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  • VLS Bulletin – July 2019 – VLS010155

    VLS 010155 – SAR Lubricants Synmax Spectrum 5w30

    On 23rd April 2018 the case was reported to VLS.

    The case concerned the number of OEM specifications for which the product was claimed as suitable for use.

    VLS worked with the Named Party to reduce the number of claims made to those which were directly supported by their technology provider.

    On the 24th March 2019 VLS undertook a six month review of the case in line with its stated procedure.

    VLS is content that the revised Technical Data Sheet for the product dated 3rd August 2018, and the product label provided by the Named Party, accurately reflect the claims made on the product which are fully supported by the technology provider. Consequently VLS believes that the product remains in compliance at the six month review stage.

    VLS now considers the case resolved and the complaint fully met.

    David Wright, Company Secretary – VLS (UK) Ltd says “We want to ensure we have the highest standards in Europe for lubricant manufacture, blending and marketing, and we want a ‘level playing field’ for all participants, so that we protect the interests of the consumer and other end users.

    In the Verification of Lubricant Specifications (UK) Ltd, we have set our course for stronger industry self-regulation by working positively towards more open and transparent competition that benefits all lubricant organisations. By working with the sector to resolve non compliant products in an independent and impartial manner, we can support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive marketplace.”

    July 2019

  • VLS Bulletin – July 2019 – VLS010153

    VLS 010153 – Aztec Oils PCMO Fully Synthetic 5W/30

    On 7th December 2017 the case was reported to VLS.

    The case concerned the product’s non compliance with its own stated HTHS and Noack volatility parameters.

    VLS procured and tested a sample of the product and found that the HTHS parameter was non-compliant with the product’s HTHS specification, although it was compliant regarding its Noack parameter.

    When initially independently tested the product failed the HTHS limit of 3.5 cP minimum. The result obtained through testing of 3.44 cP would round down to 3.4 cP. This value was below the specification limit but within the reproducibility of the test.

    The Named Party agreed to amend the formulation to make it more robust with respect to HTHS.

    On the 12th March 2019 VLS undertook a six month review of the case. VLS procured and independently tested a second sample of the product with a batch code showing the date of manufacture as January 2019, after the initial investigation was complete.   The HTHS result for the second sample made some time after the agreement to amend the formulation showed no sign of an improvement. The obtained result of 3.43 cP would round down to 3.4 cP. This value was below the specification limit but within the reproducibility of the test.

    Production figures for HTHS supplied by the Named Party and quoted to 2 decimal places show results both above and below the 3.5cP minimum specification limit against a certified sample of 3.54cP, but all would round to 3.5 cP so would therefore constitute a passes.

    Consequently VLS considers that the case is closed.

    David Wright, Company Secretary – VLS (UK) Ltd says “We want to ensure we have the highest standards in Europe for lubricant manufacture, blending and marketing, and we want a ‘level playing field’ for all participants, so that we protect the interests of the consumer and other end users.

    In the Verification of Lubricant Specifications (UK) Ltd, we have set our course for stronger industry self-regulation by working positively towards more open and transparent competition that benefits all lubricant organisations. By working with the sector to resolve non compliant products in an independent and impartial manner, we can support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive marketplace.”

    July 2019

  • VLS Newsletter July 2019

    VLS Newsletter July 2019

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 61, with 2 products under investigation and 51 cases archived.

    Case Update

    Case outcomes have been published for Case 10153 regarding Aztec Synthetic 5w30 C3 following a six month review, and Case 10155 regarding Synmax Spectrum 5w30, also following a six month review.

    The outcome at the end of the investigation for Case 10160 regarding Toyota First 5w30 C3, has been published and the case escalated to Trading Standards.

    To view the case outcomes, visit http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Industry News

    ATIEL

    Outgoing Secretary General Susan Hancock has been replaced by Christine Marlet

    ACEA

    ACEA welcomes the conclusion of a trade deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc, Mercosur https://www.acea.be/press-releases/article/auto-makers-welcome-conclusion-of-eu-mercosur-trade-deal

    ACEA revised its forecast for passenger car registrations in 2019 to -1%. https://www.acea.be/press-releases/article/auto-industry-revises-2019-car-sales-forecast-to-1

    Media

    Car Mechanics magazine, June 2019

    Featured an article on VLS’s role and purpose.

    Autotechnician, June 2019

    Reported on the new VLS marketing claims process.

    CAT magazine for June 2019

    Reported on the issue of lubricants and Brexit from VLS’s perspective.

    Scots Auto Scene, issue 164

    Featured and article by VLS on choosing the right oil for the vehicle.

    Scots Auto Scene, Issue 163

    Featured a double page spread on the need for lubricants to help meet lower emission standards.

    Transport Engineer, June 2019

    VLS warns that CO2 emission reductions could end up invalidating warranty claims made by garages.

    Also in Transport Engineer June 2019, VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard commented on the impact on lubricants of bio fuels.

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    Professional Motor Mechanic, June 2019, half page advert

    Scots Auto Scene, issue 164 Page 69, half page advert

    Scots Auto Scene, issue 163, Page 109 half page advert

    Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine, June 2019 half page advert

    Aftermarket magazine, June 2019 half page advert 

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  • VLS Newsletter June 2019

    VLS Newsletter June 2019

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 61, with 2 products under investigation and 8 products compliant following case investigation and 51 cases archived.

    Case Update

    VLS is has completed its investigation into a 10w30 transmission oil, VLS case 0010161, the case publication notice can be seen at:-

    http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010161/

    VLS is finalising its investigation into the claims made on a 5w30 passenger car engine oil.

    Marketing Claims

    VLS has revised and updated its marketing claims process to take account of the integrity of the underlying data package in a finished lubricant formulation. The revised marketing claims procedure can be seen on the website at ;

    http://ukla-vls.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/UKLA-VLS-Specifications-and-Marketing-Claims-Guidance-v4.pdf

    VLS will be presenting its new marketing claims guidance at the ATIEL Technical seminar to be held on 13th June in Brussels.

    Pre Case Submission Test Protocols

    In response to requests by members, VLS has issued a procedure setting out under what basis it will accept test results submitted alongside a case registration form.

