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Interview with Mike Bewsey, Chairman of VLS


Mike, why is VLS so important to the lubricants industry?


VLS sets out to achieve an open, transparent and level playing field that benefits all lubricant companies by verifying the performance claims and technical specification upon which lubricants are marketed to the end user.


It allows all companies to compete on service, value and product quality whilst assuring the claims made on lubricant products are valid and reliable.


What does the role of Chairman entail? The role of the Chairman is to ensure the organisation meets its customer promise of helping end users have confidence in the products they buy and use.


Working with our Board members, comprised of a wide range of companies operating in the lubricants sector as well as through our panel of technical experts, we can ensure that the organisation has the right resources and processes in place to adjudicate fairly on product complaints in an impartial and technically-robust manner.


This year we have also established a Primary Authority relationship with our home Trading Standards Authority. This helps VLS in supporting our members to attain high standards of technical and product compliance supported by an expert technical team who can advise blenders on best practice and improved process management to help them meet compliance.


44 LUBE MAGAZINE NO.164 AUGUST 2021


As well as Chairman of VLS you are also Business Unit Director of Moove Lubricants, a key player in the lubricants industry. How has VLS helped your business over the years? VLS gives Moove the assurance it needs that if we come across a product in the marketplace that has a conflicting technical specification or performance claims that simply don’t make sense, then we can have it checked out.


If necessary, it can be tested by an independent third party to validate our concerns and resolve any mislabelling issues.


Since its inception in 2013, Moove has supported VLS as being a key lever that the lubricants sector has in the marketplace to ensure our industry retains the confidence of our customers in the claims we make on our products. And that hasn’t changed.


What does the future hold for VLS with the transition of passenger cars to electric vehicles? Regardless of the technology employed in a vehicle, there will always have to be a specification upon which the vehicle’s technology is built. Previously, this has always been centred on the use of hydrocarbons to provide the vehicle’s lubrication from the engine to gearbox, transmission and brake fluids.


This is a journey our industry is embarking upon. VLS has an important role to play in supporting the quality standards and claims being made in this transition such as the demands being placed upon lubricants with increased demand of Plug-In Hybrid Electric


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