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African Group Lubricants (AGL), a subsidiary of the JSE-listed enX Group Ltd, acquired the Cera blending facility, after securing long-term commitment with global market leaders ExxonMobil and Quaker Houghton.

The acquisition increases AGL’s operational capacity by 500%, allowing the company to offer toll-blending and warehouse facilities, and further securing future growth opportunities while enabling the company to more than double its permanent staff in the past three years.

“The long-term commitment from our principals cemented the investment case for the acquisition of the Cera plant, ” says Mark Kerwan, AGL managing director.

Mark Kerwan, AGL managing director

Independently owned

The advanced lubricant blending facility located in Boksburg is independently owned, ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified and is accredited according to ExxonMobil’s global quality standards. As it stands, the company already offers lubricant solutions to key industries ranging from transportation to retail, industrial, renewable energy, containers (canning), steel and others.

In addition to being awarded the rights to manufacture automotive lubricants in South Africa by ExxonMobil, AGL has been granted local blending rights on certain product ranges for the mining, construction and agricultural sectors.

Lubrication solution

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The company provides customers with more than just product; they offer a comprehensive lubrication solution, incorporating among others, the Eclipse Magnetics range of filtration products.

The specialty services comprise an in-house team of lubrication engineers who test equipment and conduct product trials at the customer site. These insights help AGL recommend a lubricant or grease tailored to the customer’s specific application and equipment. “This is to ensure that we provide optimal, energy and cost-saving solutions to our clients,” says Mark.     

Complementary range

AGL’s private label, Centlube, hosts a complementary range of ancillary products such as coolants, antifreeze, engine cleaner, and brake fluid. By diversifying its product range, the company now caters to a broader customer base and enjoys a strengthened position in the marketplace. 

“To accommodate growth and expand our distribution, we plan to further expand in the Southern African market in the coming years. This growth will stimulate the local economy by creating employment opportunities and further cementing our position as a leading player in the lubricant industry, locally and across Southern Africa,” Mark concludes.


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