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ANP Raises Minimum Lubricant Performance Level

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 1/2/2017, Location: South America

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The ANP has raised the minimum performance level of the automotive lubricants marketed in the country. Since December 31, 2016, lubricants produced in Brazil and imported lubricants must meet the performance levels established by several international entities such as the American Automotive Institute (API), Association of Constructors of Automobiles of Europe (ACEA), Japan Automobile Standard Organization (JASO) , among others. The measure is provided for in ANP Resolution 22/2014, effective as of the end of last year.

These minimum performance levels indicate the lubricant's ability to meet evolving equipment, operating conditions, quality and types of fuels used and, more recently, environmental legislation. This is a way of classifying products according to their level of technology and type of application. Across the world, the additive, lubricant and automotive industries jointly develop acceptance criteria and test sequences (bench and engine) so that the tested products can declare that they meet, exceed or reach a certain level of performance.

Products with performance levels deemed to be obsolete produced / imported by December 31, 2016 may only be distributed until March 31, 2017 and marketed until June 31, 2017. As of July 1, 2017, product registrations with Levels will be subject to extinction and commercialization will subject the violators to the penalties provided for in Law No. 9,847 of October 26, 1999, as amended, and Decree No. 2,953, of January 28, 1999, without prejudice to the Other applicable sanctions.

Products considered to be obsolete may lead to sublubrication of automotive engines, which occurs when lubricating oils are formulated for less severe conditions of compression, temperature and rotation, which do not meet the requirements of new engines. The sublubrification of an engine reduces its useful life, and in some cases can cause serious damages, causing great economic loss to the consumer. In addition, obsolete performance levels can cause environmental damage, such as increased emission of pollutants.

The output of these products from the market reduces the possibility that the incorrect choice made by the consumer will result in sublubrification of the engine of your vehicle. Higher performance levels give greater engine protection and, from the environmental point of view, reduce pollutant emissions in vehicles and fuel consumption and lubricant burning. Another aspect favorable to raising the level of performance is that, in general, higher levels require larger exchange intervals, which results in a lower consumption of lubricants.

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