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Filtrate Ltd

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April 1964.
August 1964.

Manufacturer and seller of oil-based products, of Leeds

1964 Edward Joy and Sons was advertised as Filtrate Ltd (see advert), also the name of its principal product, Filtrate oil. Incorporating T. R. Parry and Co Ltd.

1970 Operating under the name of Filtrate Ltd[1]

1980 Moved to a new factory in Leeds, built at a cost of £900,000. Kidacre St. works closed. The company was Britain's "oldest lubricating oil manufacturer" and still independent (-but see R.S. Clare. founded 1748) [2]

1980 Lubricants supplied to the replica "Rocket", celebrating the provision to the original locomotive of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830

1981 (August) Filtrate (having overstretched itself) was acquired by Hunting Petroleum Services and became part of Hunting Specialised Products, later Hunting Lubricants and Special Products.

1988 Hunting sold Filtrate to Carless Lubricants. Carless was rapidly (1988) taken over by Kelt Energy, who proceeded to sell the whole of its lubricants interests to Kuwait Petroleum, who thus inherited the Filtrate plant at Knowsthorpe Gate, Leeds.[3]

1989 Part of Carless Lubricants. Company in liquidation

2015 Kuwait ran down the blending operation, retaining offices, warehousing and some packaging in Leeds. Finished oil is imported from Kuwait's Antwerp plant.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, June 9, 1970
  2. [1]
  3. The Hunting History ed. P Hunting , London 1991
  • The London Gazette 2 June 1989