Witham News


Helping customers through the COVID-19 crisis

Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2020

Dear Customers,

In these difficult times I would like to personally give you a short update from Witham Group regarding the immediate situation around the corona virus (COVID-19).

The health, safety, protection and welfare of our Witham Team is our top priority. At the same time, we are all pulling together and working smart and hard to ensure our business processes and thus the service and supply of our products to our customers continues at the highest level.

To confirm and following all UK Government instructions around social distancing and personal hygiene, the day-to-day operations at Witham Group, (HQ in Lincoln, Soham in Cambridgeshire, and Lowestoft in Suffolk) continues.

As a primary industry manufacturer, Witham Group is committed to fulfil its role within the supply chain to ensure that vital services throughout the UK continue:

  • Hauliers and transport companies keep delivering goods and services.
  • Couriers and food delivery vans get serviced in their 24/7 operations
  • Our agricultural customers and farmers get their land work done ready for the harvest later in the year.
  • The maintenance and servicing of emergency vehicles is available
  • Crucial manufacturing businesses remain open and all processes and systems working.
  • Many of our products are an intrinsic part of the supply of food, medical, emergency and infrastructure services and we are committed to ensure we keep our link strong in the chain.

Witham supporting UK industry

Our supply of key raw materials is in the main, UK based, and therefore the  manufacturing  production of our products, including distribution is working as well as can be expected.

In order to ensure the safety of our Witham Team and following UK Government instruction, all our Team who can or must work from home, are doing so. In these challenging times, now and into the future we are committed to customer service and product supply and we are all available as normal, on email and telephone during our usual business hours Monday to Thursday – 7.00am to 5.00pm and Friday – 7.00am to 4.30pm.

Our sales executives are working from home also but can be contacted on their mobile devices as per normal or through their own email addresses. Please contact them or any of our depots  for product ordering, technical help or delivery enquiries.

Witham Group will, within strict guidelines of safety with our Team, continue our business operations for our customers to keep these essential businesses providing the services the UK requires at this difficult and challenging time. Please remember that to see all the products and services we can help you with simply visit www.withamgroup.co.uk

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

I wish everyone well.

Yours sincerely

Nigel R Bottom

Group Managing Director

 

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Lincoln family business raises £10,000 for local charities

Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2020

We held our annual charity ball in January and were thrilled to have raised an amazing £10,000 for local charities chosen for being close to the hearts of colleagues.

The company has been hosting the annual ball for employees and suppliers since January 1993 and raises money for charity every year through an auction and raffle.

This year, the money raised has been shared between four fantastic charities:

The event, which was held at the Double Tree Hilton in Lincoln, featured a raffle and auction with prizes donated by employees and their families, suppliers and customers.   This brings the total Witham has raised for local and national charities to almost £95,000 in recent years.

We also presented four employees with long service awards for reaching the remarkable milestones of 15, 20, 30 and 35 years of employment.

Charity is very important to us, and we try to raise money throughout the year at various events across the country.

Nigel R Bottom, Witham Group MD, commented: “We’re very proud to have raised this record amount at this year’s Charity Ball and know that we have contributed to so many great charities over the years.  Our teams, customers and suppliers have been very generous, raising thousands of pounds that will improve the lives of people in Lincolnshire and across the UK.”

Cheque presentation to the Bomber Command Gateway Trust charity
Cheque presentation to the Bomber Command Gateway Trust charity
MD Nigel Bottom with Ben Petts from Cancer Research
MD Nigel Bottom with Ben Petts from Cancer Research UK
The Witham Group team present their fundraising donations to Cancer Research UK and Rainbow Stars
The Witham Group team present their fundraising donations to Cancer Research UK and Rainbow Stars
Witham’s MD Nigel Bottom presenting a donation cheque to ‘Compassionate Minster’ and the children at Lincoln Minster School
Witham’s MD Nigel Bottom presenting a donation cheque to ‘Compassionate Minster’ and the children at Lincoln Minster School
MD Nigel Bottom with the Rainbow Stars charity team

 

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COVID-19 – WE’RE KEEPING THE WHEELS TURNING

Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2020

Dear Customer

I am writing to provide you with an update in these unprecedented times to keep you informed about the Witham Group’s steps for managing the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our business is built to weather challenges, and we are implementing the right measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, customers and suppliers remains paramount.

At the moment, we are operating as normal, with very limited disruption to our business. Our blending plants have had no impact and all customer orders and requirements are being met in full. We are committed to providing vital lubricants, paints and other products to all our customers so their businesses can keep operating.

However, our immediate priorities are to strictly follow all UK Government recommendations specifically regarding hygiene and social distancing.  Due to these recommendations, we have implemented a new procedure for contacting our customers. Our sales executive’s will no longer be carrying out routine appointments and only visiting customers on a face to face basis if absolutely necessary.

