VLS Newsletter – January 2021

VLS Newsletter January 2021

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 66, 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, 0 compliant following investigation, 1 compliant following six month review and 63 archived.

Case 010167 – concerns the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. The case is currently anonymous and under investigation pending the procurement and testing of a sample of product.

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 Named Party was unable to provide any evidence from their technology provider to support the marketing claims made, although the approval has been documented, and so the case has been escalated to Trading Standards through VLS’s Primary Authority partnership with Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards.

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

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. A bulletin has been issued for the case which will be archived on the 26th January.

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 report that the European motor industry has welcomed the free trade agreement between the UK and the EU.

UK Government has announced details of the free trade agreement with the European Union which will allow for the movement of goods between the region and the UK, free of tariff or quota.

SMMT reports that UK engine production is down by 8.2% in November.

ILMA report a new Congress has been sworn in with tensions still simmering and a Georgia run off still looming.

UEIL has issued a Technical and Competition committee update ahead of the first meeting of 2021 which will be held virtually on 27th January.

API has listed 17 lubricant companies making unauthorised claims against the API engine oil standards.

Media Editorial

Garage and MOT magazine, December 2020 featured an article on VLS’s new Primary Authority partnership with Bucks & Surrey Trading Standards.

Garage magazine, issue 322, included an article on VLS winter servicing feature.

Lube Magazine, December 2020, Andrew Goddard, VLS Chairman, talks about the Additive Technical Committee’s Code of Practice and its role in ensuring confidence in the performance of a finished lubricant through quality assuring the development of an additive package.

VLS has produced a short introductory video to the ACEA 2016 engine oil sequences which is available on the homepage of its website.

Professional Motor Factor, features VLS in its weekly newsletter on the right engine oil selection.

Media Advertising

Lube Magazine, December 2020, features a half page advert by VLS on page 49.

Garage magazine issue 322 features a half page advert on VLS on page 57.

The future advertising schedule includes;

Professional Motor Mechanic, February 2021.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop, February 2021.

Autotechnician March 2021.


ACI European Base Oils and Summit, will take place on 17/18 November 2021, Amsterdam.

ICIS, the first ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Live will take place on 16-18 February 2021.

ELGI, the AGM will now take place 30th April to 3rd May 2022 in Hamburg.

UNITI, Stuttgart will now take place on 14-15 July 2021.

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

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

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

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