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British Industrial History

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October 1953.
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1911 The Standard Oil Company of New York, or Socony, was founded, following the break-up of the Standard Oil Company.

1920 The company registered the name Mobiloil as a trademark.

1931 Vacuum Oil Company of Rochester merged with the Standard Oil Company of New York to form Socony-Vacuum Oil Company Inc.

1933 Socony-Vacuum and Jersey Standard merged their interests in the Far East in a 50–50 joint venture. Standard-Vacuum Oil Co.

1950s Mobil was among the largest sellers of gasoline and motor oils in the United States

1955 Socony-Vacuum was renamed Socony Mobil Oil Company.

1963 Changed its trade name from Mobilgas to simply Mobil.

1966 To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the "Socony" was dropped from the corporate name.

Mid-1980s With the introduction of fuel injected engines Mobil developed new detergent additives which gained praise from General Motors and other automakers for inhibiting the formation of deposit in the injectors.

1998 Mobil and Exxon Corporation agreed on a merger to create ExxonMobil.

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