Royal Purple was founded in 1986, but its roots go back much further. Founder John Williams was a pioneer in developing synthetic lubricants as far back as the 1940s and 1950s. He used his expertise in chemical engineering working with other lubricant companies prior to founding Royal Purple. Because of industry demands, the development of a new lubrication technology was born. This new lubricant had unusually high film strength capable of protecting bearings under heavy loads. It also had exceptional oxidation stability (for long oil life) while providing outstanding protection against rust and corrosion in both wet and high temperature applications. The new lubricant would not only prevent varnish and sludge, but would also clean the equipment in the process. It extended oil drain intervals and the life of the equipment while reducing maintenance costs, equipment downtime and energy costs, resulting in dramatic savings. This lubricant was manufactured purple to further set it apart from everything else on the market. That lubricant, called Synfilm, along with its exclusive, proprietary Synerlec additive technology, became the cornerstone of Royal Purple's entire line of high performance industrial, automotive and racing oils.