VLS Newsletter – July 2021

VLS Newsletter July 2021

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 68, 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, 1 compliant following investigation, 0 compliant following six month review and 64 archived.

Case 010168 – concerns official approval claims made against an OEM specification. The case has been investigated and resolved, subject to a six month review.

Case 010167 – concerns the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. A sample of the product has been procured and tested. The matter has been raised with the Named Party, and a response received through Trading Standards. We await a copy of the revised product label and Technical Data Sheet via Trading Standards in line with the changes agreed with the Named Party.

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 product has been found to be non-compliant and the matter has been raised with Trading Standards.

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.

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

Toyota has announced a ten year warranty for vehicle owners. Called Relax, every time a vehicle is serviced at a Toyota dealership the vehicle qualifies for a twelve month warranty and is valid for vehicles up to ten years old.

ACEA announce that Car CO2 targets: EU Green Deal must be mutually binding; member states need to invest in infrastructure now.

SMMT report that car production recovery has been hit by global pandemic supply shortages.

API has increased its list of companies displaying an unauthorised use of its marks with the inclusion of Petrolube Oil and Grease Company based in Vietnam.

The European Union are considering the inclusion of brake emissions and tyre/road wear emissions in the upcoming Euro VII regulation.

EU Green Deal. By July 2021, the Commission will also review and, where necessary, propose to revise all relevant policy instruments to deliver additional greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The UK Centre for Connected and Autonomous vehicles has launched a consultation on evidence gathering to inform its future policy on connected vehicles.

The Department for Transport has announced a consultation on extending clear air zones in a number of major UK cities and towns to counter roadside levels of nitrogen dioxide.

UK Government has published the Draft Downstream Oil Resilience Bill which includes a number of measures to enhance fuel resilience including greater reporting, the power to direct operators to take actions, restrictions on future acquisition and financial assistance.

Media Editorial

Aftermarket, June 2021 carries an article by VLS on the role that additives play in the finished lubricant formulation.

CVW magazine, June 2021 carries details of a press release by VLS on the recently-published ACEA light duty engine oil sequences.

Lube magazine, June 2021 features an article by VLS on hydrogen and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an alternative to electric vehicles, Page 44.

Media Advertising

CVW magazine June 2021, features a half page advert on VLS.

Lube Magazine, June 2021, features a half page advert by VLS on page 45.

Aftermarket magazine, July/August 2021 features a half page advert from VLS.


Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held as a Digital Plus event on 14-16 September 2021.

International Week of Lubricants, 20th October, Moscow, Russia.

UNITI, 3rd to 4th November, Stuttgart, Germany.

Oil Doc will now take place at Rosenheim, Germany on 17-19 November 2021.

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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