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PENRITE – Australian owned and operated for over 90 years.

Since 1926, Penrite products have helped shape the country. They have remained a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated business committed to producing the best lubricants, made right here in Australia. What started on a kitchen stovetop in Melbourne more than 90 years ago, a 16-year-old Les Mecoles founded Penrite Oil Company from his parents’ home in St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. The first batches of oil were delivered to service stations, milling factories, and the local shipping port using his father’s wheelbarrow. The business continued to grow, but in 1979, Les Mecoles, suffering from poor health, sold the company to John and Margaret Dymond. John’s 20 years’ experience in, not only the oil industry but also the additive market gave him the background and knowledge he needed to take up the challenge of running his own company. John launched a new range of premium multigrade engine oils known as HPR (High Performance Range), identified to solve automotive oil consumption problems and tailored for the local, harsh Australian conditions. Other products introduced overtime included Racing oils, specialist products for Classic, Vintage and Veteran vehicles, Enviro+ oils for modern fuel efficient, low emission engines as well as lubricants for heavy duty vehicles, motorcycles, marine, small engine, gear oils, transmission fluids, hydraulic fluids, coolants, additives and hand cleaner.

From those humble beginnings, Penrite now sells its “Better Class of Oil” around the world, so by choosing Penrite you’re supporting a 100 per cent Australian family owned and operated business that employs Australians producing world class lubricants, coolants, additives and hand cleaners on the ground here in Australian factories since 1926. No other Australian lubricant company has this pedigree of longevity and trust. Penrite’s, commitment to Australian manufacturing employs Australians, not only at Penrite itself, but in many other businesses supporting that manufacturing role. This keeps money in the country to grow our country’s economy and shows that we can compete on a world scale with businesses that have packed up and gone offshore long ago – along with their money. It’s never been more important to support Australian products and brands while the country gets back on its feet after the pandemic. The team at Penrite is working extra hard to make sure they keep producing world class products right here in Australia. They are investing more money into improved and smarter manufacturing facilities and employing more Australians to make sure they repay the faith and trust their customers have shown in them for more than 90 years. Penrite will continue to provide OEM and Industry licensed products that guarantee satisfaction and performance and combine this with a service and support level that has been the industry standard setter for decades. “From Penrite, we say “Thank You” to all of our customers for placing their trust in us for more than nine decades and being part of our family.”
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