VLS Newsletter – October 2021

VLS Newsletter October 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, 1 compliant following investigation, 1 compliant following six month review and 64 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 investigated and resolved, subject to a six month review.

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.

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 has been subject to a six month review and found to be in continued compliance.

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.

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

UK Government is consulting on the future of transport including connected and autonomous vehicles.

Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure has issued a call for evidence on the move to biennial statutory testing of passenger and light commercial vehicles.

LubeNGreases have reported that Michigan has halted the sale or Orion products.

API has announced its revised oil licensing fee schedule effective 1st January 2022.

ACEA report that the sale of commercial vehicles rose 24% in the first eight months of 2021.

SMMT report that UK car production fell 27% in August on the back of the global chip shortage.

Media Editorial

CVW Online in September published commentary from VLS on the ACEA engine oil sequences.

Lube magazine October 2021, features an article by Mike Bewsey, Chairman of VLS on the right base oil for the finished lubricant.

PMM Online reported on the appointment of Mike Bewsey as Chairman of VLS.

Autotechnician magazine, October 2021, features a reference to VLS with regard to the ACEA engine oil sequences, Page 49.

Lube magazine, October 2021 features an article on the assured advice received from Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards on the basis of making claims against the ACEA light duty engine oil sequences in consumer law.

Media Advertising

VLS has produced a revised end user advert which will be used in our future advertising insertions.

Professional Motor Mechanic, September 2021, half page advert on VLS Page 23.

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

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


International Lubricants Week, 20th October, Moscow, Russia.

UNITI, 3rd to 4th November 2021, Stuttgart, Germany.

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

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