    The procedure can be seen at

    http://ukla-vls.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Pre-Case-Submission-Test-Protocol-26-02-2019v1.pdf

    VLS Process Flowchart

    The VLS Process Flowchart has been revised to take account of the Pre Case Submission Test protocol and can be viewed at

    http://ukla-vls.org.uk/publications/ 

    Industry News

    ATIEL Code of Practice

    ATIEL, the technical association of the European lubricants industry, has updated its Code of Practice to include a new Viscosity Grade Read-Across (VGRA) guideline for use in the development of high-quality passenger car engine lubricants.

    The updated ATIEL Code of Practice for engine lubricant development and formulation, Issue 21, remains aligned with the ACEA Oil Sequences 2016.

    The main changes are:

    • a new VGRA Guideline for the EP6CDT engine test and worked examples;
    • clarification of some definitions;
    • updates to sections on the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS) to align them more closely with the EELQMS document and;
    • amendments to Sections 9 and Appendix D to take into account the change to administration of the Letters of Conformance scheme to SAIL – the Services to Associations and Industry in the Lubricants Sector company.

    https://atiel.org/images/code-of-practice/ATIEL_CoP_Issue_21.pdf

    Aselube

    In April Aselube, the Spanish lubricants association, announced that it had begun a pilot programme of compliance testing of members’ products. Although this was a one-off it was hoped that further testing programmes would result in future. The programme details and results can be seen on the Aselube website at

    http://aselube.net/wp-content/uploads/aselube-news-4.pdf

    This programme is in addition to existing compliance programmes in Europe including VLS, ATIEL’s continuous monitoring programme and German association FSQ’s quality control programme which can be seen at:-

    https://www.fsq-ev.de/

    Media

    Press briefing

    VLS hosted fourteen members of the trade press at a briefing held at the RAC club in London during May. The purpose of the briefing was to launch the new marketing claims guidance and to explain the rationale behind the revised process. VLS is grateful to those members of the trade press who attended.

    Lubes N Greases  EMEA

    David Wright, Company Secretary of VLS, spoke to Lubes N Greases about the impact of blending lubricants for bio fuels in June’s edition.

    Transport Operator May 2019, featured an article from VLS on the way lubricants are adapting to meet lower emission standards (Page 31)

    Garage Magazine in April 2019 featured an article from VLS on the drive for lower emissions forcing lubricants to act.

    Professional Motor Mechanic May 2019, featured an article on the work of VLS to raise standards of compliance in the UK, Page 61.

    FACTS magazine issue 150 featured an article by VLS looking at the impact of Brexit on the lubricants sector.

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  • VLS Newsletter May 2019

    VLS Newsletter May 2019

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 61, with 3 products under investigation and 7 products compliant following case investigation and 51 cases archived.

    Case Update

    VLS is currently completing its investigation into a 10w-30 transmission and gear oil, as well as concluding its investigation into the claims made on a 5w-30 passenger car engine oil.

    Media

    Facts magazine issue 150. VLS looks at the impact of Brexit on the lubricants market.

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  • VLS Newsletter April 2019

    VLS Newsletter April 2019

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 61, with 3 products under investigation and 7 products compliant following case investigation and 51 cases are archived.

    Case Update

    VLS Case 010154 – Kerax Hyperdrive, PCMO Fully Synthetic 5W/30 C3

    VLS has concluded its investigation into the complaint, subject to a six month review. The complaint concerned the product’s HTHS and NOACK evaporation limits. VLS worked with the Named Party to reformulate the product to achieve compliance. http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010154/

    You can read more about our case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media

    Professional Motor Factor March 2019, coverage of VLS case outcomes, Page 16. https://pmfmag.co.uk/

    Facts magazine, issue 149, Page 22 featured an article from VLS on confusion over claims continues to cause issues for lubricants. Click here.

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  • VLS Newsletter March 2019

    VLS Newsletter March 2019

    Case Summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 60, with 3 products under investigation and 6 products compliant following case investigation and a further 2 following the six month review. 49 cases are archived.

    Case Update

    VLS Case 010158 – Aztec Oils, Endurance Premium V 5w30

    VLS has concluded its investigation, subject to a six month review, into a complaint regarding the product’s HTHS compliance and its claim against dexos2.

    http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010158/

    You can read more about our case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media

    Facts magazine, issue 147 featured an article from VLS on tackling counterfeit oil

    Click here

    Commercial Vehicle Workshop, March 2019 issue on page 26 and 27 featured an article from VLS on counterfeit oil

    Click here

    Autotechnician, March 2019 included VLS in its feature on oil and lubricants, Page 41

    Click here

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  • VLS Newsletter January 2019

    VLS Newsletter January 2019

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 60, with 4 products under investigation and 6 products compliant following case investigation and a further 1 following the six month review.

    ATIEL, the European Lubricants Technical Association, has issued a press release about a further amendment to the ACEA 2016 engine oil sequences which corrects some previous errors included in the August 2018 version.

    https://atiel.org/news-and-info/news-articles/18-public-content/news-and-info-content/129-acea-2016-revision-published

    UEIL, the European Lubricants Association, has issued a technical bulletin about its technical committee investigation regarding Volvo Trucks.

    http://www.ueil.org/en/WHAT-WE-DO/OEM-and-Technical-Bulletins/

    Case Update

    Case 010157 – Aztec Oils Agri Plant MS Ultra 15w/40 heavy duty diesel engine oil. The case concerned the use of ACEA 2008 engine oil sequences and the application of year date markers on the product data sheet, on the website and the product label claiming E9‐08.

    VLS undertook a six month review of the case which indicated that compliance has been maintained for the product. Consequently VLS is satisfied that the complaint has been fully met and the case is resolved.

    VLS 010156 – GSF Car Parts Ltd. Vetech High Performance Multi-Fleet Oil 5W/30 ESL PRO High Performance Multi-Fleet Extended Service Oil.

    The complaint concerned the suitability for use of the product against its stated OEM applications as an example of marketing claims made on the product. VLS asked that the Named Party evaluate the scope of their marketing claims and confirmed the typical properties by way of corroboration by their additive supplier or technology partner.

