Oil change for Comma

Comma Oil and Chemicals has moved its executive and commercial departments to Kings Hill, West Malling, to accommodate future growth.

The company, which was acquired in 2012 by Cosan – one of Brazil’s largest oil producers – manufactures, markets and distributes lubricating motor oils, car care products and associated seasonal and industrial chemicals for the UK and over 40 international markets.

The executive and commercial teams, along with marketing and planning functions, are now occupying 7,147 sq ft in 30 Tower View and manufacturing and customer services will remain at the company’s current base in Gravesend. The company currently employs over 200 staff globally.

“With major investment from our shareholder parent company, Cosan S.A. of
São Paulo, Brazil, we are rapidly extending Comma’s global reach, developing new markets for our products throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and China,” said Comma spokesperson Mike Bewsey.

“We now need a great deal more space than is available to us on the Gravesend site to accommodate planned future growth in all departments, while sustaining the industry-leading levels of customer service and marketing support for which Comma is renowned.

“Kings Hill was a perfect choice for us as it has excellent road and rail connections, providing easy access for our international visitors and sales teams and is also close to our Gravesend plant.”

Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, said: “We were pleased to be able to offer terms which were structured to accommodate Comma Oil’s projected plans for growth.

“Yet again, Kings Hill has proven to be the right choice for a brand that needs a prestigious location which reflects their status within their marketplace and is an ideal place for them to meet their customers,” he said. “We are delighted that Comma Oil has joined us.”

Kings Hill is set in 800 acres near the county town of Maidstone and is just two miles from junction 4 of the M20. It was a former airfield and is now home to around 6,900 residents and more than 200 businesses employing some 5,500 people.

There are also schools and a village centre with shops including Waitrose; Costa Coffee; Domino’s and restaurants as well as a surgery, dry cleaners, shoe repairers, pharmacy and opticians.