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ACEA sequences delayed to mid-2020

Contined testing and communication issues delay ACEA 2018 sequences further.

Tags: ACEA, API, ILSAC, Lubes tech, Lubricants

30th April, 2019        

Shell and ExxonMobil go head to head over product compliance

ExxonMobil has hit back at Shell's claims of producing a diesel engine oil which doesn't comply with API CF-4 industry standards.

Tags: API, ExxonMobil, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

3rd July, 2018        

China aims for new diesel truck lubes spec

A group of major Chinese vehicle manufacturers and energy giants are working on the nation’s first lubricant specification for diesel truck engines.

Tags: additives, API, China, China Lubes Tech, CNPC, Lubes tech

20th June, 2018        

SN Plus rolls out in busy time for sequencing

API's SN Plus licences due to roll out at the start of May 18, as ACEA starts Euro sequencing revisions, but GF-6 hits further delays.

Tags: ACEA, API, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

18th April, 2018        

New licensing date for API SN Plus

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has proposed a first licensing date of May 1, 2018 for API SN Plus.

Tags: API, Lubes tech

11th January, 2018        

GF-6 tests near to completion but delays inevitable

The ILSAC GF-6 engine oil upgrade tests appear to be largely on track, but some delays mean a 2020 introduction is likely

Tags: API, ILSAC, Lubes tech, Lubricants

13th November, 2017        

Automakers push API to early spec, but SN testing under pressure

API has agreed a 1st January 2018 date to set a new oil standard for the fast developing vehicle engine market. But the organisation revealed the whole SN category is under pressure for testing.

Tags: API, Ford, Lubes tech, Lubricants

7th September, 2017        

View From The Bridge - July 2017

Lubes specs, marketing and consumer education - along with the rise and rise of EVs - are the topics of discussion in the edition of the OATS Bulletin

Tags: API, automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th July, 2017        

API 1509 revisions approved

The Lubricants Group of the American Petroleum Institute (API) has approved revisions to the API 1509 provisional licensing requirements.

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

7th July, 2017        

New FA-4 engine oil symbol revealed

The American Petroleum Institute (API) will introduce a special service symbol “donut” for API FA-4 diesel engine oil.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

31st May, 2016        

Infineum CEO calls for simplification of lubes specs

Xavier le Mintier believs lubes specs are unnecessarily complex and the time is right for change.

Tags: ACEA, API, Europe, ILSAC, Infineum, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

24th February, 2016        

PC-11 split becomes reality

The PC-11 heavy-duty engine oil split categorisation has been agreed by the API.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

24th February, 2016        

Go-ahead for PC-11

The PC-11 specifications have been approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

23rd December, 2015        

PC-11 lubes category to be split

PC-11 category will be split between backwards compatability and newer lower-viscosity lubricants.

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants

31st October, 2015        

Kunlun pioneers National V standard lubes

The CNPC subsidiary achieves international standards with its Tianrun line of lubes

Tags: API, China, China Lubes Tech, CNPC, ILSAC, Lubes tech, S America

24th August, 2015        

Delay in development of PC-11 and GF-6 engine oils

Testing schedules are likely to lead to delays in development and the new specification launch

Tags: API, automotive industry, GF-6, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th July, 2014        

Lubes retailers face new challenges with thin oils.

Newly developed ultra-thin oils will have ompatibility and labelling issues for retailers.

Tags: API, automotive industry, GF-6, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th June, 2014        

API launches Motor Oil Matters Pilot Program

MOM is set to protect API's lubes standards as the Institute also launches its new EOLCS website

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment

8th January, 2014        

GF-6 first licencing date delayed till January 2017

Delays in engine test development have caused the postponement of the ILSAC specs upgrade .

Tags: API, GF-6, ILSAC, Lubes tech, North America

11th October, 2013        

SAE gives final approval for 16 Grade

SAE is now set to add its 16 Grade to the SAE J300 schedule after it received final vote approval.

Tags: ACEA, API, ILSAC, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Lubrizol, North America, UEIL

4th January, 2013        

PC-11 upgrade set for diesel

The API has given the go-ahead for the new PC-11 heavy-duty oil category.

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

2nd December, 2011        

FTC gets both barrels after Magnuson-Moss request

US oil industry leaves legislator in no doubt over oil warranty issue.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, General Motors, ILMA, N America

4th November, 2011        

Business as usual for API oil approval

The API has returned to normal licensing for all passenger car engine oils as VG test comes back on stream.

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants

23rd September, 2011        

Lack of sludge causes API jam

A lack of reference fuel causes licensing approval issues for lubes producers with API

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, ILSAC, Lubricants

14th April, 2011        

GL-4 to become obsolete

API will retire the SL-4 lubricant specification at the end of July

Tags: API, Lubes news

17th July, 2010        

API SN finally wins approval

API has approved the SN and SN Resource Conserving engine oil categories in line with ILSAC GF-5

Tags: API, GF-5, Lubes news, North America

5th May, 2010        

And finally...

Formula One back on the grid; Shell stays with Ferrari; a UN-backed decade of road safety, it's official; automotive April Fools; and the world's largest meatball.

Tags: API, GF-5

6th April, 2010        

Lubes News - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

API's SN standard faces challenges; Dexos fees to change as Infineum is first in line; Ford joins the myth-busters; UAE sets the base oil pace in Middle East; and Gulf takes marine operation to the Americas.

Tags: AOCA, API, Dexos, Ford, GF-5, GM, ILSAC, Infineum

1st April, 2010        


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