    VLS has now concluded its investigation of the complaint and is satisfied that the actions agreed with the Named Party have brought the product into compliance. In line with its stated process VLS will undertake a six month review of the case to ensure continued compliance and at this time VLS would wish to see only those claims that are supported by the Named Party’s technology provider being made in connection with the product, and for amendments in line with these supported claims to have been made to the product’s labelling, website description, Technical Data Sheet and any associated marketing material.

    Case 010151 – Granville Oil & Chemicals Ltd. Hypalube Evo Fully Synthetic 5W/30

    The complaint concerned the application of ACEA 2012 C2 and C3 sequences and also OEM specifications pertaining to VW 504.00/507.00, PSA B71 2290 and GM LL–A/B–025 for which it was claimed that no additive package was currently available. In addition it was also claimed that the product did not meet its own stated NOACK volatility measure. The Named Party cooperated fully with the investigation and undertook their own internal investigation, eventually deciding to discontinue the product effective 30th June 2018.

    VLS undertook a six month review of the case and found that the Named Party had implemented the agreed actions to withdraw and replace the non-compliant product from the marketplace. As part of its investigation VLS found some isolated instances where distributors claimed to be selling the previous non-compliant product. In the majority of these cases the available stock was very limited or non-existent. The Named Party undertook to follow up on all of these cases.

    Consequently VLS is satisfied that the Named Party is doing all they can to resolve the issue and the case is closed.

    You can read more about our case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media

    Lube magazine February 2019 – VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard discusses the role of additive technology in the final lubricant formulation.

    http://www.lube-media.com/lube-magazine/

    Professional Motor Mechanic February 2019 – VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard explained the changes to the ACEA 2016 engine oil sequences and the impact on garages and workshops.

    https://pmmonline.co.uk/magazines/february-2019/

    Auto Repair Focus Insight e-newsletter January 2019 – featured a report from VLS on misleading packaging still causing confusion.

    http://autorepairfocus.com/misleading-packaging-still-causing-issues-for-lubricants/

    CAT magazine January 2019 – featured an article on Back in the Day, 5 years ago, which included mention of the formation of VLS in 2013.

    http://www.catmag.co.uk/2019/01

    CAT magazine January 2019 – also included a report by VLS on the impact of Brexit on the automotive sector, Page 35.

    http://www.catmag.co.uk/2019/01

    Lubes N Greases EMEA January 2019 – featured a report by VLS on the impact of Brexit on the UK automotive lubricants market, pages 8 and 9.

    http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/68e37962#/68e37962/8

    Professional Motor Factor, December 2018, page 29 featured an article by Andrew Goddard on changes to the ACEA automotive engine oil sequences.

    https://pmfmag.co.uk/

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  • VLS Bulletin – February 2019 – VLS010151

    VLS 010151 – Granville Oil & Chemicals Ltd. Hypalube Evo Fully Synthetic 5W/30

    On 2nd November 2017 the case was reported to VLS.

    The case concerned the application of ACEA 2012 C2 and C3 sequences and also OEM specifications pertaining to VW 504.00/507.00, PSA B71 2290 and GM LL–A/B–025 for which it was claimed that no additive package was currently available. In addition it was also claimed that the product did not meet its own stated NOACK volatility measure.

    VLS procured and tested a sample of the product and found that the product failed to meet its stated NOACK volatility measure which at 12.5% exceeded the stated MB 229.51 limit of 10% and also raised questions about the claims relating to PSA B71 2290 and GM LL-A/B-025.

    The Named Party cooperated fully with the investigation and undertook their own internal investigation, eventually deciding to discontinue the product effective 30th June 2018.

    On the 19th January 2019 VLS undertook a six month review of the case which indicated that the Named Party had implemented the agreed actions to withdraw and replace the non-compliant product from the marketplace.

    As part of its investigation VLS found some isolated instances where distributors claimed to be selling the previous non-compliant product.

    In the majority of these cases the available stock was very limited or non-existent. The Named Party undertook to follow up on all of these cases.

    Consequently VLS is satisfied that the Named Party is doing all they can to resolve the issue and the case is closed.

    David Wright, Company Secretary – VLS (UK) Ltd says “We want to ensure we have the highest standards in Europe for lubricant manufacture, blending and marketing, and we want a ‘level playing field’ for all participants, so that we protect the interests of the consumer and other end users.

    In the Verification of Lubricant Specifications (UK) Ltd, we have set our course for stronger industry self-regulation by working positively towards more open and transparent competition that benefits all lubricant organisations. By working with the sector to resolve non compliant products in an independent and impartial manner, we can support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive marketplace.”

    February 2019

  • VLS Bulletin – January 2019 – VLS010157

    VLS 010157 – Aztec Oils, Agri Plant MS Ultra 15W/40 heavy duty diesel engine oil

    On 16th May 2018 the case was reported to VLS.

    The case concerned the use of ACEA 2008 engine oil sequences and the application of year date markers on the product data sheet, the website and the product label claiming E9-08. The Technical Review Panel (TRP) upheld this complaint as the ACEA European engine oil sequences permit claims made against the 2008 sequences until 22nd December 2012 only, and the use of “ACEA years” in marketing material is intended for trade use only and not allowed in relation to the General Public.

    The Named Party immediately took actions to make the appropriate alterations to correct the error and ensure it was not repeated in any other product information. The Technical Review Panel reviewed their actions and was content that these brought the product back into compliance.

    On the 29th January 2019 VLS undertook a six month review of the case which indicated that compliance has been maintained for the product as the year date marker was not included in the product’s Technical Data Sheet, product label or in the website description and associated marketing material.

    Consequently VLS is satisfied that the complaint has been fully met and the case is resolved.

    David Wright, Company Secretary – VLS (UK) Ltd says “We want to ensure we have the highest standards in Europe for lubricant manufacture, blending and marketing, and we want a ‘level playing field’ for all participants, so that we protect the interests of the consumer and other end users.

    In the Verification of Lubricant Specifications (UK) Ltd, we have set our course for stronger industry self-regulation by working positively towards more open and transparent competition that benefits all lubricant organisations. By working with the sector to resolve non compliant products in an independent and impartial manner, we can support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive

    January 2019

  • VLS Newsletter December 2018

    VLS Newsletter December 2018

    Case summary

    The number of cases stands at 60 with 6 products under investigation and 5 products compliant following case investigation.

