VLS Newsletter – November 2020

VLS Newsletter November 2020

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 66, 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, 0 compliant following investigation, 1 compliant following six month review and 62 archived.

Case 010166 – concerns the OEM and ACEA claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil. The case is currently anonymous and under investigation.

Case 010165 – concerning the cold weather properties of an automotive engine oil and the use of a non-approved formulation has been archived on the 12th October.

Case 010163  – concerning the claims made against manufacturer specifications has been investigated and the product found to be in compliance. The case will be archived on 30 November.

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

Case 010154 – due to non-compliant HTHS properties identified at the six month review, the case regarding an automotive engine oil has been escalated to Trading Standards who have contacted the Named Party.

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

Australian Lubricant Association has launched its own lubricant verification programme in response to concerns raised about lubricant compliance.

ACEA report that the fuel types of new cars in the third quarter of 2020 were petrol 47.5%, hybrids 12.4%, electric 9.9% market share with electric vehicles accounting for nearly one in ten cars sold.

SMMT reports the UK van market sees order boost ahead of Christmas season, up 13.3%.

EU review of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption regulation (MVBER). The EU is currently undertaking an evaluation of the MVBER and will report back in May 2021 ahead of the expiry of the regulation in May 2023.

Media Editorial

Commercial Vehicle Workshop October 2020, included an article from VLS on winter servicing, Page 36.

Car Mechanics magazine, September 2020 featured an article by VLS on the right lubricant selection, Page 13.

Lube Magazine, October 2020, VLS talks about the latest revision to the ACEA engine oil sequences.

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

Media Advertising

Garage magazine, October 2020, half page advert on page 31.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, VLS has rephased its promotional campaign over the summer period and will re-commence advertising in the trade press from September 2020.

The current plan includes

Aftermarket magazine, November 2020

Commercial Vehicle Workshop, December 2020.

Garage magazine, January 2021.

Professional Motor Mechanic, February 2021.

Commercial Vehicle Workshop, February 2021.


ACI European Base Oils and Summit, has been rescheduled to 17/18 November 2021, Amsterdam.

Lubmat, will take place online on the 15-17 December 2020.

ICIS, the first ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Live will take place on 16-18 February 2021.

ELGI, Hamburg will take place on 24-27 April 2021.

UNITI, Stuttgart will now take place on 28-29 April 2021.

ChemUK has been moved to 12th and 13th May 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held on 14-18 September 2021.

Automechanika UK has been moved to 7-9 June 2022, NEC, Birmingham.

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