Founded by Tom Wilcox in 1962, Kerax Ltd has been producing wax blends and lubricants for over sixty years. In that time, it has been associated with a number of renowned businesses in lubricants, waxes and fuels, including Duckhams, Burmah Castrol and BP.

Prior to starting up the Kerax company, Tom Willcox worked as a northern sales representative for the Campbell Company, selling wax from their Southport office. When problems arose with the wax blends he was selling, Tom would experiment in the small laboratory at his office to try and find solutions of his own. However, when the Dussek Bros. bought the Campbell Co. in 1960, they put a stop to this independent experimentation and Tom found himself selling new types waxes that he was not familiar with. Dissatisfied with the new working environment, Tom made the brave decision to set out on his own. Having recruited a Dussek foreman who was unwilling to move south, Tom sold almost everything he owned in order to set up business in a disused air raid shelter, located within ten miles of the current site at Chorley. On 1st May 1962, Kerax Ltd. began trading.

The company’s name is derived from the Latin word for wax-‘cera’, pronounced with a hard ‘c’. Despite being so fittingly named, however, Kerax initially struggled. The new company had been promised business from the wax coated paper industry, upon which Tom had been relying to get started, but it was abruptly withdrawn and Kerax found itself a company without customers. It was a shrewd observation of Tom’s that saved the day; at the time, local Lancashire cheeses were all coated in imported Danish wax. Recognizing an opportunity, Kerax developed their own blend of cheese wax, Tom loaded it into the company’s small van, and began selling it from dairy to dairy.


1850

  • The Dussek Bros. company is founded.

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  • The Campbell Company is founded

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  • The Burmah Oil Company is founded.

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  • Duckhams is founded by Alexander Duckham

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