VLS Newsletter – November 2019

VLS Newsletter November 2019

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 61, with 1 product under investigation, 1 not compliant and escalated to trading standards, 3 compliant following investigation, 3 compliant following six month review and 53 archived.

Case Update

There new cases have been received by VLS regarding two 5w30 PCEOs, and a 5w40 PCEO. These cases are currently going through validation with the Technical Review Panel to ensure technical validity of the complaint. In addition VLS is also currently sourcing two products for testing with our external laboratory.

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

UEIL, the European Association of the lubricants industry, held its annual Congress in Cannes, France on 23rd to 25th October 2019, and announced the launch of market data statistics for European countries.

API has updated its list of those products making unauthorised use of API logos. API claim that These oils have not been approved by API as meeting any API engine oil standard and are not eligible to display the API certification marks.

ACEA, the European Association of OEMs, has announced the appointment of Eric-Mark Huitema as their new Director-General, formerly IBM General Manager for GM Travel & Transportation, Government and Automotive.

Media Editorial

Lube magazine for October 2019 features a column by VLS Chairman Andrew Goddard on the issue of protecting cars as they age through the use of properly tested and marketed additives rather than relying on untested and unproven additive technology for cars that are out of warranty Page 62.

Lube magazine for October 2019 included a report on VLS case 160 which has been escalated to Trading Standards for issues of non-compliance, Page 63.

Professional Motor Factor magazine, October 2019 Page 8 reported on VLS escalating case 160 to Trading Standards for non-compliance.

FACTS magazine issue 155, featured an article by VLS on blending lubricants for bio fuels.

Professional Motor Mechanic, October 2019 featured an article on VLS case 160 concerning Toyota First 5w30.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine features a half page advert on VLS for its October 2019 edition, on Page 63.

Future advertising from VLS will appear in the following publications.

Professional Motor Mechanic – November 2019 and March 2020.

Garage magazine – November 2019, February 2020, April 2020.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop – November 2019, February 2020, April 2020.

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