VLS Newsletter – September 2021

VLS Newsletter September 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 are 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. A revised product label has been received, and we have received a copy of the revised Technical Data Sheet via Trading Standards which is being reviewed by the Technical Review Panel.

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 has produced a hydrogen strategy which includes HGV and rail transportation using hydrogen as a fuel.

ILMA report that OEMs have called for a supplement to the existing API SP Engine Oil Standard to overcome oil degradation issues arising from Low Speed Pre Ignition.

ACEA report that commercial vehicle registrations rose 36% in the first half of 2021.

SMMT reported that UK car production plummeted in July on the back of a global chip shortage, pingdemic and summer shutdowns.

API have updated their list of companies to thirty-four making an unauthorised use of the API oil certification marque.

Media Editorial

LubesNGreases reported on VLS case 166 concerning the claims made on a 5w30 automotive engine oil.

Garage magazine, September 2021 on Page 28 features an article by VLS on the future of Hydrogen and Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an alternative to electric vehicles.

Lube magazine August 2021, features an interview with incoming VLS Chairman Mike Bewsey, Commercial Director of Moove.

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.

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


The CV show, 31st August to 2nd September, NEC Birmingham.

Automechanika Frankfurt will now be held as a Digital Plus event on 14-16 September 2021.

International Week of Lubricants, 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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