VLS Newsletter – May 2020

VLS Newsletter May 2020

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 65, with 3 products under investigation, 0 not compliant following investigation, 0 not compliant following six month review, 2 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 59 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

ACEA, the European Association of OEMs, report 298 automobile assembly and engine production plants restarted operations in Europe.

LubesNGreases report that French lubricant demand dropped 5.2 percent in 2019 as the European Union’s carbon dioxide emission reduction targets put pressure on the automotive sector in France and other large Euro economies.

ILMA report that API has invoked Provisional Licensing for API SP/ILSAC GF-6.

OPEC Mohamed Arkab, Algeria’s Minister of Energy and President of the OPEC Conference, has called on OPEC Members and non-OPEC oil producing countries participating in the Declaration of Cooperation to fully implement the production agreements reached in April.

UK Government is constantly updating its advice and guidance to businesses operating during this challenging time regarding coronavirus.

Media Editorial

Transport Operator in April reported on the impact of the EU Green Deal on the lubricants industry.

Aftermarket Online reported on the conclusion of VLS’s investigation into a 5w30 passenger car engine oil.

Professional Motor Factor magazine in April 2020 reported on ATIEL’s change of process in response to VLS’s investigation into a branded Toyota First product, and the impact of the EU Green Deal on the lubricants sector.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine features the newly revised and refreshed VLS advert on page 36, April/May 2020.


UNITI, April, Stuttgart has been postponed to September.

Lubmat, Spain has been postponed until 1st and 2nd December 2020.

ChemUK has been postponed until September 2020.

ELGI, Hamburg April has been postponed to 2021.

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


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