The Dussek Bros. company was founded in 1850 and the Campbell company, which would later become Claud Campbell Ltd., in 1870. In 1960 the Dussek Bros. acquired Claud Campbell Ltd. before being bought soon after in 1962 by the Burmah Oil Company, one of the oldest major British companies. Then in 1966, the Burmah Oil Company also acquired Castrol and became Burmah Castrol, while 1979 saw Dussek Bros. and the Claud Campbell Co. amalgamated into Dussek Campbell. Dussek Campbell’s wax blending was based at Bury, but in 1994 the company carried out an evaluation and judged Chorley to be the better site. The Bury site was closed and 20% of their employees relocated and brought their knowledge and expertise over to Chorley.

Dussek Campbell

Dussek Campbell invested significantly in the site, but in 2000 Burmah Castrol was bought by BP. As a result, Dussek Campbell (Chorley) was amalgamated with a number of other companies within the multi-national into BP Global Special Products (GSP), which marketed base oils, process oils and waxes. BP GSP was also the primary user of finished wax products produced by the BP/Mobil joint venture, which was discontinued in 2000. For a couple of years the site functioned as part of BP GSP, but in 2003 BP undertook a strategy review and, not considering it part of the core business, decided to divest BP GSP to Hansen & Rosenthal (Wasag). The Chorley site was included in a group sale to H&R and from then operated under the name H&R European Special Products (ESP) Ltd.


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  • 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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