VLS Newsletter – November 2021

VLS Newsletter November 2021

Case summary

Overall the number of cases stands at 69, with 3 products under investigation, 0 not compliant following investigation, 0 not compliant following six month review, 0 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 65 archived.

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.

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, and a response received through Trading Standards. We have received a copy of the revised Technical Data Sheet via Trading Standards which was reviewed by the Technical Review Panel whose comments were fed back to Trading Standards. The investigation has been concluded and is subject to a six month review.

Case 010166 – has been archived.

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

EU approves 173 million euro aid package to Poland for developing electric charging and hydrogen fuel infrastructure.

ILMA reports that Volvo’s Voorhoeve sees growing market for electric trucks.

Bloomberg report that refiners are less pressed to shut down plants as fuel demand rebounds.

SMMT reports that UK car production fell 41.5% in September due to the global chip shortage.

ACEA report that commercial vehicle production in Europe is up 19.1% to the year ending October 2021.

ATIEL has updated its Code of Practice in response to the ACEA 2021 light duty engine oil sequences.

Media Editorial

PMF October 2021 featured an item on the closure of VLS case 166.

Aftermarket, September 2021, featured an article on the closure of VLS case 166.

CAT magazine, Autumn 2021, featured a diary note on the attendance at the VLS Press Lunch by Editor Greg Whittaker.

Garage and MOT magazine, September 2021 features the closure of case 166 by VLS.

Garage and MOT magazine, Issue 332 November 2021, features new VLS Chairman Mike Bewsey.

Media Advertising

Lube magazine October 2021, features a half page advert on VLS.

Autotechnician magazine, October 2021, features a half page advert on VLS, Page 50.

Aftermarket, November 2021 features a half page VLS advert.

Garage and MOT magazine, November 2021 Page 47, features a half page VLS advert.

CVW magazine, November 2021, features a half page VLS advert.


Oil Doc will now take place at Rosenheim, Germany on 17-19 November 2021.

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

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

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

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