History of Texaco in Ireland

Since Texaco products were first introduced in Ireland in 1924, the brand has continued to grow and develop. Some of its milestones include:


1924: Texaco products are sold for the first time in Ireland under the Galena-Signal Oil Company of Ireland Ltd.

1929: The company name changes to the Texas Company (of Ireland) Limited before becoming Caltex (Ireland) Limited in 1951.


1954: The Texaco Children's Art Competition launches, now the longest running arts sponsorship in Ireland.

1958: The Texaco Sportstars Awards is originated, a national sports sponsorship that continues to recognise and award the sporting talents of Irish sportsmen and sportswomen until 2011.

1964: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, opens the company's European refinery in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

1978: Texaco introduces its first self service location in Ireland.


1981: Texaco introduces its new Star logo which is used to the present day in Ireland.

2001: Texaco Inc and Chevron Corporation merge to create the ChevronTexaco Corporation, which becomes Chevron Corporation in 2007 - one of the world's largest corporations based on market capitalisation built around three well recognised international brands - Texaco, Chevron and Caltex.

2011: Valero Energy Corporation acquires Chevron Corporation's UK and Ireland refining and marketing business and the Texaco brand is licensed to Valero in these markets. Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Its assets include 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 2.8 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion gallons per year and a 50-megawatt wind farm.

Valero markets products in 44 U.S. states, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Caribbean region. Based in San Antonio, Texas, USA, Valero is a US Fortune 500 company with approximately 10,500 employees.

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