Instead, for the foreseeable future our sales team will be contacting customers by telephone to see what products they need and what they can help with. Orders for products can be taken over the phone and processed in the normal way. In addition, our depots and sales teams are available by email and for important meetings, we have web-based technology to avoid direct meetings and unnecessary travel.

All our products can be viewed online at our website www.withamgroup.co.uk.  Downloadable “page turning” brochures are also available to view online so that all our products we offer for the sectors of business we operate in can be seen.

Customers may need additional products they have not used before at times of self-isolation. We can help with outdoor maintenance products such, fencing and woodcare products as well as cleaning solutions, lawnmower oil, chain oils and greases. As a paint supplier we also offer paints for outdoor and indoor decorative projects. Please just get in touch and we will be happy to help.

To confirm, we are open for business and as always ready to deliver all our products and services to you, however our team and your safety are our top priority. Our delivery drivers will be keeping a safe social distance and will need to have clear instructions if your normal delivery procedure has changed, so please let us know.

If there is anything that we can do to help in these difficult times, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for your continued support and hope that by staying in touch and working together to support each other, we can minimise the impact of this worrying disease on all customers, their families and businesses.

Yours sincerely

Nigel R Bottom

Group Managing Director

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Witham – as seen in Farmers Guide

Posted on Wednesday February 26, 2020

We were happy to see the Witham Group featured in the Farmers Guide magazine this month.  In the article about the impact of the weather on farming in the UK over the past few months, (shown below) we provided some advice to take advantage of any downtime to get machinery ready for when the weather improves.

We know how frustrated our farming customers are with not being able to get on the land to drill the seed for the spring – or even winter crops.

 

Lets hope conditions dry up soon so UK Farmers can get caught up.  And when things get busy again, Farmers can rely on us to provide the relevant lubricant or paint delivered to the Farm as quickly as possible.

Our advert in Farmers Guide

We have almost 100 years of experience in agricultural lubricants. A preferred supplier to most UK farming groups, we also have a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen and an enviable track record on customer service and reliability.

We can provide a free lubricant survey of your entire fleet and free oil storage solutions.  For technical advice or to arrange a personal visit – contact us at www.withamgroup.co.uk

 

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Dorset Farmer uses Prolan to protect machinery

Posted on Wednesday February 19, 2020

Godlingston Manor Farm in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset has been using Prolan to lubricate and protect its machinery and assets. Prolan has been tested on a variety of equipment from tractors and diggers to quad bikes to protect from rust and corrosion.

‘Everyone has problems with rust but, being so close to the coast, we tend to suffer the effects of the salt air’, explained farm owner Ben Bowerman. ‘We have been very impressed with Prolan and intend to apply it to more machinery to extend its useable life. Recently we have also used Prolan medium grade on our hedge cutter to both lubricate and protect the exposed parts. The cutter has no corrosion and is performing really well, I would recommend Prolan to everyone.’

Prolan being sprayed onto hedge cutter

Godlingston Manor Farm has recently installed a wind turbine and plans to use Prolan as protection from all that Dorset has to throw at it.

Prolan – is a performance treatment against rust and an electrolysis barrier. Prolan is a completely natural product that is NSF certified. It can be used with confidence in all areas of the farm and is safe to humans, animals and the environment.

Unlike most other lubricants, Prolan is completely natural, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic and so surpasses other petrochemical products as a safer, environmentally sustainable alternative.   It is these green credentials that got the product range shortlisted in the LAMMA Innovation awards in the environmental category.

Once applied, Prolan will last for a long period of time – it is easy to apply and clean to use.

Prolan is available in three strengths; medium grade and heavy grade in aerosol or liquid format, and as an anti-seize grease.

 

 

For more information about Prolan lubricants or to book a free consultation with the Witham Group sales team – call 01522 521192 or click here 

 

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New Commercial Vehicles catalogue for Hauliers

Posted on Tuesday February 18, 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we have recently expanded our product range for the Commercial Vehicles and Haulage industry.   We have also launched a new Commercial Vehicles catalogue that includes the full product range – allowing customers to view all the relevant products in one place.

To view the catalogue in an easy to read e-magazine format – click here 

 Commercials Vehicles catalogue

Our products for Commercial Vehicles include:

Quality reputation

We manufacture using only the latest and highest quality ingredients to create quality lubricants for heavy duty diesel engines that can help lower emissions, improve fuel economy and reduce maintenance costs.  All our lubricants are manufactured to adhere strictly to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) warranty conditions to ensure lubricant warranty conditions are met.

