There are winners and losers in the Covid-19 pandemic as the easing of lockdown allows the lubes and automotive markets to take stock and re-group.
Ahead of the 1st May first-licensing date, high demand for the new GF-6 ASTM ROBO test has led to a backlog in independent test laboratories.
The API is set to review the standards development process following the nine year development period for the lastest GF-6 spec. But the approved spec could now roll-out faster than expected across EMEA.
The much heralded, and much delayed, ILSAC GF-6 engine oil specification is finally approved and a launch date revealed. Meanwhile Japanese OEMs push specs harder.
Contined testing and communication issues delay ACEA 2018 sequences further.
ExxonMobil has hit back at Shell's claims of producing a diesel engine oil which doesn't comply with API CF-4 industry standards.
A group of major Chinese vehicle manufacturers and energy giants are working on the nation’s first lubricant specification for diesel truck engines.
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.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has proposed a first licensing date of May 1, 2018 for API SN Plus.
The ILSAC GF-6 engine oil upgrade tests appear to be largely on track, but some delays mean a 2020 introduction is likely