- May 27, 2002
- Retired | Wausau, WI
I was going to post this at the end of the other post I started, but I figured enough said on that thread. I sent the following email to the Castrol tech department. "Subject: Castrol 0W30 - I've been told there are two different 0W30's. One that says made in USA and one that says made in Germany on the back label. I've been told the Germany mfg is a PAO/Ester mix and the USA mfg is a Group III base. Is this true and where can I purchase the made in Germany 0W30. Thank you." Here is the reply I received today. "The North American Castrol Syntec 0W30 offers the same performance as the German Castrol SLX 0W30. Castrol produces and utilize formulas from various sources, including North America and Europe depending on the product, performance and component sourcing. Products may vary in raw materials as a result of the regional production facility. However, the end performance met whether API or ACEA, is still the same. Formulations meeting European standards can be sourced from the US or Europe. It all comes down to the most efficient way to supply the product to market taking into consideration development and supply chain logistics. The performance specifications on the bottle may read differently as American Standard testing varies from European testing. Formulations meeting European standards can be sourced from the US or Europe. It all comes down to the most efficient way to supply the product to market taking into consideration development and supply chain logistics. The decision for 0W30 to be sourced from Germany is based upon the most efficient supply logistics. Consumer Relations Castrol North America 1-800-462-0835" I know I repeated myself, but this is exactly the way the email was sent to me. Well, did they answer my question? I hate oil company marketing people. Oh wait, I am one.