Our company has a strong reputation for quality of product and services and carries a Royal Warrant for the products we supply to HM The Queen at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

Sandringham Estate Royal Gates
Sandringham Estate Royal Gates, Norfolk

We supply various transport businesses throughout the UK and have many loyal and satisfied customers, including Roger Warnes Transport Ltd:

“Witham have consistently provided us with top level expertise giving us the best possible knowledge so that we can decide on the most appropriate product for our ever-evolving vehicle fleet. It’s a well-rounded business where customers really matter, in fact it’s a pleasure to see the delivery driver who takes pride in his job and makes every effort to engage with us during his work. That wouldn’t happen if the business culture wasn’t customer focused.”

Roger Warnes Lorry at Suffolk Show
Roger Warnes Lorry on the Witham Stand at Suffolk Show 2019

Customers can receive next day delivery of products by ordering from our Online Shop, or by phoning or visiting one of our depots. We also offers a trade account facility offering preferential rates.

We are here to help.  If you would like to ask a question, place an order, get some technical advice or simply get in touch with a comment or problem and we’d be happy to help.

 

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4 ways to prolong the life of farm machinery

Posted on Thursday February 06, 2020

With the unprecedented amount of rainfall over the past few months, cultivation and drilling operations have been almost impossible for many.  However, as soon as mother nature allows, it will be all systems go – so now is the time to service farm equipment and avoid untimely breakdowns.

Drilling wet field

Follow this advice to protect engines and prolong the life of farm machinery….

  1. Check your oil – Engines need oil to keep them running smoothly, so routine oil changes are needed to ensure that farm equipment runs efficiently. Check your vehicle’s manual to see how often the oil needs to be changed. If it needs changing, be sure to replace with an oil that adheres to manufacturer specifications, ideally supplied by a reputable supplier that meets industry quality standards.   If you are changing the oil it is also worth changing the filter too – as once it gets full, it will start bypassing unfiltered oil directly back into the mix and could cause engine damage.
  2. Don’t forget the air filters – An engine’s air filter prevents small particles from getting inside and damaging internal components. Air filters can get clogged with dust, making it harder for the engine to breath, which is necessary to keep it running. Therefore, it is wise to clean or replace the filters on a regular basis.
  3. Top up hydraulics – As well as engine oil, it is imperative to ensure tractors and other equipment have the correct hydraulic oil at a suitable level. Failure to do so puts pressure on pumps and can lead to costly contamination related damage.
When was the last time you topped up your hydraulic oil?
  1. Care and maintenance – While your farm machinery is in the workshop its worth taking the opportunity to clean off the grime, grease moving parts and check antifreeze/coolant levels.  We stock a range of workshop and cleaning products such as General Purpose TFR Cleaner and Rustarest corrosion inhibitor which protects against rust.

We stock many lubricants for Agriculture, including engine oil, transmission oil, gear oil, brake fluids, greases, coolants and cleaning products all available with next delivery from our Online Shop

For more information or to get any technical advice, you can contact us at www.withamgroup.co.uk/qualube/contactusqualube/

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Witham at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show

Posted on Wednesday February 05, 2020

We are exhibiting at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) on the 5th February and  showcasing all our latest products for the agricultural industry.   As specialists in agricultural products, we supply farms, plant operators and hauliers throughout the UK with lubricants for engines and hydraulic machinery, greases, brake and gear oils, cleaning products, paints and coatings for industrial machinery, bulk storage tanks and a whole lot more.

This year there are some exciting products on show that can help farming business keep their costs down and help preserve machinery and assets.  Some highlights on the Witham stand include:

New Winter deal on Anti-freeze & Coolants

We are offering show attendees a special winter deal giving customers free screenwash and de-icer spray with orders of Antifreeze and Coolants (based on a minimum order of 50 litres).   We are also offering great value on Antifreeze & Coolant due to negotiating bulk discounts for customers to protect them from potential price increases as a result of market uncertainty.

 

New Agricultural product range

We are also showcasing our new Agricultural catalogue which for the first time, pulls together all the products that are relevant for Farms into one place.
To view the catalogue in an easy to read e-magazine format follow this link: https://indd.adobe.com/view/2ffbd97c-7d2b-4aab-ba84-5c9b7cb1328d

Launch of new catalogue range

We have also recently launched a whole range of new catalogues tailored to the individual sectors in which we operate, including:

Come and talk to us on stand G1 about lubricants, paints and see how we could help keep your machinery going all year round.

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Motul powers up for Autosport International Show

Posted on Friday December 20, 2019

Motul is gearing up for the biggest motorsport event in the UK calendar – Autosport International.   The show connects motorsport experts and enthusiasts to network, trade, discuss, explore and market their unique showpieces this coming January 9th – 12th at Birmingham’s massive NEC.

Autosport International will be celebrating its 30th year in January, and 2020 also marks the 70-year anniversary of Autosport Magazine and F1.  To celebrate this, the event will be showcasing some of motor sport’s most revolutionary technologies.

