The FRAM® Team Celebrates 75 Years Of Filtration Excellence

March 4th, 2009

Los Angeles, March 4, 2009 — Since 1934, the FRAM® brand has been a pioneer in the field of filtration and is committed to providing vehicles with the very best in engine protection with premium, application-specific oil and air filters.

Its dedication is backed by substantial, ongoing research in filtration media, filter design and manufacturing processes. As a result, FRAM oil filter designs represent the very best in technology, a result of decades of research and development.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the FRAM brand was born when the original chemists, Frederick Franklin and T. Edward Aldam, invented an easily-replaceable oil filtering element in their Providence, R.I. laboratory. Automotive oil filters of various types had been on the market for nearly 10 years, yet were difficult to install, change and clean. Franklin and Aldam, whose last name combination formed FRAM, set out to solve these problems with their revolutionary filters.

Over the course of the past seven-plus decades, the brand has continued on the path set forth by its founders to become a leader in filtration with a number of industry firsts:

  1. 1942 - The team introduced the Filcron® oil filter, first to combine depth and surface filtration for high efficiency. It was approved by the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Bureau of Standards and was used in trucks and other military vehicles throughout World War II.
  2. 1949 - The company completed the world's first "Engineering Research Dust Tunnel" as an aid in air filter development.
  3. 1951 - The FRAM® Dry-Type Replaceable Air Filter became the first selected as original equipment on a U.S. passenger car, the 1952 Studebaker.
  4. 1955 - FRAM introduced the first spin-on oil filter as original equipment on 1956 Ford Motor Company® cars.
  5. 1959 - The FRAM team mass-produced the first in-line fuel filter using a molded plastic filter body to resist corrosion and damage. FRAM also introduced the first spin-on fuel filter for trucks, the P1101PL. The spin-on technology was developed to reduce downtime and speed maintenance.
  6. 1974 - FRAM became the first filter manufacturer to provide a complete in-house oil analysis service, performed by the FRAM engineering staff.
  7. 1978 - The team introduced the Extra Life Air Filter that lasted 50 percent longer and stopped 50 percent more dirt - the first air filter to utilize two integral filtering elements.
  8. 1999 - The FRAM brand officially patented its industry-renowned SureGRIP process, an unparalleled design for oil filters. Starting with the Extra Guard product line, this innovative and practical characteristic was employed on a number of product lines that the brand brought to market.
  9. 2004 - The FRAM team introduced the first high mileage oil filter that provides a cutting-edge controlled delivery system, called FRAM High Mileage with Time Release Technology.

The FRAM brand has also been heavily involved in motorsports and has a longstanding history of providing innovative products, engineering and R&D support to help today's drivers win. The FRAM filter is deemed the Official Filter of the NHRA and the brand sponsors the FRAM Top Fuel Dragster driven by Cory McClenathan. FRAM Racing® filters are also used by professional racers in NASCAR® as well as just about every other form of competition.

Now, the FRAM team continues to manufacture and market a variety of quality oil, air and fuel filters, as well as many automotive accessories such as PCV valves, crankcase filters and transmission modulators. Products such as the FRAM® Tough Guard®, High Mileage® and Xtended Guard™ oil filters; and FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter are part of the FRAM line of automotive maintenance products. All FRAM products are application specific.

With six North American R&D, manufacturing and marketing locations, FRAM engineers utilize state-of-the-art process control and automated inspection equipment to assure that their products meet rigorous internal and customer requirements. More information can be found online at