VLS Newsletter – January 2022

VLS Newsletter January 2022

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. The case will be archived.

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 in April 2022.

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

ACEA – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) wrote a letter to the Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec, in December to express the industry’s serious concerns about the lack of ambition for the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) that has been displayed so far in the EU Transport Council.

ILMA – report that a truck driver shortage looms over 2022, and that Transport Secretary Buttigieg has doled out $241m to US Ports to help free up America’s supply chain.

SMMT report that UK car manufacturing output fell 28.7% in December despite the electric car boost.

ATIEL – Mike Boyer, formerly of Lubrizol, has succeeded Jef Soetewey as the new Manager of SAIL in managing ATIEL’s Letter of Conformance and compliance programme.

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

Professional Motor Factor December 2021, features an article by VLS on the use of hydrogen to power vehicles.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop, December 2021, featured an article by VLS on the use of hydrogen as a viable alternate road fuel, page 38 and 39.

Media Advertising

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


TAE Esslingen 23rd International Colloquium on Tribology January 25-27, online.

UNITI, 26 to 27 April, Stuttgart, Germany.

ELGI 32nd Annual General Meeting, 30 April to 3 May, Hamburg, Germany.

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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