ILSAC GF-6 will be four years late by the time it comes to market next May, but it will take little time for the industry to embrace the passenger car motor oil specification, according to a leading lubricant additive company.
The recent departures of three veteran leaders has left a shortage of experience among the North American collection of committees that develop automotive lubricant specifications. Industry insiders say the loss is serious enough to make the already challenging work even more difficult.
Fees for the American Petroleum Institutes Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System increased Dec. 1 in order to offset the costs of APIs consumer education campaign and new standard implementation.
A new engine oil standard that takes effect in Mexico in mid-2020 should help promote fair competition in the country's lubricants industry, an industry insider said.
Maintaining older categories when the industry is at risk of not having the necessary engine tests to keep them alive is one key challenge to future heavy-duty engine oils.