VLS Newsletter – January 2020

VLS Newsletter January 2020

Happy New Year

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, 1 product compliant during investigation and no further action taken, 2 compliant following investigation, 3 compliant following six month review and 54 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 Hitachi Construction machinery following a case it considered through its Technical and Competition committee.

API has increased its listing to 15 products which it claims are making unauthorised use of API logos.

ACEA, the European Association of OEMs, has published a policy paper on European transport after 2020.

ATIEL, the European Lubricants Technical Association, has published a factsheet on engine lubrication.

UKPIA, the UK association of refiners, has announced that consumer demand for low carbon fuels is low.

Media Editorial

Garage and MOT magazine, issue 302 featured VLS in an article on winter servicing.   

Lube magazine for December 2019 features a column by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on countering the counterfeiters and working to overcome issues of lubricant fraud, page 56.

Lube magazine for December 2019 includes a report on VLS cases 152 concerning the claims made on a 5w30 PCEO, case  156 concerning the claims made on a 5w30 PCEO, and case 133 also concerning the claims made on a 5w30 PCEO.

VLS has published an infographic on its activity to uphold lubricant standards during 2019 on Twitter.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine features a half page advert on VLS for its December 2019 edition, on Page 59.

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


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


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