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1943. 'Sternocleanse.'
1943 April. 'Sternocleanse.'
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1896 Wallach Bros. have agency for the Stern Bros. (Hamburg) lubricants interests in Britain and the Empire. [1]

Sternol of Royal London House, Finsbury Square, London, EC2, oil and lubricant manufacturers, refiners and distributors.

1903 The oil part of the business of Stern Brothers was renamed Stern-Sonneborn Oil Co Ltd[2]

1907 Moved to Finsbury Square[3]. Converted to a private limited company[4]. Sterns Ltd was registered in this year in London.

1909 Sternol, the "King of Lubricating Oils", [5] was manufactured by Stern-Sonneborn Oil Co

1916 Manufacturing facility at Grosvenor Wharf, Millwall for "Sternol British Lubricants"

1924 Note that Stern-Sonneborn Hamburg was acquired by Royal Dutch-Shell, indicating Sternol's necessary severance of connection with Germany, already vitiated by the Great War. [6]

1928 Sterns Ltd sold its oil business to a new company, Sternol Ltd, which was incorporated for this purpose[7]

1936 Northern operations based at Bradford

1937 Lubricating oils, soluble and cutting oils, quenching oils, rust preventatives. "Kwenchoyl" for Oil Hardening. "Protexon" for Rust Preventation. [8]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1951 Northern blending (especially now for leather oils) at Station Oil Works, Keighley

1960 Members of Motor Accessories Manufacturers Association (MAMA) which campaigned successfully for access for independent lubricant brands to petrol retailers forecourts.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Lubricants. [9]

1968 Sternol provides, in Peter George, its third President of the national trade association (now The British Lubricants Federation).[10]

1973 Southern Blending plant now at Rainham, Essex.

1974 Sternol acquired by French major, Elf.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The History of the House of Sternol, Sternol London, 1936
  2. The Times Aug 08, 1903
  3. The Times, Jan 02, 1907
  4. The Times, Jun 11, 1928
  5. The Times, Jan 11, 1911
  6. A History of the British Lubricants Industry, Hill, Merton Priory, 2018
  7. The Times, Jun 11, 1928
  8. 1937 The Aeroplane Directory of the Aviation and Allied Industries
  9. 1963 Motor Show
  10. British Lubricants Federation archive
  • AA. [1] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry