Motul (company)

Motul is a global French company which manufacturers, develops and distributes lubricants for engines (motorcycles, cars and other vehicles) and for industry.

TypeLimited company
IndustryOil refining, Lubrication, Chemistry
Founded1853; 168 years ago (1853)
HeadquartersAubervilliers, France
Area served
Key people
Hervé Amelot, CEO
ProductsMotor oils, coolants, hydraulic fluids


Founded in 1853 in New York, the Swan & Finch company started its activity in the sector of high quality lubricants. As of 1920, it turned to the international markets by exporting some of its portfolio brands like Aerul, Textul, Motul.

In 1932, Ernst Zaug negotiated the distribution in France of products of the Motul brand with Swan & Finch via his company Supra Penn.[1] In 1953, the Swan & Finch centenary was celebrated with the worldwide launch of Motul Century, which became the first multigrade oil on the European market. However, Swan & Finch suspended its activities in 1957. Supra Penn bought back all title deeds and patents pertaining to the Motul brand, which was renamed for the company's chief product, becoming Motul S.A..

In 1966, Century 2100 appeared on the market. It was the first semi-synthetic car lubricant,[2] a product that withstands constraints and mechanical loads ten-times higher than usual lubricants. In 1971, Motul innovated again with Century 300V, the first 100% synthetic car oil. Motul strengthened its international presence in the 1980s: in Germany with Motul Deutschland in 1980, Spain in 1988, the USA in 1989, Italy in 1994, Asia-Pacific in 2002, Russia and Brazil in 2005, and India in 2006. Moreover, Motul created a new activity in 2001: Motul Tech, specializing in industrial lubricants.

Today, Motul is present in more than 80 countries and designs elaborate and distributes lubricants with higher technical value-added. As a pioneer in many synthetic and semi-synthetic products, Motul has always favored innovation, research and development. The company is also a leader in the motorcycle lubricants market in France. In the motorsports field, many manufacturers trust Motul for its technological developments in car/bike racing. Motul has thus developed close relationships with manufacturers such as Nissan, Yamaha, Subaru, Toyota, Honda and Suzuki etc.

Trades and productsEdit

Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to use the ester technology for the formulation of its 100% synthetic car oils by capitalizing on an innovation first invented for the aviation industry.[citation needed] The vegetable-based esters benefit from lubricating properties, anti-shear quality and exceptional resistance to high temperatures. "300V", Motul's flagship range, experienced great development thanks to its presence on the most prestigious car/bike races. Motul's research and development capacity is divided in two entities working respectively on "Automotive" (automobile, two-wheels, boat) and "Industrial" lubricants.

Car lubricantsEdit

Motorcycle lubricantsEdit

Other productsEdit

Industrial lubricantsEdit

These products are used in many areas: the steel industry, mechanical engineering, machinery and equipment manufacturing, the cement industry, the food industry, pharmacy and cosmetics, wood, glass and minerals, chemistry, plastics and rubber processing, watchmaking, the textile industry, auto and car parts manufacturers, rail transport, and aeronautics.

Sports competitionEdit


As a specialist in synthetic oils, Motul has become the partner of many manufacturers and sports teams for its technological developments in mechanical sports, car and motorcycle racing. Motul is present in many international competitions as official team supplier: MotoGP, Road racing, Trial, Enduro, Endurance, Superbike, Supercross, Rallycross, World Rally Championship, FIA GT, Le Mans 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours, Le Mans Series, rally raid, Paris-Dakar, F3, etc. In 1977, Motul won its first Motorcycle World Champion title, in the Road Racing category, with Takazumi Katayama on a Yamaha 350.

Standards and certificationsEdit

  • EAQF class B in 1992, EAQF class A since 1994, ISO 9001 since 1996
  • QS9000 developed by Ford, General Motors and Chrysler
  • ISO/TS 16949 developed by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force)
  • NMMA (water sports)[3]

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