    Case 010155 –SAR Lubricants Synmax Spectrum 5w30 automotive engine oil. The case concerned the number of OEM specifications for which the product was claimed as suitable for use. VLS worked with the Named Party to reduce the number of claims made to those which were directly supported by their technology provider.

    The case has been resolved subject to a six month review.

    You can read more about our case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media

    FACTS magazine, issue 145, page 8 features a news article by VLS on the changeover from ACEA 2012 automotive engine oil standards for existing claims to the ACEA 2016 sequences for all existing as well as new claims. Click here.

    Lube magazine, Issue 148, December 2018 pages 60 and 61, includes a report from Andrew Goddard on the new ultra-low emission zone planned for London from May 2019 and the increasing trend to regulate automotive emissions in major city centres. Click here.

    Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine, Issue 148, December 2018 page 30, features an article by VLS on the changeover from ACEA 2012 automotive engine oil standards for existing claims to the ACEA 2016 sequences for all existing as well as new claims. Click here.

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  • VLS Newsletter November 2018

    VLS Newsletter November 2018

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 59, with 7 products under investigation and 4 products compliant following case investigation.

    The number of cases concerning 5w30 viscosity automotive engine oils incorrectly claiming suitability for use against a number of OEM specifications is still concerning. Automotive engine oil remains the most complained about product sector.

    Case 010133 – 5w30 automotive engine oil. This case was reopened following the receipt of communication from a garage owner questioning the validity of claims made on the product.  The case has been resolved subject to a six month review.

    You can read more about our case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media

    FACTS magazine, issue 144, page 46-47 features a VLS article on the road to zero emissions and an advert.   Click here.

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  • VLS Newsletter September 2018

    VLS Newsletter September 2018

    North Carolina Issues Stop Sales Order for “303” Tractor Fluids – August 15, 2018

    North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS) issued a stop-sale order last week for tractor hydraulic fluid (THFs) products labeled, claimed or implied as meeting the obsolete John Deere “J303” specification. The State joins Missouri and Georgia in halting the sales of these products.

    https://www.ilma.org/ILMA/ILMA/ILMA-News/2018/August/North_Carolina_Issues_Stop_Sales_Order_for__303__Tractor_Fluids.aspx

    Case summary

    Overall the number of cases stands at 59, with 7 products under investigation and 2 products compliant following case investigation. Automotive engine oil remains the product that is most frequently complained about.

    Case 010152 – we are in communication with the Named Party about verifying the revised claims they wish to make on their product.

    Case 010153 – we are seeking feedback on some test results that the Named Party has carried out on the product.

    Case 010154 – this is still under investigation and we hope to resolve this shortly with the cooperation of the Named Party.

    Case 010155 – this is still under investigation and we hope to resolve this shortly with the cooperation of the Named Party.

    Case 010156 – we are in communication with the Named Party about verifying the revised claims they wish to make on their product.

    Case 010157 has now been resolved following investigation. Click here.

    Case 010158 – a sample of the product has been requested for testing.

    Case 010159 has been escalated to Trading Standards at the recommendation of the Advertising Standards Authority.

    You can read more about the case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media

    Lube magazine August 2018, Andrew Goddard talked about the increasing number of marketing claims made against passenger car engine oil which is partly driven by OEMs requirement for a specific lubricant and workshops desire to rationalise stockholding as far as possible. www.lube-media.com

    Garagewire, July 2018 featured VLS’s two new members Comlin e Auto and Motaquip. Click here.

    Cat magazine, August 2018 reported on the outcome of a VLS case regarding Granville Hyperlube Evo 5w30. Click here.

    Transport Engineer online, August 2018, reported on the outcome of a VLS case regarding Granville Hyperlube Evo 5w30. Click here.

    Commercial Vehicle Workshop, July/August 2018 features VLS on new excise duty changes to vans to encourage the take up of lower emission vehicles, page 44. Click here.

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  • VLS Newsletter July 2018

    VLS Newsletter July 2018

    The number of cases has increased to 59 with 8 under investigation and 1 resolved.

    The main subject of investigations remains 5w30 passenger car automotive engine oils which are claiming to be suitable for use for a number of OEM specifications across leading brands which are sometimes conflicting and sometimes the product’s own formulation does not accord with these specifications.

    VLS Case 010150

    This case has re-emerged as VLS case 158.

    VLS Case 010151

    This case has been resolved with the Named Party withdrawing the product from sale at the end of June.

    VLS Case 010152

    VLS is currently in communication with the Named Party to resolve this case, there are six parts to the complaint and the Named Party has met one part of the complaint.

    VLS Case 010153

    Communication from the Named Party has been forwarded to the Technical Review Panel for comment. The Named Party is fully cooperating with the case investigation.

    VLS Case 010154

    A second communication from the Named Party has been forwarded to the Technical Review Panel for comment. The Named Party is fully cooperating with the case investigation.

    VLS Case 010155

    The Named Party has revised the product’s Technical Data Sheet following communication with VLS and their second response has been sent to the Technical Review Panel for comment.

    VLS Case 010156

    A letter has been sent to the Named Party on the 19th June informing them of the investigation and triggering the 28 day consultation period.

    VLS Case 010157

    This case concerned claims made against superseded ACEA Engine Oil sequences and the use of year date markers which have now both been corrected by the Named Party.

    VLS Case 010158

    The product is currently being sourced and tested for its physical properties to progress the investigation.

    VLS Case 010159

    This is a new case whereby the Named Party has applied a registered trademark to their lubricant products which in the view of VLS, could have the potential to confuse End Users. This case is currently being discussed with the relevant statutory authorities.

