Who We Are
Idemitsu Lubricants America (ILA) is now the eighth largest lubricant manufacturer globally, with over a century of unsurpassed quality, innovation and superior product development.
In fact, Idemitsu pioneered the original 0W-20 engine oil found in many vehicles on the road today. We’re on the cutting edge of low-viscosity oil development. As automakers look for ways to improve fuel economy and decrease emissions, we work with them to provide the best solutions possible – especially for advanced hybrids or those equipped with “stop-start” technology.
Idemitsu also provides over 80% of the automotive air conditioning compressor lubricant, or PAG (polyalkylene glycol), to automakers around the globe. And Idemitsu has the top continuously variable transmission fluid (CVTF) on the market.
You might be surprised to learn that you may have Idemitsu lubricants in your vehicle right now. That’s right, there’s a good chance that you had some sort of Idemitsu lubricant filled at the factory when your car, truck or SUV was originally built. That’s because we work with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop lubricants to their exacting specifications as “factory fill.”
So if automakers known for their quality trust Idemitsu, so can you. From synthetic engine oil and transmission fluid to power steering fluid and PAG, Idemitsu has you covered.
Idemitsu and the Environment
Environmental protection is of key importance around the world and drives Idemitsu’s commitment to lead the development of environmentally friendly lubricants. Our vast experience and technology, cultivated through close relationships with every major automaker, put us on the cutting edge of innovation.
Idemitsu began supplying lubricants in the United States in the late 1970s and we built our state-of-the-art blending facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1992. Since then, Idemitsu has continuously expanded its business both in the United States and globally.
Over 100 years of experience and a leading Asian OEM supplier.
Idemitsu has a rich history of developing products alongside leading OEMs from project onset, and today is a specialist in low-viscosity, fuel-saving lubrication solutions. ILA technicians have worked closely with engineers from Asian OEMs such as Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota, as well as U.S. domestic OEMs such as GM, to meet stringent performance and protection requirements.
- Founded in 1911
- 8th largest lubricants manufacturer in the world
- Began operations in the U.S. in 1992
- Engineered the first 0W-20 engine oil for Honda
- Engineered the first CVT transmission fluid for Nissan
- Provided racing oil in 1991 to the first 24 Hours of LeMans race winner using a rotary engine
- Over 8,800 employees worldwide
- Global network of business offices on every continent
- Over 3,752 service stations
- Quality Management (QM) certifications for ISO9001/2001, ISO/TS16949 and ISO 14001
Idemitsu and ZEPRO fully synthetic motor oils begin distribution on Amazon.com in North America.
Idemitsu announces the ZEPRO line of premium fully synthetic motor oils.
Idemitsu 0W-20 becomes first engine oil to receive dexos-1™ GM approval.
Idemitsu Research & Development Center opens in Wixom, Michigan; features state-of-the-art equipment that allows for cutting-edge product development.
Apollo America changes its name to Idemitsu Lubricants America to unify the Idemitsu name around the world.
Idemitsu opens its state-of-the-art blending and packaging facility, strategically locating it in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This centralized location incorporates convenient access to three major interstate highways, efficient rail and air transportation facilities and transportation resources provided by the Ohio River.
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation (ILA) founded as Apollo America Corporation, a 100% subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan. Apollo opens sales offices in Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California.
Idemitsu begins supplying lubricant products in the United States.
New York office opens.
Idemitsu Kosan (Japan) founded by Sazo Idemitsu.