VLS Newsletter – August 2020

VLS Newsletter August 2020

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 65, with 2 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, 1 compliant following investigation, 1 compliant following six month review and 60 archived.

Case 010165 – concerned the cold weather properties of an automotive engine oil and, upon independent testing which was arranged by VLS through a third party laboratory, the product was found to be complaint and consequently the case will remain anonymous until archived.

Case 010160 – the six month review into a 5w30 automotive engine oil has concluded and has resulted in ATIEL changing its procedures regarding its compliance monitoring of OEM engine oils under the ACEA engine oil sequences. The case will be archived on 19th August.

Case 010154 – due to non-compliant HTHS properties identified at the six month review, the case regarding an automotive engine oil has been escalated to Trading Standards who have contacted the Named Party.

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, have published a third revision to the ACEA 2016 automotive engine oil sequences which withdraws the M271 Daimler engine test, and provides an update to the ASTM D892 method used to quantify the foaming tendency of oil.

ILMA the Independent Lubricant Manufacturer’s Association of North America tweeted that API’s Dennis Bachelder reported the launch of ILSAC GF-6 has been a success with no major problems.

API has published fifteen cases of oils making unauthorised use of API certification marks.

UKPIA the midstream refinery association, has published its statistical review of the sector stating that UK demand for oil products fell by nearly 1.5 million tonnes, to 68.5 million tonnes, in 2019. The largest decrease in demand came from transport and domestic fuels, of 1.5% and 1.9%, respectively.

SMMT report that demand for new car sales rallied in July with an 11.3% increase to 174,887 vehicles, as dealerships across the nation fully re-open, although registrations are currently down by 41.9% YTD and expected to be 30.0% down by end of 2020, totalling £20bn in lost sales.

Department for Transport announced as at 1 July 2020, there were 18,265 public electric vehicle charging devices available in the UK. Of these, 3,206 were rapid devices. Since 2015, the number of public charging devices has grown by nearly five times to July 2020, with an 11% increase in the year to date. Rapid charging devices have also grown quickly, increasing by 363% since 2015.

Media Editorial

Professional Motor Factor (PMF) July 2020, featured an article from VLS on the impact of the new EU Green Deal on the lubricants sector.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop (CVW) Summer 2020 issue reported on VLS’s findings regarding a raft of complaints concerning 5w30 automotive engine oils.

LubesNGreases  August 2020, featured an article from VLS on the importance of packaging and labelling.

Aftermarket magazine Jul/Aug 2020, reported on VLS’s move into pro-active testing.

Lube magazine Aug 20, featured an article from VLS on its new pro-active approach, and a news feature on the escalation of an automotive engine oil case to Trading Standards.

 Media Advertising

Lube magazine August 2020, features the revised VLS advert on page 26.


UNITI, Stuttgart will now take place on 28-29 April 2021.

Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held on 14-18 September 2021.

ChemUK, has been moved to 12th and 13th May 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Lubmat, Bilbao will take place on the 1st and 2nd December 2020.

ICIS, the 25th World Base Oils Conference will take place on 17th to 19th February 2021 in London.

ELGI, Hamburg will take place on 24-27 April 2021.

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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