OFTEC is the Oil Firing Technical Association. We represent the oil heating and cooking industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and here’s where you can find out more about what we do. OFTEC’s present membership includes large companies such as Aga-Rangemaster (cookers) , Clarehill Plastics (Harlequin Tanks), Grant Engineering (boilers), Firebird Products (boilers), Kingspan Environmental (Titan Tanks), Riello UK (burners), Warm-flow Engineering (boilers), and Worcester Bosch Group (boilers).
OFTEC was formed in 1991 and replaced the former Domestic Oil Burner Equipment Testing Association (DOBETA), an organisation formed after the enforced split of Shell-mex and BP in the early 1970’s. The OFTEC logo incorporates the DOBETA symbol of an oil droplet with three check marks. OFTEC and the oil companies. During the 1990’s the oil fired heating engineers were mainly Shell, BP and ex-Shell-mex employees. The original training infrastructure provided by Shell-mex at Fulham was lost in the mid 1970’s, and industry costs were mounting due to poor quality work by technicians. The oil companies (and later, equipment manufacturers) supported OFTEC financially. OFTEC’s original role was to write new technical standards and training manuals, and to provide a focus for the industry. When this was achieved, OFTEC’s role extended into promoting the oil fired heating and cooking sector.