Progress without friction
With close to 130 years of experience in delivering oils and fuel treatments, Millers Oils works to guarantee a smooth motoring experience
Millers Oils was founded in 1887 by John Watson Miller and has since grown into a trusted independent blender of oils and fuel treatments, distributing products all over the world including the Far East, USA and South America. The company was the first to offer diesel specific engine oil for cars and continues to push boundaries to earn its place as a world leader in the technology of low friction. “Millers Oils launched nanotechnology engine oils in 2012 and when tested against a competitor’s oil of the same viscosity, Nanodrive recorded 40 per cent lower friction at operating temperatures of 110°C, with significantly improved film strength. Millers Oils uses the expertise gained in motorsport and performance car development to ensure it remains a leader in automotive and industrial oils,” reveals Sales & Marketing Director, John Burton.
“Millers Oils main strength is the development in leading edge technology. Originally developed for motorsport, Nanodrive has more recently been used widely in passenger cars, classic cars and in the commercial vehicle sector, reducing the friction between engine components and in turn improving component life, reducing wear and tear and boosting performance,” he continues. “Nanotechnology works by using nanoparticles, which act like millions of ball bearings, smoothing out the surface roughness of metal parts used in machine components, in turn reducing friction which has a detrimental effect on machine life and productivity. Millers Oils intends to take its nanotechnology expertise and apply it to industrial applications, specifically industrial gearboxes, compressors and hydraulic systems.”
Indeed, while Millers Oils is highly active within the automotive, commercial, motorsport and classic markets providing oils and treatments for a range of passenger vehicles, the company is also present within industrial sectors. Its industrial applications vary from hydraulic oils that are used in plastic injection moulding machines to metal working fluid in metal fabrication. General industrial applications include compressor and gearbox oils used in a wide variety of sectors anything from manufacturing to mining. “Oil is all-too-often taken for granted by industry, but our experience of other sectors suggests that it can have a major contribution towards increased energy efficiency and reduced wear and tear,” details Technical Director, Martyn Mann. “The obvious place to take Nanodrive next is into industry and with many industrial companies facing a constant challenge to improve their ‘green’ credentials, the new Nanoteq range of ultra low friction oils can make a real difference in achieving these objectives.”
The Millers Oils state-of-the-art Research and Development Centre was inaugurated during 2011 and enables the business to constantly push the boundaries of technology to create the next new product. “Our product innovation is dedicated to improving customer processes and improving efficiency. New product development is inspired from a number of sources and not just in the laboratory, however all innovation starts with rigorous testing in the R&D Centre,” John says. “Based on the successes of the Nanodrive low friction technology in motorsport applications and more recently in some classic car formulations, Millers Oils now has a number of laboratory and field trials underway. These will test compressor and gearbox oils in industrial applications to save energy consumption. Most recently a trial on a compressor saved as much as 12.75 per cent power when compared to the standard lubricant.”
Millers Oils currently manufactures out of its single site located in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Here it has developed much of its own equipment to allow the company to be both flexible and efficient. The business aims to be innovative in all that it does and its in-house engineering department is no exception. Millers Oils builds its own filling equipment to ensure that it is accurate, minimises waste and is very flexible, meaning that the company has total control over quality and production. This will allow the company to continue to grow its presence into new markets and applications, as John concludes: “Our aim is to extend the penetration into industrial markets, with low friction technology, and to continue our growth within the motorsport and passenger car sectors. Our mission is to continually develop lubricants that will outperform those of our competitors for any given application. We are known for our innovation, enthusiasm and integrity and our customers can see the difference both in the products that they use and the service that they receive.”
Products: Oils and fuel treatments