With a 100-year heritage, the Gulf brand is globally recognised and trusted by millions of customers. Opening the first-ever branded petrol station in Pittsburgh, USA in 1913, we have led the way in fuel retail ever since.
Thanks to our pioneering spirit, we began to develop other sites, branding them with the distinctive orange disc that still forms part of the Gulf logo today. During the 1960s, the Gulf brand developed high profile marketing campaigns, including sponsorship of the Apollo moon landings.
Gulf’s instantly recognisable orange disc is now synonymous around the world with high quality products, innovation and technical excellence.
In addition to worldwide coverage for lubricant sales, today Gulf is now present in over 25 countries across the world for both fuel retailing and lubricants, with aspirations of achieving 60 by 2020.
Gulf acquires the world’s largest metalworking fluids manufacturer, US-based Houghton International.
Slippery when wet
Gulf Oil Marine is established, growing rapidly to become one of the top 6 Marine lubricant companies, servicing more than 1000 ports worldwide.
The Hinduja Group
The Hinduja Group buy Gulf to form what becomes Gulf Oil International
Gulf Supporting Porsche
Gulf sponsors Porsche Racing, and becomes synonymous with racing
The Man at Le Mans
Steve McQueen’s movie ‘Le Mans’ brings prestige to the brand
Gulf reaches peak production, processing 1.3m barrels daily
Sponsorship of Manchester United Football Club
Gulf establishes a presence in the oil fields of Venezuela
Gulf sells the Barco concession to Texaco
Gulf purchases the Barco oil concession
Gulf introduces the first drive through fuel station