History of Gulf Oil

With a 100-year heritage, the Gulf brand is globally recognised and trusted by millions of customers. Opening the first-ever branded petrol station in Pittsburgh, USA in 1913, we have led the way in fuel retail ever since.

Thanks to our pioneering spirit, we began to develop other sites, branding them with the distinctive orange disc that still forms part of the Gulf logo today. During the 1960s, the Gulf brand developed high profile marketing campaigns, including sponsorship of the Apollo moon landings.

Gulf’s instantly recognisable orange disc is now synonymous around the world with high quality products, innovation and technical excellence.

In addition to worldwide coverage for lubricant sales, today Gulf is now present in over 25 countries across the world for both fuel retailing and lubricants, with aspirations of achieving 60 by 2020.


    Gulf Oil is a signatory to EELQMS standards.

  • 500 OEMs

    Gulf Oil has around 500 OEM approvals

  • Biggest ever global partnership platform

    2 WEC teams
    2 WSBK teams
    Manchester United FC
    King Racing dragbike

  • Chennai Plant

    First production at second Gulf Oil Lubricants India blending plant in Chennai.

  • Singapore

    Gulf Oil South East Asia begins operating in Singapore

  • M.V. MSC Michaela

    Gulf Oil Marine makes its largest single order delivery of 380,000L to M.V. MSC Michaela at the Port of Newark

  • 100M

    Gulf Oil Marine sells 100 million litres per annum

  • Global port coverage: 1,000 ports

  • Gas & Power

    Gulf Gas and Power (gas and electricity supply business) launched in NL and UK

  • Hybrid Oil

    Gulf Oil to launch dedicated engine oil for Hybrid engines.

  • PowerTrac

    Gulf Oil launches “powerful” Motorcycle Oil – Powertrac – with 7% more power.

  • Expansion of footprint in South East Asia

  • 6 point gain

    Gulf from 20th to top 14th downstream companies in last 5 years.

  • Downstream Company of the Year award

  • M.V. Dockwise Vanguard

    Gulf Oil Marine supplies M.V. Dockwise Vanguard, the largest heavy lift vessel in the world.

  • Fully Continental

    Gulf Retail in 25 countries and a network in all continents.

  • SUV Oil

    Gulf Oil launches the first dedicated SUV oil in China

  • Northwest Passage

    Gulf Oil Marine supplies M.V. Nunavik, the first cargo ship to complete the polar northwest passage unassisted.

  • 50M

    Gulf Oil Marine sells 50 million litres annually.

  • Maltese GOS

    Gulf Oil Supply company formed and begins operating in Malta

  • Long Interval Part 4

    Gulf Oil launches the longest interval coolant in India

  • Gulf Oil listed on Indian stock market

  • Gulf Oil Argentina

    Production moves to La Reja, Buenos Aires

  • Global port coverage: 900 ports

  • Sea Green

    Gulf Oil Marine introduces a full range of environmentally approved products.

  • M.V. Shandong Da Ren

    Gulf Oil Marine supplies M.V. Shandong Da Ren, one of the largest ore carriers in the world.

  • Houghton

    Gulf acquires the world’s largest metalworking fluids manufacturer, US-based Houghton International.

  • Global port coverage: 850 ports

  • Long Interval Part 3

    Gulf Oil launches the longest drain interval gear and rear axle oils in India.

  • Long Interval Part 2

    Gulf Oil launches the longest drain interval motorcycle oil in India.

  • A record time

    Gulf Oil does it again and beats its own record in oil drain interval.

  • Barge in

    Gulf Oil Marine launches its first time chartered barge. Global port coverage: 750 ports

  • Flying High

    Gulf Aviation UK established

  • Long Interval

    Gulf Oil launches the longest drain interval engine oil in India.

  • First Delivery

    Gulf Oil Marine makes its first delivery. Global port coverage: 400 ports.

  • Slippery when wet

    Gulf Oil Marine is established, growing rapidly to become one of the top 6 Marine lubricant companies, servicing more than 1000 ports worldwide.

  • First production at Gulf Oil China blending plant

    in Yantai

  • Trademarked

    Gulf becomes the first oil company in history to trademark its racing colours

  • First production at Gulf Oil Argentina blending plant

    in Lomas del Mirador, Buenos Aires

  • First production at Gulf Oil Philippines blending plant

    in Pateros, Manila

  • First production at Gulf Oil Lubricants India blending plant

    in Silvassa

  • First production at Gulf Oil Middle East blending plant

    in Jebel Ali, UAE

  • The Hinduja Group 1984

    The Hinduja Group acquires Gulf brand to become Gulf Oil International

  • Gulf Supporting Porsche

    Gulf becomes the only sponsor ever to win Le Mans in a car of its own name

  • The Man at Le Mans

    Steve McQueen’s movie ‘Le Mans’ brings prestige to the brand

  • Gulf reaches peak production, processing 1.3m barrels daily

  • Blue & Orange

    The light blue and orange racing colours make their debut

  • Venezuela Adventure

    Gulf establishes a presence in the oil fields of Venezuela

  • Gulf purchases the Barco oil concession

  • First appearance of the Gulf Orange Disc logo

  • Innovative Thinking

    Gulf introduces the first drive through fuel station

  • Going under

    Gulf launches the world’s first ever water drilling operation

  • Spindletop: The Beginning