The Verification of Lubricant Specifications (VLS) has closed case 166, relating to SCT Vertriebs GmbH Mannol Longlife 504/507 5W-30 Engine Oil, following an investigation.

VLS received a complaint regarding Mannol Longlife 5w30 504/507 Engine Oil in September 2020. The complaint alleged that no current additive pack existed in the marketplace that could meet all of the OEM claims made on the product.

During the investigation, VLS determined that the product did receive an official approval from VW on 8th June 2019 against its standard 504 00/507 00. In line with the VLS marketing claims procedure, VLS asked the Named Party to provide the Candidate Data Pack and a letter of support from their additive company supporting all of the marketing claims made on the product, including VW 505 01 and the other manufacturer claims, which fell short of formal OEM approvals.

The Named Party provided a reblend approval to the formulation from their technology provider along with a copy of the Candidate Data Pack. VLS then worked with the Named Party to rationalise the number of claims made on the technical data sheet to reflect the official Volkswagen approval obtained, the marketing claims supported by the technology reblend approval and the Candidate Data Pack validating the ACEA claims made. This included rationalising several OEM claims from the technical data sheet such as CHRYSLER MS-11106, FORD WSS-M2C934-A, MAZDA 183418, RENAULT RN17, JAGUAR LAND ROVER STJLR.03.5005, TOYOTA 08880-83388, HONDA i-CTDi, SUBARU Boxer Diesel, PSA B71 2290, FIAT 9.55535-S1, IVECO 18-1811CLASSE SC1, GM dexos2.

VLS undertook a six month review of the case and concluded that the product was in continued compliance at this stage. Consequently, the complaint has been met and the case resolved.

David Wright, Company Secretary at VLS said: “We want to ensure we have the highest standards in Europe for lubricant manufacture, blending and marketing, and we want a ‘level playing field’ for all participants so that we protect the interests of the consumer and other end users.

In this case, we have demonstrated that VLS will investigate products that are not in compliance and work with the Named Party to ensure that valid changes are made. By working with the sector in this way, we can resolve non-compliant products in an independent and impartial manner and support companies to compete on a more equitable basis in a highly competitive marketplace. End users can then have continued confidence that products really can deliver what they claim and are genuinely fit for purpose.”