On 19 March 1899, Charles Cheers Wakefield started up an oil company. Within 10 years, a new lubricant was produced that would revolutionise transport in the first half of the twentieth century – it was called ‘Castrol’.
The success of Castrol as a company owes much to the original philosophy of Charles Wakefield. He drew on the help and encouragement of his customers in developing his new Castrol Oils, because he had the foresight to see that working in partnership was the best way to achieve success for both parties. Castrol now employs over 12,000 people in more than 130 countries and is acknowledged as the world’s leading provider of lubrication solutions.