International oil and gas company ExxonMobil has opened a new office in Cape Town and appointed a new authorised distributor, Centlube, to represent its lubrication business in South Africa.

The Mobil 1 family of lubricants
The Mobil 1 family of lubricants

While ExxonMobil has operated in the country for many years, the new Cape Town branch is the first dedicated lubricants office to open in South Africa since 2005. In addition, lubrication specialist Centlube now distributes ExxonMobil’s advanced lubrication solutions country-wide for passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and industrial equipment.

To mark its renewed focus on South Africa, ExxonMobil, together with Centlube, hosted a major re-launch event on 19 November in Pretoria. The ‘Mobil Lubricant Experience’ welcomed more than 200 industry professionals to the Gerotek vehicle testing facility. The site was transformed into a Mobil lubricant festival that showcased the Mobil brand, its products and solutions.

“South Africa holds great potential and this event highlights our commitment to long-term development in the market,” says ExxonMobil Europe, Africa & Middle East sales director Lawrence Kearns.

Senior management from ExxonMobil and Centlube. From L to R: Gerald De Causemaeker from ExxonMobil, Clint Nickall of Centlube and Paul Mansour from enX Group, Lawrence Kearns and Vincent Cartier from ExxonMobil
Senior management from ExxonMobil and Centlube.
From L to R: Gerald De Causemaeker from ExxonMobil, Clint Nickall of Centlube and Paul Mansour from enX Group, Lawrence Kearns and Vincent Cartier from ExxonMobil

“With Centlube’s team by our side, we can combine our leading-edge solutions with their market knowledge and experience to help customers optimise performance, reduce costs and enhance the efficiency of their cars, trucks and machines,” he says.

“Enabling customers to maximise the potential of their vehicles and equipment with advanced lubricants has never been more important,” says Paul Mansour, CEO of ENX Group, which owns Centlube. “Together with ExxonMobil, we look forward to delivering a comprehensive package of lubrication services to customers across South Africa.”

The ‘Mobil Lubricant Experience’ highlighted ExxonMobil’s vast range of products, services and experience in the world of passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and industrial lubricants.

Centlube started as a small family run business more than 25 years ago and has grown to become a major player in the blending, distribution and marketing of lubricants in Southern Africa. The company has more than 40 employees, with operations across South Africa, and is able to deliver products quickly, allowing clients to enjoy next-day delivery on their orders – volume dependent – thanks to its wide national distribution channels.

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