VLS Newsletter – February 2020

VLS Newsletter February 2020

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 65, with 4 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 58 archived.

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

UEIL, has published a technical bulletin on the PSA Group regarding the invalidation of warranties if a vehicle was found not to be using an approved engine oil following a case it considered through its Technical and Competition committee.

ACEA, the European Association of OEMs, has published a video by its President and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Michael Manley about the future of the EU car industry and the European Union Green Deal.

ATIEL, the European Lubricants Technical Association, has published a series of presentations from its seminar on regulatory compliance for chemicals in a global market.

UKPIA, the UK association of refiners, has issued a statement following the UK Government announcement to bring forward the end of the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles from 2040 to 2035.

ILMA reported in January that a class action lawsuit had been settled with Amalie after consumers had accused the company of selling oil that was not suitable for vehicles manufactured after 1930 that carried an API SA rating, an obsolete engine oil standard.

Media Editorial

Commercial Vehicle Workshop, Page 42 from January 2020, featured an article by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on the effect of cold winter temperatures on engine oils.

LubesNGreases EMEA, January 2020 page 9 & 10, featured an article by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on Countering the Lubricant Counterfeiters.

CAT magazine, January 2020 page 27 featured an article on the state of the lubricants industry with contributions by UKLA Director General David Wright, and VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard.

Professional Motor Mechanic, February 2020 featured an article by VLS chairman Andrew Godard on cutting through the confusion of oil specifications.

Lube magazine for February 2020, pages 50/51, carries an article by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on cutting through the confusion of OEM oil specifications.

Media Advertising

Garage magazine for February 2020 carries a half page advert featuring the new campaign from VLS.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine for February 2020 features a half page advert with the new VLS campaign.

Professional Motor Mechanic featured a half page advert from VLS in its November/December edition.


ICIS World Base Oils, London 19-21 February 2020.

Argus Base Oils Forum, London 19 February 2020.

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


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