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Mini Land Rover shines in Supercote!

Posted on Wednesday August 05, 2020

Our customer Perma-Grit Tools in Lincolnshire has built this fantastic scale model of a Land Rover and trailer Bailey Trailers out of wood and then painted it in our Woco Supercote Undercoat Primer and Woco Supercote Gloss paint in Land Rover green.

The Mini Land Rover chassis made from wood
The finished model Land Rover painted in Woco Supercote Gloss paint
The finished mini Land Rover and trailer in action!

The finished Land Rover model is fully functioning and the paint has created a wonderfully glossy finish.

Woco Supercote Enamel Gloss Paint is a synthetic, fast drying, paint which exhibits a high gloss finish and offers excellent durability. This product has a wide range of uses but is particularly suitable for vehicle refinishing and industrial applications. Available in an extensive range of OEM, RAL, BS4800 and BS381c colours.  It can be applied with a brush, roller, aerosol or spray gun. (TDS 370)

For more information visit our website:

https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/woco/industrial-and-machinery-paints/

Woco Supercote Enamel Gloss Industrial/Machinery Paint colour chart

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Job vacancy – Warehouse Operative

Posted on Thursday July 30, 2020

WE ARE HIRING!

We are looking for a new Shop and Warehouse Operative to work at our busy Soham Depot.

Witham Oil Soham depot

About us

Trading since 1921, Witham Oil and Paint Ltd is a privately-owned family run business and the leading Lubricant and Paint supplier in East Anglia. With its Head Office in Lincoln and depots in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, the business is today collectively known as The Witham Group.

We provide a range of quality lubricant and paint products to a wide range of customers. Specialising in agriculture, automotive, haulage and motorsport industries, we also supply many other markets such as engineering, plant machinery, race circuits and pipework producers.


The Role

The role involves the picking and packing of orders, processing and administering stock through the warehouse and helping out with a whole variety of other general depot duties.

The successful candidate will work within our team dealing with face to face enquiries from our trade shop and telephone orders from around the UK.

Being able to carry out every day duties is also vital, along with ensuring health and safety and customer service standards are maintained at the highest level.

Sound literacy and numeracy skills are required for this role.

In return we offer an exciting new job opportunity for a Company with the highest reputation that is proud of its heritage, together with:
• A competitive annual salary depending on experience and annual bonus scheme
• Contributory Pension Scheme
• Plus, other benefits and holidays commensurate with the role
Full uniform and safety wear will be provided.

To apply, please send a covering letter & recent CV to:

Thomas Reader, Witham Oil & Paint (Soham) Ltd,
28 Regal Drive, Soham, Cambridgeshire CB7 5BE
or by email: tom.reader@withamgroup.co.uk

Closing Date: Friday 21st August 2020

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Horsebox renovation using Woco Supercote Paint

Posted on Thursday July 23, 2020

We love this DIY transformation of a horse trailer into the box of dreams!  Our customer, ‘The Wimpy Eventer‘ used our Woco Supercote Enamel Gloss Paint in ‘dark battleship grey’ for the main panels.    The customer purchased the stripes and decals from Ebay – a great DIY job – all done for under £50.

Woco Supercote Enamel Gloss Paint is a synthetic, fast drying, paint which exhibits a high gloss finish and offers excellent durability. This product has a wide range of uses but is particularly suitable for vehicle refinishing and industrial applications. Available in an extensive range of OEM, RAL, BS4800 and BS381c colours.  It can be applied with a brush, roller, aerosol or spray gun. (TDS 370)

For more information visit our website:

https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/woco/industrial-and-machinery-paints/

Horsebox with horse

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Witham featured in Engine Lubrication article in Classics Monthly

Posted on Tuesday July 21, 2020

Classics Monthly magazine included an article all about Engine Lubrication in the July issue, answering questions such as “Does it matter what engine oil you use and whether it’s renewed every year?” and “What is the difference between semi-synthetic and mineral oil?”

The article includes some expert advice from our very own Witham Technical Director, Mick Kenyon. Mick explains how oil is made and what abbreviations such as “10W-40” mean:

“Numbers such as 10W-40, 15W-40 and 20W-50 are familiar abbreviations that refer to the grade of oil. The W stands for winter and the lower the first number, the thinner the oil. ‘These types of engine oils are known as multigrades as they cover multiple viscosities,’ explains Mick.

‘The key to understanding multigrade numbering is to recognise that a fluid can only be a single viscosity, however it can display different viscosity characteristics at different temperatures. This is achieved using viscosity modifiers, often known as VMs. These allow the engine oil to span the viscosity gap between the first and second number. So, for example, a 20W-50 displays the viscosity properties of a 20W at -15°C and the characteristics of a 50 at 100°C. The first number also relates to the lowest temperature the oil is tested at or suitable for. For instance, an oil beginning with 0W is tested at -35°C. For a 10W oil, just add 10 onto the -35, which gives you -25°C.”

