Dussek Campbell claims a place in history

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Article publication date: 1 June 1999



(1999), "Dussek Campbell claims a place in history", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 51 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilt.1999.01851cab.003



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Dussek Campbell claims a place in history

Dussek Campbell claims a place in history

Keyword Burmah Castrol Group

Specialist wax product manufacturer, Dussek Campbell, is staking a claim as the oldest business within the Burmah Castrol group, having been first established around 150 years ago ... half a century before the Castrol company itself came into being.

Research has shown that the original company, supplying rosin and naphtha, was set up by a Mrs Dorset in London in 1850. Seven years later she handed over the business to her nephew, Al Dussek, and the family association lasted another five generations.

From 1889 the firm traded as Dussek Brothers. At the same time, from 1870, the Campbell company was producing candles and wax. The two businesses merged in 1960 and, two years later, was bought by Lobitos Oilfields Ltd shortly before that firm was absorbed into the Burmah group.

Mergers and acquisitions saw Technical Waxes become part of a business which, in itself, was included in the Burmah Industrial Products Ltd conglomerate. The name Dussek Campbell first appeared in 1979.

Today Dussek Campbell, a company which began providing the naphtha for the flares to light the streets of Victorian London, is an international supplier of speciality waxes and services and serves a number of global markets. These markets include food processing, packaging, craft, leisure, construction, health, personal care and agrochemicals as well as diverse specialist applications.

Part of Burmah Castrol Chemicals, the company employs some 300 people in Europe, the USA and Australasia and has a turnover approaching $100 million.