    You can read more about the case outcomes at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media Update

    Commercial vehicle Workshop July 2018

    New VLS members Comline and Motaquip feature in CVW online this month. You can read more at http://cvwmagazine.co.uk/news/vls-welcomes-new-members/

    Professional Motor Factor July 2018

    New VLS members Comline and Motaquip feature in PMF online this month. You can read more at http://pmfmag.co.uk/news/vls-welcomes-two-new-members/

    Aftermarket magazine July/August 2018

    Read about the lubricants revolution and how your End Users can stay ahead of changes in the lubricant sector in Aftermarket magazine at

    https://www.pmps-digital.com/aft/2018/07/44/

    Aftermarket magazine July/August 2018

    VLS features in Aftermarket’s review of the Automechanika exhibition in June held at the NEC in Birmingham. You can read more about VLS on page 32 of the review at

    https://www.pmps-digital.com/aft/2018/07/30/

    Lubes N Greases EMEA June 2018

    VLS gave Lubes N Greases EMEA an update on its case findings which you can read about on Page 32 of the magazine at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9149e3bd#/9149e3bd/4

    Professional Motor Factor June 2018

    VLS celebrated a successful Automechanika exhibition this year which was featured in the magazine and website, which you can read about at

    http://pmfmag.co.uk/news/vls-celebrates-successful-automechanika/

    Social Media

    Twitter

    To follow VLS on Twitter click here.

    LinkedIn

    To follow VLS on LInkedIN click here.

    New Members

    Comline and Motaquip  

    VLS welcomes Comline and Motaquip into membership this month.

    Stay Up To Date

    If your media team would like access to VLS press releases, newsfeeds and notifications from our social media accounts, please email admin@ukla-vls.org.uk, and we will add your name to our list of contacts.

    Andrew Goddard

    Chairman of VLS

  • VLS CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL AUTOMECHANIKA 2018

    VLS celebrates a successful Automechanika 2018

    VLS, the Verification of Lubricant Specifications, is celebrating a successful Automechanika 2018 after the industry trade body exhibited at the event in Birmingham for a second year running.

    Automechanika took place at the NEC in Birmingham on 5-7th June and attracted 12,000 visitors from the UK and abroad as well as more than 500 suppliers from over 26 countries. The VLS stand was situated in the Garage Quarter in Hall 18 alongside other associated lubricant companies including Morris Lubricants, Total UK and The Race Group.

    David Wright, Secretary of VLS and Chairman of UKLA said: “We decided to invest in attending Automechanika again this year to continue our programme of raising awareness of our work to uphold standards in the industry and protect and educate end users. We were delighted to meet with existing VLS members as well as connect with potential new members including companies looking to expand their operations in the UK. It was also interesting to discuss changes in the industry with OEMs, Motor Factors and Aftermarket suppliers alike and how we can all work together to create a transparent and open market for the benefit of everyone.”

    Verification of Lubrication Specifications is an independent organisation providing a credible and trusted means to verify lubricant specifications.  The Lubricant Industry Initiative works to bring transparency to the lubricant market place and protect and educate the end user.  For more information on VLS please call 01442 875922 or visit www.ukla-vls.org.uk

  • VLS Newsletter May 2018

    VLS Newsletter May 2018

    The total number of cases has now reached 58, with 50 archived and 8 cases currently under investigation. Of the recent influx of cases the majority relate to 5w30 automotive engine oil which is a staple product of the after and service fill markets.

    Recent trends for OEMs to require their own engine oil variant coupled with the aftermarket need to rationalise stockholding particularly in the workshop sector could be one factor that has led to an increase in the number of marketing claims made on automotive engine oil products.

    VLS Case 010150

    VLS were unable to procure the product on the open market and consequently the case could not be proven. For any case to be accepted, the product must be available for open sale on the UK market, so consequently the case was archived.

    VLS Case 010151

    This case relating to a Fully Synthetic 5W/30 lubricant is approaching the conclusion stage of the initial investigation and the Named Party’s actions to bring the product into compliance are currently under review. The current case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010151/

    VLS Case 010152

    This case relates to a 5w30 PCMO and we are expecting a formal response from the Named Party by the 10th June 2018 which is at the end of the 28 day consultation period. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010152/

    VLS Case 010153

    This case relates to a PCMO Fully Synthetic 5W/30 and actions proposed by the Named Party to bring the product into compliance are currently under review at the end of the 28 day consultation process. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010153/

    VLS Case 010154

    This case also relates to a 5w30 automotive engine oil.  Actions proposed by the Named Party to bring the product into compliance are currently under review at the end of the 28 day consultation process. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010154/

    VLS Case 010155

    This case relates to a Fully Synthetic PCMO 5W/30.  Actions proposed by the Named Party to bring the product into compliance are currently under review by the Technical Review Panel at the end of the 28 day consultation process. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010155/

    VLS Case 010156

    This is a new case that has been received by VLS relating to a 5W/30 automotive engine oil and details of the complaint have been passed to the Technical Review Panel. The current case notice can be seen at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010156/.

    VLS Case 010157

    This is a new case that has been received by VLS relating to a 15W/40 Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil. Details of the complaint have been passed to the Technical Review Panel for determination. The current case notice can be seen at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010157/.

    VLS Case 010158

    This is a new case that has been received by VLS relating to a 5w30 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil. The Technical Review Panel has reviewed the complaint and asked for a sample of the product to be procured and tested. The current case notice can be seen at http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010158/.

    Media Update

    Lube magazine June 2018

    Andrew Goddard, Chairman of VLS, writes about recent changes to light goods vehicle taxation related to emissions which has recently been proposed by the UK Government. To read his regular column click here.  To subscribe to Lube magazine click here.

    Professional Motor Mechanic June 2018

    This month Andrew Goddard speaks to PMM magazine about the role of additives in the lubricant formulation, Page 58. For more details click here.

    Lubes N Greases EMEA June 2018

    On Page 32 of this month’s edition, VLS updated readers of LNG EMEA on our progress dealing with product complaints. To read the article click here.

    Professional Motor Factor, May 2018

    VLS appeared in the preview of the Automechanika show featured in the magazine. Click here.

    FACTS magazine issue 138, May 2018

    VLS featured in FACTS magazine for May 2018 on four recent cases it had received. To read the article click here.

    VLS spoke to FACTS magazine on the future of electric vehicles. Click here.

    Forecourt Trader Online, May 2018

    Andrew Goddard spoke to Forecourt Trader online about the rising trend for End Users to retain their vehicles for longer and the pressure this puts on lubricant marketers. To read the feature click here.

    Aftermarket magazine, May 2018

    Andrew Goddard spoke to Aftermarket magazine about the role that additives play in lubricant performance. To read the article click here.

    VLS also featured in Aftermarket’s Automechanika preview. To view the article click here.

    Garage magazine, May 2018

    VLS featured in the Automechanika preview issue no. 276 and in a feature on the safe handling and storage of lubricants. Click here.

