Eterna Plc. has officially launched Castrol Oil into the market of Nigeria. This follows the company’s 2015 distribution agreement with Castrol. It is also worthy to note that Eterna was granted the license to blend and distribute Castrol Automobile and Industrial lubricants at its Sagamu, Ogun state facility.
Some of the Castrol products launched into the market include Castrol Edge- fully synthetic oil with fluid strength technology. Castrol Magnatec- semi-synthetic oil instant protection from the start and Castrol GTX Essential-trusted protection for your engine.
“I am proud to announce that the latest addition to the Castrol GTX family “Castrol GTX Essential” was produced for the first time in the world at our plant in Sagamu this August. This is a clear demonstration of the confidence reposed in our manufacturing capabilities by Castrol,” said Mahmud Tukur, Managing Director of Eterna PLC.
Eterna and Castrol’s journey
According to Mahmud Tukur, the journey began as far back as 1991 through the vision of the company’s founder, Otunba Tunji Lawal Solarin, when Eterna started importing and distributing Castrol Lubricants in Nigeria. A robust marketing structure was set up and with increased market sales, Eterna began to manufacture lubricants locally through a third-party facility on an interim basis.
The aim was always for the company to own its blending facility and this dream became a reality when Eterna secured a US $940,000 loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 1995 to construct what was to eventually become one of the best and most modern lubricant manufacturing plants in Africa. Castrol designed the plant and provided the required technical support during construction ensuring that the plant met global standards.
Twenty years later, Eterna’s 15,000MT capacity state-of-the-art lubricant manufacturing plant, which is fully owned by its subsidiary, Eterna Industries Limited, is one of the only three Castrol accredited blending plants in Africa. The plant is located in Sagamu, Ogun state on a sprawling 5 hectares of Prime Industrial Real Estate.