VLS Newsletter – May 2021

VLS Newsletter May 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 with MPM Oils International Ltd.

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, we have received a response back via Trading Standards with which we have a Primary Authority relationship and this is being considered by the VLS Board.

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 case is due for review at the six month stage in July 2021.

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

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

API has announced changes to their oil categories and the withdrawal of claims that can be made against ILSAC GF-5 from 30 April 2021.

The International Fluids Consortium has been launched with the intention to bring together motor manufacturers and lubricant companies to encourage fluid innovation and improve fluid performance to meet the needs of vehicle owners.

ACEA has announced the launch of ACEA 2021 replacing ACEA 2016. The changes include two new categories and associated new engine tests.

SMMT reports that car production has risen 46% against Covid hit 2020 although the five year average shows production is still down 22% against the March average.

The Department for Transport has announced the paving of the way for autonomous vehicles on Britain’s roads with the approval of the Automated Lane Keeping System of technology for vehicles.

Media Editorial

Transport Operator, April 2021, Online. VLS highlights the lubricant impact of the shift to Electric Vehicles.

Lube magazine, April 2021, features an article by Andrew Goddard on an update to the ACEA engine oil sequences planned for 2021, page 44.

Lube magazine, April 2021 features an article by VLS on highlighting the important distinction between official approvals and other marketing claims, page 45.

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

Media Advertising

Professional Motor Mechanic, May 2021, features a half page advert by VLS, page 33.

CVW magazine April 2021, featured a half page advert on VLS, page 33.

Lube Magazine, April 2021, featured a half page advert by VLS on page 45.


CIS, the 8th annual CIS base Oils and Lubricants Conference will take place both online and in Moscow, Russia between 19th and 20th May 2021.

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

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 now take place on 6-8 September 2022 in Messe Essen, Germany.

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