« For a world without friction » Ole Bardahl

In the 1930s, the engineer Ole BARDAHL emigrated from Norway to the United States and, as a result of his passion for unlimited powerboat racing, developed a revolutionary lubrication principle, based on the polar attraction phenomenon. BARDAHL unique formula builds a strong extreme pressure film protecting all moving mechanical parts against wear and corrosion.This formula was so efficient that the US Army classified it “secret defence” and used it in all military equipments during World War II.

For more than 60 years, Bardahl laboratories have been analysing and achieving solutions to meet the growing technological and environmental requirements.

The success-story of Ole Bardahl starts at the end of the 1930s, when the United States enter into war. This Norwegian emigrant, who later gave his name to our additives and oils, discovers a new lubrication system based on the polarization phenomenon, making it possible to maintain an antifriction and antiwear lubricating film on all moving metal parts of any mechanical system.

The US Army engineers studied closely this principle, searching any technological detail that would make the difference against the Germans and declared it « secret defense” until the end of the War. It was so revolutionary that US Army pilots still remember today how some planes, after having been heavily shot at, were losing their engine oil … but were going on flying! On the ground, the success was equal: Allied tanks, although they hadn’t had the time for any breaking in, could envade Norman beaches without breaking their engines.

At the end of the war, Bardahl products started to be commercialized. They appeared in France in 1954. Sadaps, Bardahl French subsidiary now develops from the US Bardahl additives and manufactures in its own laboratory large ranges of state-of-the-art products, meeting the requirements of European car manufacturers.

The Industry department was the first to be created in 1954 but the Automotive branch appeared a few years later, in 1960. Sadaps quickly signed trading agreements with wholesalers, auto centers, fast-fitters and important car manufacturers.


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