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

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