The article also covers how to drain oil from an engine, renew a filter and refill the engine with fresh oil.

It was great to see some of our Qualube Classic Oils featured featured in the article, including:

Our Classic range of products has been designed for veteran and vintage vehicles that need a different approach to lubrication than those of the modern age.

For more information about our Classic & Vintage range, visit our website at: https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/classic-range/

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Witham Motorsport featured in Motorsport News technical column

Posted on Tuesday July 14, 2020

We are delighted to see the new Witham Motorsport and Motul technical lubricant column in the national publication Motorsport News.

Every month we will be contributing to their new feature “Getting Over The Line” which will cover all aspects of lubrication including engine oils, brake fluids, how lubricants work as well as useful information on greases, coolants and a whole lot more.

The first feature (shown below) explains the importance of choosing the right oil for your vehicle and explains oil specifications and viscosities.

Motorsport News July

The Witham Group are proud to be the sole distributors of Motul automotive products and handle the trade sales and distribution throughout the UK. The Witham Motorsport brand is used to capture its involvement in many different motorsport industries throughout the UK and abroad.

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Motul joins the Virtual 24H of Le Mans as official partner

Posted on Thursday June 11, 2020

While the sound of 62 of the world’s best prototypes and GTE cars and the iconic red and white colors of Motul will be missing in Le Mans this weekend (13/14th June), there will be plenty of noise in the virtual world, thanks to the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.

Motul’s association with Le Mans – the most famous endurance race in the world – stretches back over 65 years and its long-standing partnership with the ACO (founders and organisers of the event) goes from strength to strength. The current generation of motorsport fans grew with a controller in their hands whilst being the heroes of virtual races taking place in their favourite games. Given the association between the 24H of Le Mans and Motul, it was only natural to also become involved as an official partner with what is fast turning out to be the e-sports event of the year!

A quick glimpse at the entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual might have you blinking twice – the star-filled entry list for this unique event shows that the lure of motorsport’s greatest endurance race is very real.  The aim was not to replicate the entry list for the 2020 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, now taking place on 19/20th September, but to shine a spotlight on the world-renowned sportscar classic and to provide 24-hours of top entertainment during this period of track inactivity. It brings together top names from motorsport and the world of esports, and unlike in other esports championships, they will team together and compete in a 50-car field for 24 hours.

TDS Racing accepted the challenge in the LMP class (just two classes – LMP and GTE), and partnered up with Edge E-sports,  and as in September’s 24h of Le Mans, along with Motul created the TDS ERacing Motul Team.  The team includes former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde and sim racers from Edge E-sports who are 2019 Virtual Endurance Championship winners and current VEC points leaders. Three of the four pilots will compete from TDS Racing’s headquarters in Montpellier, with the goal of engaging as much as possible with fans and recreate the 24H of Le Mans atmosphere.

Also in the LMP class, and benefitting from Motul support, will be Team United Autosports with current WEC points leader Filipe Albuquerque; Cool Racing with 4-time LMP2 Le Mans winner Nicolas Lapierre; long-time Motul partner IDEC Sport Racing and 2 Seas Motorsport. And let’s not forget the all-female line up from the Richard Mille Racing Team which includes Motul athlete Sophia Flörsch!

Motul Social platforms will provide exclusive behind the scenes content throughout the week and during the race weekend. The race starts at 3pm CET on Saturday 13th June and you can follow the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual on TV, online and on social media networks, including WEC’s and 24 Hours of Le Mans’ own channels.

The Witham Group are proud to be the sole distributors of Motul automotive products and handle the trade sales and distribution throughout the UK. The Witham Motorsport brand is used to capture its involvement in many different motorsport industries throughout the UK and abroad.

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Vehicle convoy celebrates NHS & local charities

Posted on Wednesday June 10, 2020

On Thursday evening (11th June 2020), the Witham Group will be taking part in the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society’s vehicle convoy parade to say a huge THANK-YOU to the St. Barnabas Trust, our NHS & key workers, plus raising awareness to local charities Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and the LRSN

The St. Barnabas Hospice is celebrating its 38th birthday on Thursday 11th June and is the LAS’s chosen charity this year. They are asking everyone to #GoYellow to celebrate it’s 38 years of compassionate, outstanding, end-of-life care across Lincolnshire. Look out for the special colour this week of the iconic Lincoln Cathedral ….. it will be quite a sight!

