VLS Newsletter – August 2021

VLS Newsletter August 2021

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 69, 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, 1 compliant following investigation, 0 compliant following six month review and 64 archived.

Case 010169 NEW – concerns a 5w30 automotive engine oil and the claims made on the product the case is under investigation.

Case 010168 – concerns official approval claims made against an OEM specification. The case has been investigated and resolved, subject to a six month review.

Case 010167 – concerns the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. A sample of the product has been procured and tested. The matter has been raised with the Named Party, and a response received through Trading Standards. A revised product label has been received, we await a copy of the revised Technical Data Sheet via Trading Standards in line with the changes agreed with the Named Party.

Case 010166 – concerns a 5w30 Longlife automotive engine oil with a VW 504/507 approval and also making marketing claims against a wide range of OEM specifications. The case has been subject to a six month review and found to be in continued compliance.

Case 010159 – remains under investigation and has been passed to UEIL regarding the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. UEIL has written to the OEMs referenced on the product labelling.

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

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

Industry News

UK Government has published a plan to decarbonise all domestic transport by 2050.

ILMA has reported that VW is testing 3D printing for structural parts in conjunction with Siemens and HP with the aim of producing 100,000 lighter components by 2025.

ACEA has published a Euro VII cost-benefit assessment in conjunction with AERIS, including a scrappage scheme for Euro VI and earlier vehicles, ahead of a formal review by the EU Commission.

SMMT has issued a statement following the Government’s plan to decarbonise all forms of domestic transport by 2050, and calls for a strong and competitive market that ensures the shift to electric vehicles is affordable for all.

LubesNGreases report that the U.S car parc is getting older with the average age of vehicles expected to exceed 12 years in 2021.

Media Editorial

Aftermarket magazine for July/August includes a lubricants feature with a contribution by VLS.

Lube magazine August 2021, features an interview with incoming VLS Chairman Mike Bewsey, Commercial Director of Moove.

Professional Motor Factor online, July 2021. Features an article by VLS on driving changes in the lubricant market.

Professional Motor Mechanic, July/August, featured an article by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on the introduction of the ACEA light engine oil sequences for 2021.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine August 2021, features a half page advert on VLS.

Aftermarket magazine, July/August 2021 features a half page advert from VLS, Page 44. 


The British Motor Show, 19-22 August, Farnborough, Hampshire.

The CV show, 31st August to 2nd September, NEC Birmingham.

Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held as a Digital Plus event on 14-16 September 2021.

International Week of Lubricants, 20th October, Moscow, Russia.

UNITI, 3rd to 4th November 2021, Stuttgart, Germany.

Oil Doc will now take place at Rosenheim, Germany on 17-19 November 2021.

Automechanika UK has been moved to 7-9 June 2022, NEC, Birmingham.

Lubricant Expo will take place on 6/8 September 2022 in Messe Essen, Germany.

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