VLS Newsletter – April 2020

VLS Newsletter April 2020

Case Summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 65, with 3 products under investigation, 0 not compliant following investigation, 0 not compliant following six month review, 1 product not proven to be compliant and escalated to Trading Standards, 0 product compliant during investigation and no further action taken, 2 compliant following investigation, 0 compliant following six month review and 59 archived.

Case 154 has been escalated to Trading Standards as being non-compliant at the six month review.

Case 163 has been concluded regarding the performance claims made on the product.

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

For details of how to submit a lubricant product complaint to VLS, go to https://ukla-vls.org.uk/case-handling-process/

Industry News

ACEA, the European Association of OEMs, report that the coronavirus has led to shutdowns of European car manufacturers and a loss of production of 1.5 million vehicles.

LubesNGreases report that Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council is considering adopting a policy that would crack down on sales of substandard lubes.

ILMA report that the CITGO 303 THF Class Action lawsuit has been settled alleging that certain CITGO Petroleum Corporation and retailers’ “303” Tractor Hydraulic Fluids did not meet OEM specifications and caused damage to tractors.

Fuel+LubesAsia reported on oil majors Total and Shell’s response to falling oil prices.

OPEC announced a cut in production of 15% designed to arrest the decline in the oil price.

UK Governmentis constantly updating its advice and guidance to businesses operating during this challenging time regarding coronavirus.

Media Editorial

Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine, March 2020, featured an article by VLS on the implications for the sector of the EU Green Deal, pages 16/17.

Professional Motor Mechanic, April 2020, featured an article on the process change made by ATIEL, the European Technical Association, as part of their global compliance monitoring programme in response to VLS’s case regarding an automotive engine oil marketed under an OEM’ parts programme.

Lube magazine April 2020, pages 46 and 47 features three articles from VLS on the implications for the sector of the EU Green Deal, the change introduced by ATIEL in their compliance monitoring programme in response to a recent VLS case and a rush of new cases that have been received by VLS.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine features the newly revised and refreshed VLS advert on page 36, April 2020.


UNITI, April, Stuttgart has been postponed to September.

Lubmat, Spain has been postponed until 1st and 2nd December 2020.

ChemUK has been postponed until September 2020.

ELGI, Hamburg April has been postponed to 2021.

VLS will be exhibiting at Automechanika UK at the NEC in Birmingham on 8-10 June, 2021


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