    Transport Operator, May 2018

    Andrew Goddard spoke to Transport Operator, issue 72 page 31 on ‘Is your oil up to scratch’. Click here.

    Social Media

    Twitter

    To follow VLS on Twitter click here.

    LinkedIn

    To follow VLS on LInkedIN click here.

    Events

    Automechanika, NEC,  5-7 June  

    We look forward to welcoming our members and meeting End Users at stand M109 at Automechanika 2018, in the Garage Quarter.

    Andrew Goddard

    Chairman of VLS

     

  • VLS Newsletter April 2018

    VLS Newsletter April 2018

    VLS Case 010150

    VLS has published its findings concerning case 010150 following a six month review to ensure continued compliance. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/latest-news/

    VLS Case 010151

    VLS has received details of a case which is under investigation regarding a Fully Synthetic 5W/30 lubricant. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010151/

    VLS Case 010152

    VLS has received details of a case which is under investigation regarding a PCMO 5W/30.  The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010152/

    VLS Case 010153

    VLS has received details of a case which is under investigation regarding a PCMO Fully Synthetic 5W/30.  The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010153/

    VLS Case 010154

    VLS has received details of a case which is under investigation regarding a Fully Synthetic PCMO 5W/30.  The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010154/

    VLS Case 010155

    VLS has received details of a case which is under investigation regarding a Fully Synthetic PCMO 5W/30.  The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/vls010155/

    Media Update

    Professional Motor Mechanic

    Andrew Goddard, Chairman of VLS, speaks to Professional Motor Mechanic about Making Sense of Marketing Claims on Lubricant packs. To view the article on Pages 36 and 37 click here

    Stay Up To Date

    If your media team would like access to VLS press releases, newsfeeds and notifications from our social media accounts, please email admin@ukla-vls.org.uk, and we will add your name to our list of contacts.

    Andrew Goddard

    Chairman of VLS

  • VLS Newsletter March 2018

    VLS Newsletter March 2018

    VLS Case 010139

    VLS has published its final findings concerning case 010139 following a six month review to ensure continued compliance. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    VLS Case 010147

    VLS has published its final findings concerning case 010147 following a six month review to ensure continued compliance. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    VLS Case 010148

    VLS has published its final findings concerning case 010148 following a six month review to ensure continued compliance. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    VLS Case 010149

    VLS has published its final findings concerning case 010149 following a six month review to ensure continued compliance. The case notice can be seen at: http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Media Update

    Facts magazine  David Wright, Company Secretary of VLS, speaks to Facts magazine about developments in automotive regulation and industry standards. To view the article on Pages 104 and 105 click here

    Transport Operator magazine reports on new VLS member Otto Lube. To read the feature click here

    Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine reports on new VLS member Otto Lube, click here to read the story.

    Autotrade News reports on VLS’s appearance at the forthcoming Automechanika exhibition in June at the NEC. To read the feature click here.

    Professional Motor Mechanic magazine spoke to VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard in February on a VLS case where the lubricant marketer was making out of date ACEA claims against their products. To read the feature click here.

    Stay Up To Date

    If your media team would like access to VLS press releases, newsfeeds and notifications from our social media accounts, please email admin@ukla-vls.org.uk, and we will add your name to our list of contacts.

    Andrew Goddard

    Chairman of VLS

  • VLS Newsletter January 2018

    VLS Newsletter January 2018

    ATIEL Appointments

    Marco Digioia has been appointed the new ATIEL President and takes up his position in January 2018, replacing outgoing President Peter Tjan. Based in Brussels, Marco is a professional lobbyist with 14-years’ experience of positioning in Brussels for transport organisations.

    Jef Soetewey, a former lubricant blending plant manager, has been appointed to manage the EELQMS LoC scheme (SAIL).  Jef took up his position on 1 December and is responsible for managing the operation of ATIEL’s ongoing programme of market surveys that are used to monitor the quality of automotive lubricants in the marketplace and their level of compliance with the ACEA sequences.

    https://atiel.org/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=archive&task=view&mailid=213&key=1As2ORHR&subid=2-264cb188132dfa2cb2ca9d3296ec558b&tmpl=component

    VLS Receives Four New Cases

    Four new cases have been received by VLS. Two product complaints concern 5W30 automotive engine oils and all four concern the performance standards and technical specification of the product. The complaints have been reviewed by the Technical Review Panel. The cases relate to the ability of the products involved to meet their own technical specifications and the claims they make regarding OEM specifications. http://ukla-vls.org.uk/latest-news/

    VLS Case 010115

    VLS has published its final findings concerning case 115 following a six month review to ensure continued compliance. The case notice can be seen at :

    http://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-outcomes/

    Press Coverage

    Andrew Goddard spoke to UK Haulier in January about how the wrong oil could be costing fleet owners’ money. You can read the article at https://www.ukhaulier.co.uk/news/road-transport/fleet/the-wrong-oil-choice-could-be-costing-your-fleet-money/

    In January CAT, the magazine of the aftermarket, featured an article by Andrew Goddard, Chairman of VLS, on the challenge the aftermarket faces with the advent of electric vehicles. The article can be read here http://www.catmag.co.uk/electric-vehicles-vs-the-aftermarket

    VLS was featured in Fleet Alliance magazine in December warning against the dangers of choosing the wrong oil. The article can be seen here. http://www.fleetalliance.co.uk/wrong-oil-costing-fleet-money/

    On January 19, VLS featured in the Road Haulage Association’s Roadway magazine on maintaining standards in the lubricant industry. https://twitter.com/hashtag/Roadway?src=hash

    Professional Motor Factor magazine featured an interview with Andrew Goddard in their December edition talking about the role of VLS in the lubricants sector. The artic le can be found here :  http://pmfmag.co.uk/business-training/what-verification-lubricant-specifications/

    Stay Up To Date

    If your media team would like access to VLS press releases, newsfeeds and notifications from our social media accounts, please email admin@ukla-vls.org.uk, and we will add your name to our list of contacts.

    The newsletter can also be found here.

    Andrew Goddard

    Chairman of VLS

  • VLS Newsletter December 2017

    VLS Newsletter December 2017

    ACEA release updated version of the 2016 engine oil sequences

    You can download a copy of the corrected version of the Sequences here.

