Case Study: Witham Group

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After celebrating their 100th year anniversary in 2021, Witham Group are now looking forward to how their business can reduce its impact on the environment for the next 100 years and beyond…

In recent years, there has been an increased focus to live and work more sustainably across the globe and this is something that is right at the heart of all that Witham Group do.

Traditionally, the lubricant industry requires additives, chemicals and fossil-based energy in order to produce a wide range of essential products. However, Witham Group been working for a number of years on ways to challenge the way their products are produced, supplied and disposed of, and the bigger issue of their environmental impact.

The outcome has been a unique ‘greener culture’, and a commitment to making a real difference both in the way they run their own business, but also to their customers’ supply chains too. Here are just some of the ways that Witham Group are able to help individuals businesses reach their own sustainability and environmental goals.

Unique carbon neutral blended lubricants

The company’s new, ground-breaking blending system, using ultrasound, dramatically reduces the energy traditionally needed from fossil fuels to manufacture lubricants. This is a global first in the entire lubricant industry.

“Blendtek”, as the process is called, removes the need for base oils and additives being heated at all,     therefore eliminating the use of traditional gas and or oil fired boilers for heat energy.

As manufacturers of a huge range of different lubricants, this new technique enables Witham to blend thousands of tonnes of products using energy from solar panels and a simple 13amp plug, saving time, energy and drastically reducing their carbon footprint. To blend a simple 10 tonne batch of oil product now takes less than 20 minutes, whereas previously the same batch would have taken 3 to 4 hours to complete in total.

This new ground-breaking process has been tried and tested by the largest technology providers in the world, independently audited and reviewed, and is fully approved for use. All of the lubricant made by Witham are now manufactured using this unique and ground breaking process.

Customers using carbon neutrally blended lubricants in their supply chain can reduce in turn their own  impact which is a powerful statement when achieving and promoting their own sustainability goals.

Outstanding Environmentally Sensitive Products

Witham Group have developed a growing range of award-winning, high performance, environmentally sensitive and biodegradable lubricants including Biolube, Prolan and Enviroyl, just to name a few. These products are all designed to either reduce environmental impact, decrease engine emissions. improve fuel economy and or help the end user have quality products with less toxic affect.

With new products including a new range of non-lithium based greases in the pipeline, they are continually innovating to provide customers with ’greener’ choices, and removing the need for traditional harmful products.

Prolan in particular is gaining a great deal of interest. Prolan lubricants are truly remarkable long lasting, non-toxic and water safe products, which give outstanding lubricating results, reduce wear and save time and money on the usual multiple re-applications.

The Prolan range is non carcinogenic, biodegradable and environmentally safe. It has excellent rust protection properties and completely frees up rusted and stuck parts.

Prolan works on almost any surface including metal, rubber, steel, vehicles, vinyl and painted areas. Each of the 5 viscosity grades offer specialist benefits which include staying on in harsh conditions, lifting rust scale, resisting acids and alkalis, removing dirt and grime and of course eliminating squeaks!

Prolan’s unique lanolin-based formula contains linseed and offers outstanding natural moisture repellent qualities so is also great as a wood preserver preventing outdoor rot and greening. Safe for marine environments, waterways, forestry areas, agriculture and food production plants, it is internationally certified by NSF. Prolan is also non-conductive, so it can be used for electrical wiring and connections such as engine batteries.

Prolan is an ideal lubricant range with unlimited use for any business that helps significantly in the ongoing fight against corrosion, and reducing wear and tear. It is easy to apply and can increase machinery and equipment life and yet is the safer, greener and cleaner way to apply lubrication that will not leave any nasties for the user or the environment.

This new ultimate lubricant range comes in a handy spray, liquid or thick anti-seize grease depending on which of the five different viscosities you need for the job in hand. As more people and companies address the use of chemicals in their supply chain, and want to improve their sustainability credentials, this unbeatable high quality lubricant is the new popular choice for industry, business, workshops or home.

Low impact packaging

There are many ways in which Witham Group are reducing and recycling packaging and making it simpler for our customers to as well. Their plastic lubricant containers are made from a minimum of 30% recycled materials and they offer a recycling scheme for all 200 litre metal barrels. In addition, they use reconditioned pallets in their warehouses and measure and assess all packaging use using a specialised packaging waste dashboard.

Safe and clean oil storage solutions

The company’s popular bulk storage solutions are another simple way to reduce businesses’ environmental impact. Helping to keep workspaces clean, tidy and safe, they supply a specialist range of bulk storage tanks to meet workshop and business’s lubricant needs and fill them up using a colour coded and product labelling system.

By using these tanks and reducing the need for individual packaging drums, this system also helps avoid oil contamination, and offers good workshop practice. With good maintenance tanks will last for over 50 years – which means a lot of years of less packaging!

Industry accreditations and awards

Finally, Witham Group’s commitment to making a difference both to their own business and as a supplier to businesses across the UK is backed by a number of industry accreditations and awards.

They have both the British Standards EN ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, both of which endorse the quality their environmental practices, as well as being the proud holder of a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen.

To read more about how Witham Group can help your business to meet its sustainability goals, or to shop their range of environmentally-friendly products, visit, or get in touch with your local depot.

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