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INDUSTRY NEWS


Aztec Oils expands fleet to improve services


Aztec Oils is now able to transfer 100,000 litres of lubricant a day after the Bolsover-based company bought two 28-tonne tankers. The investment is part of a drive to improve services and control distribution by moving away from using third-party carriers. It further establishes the company as one of the UK’s leading specialists in high-performance lubricant manufacture and distribution.


Having increased turnover by 18% last year, Aztec is targeting 20 per cent growth in the current financial year and believes the fleet expansion will boost its prospects.


Mark Lord, Managing Director of the company, said: “We’re taking control and improving our position. In addition to packed products, these new tankers will enable us to transfer 100,000 litres of lubricant a day. We’ve enjoyed year-on-year growth and the demand for our products is continuing, so this is a natural next step for the business. Investing in our fleet means we have more control over distribution, we can offer a better service, with regular drivers who better understand customer requirement, for example the


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Southport-based sales representative Stephen Hawksworth has been recruited by GB Lubricants in Gateshead to increase the company’s customers across North West England.


Stephen, 35, joins the company after four years as technical sales consultant for the Wigan branch of Safety Kleen and is looking forward to visiting many of his old customers who have oil and grease requirements.


Having spent his entire career in sales, he was attracted to GB Lubricants, which celebrated its 140th birthday in 2017, by a desire to work for a family-run business producing quality products.


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It comes as Aztec is close to completing a £1.2 million development project at the company’s flagship Bolsover site. The new facility will increase storage capacity of packed lubricant to over 400,000 litres while the installation of extra bulk tanks will give a bulk oil storage capacity on site of 3 million litres. This will ensure super-efficient turnaround times. The range will cover a variety of applications. Managed stock controls will allow the company to service orders from inception to delivery in less than two days. The company manufactures and distributes high-performance lubricants to a wide range of industrial sectors, including exporting to Pakistan, Iraq, Ghana and Ukraine. Aztec prides itself on being able to supply industrial lubricants for even the harshest environment.


Aztec was established in 1995 by Mark Lord and initially operated from a shed on the Bolsover site. It has grown steadily and made a number of acquisitions in recent years including Midlands-based Oiline Ltd in 2010, Northern Oils in Scotland in 2016, and Netherlands-based OWT Services BV earlier this year. Overall, the company now employs 110 staff.


LINK www.aztecoils.co.uk


Most of his customers are involved in the commercial, plant hire, engineering and automotive industries.


“I have a lot of business connections in Liverpool and Manchester through my previous jobs and many are engineering companies,” said Stephen. “My ambition is to grow the customer base quickly and to progress with the company. GB Lubricants is a very good set up and it’s like being part of a big family with the back-up it provides. The company has a loyal following which is down to its customer service and quality products, which have full traceability.”


LINK www.gblubricants.co.uk


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