Ballistol Universal Oil: A masterpiece of innovation and quality - unrivalled for 120 years
The history behind the unique Ballistol Universal Oil dates back to 1874, when F.W. KLEVER GmbH was founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Klever. What began as a small family business has developed over time into a renowned company that today supplies customers worldwide as BALLISTOL GmbH. In 2024, BALLISTOL celebrates a double anniversary: 150 years of company history and 120 years of Ballistol Universal Oil.
Ballistol Universal Oil first launched on the market in 1904 as a wound, gun and leather care oil. Since then, it has enjoyed great popularity in a wide range of applications. Whether as a rust inhibitor, gun oil or cleaning and care product for leather, wood, metal and much more - Ballistol Universal Oil not only combines functionality, unrivalled versatility and high quality in one product, but has also been biodegradable and unthinkable in terms of health for 120 years. These diverse properties still contribute significantly to the company's success today, as Ballistol Universal Oil is still produced according to the original recipe developed by Dr Helmut Klever 120 years ago. This unadulterated approach has allowed the company to become the trusted BALLISTOL brand that millions of people around the world rely on.
Over the years, BALLISTOL GmbH has continuously expanded its product portfolio and successfully established itself as an innovative manufacturer. In addition to the universal oil, the company's range now includes many other maintenance oils as well as cleaning and care products for household, vehicles and industry. Whether in workshops, craft or industrial businesses or in the home and garden - BALLISTOL products are used everywhere.
Andreas Zettler, CEO at BALLISTOL, knows about the good products that are manufactured in his company and always emphasises: "A large part of BALLISTOL's success is down to its committed workforce. Our employees work every day to fulfil the company's high quality standards and develop innovative solutions. Their commitment, expertise and passion are an important success factor for the company." At the same time, Zettler emphasises that not only economic success is important, but that BALLISTOL also takes its social responsibility seriously. Not only have environmental protection and sustainability become increasingly important building blocks, but also the promotion of clubs, athletes and associations, which BALLISTOL has supported with sponsorship for many years. Press spokesman Leif Jacobsen adds: "All these success factors have made BALLISTOL what it is today - a company with tradition, quality and a spirit of innovation. The double anniversary of 120 years of BALLISTOL Universal Oil and 150 years of F.W. KLEVER GmbH offers us the opportunity to look back proudly on what we have achieved and to look forward to the coming years with anticipation.“
As befits a traditional family business based in Lower Bavaria, the anniversary will be celebrated with a big open day. "We are looking forward to welcoming many visitors from near and far on Saturday 20 July and will be giving them a glimpse behind the scenes. An appropriate supporting programme will also be organised. It's definitely worth a visit," says Zettler.
Innovation, quality and success will continue to be the cornerstones of BALLISTOL GmbH. With a motivated team, high-quality products and the pursuit of modern solutions, the company will continue to set standards in the future. Because one thing is certain: the story of BALLISTOL is far from over.
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