VLS Newsletter August 2019

VLS Newsletter August 2019

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 61, with 1 product under investigation and 51 cases archived.

Case Update

Case outcomes have been published for Case 010160 regarding Toyota First 5w30 and the case has been escalated to Trading Standards and ATIEL for issues of non-compliance.

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/

VLS has recently changed its marketing claims guidance, to view the guidance please go to https://ukla-vls.org.uk/publications/

Industry News

EU Block Exemption  

Two cases have been referred to UEIL, the European lubricants association, concerning the refusal of some OEMs to pay for customer’s warranty repairs if they do not use lubricants which have been specifically approved or recommended by the OEM.

UEIL has produced some guidance on the EU Block Exemption Regulation which can be seen here; https://www.ueil.org/what-we-do/ber-regulation-ueil-faq/


ATIEL, the European Technical Lubricants Association, has produced a report with Ricardo on the contribution of lubricants to fuel economy.  The report can be seen at www.atiel.org


ACEA, the European association of OEMs, reports that in the first half of 2019, commercial vehicle registrations were up 5.8%, and passenger car registrations were down 3.8% over the same period across Europe. www.acea.be

Media Editorial

Lubes N Greases EMEA July 2019 carries a feature on VLS’s new marketing claims guidance.

Lube magazine August 2019, Andrew Goddard, Chairman of VLS, asks if the advent of electric vehicles has heralded the end of the regular programme of ACEA engine oil sequence updates.

Aftermarket magazine
, July 2019 carries a double page spread on VLS following its press lunch in May to launch the revised marketing claims procedure, Page 36 and 37.

Aftermarket magazine 
July 2019 referred to the launch of VLS’s marketing claims guidance in Alex Well’s Editorial column on Page 3.Media Advertising

Lube magazine, August 2019, half page advert, page 35.

Aftermarket magazine, July/August 2019, half page advert Page 37.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine, August 2019, half page advert, page 35.

Aftermarket magazine, July/August 2019, half page advert Page 37.

Autotechnician magazine, July/August 2019, half page advert Page 56.


VLS will be exhibiting at Automechanika UK at the NEC in Birmingham on 8-10 June, 2021 https://www.automechanika-birmingham.com/

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