Over the summer perhaps the main lesson learnt was to expect the unexpected.

A year ago the French President Macron’s political party did not exist, notice of the UK to leave the European Union had not been formally served and the German Federal Elections of September 2017 seemed a long way away. Even ACEA had not published its 2016 engine oil sequences.

For VLS our work to raise our profile in the sector which began at the start of the year, led to the publication of articles in magazines concerned with the aftermarket, the broad trade sector and those concerned with consumer interests. As many VLS members know; you cannot advertise today and expect instant results tomorrow. Profile building takes time and effort to build up as many companies have realised, and corporate reputations can be tarnished in a matter of seconds.

We have also introduced a new Twitter profile @VLSLtd, and a revised LinkedIn

page. I would encourage Lube readers to take a look and let me know what you think. It is only through the active feedback of the sector that VLS can continue to grow and flourish for the benefit of the end user.

This year’s Automechanika exhibition in June provided a useful forum for VLS to meet end users and members. The event is establishing itself as the leading UK automotive aftermarket exhibition and, although a long way off from its Frankfurt equivalent, I am pleased to report that the event was attended by 12,000 visitors and supported by 800 exhibitors. For its part VLS met over 250 visitors from the aftermarket sector including workshop owners, garage mechanics, forecourt manager and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

During the summer I also received unfortunate news of the passing of one of the former Chairmen of the Technical Review Panel. Chris Territt formerly of Millers Oils, helped to entrench the processes and systems of VLS in a sound and systematic manner ensuring that our decisions were based on the right degree of scientific information that underpins good decision-making. He provided strong

leadership, sound management skills and a healthy sense of humour under pressure that helped VLS function effectively in line with the expectations of our members and our sector. He will be missed.

Finally over the summer Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank talked about the headwinds still facing the European banking sector. He said that while profitability headwinds stemming from cyclical factors should abate as the economic recovery across Europe progresses, structural challenges remain and need to be tackled. For the moment at least it would appear that economic uncertainty and financial caution will remain factors affecting our broad operating environment for some time to come.

As I said, expect the unexpected and you shouldn’t be at all surprised when it actually turns up.

Andrew Goddard, Chairman, Verification of Lubricant Specifications


Autumn Events November 2017

November 2017 Holiday Inn Amsterdam (i) Food Grade Lubricants (ii) Grease Particle Evaluation (iii) Test Methods (iv) Bio-base Grease (v) Railway Lubricants

ELGI WG Meetings 7th

ELGI Board Meeting 6th

November 2017 Amsterdam

ELGI, Hemonylaan 26, 1074 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands Telephone: +31 20 67 16 162


30th 21st

ELGI AGM London -24th

April 2018 Grange St. Pauls Hotel London UK

Call for 2018 Technical Papers Mobility Quo Vadis: The Future of Transportation. Developments in the Grease Industry – Cars, Planes, Boats & Trains

Please submit your paper topic, abstract and lecturer details by 20th

October 2017.


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