Kernow Oils - Our History

The first Kernow Oils Van - 1986 ford transit

The early years...

In 1989, David Adkins, a recently redundant retail supplier of car parts took delivery of 40 barrels of Castrol engine oil onto the patio of his home. His mission: ‘to sell it around the Cornwall area to and provide an income to support his wife and two young sons’.

This first Castrol delivery resulted in the formation of Kernow Oils with the inspiration for the name derived from the word ‘Kernow’ being Cornish for Cornwall.

Castrol oil brand logo history

Fast forward......

Fast forward through Kernow Oils history and Kernow Oils still remains a family-run Cornish business situated in Cornwall’s beautiful coastal town Hayle. The current Managing director Mark Adkins is one of those aforementioned ‘young sons’. Mark, with the ongoing support of family members, has succeeded in making the business what it is today.

From small humble beginnings, we have seen the World change drastically through the years. Booming technology and joined-up thinking in infrastructure, have seen the World become a more accessible forum for trade. With this so many new opportunities appeared in an ever-diversifying and geographically expanding market. Though Kernow Oils now supplies lubricants globally, it is proud to retain its founding principle of providing global standards with local service.

Kernow Oils Ltd - The UK's Industrial Specialist Castrol Oil Distributor Warehouse

Who We Are...

Kernow Oils is now a thriving industrial lubricant specialist recognised by, and working in partnership with market-leading Global brands. Our rich ties with these brands, coupled with decades of experience have led to Kernow Oils being widely recognised as a market-leading company in developing advanced, high-performance industrial lubrication solutions.

Our solutions cover a wide range of industrial applications including:

ManufacturingEngineeringFood ProductionAerospaceAgricultureConstructionAutomotiveMarinePower Generation, and so much more.

Castrol Aircraft Lubricants

Industry trusted & accredited...

Today we are proud to be highly recognised and industry-accredited throughout so many sectors:

Read more on our 'About Us' page.

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