UK Marketing & Services operation for the Total Group. The division manufactures and sells lubricants, bitumen products and petroleum-based solvents into the transport, building and manufacturing sectors.
Total UK is also one of the country’s leading suppliers of aviation fuels, supplying London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, as well as many smaller airfields around the country.
In November 2019, Total entered into an agreement with Harvest Energy, a member of the Prax Group, to allow Harvest Energy to develop its network of service stations with the support and expertise of Total and to secure its fuel supply. The first TOTAL service station opened in December 2019 in Thirsk (North Yorkshire, England). Further deployment will continue in 2020. The TOTAL outlets offer the public and business customers the company’s full line-up of fuels and lubricants, as well as a broad range of products and services, including EV charge points.
About Total LubrifiantsTotal Lubrifiants is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of engine oils and lubricants. It has 41 production plants worldwide and more than 5,800 employees in 150 countries. Total Lubrifiants offers innovative, efficient and environmentally responsible products and services developed by more than 130 researchers at its R&D center. Total Lubrifiants is a partner of choice for the automotive, industrial and marine markets.
About the Marketing & Services division of Total
The Marketing & Services division of Total develops and markets products primarily derived from crude oil, along with all of the associated services. Its 31,000 employees are present in 109 countries and its products and services offers are sold in 150 countries. Every day, Total Marketing & Services serves more than 8 million customers in its network of over 14,000 service stations in 62 countries. As the world’s fourth largest distributor of lubricants and the leading distributor of petroleum products in Africa, Total Marketing & Services operates 50 production sites worldwide where it manufactures the lubricants, bitumen, additives, special fuels and fluids that sustain its growth.
Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, more affordable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.
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