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Vickers Oils gets OEM approval from Lonati

Lonati, now officially recommends VICKERLUBE SOCK 46 for use in its single-cylinder GOAL series socks knitting machines.

12th December 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  Leeds, United Kingdom

Hosiery/​Socks, Sports/​Activewear


Leeds, UK based Vickers Oils has obtained OEM approval from Brescia, Italy based socks and hosiery machine building giant Lonati.

“Vickers Oils is delighted to announce a significant milestone in our partnership with Lonati, as we have earned an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) approval for our VICKERLUBE SOCK 46 needle oil,” the company said in a statement.

Lonati, now officially recommends the product for use in its single-cylinder GOAL series socks knitting machines, marking a successful collaboration that required dedicated efforts from Lonati, Lubrogamma, and Vickers Oils teams.

“After rigorous testing and trials of VICKERLUBE SOCK 46 on Lonati single-cylinder machines, we received the much-anticipated approval earlier this year. This achievement is a testament to the dedication of our long-term Italian partners, Lubrogamma, who played a pivotal role in facilitating this partnership” Vickers said.

Lonati, a prominent name in the industry for over 70 years, is known for designing and manufacturing an impressive average of 8000 machines annually. The Brescia, Italy based family-owned company places a strong emphasis on delivering the highest quality textile machinery, underpinned by a commitment to research and development that ensures the use of cutting-edge products, technologies, and processes in its machinery.

Vickers Oils says it shares these values, leading the industry in quality and assurance through its continuous focus on research and development, technological leadership, quality control, and exceptional customer service.


Vickers Oils is committed to sustainable product development and VICKERLUBE SOCK 46 meets the clearly defined criteria set out by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and conforms to ZDHC MRSL Level 1 certification.

VICKERLUBE SOCK 46 is a mineral based needle lubricant which is designed to meet the criteria for modern sock knitting machine technology. It provides a high standard of lubrication as well as holding very good stability properties and having a high resistance to oxidation. The product is readily scourable and holds a well-balanced additive system meaning that it is fully compatible with all machine components. It can also be used with any yarn type including elastane, to produce the highest quality end product.

For more information regarding VICKERLUBE SOCK 46 or Vickers’ textile range, click here.

Sustainability for generations

In addition to its achievements in securing OEM approval, Vickers Oils is proud to be actively working towards several sustainability goals, with several already successfully realised. One standout achievement is the 39% reduction in its gas consumption on site since 2020, despite a 40% increase in production output compared to previous years. Vickers says this accomplishment demonstrates its commitment to minimising its environmental footprint.

Team Lonati, Lubrogamma and Vickers Oils, at Airedale Mills, Leeds, in October 2023. © Vickers Oils

As part of its ongoing sustainability journey, Vickers says it is determined to become a net-zero company for scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2028, a goal coinciding with its 200th anniversary.

“At Vickers Oils, we’re dedicated not only to delivering high-quality products but also to ensuring a sustainable and environmentally responsible future. Our partnership with Lonati and our ongoing commitment to sustainability exemplify our dedication to excellence and our responsibility towards the planet,” Vickers said.

“To learn more about our sustainability efforts and achievements, we encourage you to explore our recently launched Sustainability Report for 2023, which comprehensively outlines our objectives and accomplishments in various aspects of sustainability. You can access the full report here.

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