A key development of this decade was the introduction of plastic containers for oils including 5L and 20L containers.
Founded in 1919 by Jack Watkins using his last severance pay packet, having survived through WW1, New Era provided oils & greases for light and heavy industries including, factories, garages and workshops.
During the 1960’s, we continued to supply oils and lubricants in East London, developing strong relationships with the Automotive industry. We soon became a key provider of cutting oils to metal component machine shops, who were prominent suppliers to the Ford Motor Company based in Dagenham, Essex.
Acquired by Victor Geggus in 1976 and joined by his son, Reg Geggus, our current CEO, and our Operations Director Stefan O’len, several years later they began to modernise and streamline the company’s product range.
In 2019, James Hunt, who has been with New Era for over 25 years, took over as our Managing Director to move New Era Fuels forward into the next 100 years.
We continued to develop our product ranges and increase fuel supply from our Stratford depot. We began to export lubricants to the Russian Federation, with a number of stockists across the country.
To satisfy the growing demand from the construction industry, we introduced a new Premium delivery service, supplying bulk and emergency gas oil for on-site plant & machinery, including generators, bowsers and mini diggers.
We expanded our fleet to fill the growing demand for bulk gas oil to construction and demolition sites.
We continued to expand the fuel supply business, purchasing our first 26-tonne tanker to increase delivery capacity.
Our main head office, in Harlow, Essex, opened and developed a dedicated Key Account Telesales support team.
We became a distributor for Petronas and 77 Lubricants, both manufacturers of synthetic lubricants and high performance Manufacturer Approved Lubricants for automotive, commercial and industrial uses.
FuelBox, the revolutionary bag-in-box refuelling system was launched and soon gained the attention of plant hire companies, and within a year had over 300 stockists across the UK.
We began to keep tankers in Heathrow, Purfleet and Tonbridge giving maximum coverage of Greater London and the South East. As well as opening our Epping depot, giving the company more room for holding stock and vehicles.
James Hunt, who started with New Era in 1996, becomes our Managing Director to move New Era forward.
Green D+ HVO, a more sustainable, biodegradable, low emisson, odourless fuel is launched by New Era Fuels to bring customers a more environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.