VLS Newsletter – December 2021

VLS Newsletter December 2021

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 69, with 2 products under investigation, 0 not compliant following investigation, 0 not compliant following six month review, 0 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 65 archived.

Case 010169  – 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 subject to a six month review, found to be compliant and the case concluded.

Case 010167 – concerns the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. The investigation has been concluded and is subject to a six month review.

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 who are pursuing the matter.

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

JCB signs green hydrogen deal worth billions.

ILMA reports that Nissan are set to spend $17.6bn on battery powered vehicles over the next five years.

SMMT reports that car charging point numbers fall behind as plug-in vehicles surge.

ACEA has issued a policy paper calling for a revision to the CO2 targets for cars and vans.

Euronews.next report that the world’s biggest carmakers have failed to sign up to a commitment to make all new vehicles zero emissions by 2040 following the Glasgow COP 26 summit in October.

API have listed 36 oil brands making unlicensed claims against API marks.

Lube magazine December 2021 features the VLS press lunch held in October, Page 44, and the outcome of VLS case 168 on page 45.

Media Editorial

CVW magazine November 2021, features a two page interview with VLS Chairman Mike Bewsey.

PMM Online features commentary by VLS on whether hydrogen could be a viable alternative for electric vehicles.

Aftermarket features the outcome of a VLS case.

PMF Online features a discussion by VLS on whether as we approach winter 2021, whether the lubricants sector is facing as many challenges as when the year began.

CVW Online reports on the outcome of a VLS investigation into case 168.

PMF magazine features the appointment of Mike Bewsey as VLS Chairman and commentary by VLS on whether vehicles running on hydrogen fuel could be good news for the lubricants industry.

Aftermarket online reports on the outcome of VLS case 168.

Media Advertising

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

Aftermarket, November 2021 features a half page VLS advert.

Garage and MOT magazine, November 2021 Page 47, features a half page VLS advert.

CVW magazine, November 2021, features a half page VLS advert.


UEIL, the European Lubricants Association, is holding a webinar on the 7th December on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the European lubricants market.

UK Garage and Bodyshop Show, 8-9 June 2022, NEC Birmingham.

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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