    Please remember that all new claims must comply with ACEA 2016 from 1 December 2017 – see the table on page 2 of the Sequences.

    VLS Release new End User Leaflet

    A revised and updated version of the VLS End User leaflet has been issued by VLS which contains improved graphics and simplified messaging.  The leaflet can be on the VLS website here.

    VLS Receives 50th Case

    VLS has passed an important milestone in receiving its 50th product case complaint.

    CAT magazine has published details of the case summaries that VLS has received to date, and the information can be found here.

    VLS to exhibit at Automechanika 2018

    VLS has confirmed its commitment to exhibit the services it provides supporting the End User and aftermarket, by attending Automechanika at the NEC in Birmingham for a second year. Details of the event can be found here.

    Could the Wrong Oil be Costing You Money?

    Chairman of VLS, Andrew Goddard features in November’s edition of Utility Fleet magazine warning against the dangers of using the wrong oil.

    The article can be found on page 39 of the magazine and is available online here.

    The full version of this newsletter can be found here.

    Can I take this opportunity to wish all of our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Andrew Goddard

    Chairman of VLS

     

  • VLS receives Four New Cases

    VLS, the Verification of Lubricant Specifications, has opened four new cases following receipt of product complaints. Two product complaints concern 5W30 automotive engine oils and all four concern the performance standards and technical specification of the product. The complaints have been reviewed by the Technical Review Panel.

    The cases relate to the ability of the products involved to meet their own technical specifications and the claims they make regarding OEM specifications.

    David Wright, Company Secretary said “Misleading packaging is an issue that VLS has been keen to address, and we released guidance around the use of marketing claims on our website last year. These new cases suggest there may still be work to be done within our industry to educate manufacturers. It is vital that workshops, fleet managers, haulage operators and motorists alike can have confidence that lubricants products can do what they claim.”

     

  • VLS Receives 50th Product Complaint

    On 6th September 2017, VLS received its 50th product complaint concerning an automotive engine oil. Since its inception in October 2013, VLS has reviewed product complaints concerning automotive engine oils, gear oils, agricultural tractor oils and central hydraulic fluids. It has investigated these products for cold weather properties, compliance with formal OEM approvals and industry standards.

    Commenting on the 50th complaint, David Wright, Company Secretary said’ this latest case has become a milestone for VLS in continuing to ensure the confidence of our end users in the lubricants sold in a sector that places quality at its very heart.’

  • ATIEL Webinar – European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS)

    European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS)

    ATIEL Webinar, 3rd October 2017 at 12 noon CET (1300 hours BST)

    Hosted by Adri van de Ven, ATIEL Executive Committee member

    ATIEL, the Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry, will be holding a webinar for UKLA and VLS members on changes to the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS).

    Relaunched in  May, EELQMS is a quality system for automotive engine lubricants that are designed to meet the minimum performance requirements of leading European vehicle manufacturers. The webinar will outline recent changes to EELQMS including ATIEL’s Compliance Policy, and changes to the Lubricant Marketers’ Letters of Conformance due to come into effect in November 2017.

    Adri van de Ven, Technical Coordinator at Q8 Research & Technology, and ATIEL Executive Committee member will be hosting the webinar.

    For details of how to participate in this webinar please contact the UKLA Secretariat on +44(0)1442 875922 or email secretariat@ukla.org.uk.

  • VLS CAT Article – March 2017

    In March 2017 an article entitled ‘Does it really do what it says on the bottle?’ written by Andrew Goddard, VLS Chairman was published in Cat Magazine.

    The article can be found here.

  • VLS CAT Article – October 2016

    In October 2016 an article entitled ‘Ensuring Confidence in Lubricant Products’ written by David Wright, UKLA Director General and VLS Secretary was published in Cat Magazine.

    The article can be found here.

  • ACEA 2016 Sequences Launched

    Andrew Goddard, Chairman of VLS, gives his view on the newly-launched ACEA 2016 automotive engine oil sequences.

    To read the article click here.

  • VLS Specifications and Marketing Claims Guidance

    VLS has published guidance on the use of marketing claims in connection with the description of lubricants and their specifications. This guidance can be found here.

  • VLS Brand Guidelines

    VLS are publishing brand guidelines with respect to the conferred rights for VLS members to use the VLS logo and brand in connection with their business.

    It is a condition of use of the VLS brand that members agree to abide by the guidelines.

    The brand guidelines can be found here.

  • ATIEL provides guidance on making combined ACEA Category performance claims

    ATIEL, the technical association of the European lubricants industry, has developed new guidance for engine lubricant marketers on making valid performance claims against more than one Category within the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) 2012 European Oil Sequences.

    For more information, visit http://atiel.org/industry-info/acea-sequences/acea-claims-2

  • VLS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    VLS are publishing a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help companies raise and respond to complaints about lubricant products.

    Please click here to view the FAQs.

    June 2015

  • VLS Risk Matrix

    VLS are publishing a risk matrix which demonstrates how the programme categorises different types of cases brought forward for its’ attention.

    In the matrix, the technical specification of a lubricant is compared with its’ physical characteristics to determine the level of risk to users of non-compliant products. Examples of risks are given within each cell of the matrix. A traffic light colour coding system is used to illustrate the level of risk involved in the use of non-compliant products.

    Click here to download the Risk Matrix

    June 2015

  • VLS Case Summary: October 2013 – April 2015

    VLS Case Summary Charts
    October 2013 to April 2015

    VLS are publishing two charts showing information relating to cases that have been resolved and closed, or are currently under investigation, since the launch of the programme in October 2013.

    The first graph illustrates cases by the type of product, the second pie chart illustrates cases by the type of issue.

    The aim of the publication is to provide guidance to lubricant manufacturers, blenders and marketers of the nature of cases received to date, and to support VLS’s aim of operating in an open and transparent manner.

    Click here to download the charts.

    May 2015

  • Case Handling Process Chart – May 2015

    May 2015

    VLS publish an updated case handling process

    A new case handling process chart has been published by VLS. This diagram reflects the way cases are currently managed through the process.

    To view the revised case handling process click here.

