VLS Newsletter – March 2022

VLS Newsletter March 2022

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 71, with 3 products under investigation, 1 compliant following investigation, and 67 archived.

Case 010171 – is under investigation concerning OEM approvals claimed on four lubricant products.

Case 010170 – case not progressed by Complainant.

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 was archived on the 2nd January 2022.

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

SAIL, a subsidiary of ATIEL the technical association of the European lubricants industry, has appointed Mike Boyer, ex Lubrizol as the new SAIL Director.

Ford has announced plans to run separate Electric Vehicle and Internal Combustion Engine vehicle businesses.

Industry week reported that shipping costs rise and transportation tightens due to the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

SMMT report that the UK car industry has called for VAT fairness on charging as February market gets electric boost.

The Northern Ireland Department of Infrastructure Minister Mallon publishes report on support for move to biennial MOT Testing.

BEIS – the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has accepted the Competition and Markets Authority on renewing and strengthening the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Order which will lay the foundation for the review of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation in the UK, due to expire in May 2023.

The European Union Commission plans to adopt plans for the Euro 7 emissions regulation for cars, vans, buses and lorries in the first quarter of 2022.

Media Editorial

Professional Motor Factor magazine, February 2022. VLS talks about the support it can bring to Motor Factors.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop magazine, March 2022. VLS talk about delays to the publication of the ACEA heavy duty engine oil sequences.

Autotechnician, March 2022. VLS talks about the role VLS can play in oil analysis.

Media Advertising

Autotechnician, March 2022, page 41 features a half page advert by VLS.

Lube magazine, February 2022, features a half page advert on VLS.


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

UK Garage and Bodyshop Show, 8-9 June 2022, NEC Birmingham.

ICIS World Base Oils Conference, Windsor, Berkshire, UK. June 27-28.

Lubricant Expo will take place on 6/8 September 2022 in Messe Essen, Germany.

Automechanika Frankfurt will take place on the 13-17 September 2022.

Automechanika UK has been moved to 6-8 June 2023, NEC, Birmingham.

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