Please look out for the decorated Witham Group lorry & van in this special convoy including local tractors, classic and super cars, diggers and other lorries which will be driving from the Lincolnshire Showground (leaving at approx. 7.15pm) to arrive at St. Barnabas Hospice (approx. 7.45pm – 8.00pm) – the convoy won’t be hard to miss, they’ll have their lights flashing and horns blowing!

Thank you NHS rainbow

You can get involved with the #GoYellow campaign and donate to St.Barnabas here: https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/goyellow/

To donate £5.00 to St. Barnabas Hospice, Lincolnshire – Text – SUNSHINE to 70660. For every £1.00 raised 70.0p goes towards delivering and improving the care and support St Barnabas Hospice offer to Lincolnshire. The other 30.0p goes towards generating future income.

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Get your boat ready for the water this summer

Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2020

The Marine and Boating community breathed a sigh of relief recently as the Government confirmed that the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted:

 “All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.

If you’re getting your vessel in ship shape – whether it’s your weekend barge, yacht or industrial fishing and cargo ships, the Witham Group have tried and tested, reliable products for every application.

Our Marine range of products includes:

Our top coats and glosses are designed to provide an enhanced cosmetic finish to the boat and provide a protective barrier against the elements that will attack the surface of the vessel.

This Thames Sailing Barge, owned by Topsail Charters, is painted in Witham WOCO paint, including white gloss, “New Brunsick Green’ gloss, black gloss and “Moonstone Grey”.  All these paints were custom mixed at our depot in Lowestoft.

The picture above shows the Boon and Gaff from a Topsail Charters Sailing Barge freshly painted and varnished in WOCO red and grey oxide primer, undercoats, gloss and yacht varnish.

Fox Narrowboats

The narrowboat above is painted in Witham’s Woco Marine Undercoat & Gloss and the engine runs on Qualube Eurofleet 15W40.  

Our customer, Fox Narrowboats, service all their boats with Qualube Eurofleet 15W40.  They’ve been running on this product for over 20 years on thousands of boat engines with extensive hours being clocked up – and have never had an engine failure.

To view our Marine Products catalogue shown below click here

For more information on our Marine and Anti-Fouling paint range please visit our website, or contact your nearest depot at :www.withamgroup.co.uk/woco/contactuswoco/

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Servicing Your Classic Car at Home?

Posted on Thursday May 21, 2020

As car owners review their vehicles ready for the summer, when hopefully we will all be able to enjoy getting out, many vintage car owners are taking the opportunity to service their own vehicles as classic garages and workshops are closed.  However, remarkably almost 70% of all unreliability in machines and engines is caused by improper lubrication? (Source: Machinery Lubrication magazine.) so its vital to ensure you use the right products for the right vehicle.

Classic car oil

Get The Right Viscosity For Your Vehicle

Oil is to an engine what blood is to the human body.  If it’s too thick it can cause the engines oil system to clog (think heart attack); too thin and you risk uncontrolled wear.  So, selecting and maintaining the consistency (viscosity) is key.  When oil viscosity is too low or high, it may be detected as a loss of pressure in the oil supply to the engine. If you are not sure which vehicle needs which oil, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Oil Can Also Help With Fuel Economy

The thicker the oil is, the more energy it takes to pump the oil. This uses up fuel. Just like people who take blood thinning drugs to make it easier on their heart to pump it, it’s the same with engine oil – it still needs to be thick enough to prevent friction and wear and tear but can now offer superb protection at lower viscosities all keeping to the original manufacturer’s recommendations and approvals. It’s not just fuel economy, incorrect lubrication causes mechanical wear and premature equipment failure. Using the wrong or low-quality lubricants is a major factor given that it may not contain the essential chemistry to prevent premature wear and corrosion. 

At Witham, we are here to help – our Classic range of products has been designed for vintage vehicles that need a different approach to lubrication than those of the modern age. Trading since 1921, we know a thing or two about classic and vintage oils.

So before you get your treasured classic car out for a drive in the sun, be sure to check the engine oil, screenwash, gear & transmission oil, brake fluids, wiper blades, lights, tyre pressure and coolants levels.

For more information and to view our range of products for Classic cars, go to: https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/classic-range/

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Witham featured in Classics Monthly magazine

Posted on Tuesday May 19, 2020

We’re delighted to be featured in the May issue of Classics Monthly magazine in their maintenance and servicing article which looks at the safety aspects of checking your classic car after winter storage.

The article includes some advice from the Witham Group’s Technical Director, Mick Kenyon. Mick talks about why brake fluids, screenwash and other lubricants are vital in keeping cars safe on the road.

It was great to see Witham All Seasons Screenwash and Qualube Classic Brake Fluid range featured in the magazine.

Our Classic range of products has been designed for veteran and vintage vehicles that need a different approach to lubrication than those of the modern age.

For more information about our Classic & Vintage range, visit our website at: https://www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/classic-range/

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