Mobil's History

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I was trying to search Mobils website regarding their history, but was unable to verify how long they have produced automotive lubricants. Does anyone know how many years they have been producing both conventional and synthetic oil? I know that Valvoline and Castrol have both been around for 100+ years.
 
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Originally posted by eljefino: Mobil was part of Standard oil which was split apart regionally ~100 years ago in an antitrust action. It would get hazy, as you might or might not count SO's lubricant assets if another region's SO got them. Also of course don't forget the recent Exxon merger, as Exxons lubricants were seperate for a while.
That is correct. Mobil was part of Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company that was broken up in 1913 as the result of an anti-trust suit brought by the Taft administration. Standard Oil was divided into several companies with which we are today familiar. Exxon, for example, was originally Standard Oil of New Jersey. Chevron was Standard Oil of California. Standard Oil of Indiana became Amoco. And Mobil used to be Standard Oil of New York. Of course, the Rockefeller family remained majority stockholders in all of the spinoff companies for many years, thus somewhat nullifying the effects of the breakup.
 
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Mobil synthetic (ester based) turbine oil was introduced around 1960 and Mobil One (PAO) passenger car oil in 5W-20 grade was marketed in 1972. Mobil was originally called Socony for Standard Oil Company of New York.
 
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mossad: I was trying to search Mobils website regarding their history, but was unable to verify how long they have produced automotive lubricants.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExxonMobil http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobil The short version is that John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Trust in Ohio, which existed from 1870 to 1911. It was then broken up in an anti-trust action, and one part - Socony ("Standard Oil Company of New York"), eventually became Mobil. In 1920 Socony registered the name "Mobiloil" as a trademark. In 1931 Socony merged with Vacuum Oil to form Socony-Vacuum. In 1955 Socony-Vacuum was renamed Socony Mobil Oil Company, then Mobil Oil Corporation in 1966 and finally Mobil Corporation in 1976. In 1962, the gasoline product lines marketed as Mobilgas and Mobilgas Special were rebranded as Mobil Regular and Mobil Premium in a move to emphasize the shortened brand name "Mobil" in promotional efforts although Mobiloil continued as a single word term until the 1970s. In 1998 Mobil and Exxon agreed on a merger to create ExxonMobil, which was completed on November 30, 1999. Mobil and all of its predecessors produced automotive lubricants from the point where the Standard Oil Trust began lubricant production and it was used in the early automobiles. If you're interested in Mobil's synthetic oils, Drew Chemical Corporation in Boonton, New Jersey, developed and patented polyol esters in conjunction with Mobil Chemical in 1958. That was the basis for Mobil's first synthetic engine oil, a jet engine oil. US Patent 2,937,129, granted in 1960, was the basis for Mobil's polyalphaolefin synthetic, but May 18, 1949, is considered by Mobil the day the poly-alphaolefin was invented. A technician was working on additives and synthesized a PAO. A 5W-20 motor oil was introduced under the SHC name in Europe in 1973 and under the Mobil 1 name in the US the next year.
 
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Mobil was part of Standard oil which was split apart regionally ~100 years ago in an antitrust action. It would get hazy, as you might or might not count SO's lubricant assets if another region's SO got them. Also of course don't forget the recent Exxon merger, as Exxons lubricants were seperate for a while.
 
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