Award for forward thinking company

Official opening celebrations of the Research and Development Centre at Millers Oils, Brighouse.
Official opening celebrations of the Research and Development Centre at Millers Oils, Brighouse.

MILLERS Oils is celebrating a number of achievements and is continuing to look to the future.

As well as marking their 125th birthday, the company at Rastrick Common, has opened a new Research and Development facility and was presented with Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Official opening celebrations of the Research and Development Centre at Millers Oils, Brighouse.'Pictured from left are David McCann, Dr Brian Fitzsimons and Tony Green - senior engineers for Astin Martin, with Cliff Whitwell from Millers Oils

Official opening celebrations of the Research and Development Centre at Millers Oils, Brighouse.'Pictured from left are David McCann, Dr Brian Fitzsimons and Tony Green - senior engineers for Astin Martin, with Cliff Whitwell from Millers Oils

At a special open day, numerous motor sport cars that Millers Oils help to run with its oil were on display as well as guests taking a tour of the headquarters.

Lord Paul Drayson officially opened the company’s research and development centre.

“It’s good to see a company full of success and build upon that by investing in the world. Using knowledge to come up with new products they continue to create growth and jobs.

“As a former minister I know how hard it is to win a Queen’s award and the difference it makes.

“It is a tremendous honour to be invited and celebrate what they have achieved.”

The award is in recognition of the exceptional international growth the company has experienced in the past three years and was officially presented to staff members by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Tim Hare. “Despite the difficult economic conditions of the past three years, Millers Oils has produced consistent, strong growth in its business, both domestically and internationally,” said Steve Woollven, sales and joint managing director.

“Receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an enormous honour for the company.”

Millers Oils was founded in 1887 by John Watson Miller, and since then displayed a talent for innovation and industry firsts.

It launched its new Nanodrive engine oil technology at the 2012 Autosport International show.

The technology has helpd to reduce friction and improves the efficency and life span of gears and engines. it is used in numerous racing vehicles around the world.

Nevil Hall, joint managing director, said the company has already started its next step to held reduce carbon emissions from the vehicles and are already seeing good results in their research.