Dalton & Company was founded by William Dalton. They manufactured and sold veterinary products to local farmers. Later, Mr Dalton realised there was potential in selling lubricants for farmers’ machinery and began developing oils for the motor industry. Shortly after, Mr Dalton was joined by his two sons Frank and Cecil Dalton who serviced as chairmen of the company.
Initially Dalton & Company bought in oil for resale, but commenced their own blending operation at Strutt Street in Belper (next door to the post office). Mr & Mrs W Dalton lived in a semi-detached house next to part of the premises, opposite the post office.
Following rapid expansion, Dalton & Co commissioned a new oil refinery in Derby Road, Belper, where the company stayed until June 2000. During World War Two, twenty million gallons of used engine oils were re-refined for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, thus conserving supplies of these vital strategic materials.
Dalton & Co were the first plant in the UK to manufacture pharmaceutical and cosmetic quality jellies in the UK. The ‘Silkolene’ name was born as Dalton & Co’s range of petroleum jellies.
Following on from Dalton & Co’s expertise in synthetic aircraft fluids technology, the UK motorcycle market was next to be conquered. The Silkolene brand fully entered the motorsport world with Silkolene rally teams and a long-term sponsorship agreement with Honda UK’s motorcycle race team.
Dalton shareholders sold to the FUCHS Group
Dalton & Co officially changed their name to Silkolene Lubricants Plc on 29th May 1990.
The FUCHS group acquire Belgian glass container supplier VDV Lubricants, bringing additional specialist technology for the glass container manufacturing industry.
FUCHS Silkolene is now a truly global brand sold in over 50 countries with over 30 years R&D expertise. This complete, comprehensive and evolving range has been the lubricant of choice of many championship winning teams.
Our products are used, approved and demanded by leading professional race teams including MotoGP, World Superbikes, British Superbikes and many more including Motocross and Karting teams.
Developed using the latest lubricant technologies our products offer users measurable performance improvements. Use FUCHS Silkolene and you get a genuine “Oil Tune”.