Like Autosport, Motul has a long history in the automotive world having developed the first multigrade engine lubricant in 1953 and in 1971 was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines based on technology from the aeronautical industry.

As a specialist in synthetic oils, Motul has become the partner of many manufacturers, workshops and sports teams for its technological developments in mechanical sports and car racing globally.

Motul is the lubricant partner to many prestigious events, teams and manufacturers such as Goodwood Revival, Le Mans, Gibson Engines, Radical Sports Cars, Suzuki, Brabus and Caterham to name a few.

This year Motul’s stand will have the theme of ‘Trusted winners since 1853’ showcasing the success of the brand and product performance over the past 167 years.

On display on Motul’s stand at the show (Hall 3, Stand 3755) will be the exciting Toyota Corolla that competed in the 2019 BTCC championship with driver Tom Ingram.   Motul has been in partnership with Tom and his Speedworks team for many years now and have seen their performance in the BTCC go from strength to strength.  Motul are delighted that Tom Ingram will be available on the stand at certain times during the Show for visitors to meet and greet.

Motul also have the mighty Studebaker Silver Hawk classic car on display on their stand.  This beast of a car dates back to the 1950’s and hails from Indiana, USA.  The car was converted into a race car by former BTCC champion Patrick Watts and competed at the Goodwood Revival in September. Visitors will be able to see just how wonderful this American classic giant is.

Motul’s range of classic lubricants for historic vehicles will be showcased at the event – including the new 20W-50 Mineral Multigrade Engine Oil – which is now available in a special 5 litre can after huge demand in the UK.

Motul will have its most popular product ranges on display:

  • Motul 8100 range (engine lubricants)
  • Motul Hybrid range (hybrid engines)
  • 300v range (racing engines)
  • Motul historic range (classic engines)

Whilst at the Show, Motul will also be running a prize draw, offering attendees the chance to win £350 worth of quality Motul clothing, including…

  • Premium Quality SoftShell jacket
  • Mechanics overalls
  • Rudy Project sunglasses
  • Motul Classic t-shirt
  • Snapback cap
  • Gloves
  • Backpack

Today Motul not only supports racing teams and drivers, but engine builders, mechanics, workshops and garages, distributors, enthusiasts and direct customers with quality lubricants, care and cleaning products throughout the UK with an enviable track record.

All Motul automotive products are supplied and distributed by Witham Motorsport, part of the British lubricant manufacturer the Witham Group.  The Witham Group are British manufacturers of lubricants and paints since 1921 and are passionate about the automotive industry. For more information on the Witham Group or Witham Motorsport – please visit www.withamgroup.co.uk

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How to avoid costly breakdowns in the field

Posted on Friday December 20, 2019

Machinery downtime can be a costly inconvenience, especially during busy periods on the farm.  Did you know that 70% of all unreliability in machines is caused by improper lubrication? (Source: Machinery Lubrication magazine.)

Lubricant demands for vehicles and machinery is greater than it’s ever been.  Here, we provide some tips on how to prevent breakdowns.

 

 

Using the right lubricant

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.

Older equipment’s needs are very different to modern applications, including complying with the latest emissions standards.  A trusted oil manufacturer uses approved formulations approved by the OEM. This helps ensure that warranty conditions are not jeopardised, and servicing costs are kept to a minimum. Always choose a lubricant that meets the appropriate quality standard specified by either the OEM or one of the industry bodies such as ACEA or API.

Do you have enough oil in the engine?

Even if the correct amount of lubricant has been added during an oil change, the oil may be unduly consumed due to evaporation, burning caused by worn piston rings, and leaks through the seals or oil plug.  Typically, the older the equipment, the more oil it will use.  Follow proper oil change intervals and check the oil periodically. Conversely too much oil in the system can cause catastrophic failure, oil cannot be compressed so components are be in danger of colliding with essentially a solid mass.

Oil into engine

Get the right viscosity of oil for each application

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.

Having a free lubricant survey of your machinery fleet will enable you to have an easy reference to the recommended specs for engine oil, greases, hydraulic and brake fluid and antifreeze and coolants.

Regular maintenance checks

It’s also important to conduct regular maintenance checks of machinery to try and spot any issues before a breakdown is caused. Regular checks of engine oil, transmission fluid and grease points should be carried out, especially during periods of heavy usage.  Regular checks should also be made on gearboxes, chains and belts for wear and replace fuel filters regularly.

Don’t ignore warning signals

Warning lights are there for a reason, often signalling issues that need to be addressed, such as low hydraulic pressure, high engine temperature or a shaft that isn’t turning. However, too often those signals are ignored, resulting in machinery failure.

To keep your machinery turning throughout the year, simple maintenance and help from a reputable oil provider can make a real financial difference.  The Witham Group has almost 100 years of experience in agricultural lubricants.

For more information or to contact The Witham Group visit WithamGroup.co.uk

 

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