VLS Newsletter – October 2019

VLS Newsletter October 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

Case 133 has been found to be compliant following the six month review.

Case 152 has been found to be compliant following the six month review.

Case 156 has been found to be compliant following the six month review.

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, is holding its annual congress in Cannes, France on 23rd to 25th October 2019, bringing together the European lubricants sector to debate the current industry challenges including positive disruption and artificial intelligence.

ATIEL, the European Technical Lubricants Association, are holding a one day workshop with ATC, the Additive Technical Committee in Frankfurt on 23rd October on topics associated with regulatory compliance.

UKPIA, the UK association of midstream refiners, has published its view on the future of the downstream oil sector in a low carbon world, focusing on energy use and replacement technologies.

ILMA, the Independent Lubricant Manufacturer’s Association of North America, reports that China has exempted lubricants from import tariffs in the escalating trade war with the USA.

LubesNGreases report that the Competition Commission of Pakistan served notice last month of a finding that Hi-Tech Blending (Pvt) Ltd. used false and misleading statements in a promotion of Zic brand lubricants.

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 includes a report on VLS case 160 which has been escalated to Trading Standards for issues of non-compliance, Page 63.

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

LubesNGreases Sept 2019, reported on VLS filing a complaint against case 160.

Media Advertising

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


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