Home' Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine : Australian Auto Aftermarket e-Zine - Mar 13 Contents Local parliamentary members Stuart Ayres
and Bart Bassett have officially welcomed
Penrith-based lubricant manufacturer Gulf
Western Oil's investment to construct a new
blending facility at the Dunheved Industrial
Estate in St Marys, New South Wales.
Mr Bassett, the MP for the Londonderry
electorate, and Mr Ayres, the Member for
Penrith, joined Gulf Western Oil owners Andrew
and Ben Vicary to inspect the progress on
construction works at the new $10 million dollar
plant earlier this month.
In late 2012, AAAA member Gulf Western
Oil signed building contracts for the construction
of a brand new manufacturing facility in St
Marys on the outskirts of Sydney.
The new 5500 square metre (59,200 square
foot) facility will have a manufacturing capacity
of 60 million litres per year and will provide
more than double the current warehousing
"We have our plant design complete, our 32
brand new stainless steel storage tanks are
complete and delivery will be complete by early
February," co-owner Ben Vicary said.
"We have awarded the building contract to a
local building firm that has worked with the
family business on various projects during the
past 10 years and we employ over 25 local
people at the manufacturing plant.
"Currently we are close to our manufacturing
capacity and we outgrew our warehousing
capacity a few years ago.
"Due to the high level of volume growth
which we have been experiencing, it has been
necessary to have a lot of raw materials stored
off site and that doesn't suit our model for
growth into the future."
Mr Vicary said Gulf Western Oil is the largest
Australian owned manufacturer of lubricants.
Its manufacturing capacity is currently
devoted to supporting the Gulf Western brand of
products that are sold throughout Australia, New
Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific
"Our strength has always been agriculture,
heavy transport and industrial," he said.
"It is our goal to continue to grow these
markets and to capitalise on our recent
successes in retail as well for future growth.
"We see a lot of potential in Australia and
New Zealand, hence our decision to invest over
$10 million into our new facility."
Mr Vicary said having the base oil storage to
purchase bulk base oil cargos from Asia, Europe,
US and local distributors will give the business
a lot of flexibility.
"Furthermore, we have quadrupled our
blending capacity and increased our bulk
additive storage by 180 tons and base oil
capacity by 1120 tons," he said.
"It's an exciting time for our business,
moving into a new state of the art facility as we
celebrate our 25th year in operation.
"Gulf Western Oil has experienced strong
growth during the past 10 years, easily
outpacing the industry.
"Our focus is delivering high quality products
to our customers coupled with excellent service.
"We focus on doing both the big things right
as well as the little things and we think this is
what differentiates us from our competitors."
Gulf Western Oil is hoping to be operational
and producing lubricants in its new facility
between third and fourth quarter of 2013.
Mr Bassett said Gulf Western Oil's
investment that will create 25 permanent local
jobs and an additional 10 part-time positions
demonstrates confidence in the New South
Wales Government's management of the state
"The decision by Gulf Western Oil to invest
$10 million dollars to build the new blending
facility at Dunheved Industrial Estate in my
electorate is great news for the local economy
and will deliver more jobs and infrastructure,"
"I thank Ben and Andrew Vicary; their
management team; and staff for taking the time
to host us at their new facility that will be a
major contributor to affordable energy supplies,
business investment and jobs growth."
Peter Vicary founded Gulf Western Oils in
Penrith 25 years ago.
After renting factory space from two local oil
distributors, Mr Vicary decided there was a lot
of opportunity and started from scratch with one
Ben Vicary said the company has gone from
one mixing tank and three storage tanks to its
current investment into the new $10 million
state of the art facility.
"Today we employ close to 30 people
directly and nearly 200 indirectly through our
distributor network," he said.
"Our business services a diverse range of
clients including agriculture, retail, workshops,
transport, earth moving, mining and industrial
and our biggest industries are earthmoving and
Mr Vicary believes that by selling high
quality products, offering unparalleled service
and having the flexibility its competitors cannot
match is the key to the company's rapid
He is also a big advocate of investing in the
brand and the company's people.
"We are also flexible, easy to deal with and
understand how to supply high-end products to
our clients at competitive prices.
"We are also very proud to be the largest
Australian owned manufacturer of lubricants in
Mr Vicary sees managing rapid growth as the
biggest challenge facing the company today,
hence its investment in the new facility.
"Not only do we want to maintain the growth
in our existing markets, we want to expand in
export, toll manufacturing and mining," he said.
"We have a massive facility to grow in to and
we will be hungry in looking for extra volume."
GULF WESTERN OIL INVESTS IN NEW
LOCAL BLENDING FACILITY
42 AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET MAGAZINE MARCH 2013
Local company prepares for
continued success as it takes on
the challenge of rapid growth.
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