History

Oemeta came into being during an eventful period in European history. In 1916, at the height of the First World War, we started production in Berlin of ‘drilling oils’ for metal working, as they were then known. Our company name, perhaps not obvious at first sight, was derived from the words ‘Oel’ and ‘Metall’ (oil and metal) and is the name by which the company is known up to this day.

By 1921 the production capacity at the original Berlin site was already insufficient and consequently production was moved to Bötzow, located to the west of the city. At the same time, the product range was expanded to include grinding wheels. However in 1993, following a reassessment of the core business of Oemeta, this sector was sold. Since then, the focus of the business has been the manufacture and marketing of industrial lubricants.

The Second World War inevitably had an impact on Oemeta. The company was confiscated and the production facility dismantled. The shareholders, along with some of the employees, moved to a location near Stuttgart and re-established Oemeta in 1949.This was not without difficulties. The restrictions imposed by the occupying powers led to a dispersal of the business specialisms. Grinding wheels were produced at a site in Mannheim, whereas permission to manufacture cutting fluids could only be obtained in Hamburg.

Eventually a search began for a location that could accommodate all of our activities. An existing business with appropriate production conditions was found in Uetersen, the ‘town of roses’, 30 kilometres north-west of Hamburg. This site was duly purchased, and Oemeta moved to Uetersen in 1953.

Today Oemeta is a market leader of industrial lubricants with subsidiaries in the USA, Canada, China, United Kingdom, India, Poland and Czech Republic as well as sales partners in more than 30 countries. Innovation, future-oriented technologies and a distinctive orientation to the customer made us one of the market leader of this technology.