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Fram’s backstory

Fram oil filter  — the Fram backstory

Fram oil filters get a really bad rap online. But if you dig deep enough, you’ll see that all the “horror” stories go back to a single source; an amateur teardown article with quotes from an ex-employee. That article was published about 25 years ago when Fram oil filter was owned by Allied Signal. The teardown “study” was bogus to begin with. See this post to understand why the author’s conclusions are total B.S. But even if you believe the crap the author posts, a lot has changed in 25 years.

Allied merges with Honeywell

Allied Chemical and Dye changed it’s name to Allied Chemical Corporation in 1958. Then they changed the name to Allied Corp. in 1981. In 1983, they merged with the Bendix Corporation and entered the aerospace industry.

Allied merged with Signal (owner of Garrett turbochargers) in 1993 and changed its name to Allied Signal in 1995. Allied Signal purchased Honeywell in 1999 and changed the company name to Honeywell.

In 2011, Honeywell sold Fram oil filter and Autolite spark plugs to a New Zealand Rank Group

In 2019, Trico (the windshield wiper company) bought Fram oil filter and Autolite from the Rank Group. Trico also bought UCI International Holdings Inc. owner of ASC Industries, Airtex Products. In 2019, Trico also buys Anco, their leading wiper competitor from Tenneco, the then owner of Federal Mogul. In 2020, Trico buys Champion Labs, a manufacturer of Champ brand oil and air filters and Brake Parts Inc., manufacturer of Raybestos brake parts.

Trico Group changes its name to First Brands and now manufactures and sells:

• Raybestos® complete brake solutions
• LuberFiner® filtration products
• FRAM® filtration products
• TRICO® wiper blades
• Carter® fuel and water pumps
• ANCO® wiper blades
• StrongArm® lift supports
• Autolite® spark plugs
• Airtex Fuel Pumps
• ASC Water Pumps

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