  • ATIEL guidance on ACEA Claims

    April 2015
    ATIEL has released information for engine lubricant marketers on the representation of ACEA performance claims for engine oils.
    http://www.atiel.org/news-and-info/news-articles/18-public-content/news-and-info-content/95-guidance-on-making-valid-acea-performance-claims

    This guidance is based upon ATIEL’s understanding and experience of the ACEA European Oil Sequences*, which set the minimum performance standards of engine oils required by European vehicle manufacturers. The information includes a chart of ACEA Claims expiry dates for different engine classes in all the issues of the Oil Sequences back to 2002. The chart can be found at: http://www.atiel.org/industry-info/acea-claims.

    The chart can help lubricant marketers to identify and make valid ACEA claims for their products. It lists which claims are current and which have been superseded. It also provides examples of claims descriptions in common use, to assist lubricant marketers in producing appropriate labelling of ACEA claims on product packaging and literature**.

    ATIEL has made this guidance publically available on its website for the use of all marketers of engine lubricants who make claims to meet the requirements of the ACEA Oil Sequences. ACEA requires that all such marketers follow the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS) and that claims against the ACEA Oil Sequences are only be made by oil marketers who have signed the EELQMS Lubricant Marketers’ Letter of Conformance. This guidance will help to ensure that marketers make claims in accordance with ACEA requirements.
    More information on the Lubricant Marketers’ Letter of Conformance can be found at: http://www.atiel.org/code-of-practice/letters-of-conformance.

    * Only ACEA can give an authoritative interpretation.
    ** The lubricant marketer retains full responsibility for any performance claims.

  • Aftermarket Magazine April 2015

    Andrew Goddard, Chairman of the VLS Supervisory Board, explains the importance of industry regulation and VLS in an article in the April edition of Aftermarket magazine. To view the article on page 23 of the magazine, click here

  • Changes to the VLS Website

     

    Recently the VLS website has been updated. These changes have been made to improve the service offered to VLS members, as well as well as consumers and end users of lubricants. These changes will provide;

    • Clarity for the industry, consumers and end users of lubricants.

    • Consistency across all cases for reasons of fairness, and to demonstrate the impartiality of VLS.

    • Speed and simplicity in reducing the time it takes to categorise and upload new case details to the website.

    Outline details on cases that have been received and are being investigated are being displayed for the first time. The aim of this development is to demonstrate the extent of issues and the number of cases under consideration rather than simply publish details once a case has been resolved. As the VLS process is confidential, organisations or specific products cannot be named until a case has been thoroughly investigated. These changes however will show the type of issues under consideration at an earlier stage.

    More detail has also been provided on the summary pages of the Case Outcomes and Case Resolved sections of the website. Here we have broadly categorised cases as either;

    Product failed to meet claims made, or

    Product investigated and found to be compliant. Case Closed.

    Along with new case headlines, summary phrases have been introduced alongside each case to provide more detail. These phrases fall into four main categories;

    1. Corrective action
    a. “Follow up in progress with Named Party”, or
    b. “Named Party advises corrective actions have been taken”, or
    c. “Corrective actions NOT taken &/or NOT confirmed to VLS”

    2. Trading Standards:
    a. “Case passed by VLS to Trading Standards Office”

    3. Product Testing :
    b. “Follow up testing within 6 months”
    c. “Product re-tested after 6 months and failed again”, or
    d. “Product re-tested after 6 months and passed”

    4. Product Recall:
    a. “Product recall requested by VLS”

    On the VLS website you can still find out more specific case detail on the relevant summary page by clicking on the case number. Specific case details will continue to be displayed as cases are concluded.

    We would welcome your thoughts on the changes made to the website. If you have any comments then please get in touch using the details in the Contact Us pages.

  • VLS – one year on

     

    It is now almost one year since the launch of the VLS initiative onto the UK Lubricants industry.  It has to be said that we were not completely sure of what the immediate impact would be or in fact how the initial membership would take off?  One thing we were sure of was that our industry has long awaited the introduction of an independent and knowledgeable body that would take a responsible role in overseeing the activities of lubricants producers and ensure that not only the interests of consumers are protected but also help provide a fair and level playing field for competition.  Since then we have had very positive feedback not only from UK industry members but also from many and diverse sources both home and abroad.  This also coincides with a new “market survey” initiative from ATIEL, with results to be published imminently, all underlining the fact that both VLS and our timing is right.

     

    VLS currently has nineteen paid-up members who range across small, medium and large producers, including the additive industry.  At the present time, VLS are handling a number of reported cases, testing the VLS processes and methodology with positive results. On completion, the results of current cases will be published; leading to what we all hope will be an improved situation for producers and consumers alike.

    However, this is only part of the story because contacts throughout the industry, including additive and base oil suppliers, are commenting on positive signs of change in the industry with noticeable increases in demands for approved and higher quality products emanating from a much wider range of industry participants. Signs are out there that a change of attitude is happening with respect to product integrity which is all part of the big picture and a strong indicator of the impact VLS is having in the UK lubricant market.  More updates to follow.

     

    Andy Dixon, Q8

    Chair, VLS (UK) Ltd Supervisory Board

    22nd April 2014

     

     

  • VLS Launch

    UKLAThe UKLA are announcing the registration of a subsidiary company “Verification of Lubricant Specifications Ltd”, a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to the protection of the integrity of lubricating oil performance standards against false or misleading claims.

    Background

    Misrepresented products are being sold into the UK Market which do not conform to the specifications claimed for them by their marketers. Unrealised quality and performance claim promises place consumers and equipment at risk and distort the market. However, it is appreciated that in some cases the misrepresentation is due to a genuine lack of understanding and we as an organisation do strive to increase the level of specification education to consumers and marketers alike. Equally, it must be said that perpetrators of such actions are in the minority and the vast majority of product supplied into the market is completely fit for purpose.

    The Mission

    The VLS mission, simply put, is to protect consumers of lubricants from purchasing products that make incorrect specification and performance claims.  This will be achieved by providing an independentobjectivecredible and trusted means to challenge and verify lubricant specifications and performance claims.

    Objective

    The VLS objective is to establish a transparent UK Lubricants market with fair competition and accurate performance and OEM specification approval claims that enable consumers to make informed and conscious purchase choices.  There is no intention of curtailing the marketing of cheaper, cost-effective lubricants provided they are accurately described and labelled.

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