The United Kingdom Lubricants Association is the UK's
lubricant industry lead trade association. It represents
over 100 companies who produce the majority of the UK's
£2 billion, 800,000+ tonne output. Members include
multi-national major oil companies, independently owned
lubricant manufacturers / marketers and the sector's
raw material suppliers. Its activities are currently
being widened to encompass distributors and stockists,
end-users, academics & individuals; in fact everyone
involved in lubricants, beginning to end.
The UKLA's formation can be traced back to the closing
stages of the First World War. In May 1918 a meeting
was convened by the Ministry of Munitions to discuss
the allocation of freight space of the principle Lubricating
Oil firms in the United Kingdom. The result of that
meeting was the formation of a National Federation of
Associations to tackling collectively, the post-war
problems of the lubricants industry.
In 1921 the National Lubricating
Oil & Grease Federation was formed.
Over time it became necessary to restructure and streamline
the Federation to represent the whole Industry and create
a single organisation to lobby Government.
On the 7th August, 1968 The British Lubricants Federation
Limited was formed incorporating the activities of the
National Lubricating Oil & Grease Federation.
our role today?
The UKLA organisation, "acts as the voice of the
UK lubricants industry, it provides members with relevant
information, and a range of training services and overall
value for money from subscriptions".
The UKLA provides members with advice and information
on current, future and pending legislation; acts as a
forum for industry views; maintains contact with and lobbies
UK Government departments and other Agencies about proposed
legislative developments; provides members with help on
industry wide issues; is recognised as the focal point
and lead body for the UK lubricants industry sector by
UK Government and its agencies. UKLA provides various
communication channels, the UKLA magazine LUBE, the UKLA
Web-Site http://www.ukla.org.uk including members only
section access and a Newsletter UKLA Briefings, Metalworking
Fluids - Product Stewardship programme. The Association
provides members with specific training; the UKLA Advanced
Lubrication Training Programme - modular training for
lubricants experts, who want to widen their knowledge.
Members are also provided with technical and 'issue based'
conferences and seminars.
Objective / Mission Statement
provide services of value to members and to promote the
competitiveness of all concerned within the UK Lubricant
sector. To educate regulators about the lubricant industry
viewpoint. To help educate end-product users on the basics
of appropriate lubricant selection, their safe use and
achieve recognition as ‘The Lead UK Lubricant Sector
Trade Organisation’, by UK Government, industry, end-users,
and relevant third parties
use lobbying to influence Legislation / Regulations
and provide Members with an inflow of information, including
an “early-warning system” on legislative issues
Image and Communication internally and externally
the interest and participation of Member Companies
the acknowledged Organiser of Industry Events
be the key facilitator of industry networking and
Code of Ethics
for Member Companies:
The UK Lubricants Association has
formally adopted the following code of ethics to
promote the highest ethical standards within the
Lubricants Industry. Every member of the Association
is required to abide by this code of ethics and
observe both the letter and the spirit of the law
and in addition the regulations and trading standards
in the UK. The Association will ensure that this
code of ethics be interpreted and enforced reasonably,
fairly and objectively without prejudice and having
due regard to the size and resources of the member
Code is only of value if Member Companies are prepared
to be judged by their performance against the standards
laid down. Chief Executives or the executive responsible
for UK lubricants related activities of Member Companies
are therefore requested to endorse the Code of Ethics
in writing, on behalf of their organisations.
of the UK Lubricants Association will make best
efforts to achieve the following goals, if appropriate
to their activity: -
Protect and enhance the health and safety of all
employees, contractors on site, their customers'
employees and end-users through the safe and responsible
manufacture, supply, use and disposal of all materials.
Protect and enhance the environment by safe responsible
use and disposal of all materials, particularly
those, which are potentially hazardous to the environment.
Impose the strictest quality controls throughout
the lubricant manufacturing, marketing and distribution
Maintain quality management systems which meet or
exceed an international quality standard. To be
accredited to ISO BS EN 9000 or meet an equivalent
or future international quality standard or can
demonstrate a path towards such a quality system.
Pursue a policy of best practice in the manufacturing,
blending, producing, packaging, marketing and selling
of lubricants and related products.
Code of Ethics rules provide mandatory and specific
standards of minimally acceptable professional
conduct for all members of the Association. These
rules are enforceable by the Association. Members
of the UK Lubricants Association are required
(i) Comply with all laws and regulations relating
to the manufacture and distribution of lubricants,
including those applicable to Health and Safety.
(ii) Manufacture, compound, blend, produce and
supply lubricants and allied products in compliance
with current industry standards, test specifications
and operating procedures as prescribed by the
American Society for Testing Materials, the Society
of Automotive Engineers, A.C.E.A., A.T.E.I.L.,
the American Petroleum Institute, International
Standards Organisation, British Standards Institution,
Energy Institute and other standard-setting automotive
- industrial organisations recognised within the
industry and or military, national or government
(iii) Maintain quality assurance procedures in
the manufacturing, compounding, blending, production,
marketing and supply of lubricants and allied
products to ensure that required or claimed standards
and specifications have been met and are accurately
reflected in the formulations.
(iv) Ensure that all product packaging and promotional
literature and or data sheets highlighting the
properties and or performance specifications are
accurate, not misleading and meet current regulations.
(v) Ensure that all containers are filled to the
volume or weight described on the label, so as
to comply with weights and measures regulations.
(vi) Provide supporting evidence to the Association’s
Board of Directors of compliance to the above
Code of Ethics, if required.
proof is given that a member is in breach of this
Code of Ethics then the Board has the right to
investigate the matter and act in accordance with
the UKLA's Articles of Association. Depending
upon the degree and nature of the non-observance
such sanctions will include.
a) A demand for voluntary corrective action with
a written assurance that the non-conformance has
been terminated and will not recur.
b) A formal reprimand.
c) A temporary suspension of the member from the
Association for a designated period, this suspension
will include the removal of all rights, privileges
and benefits of membership.
d) Termination of UKLA membership in accordance
with Article 3.6 of the Articles of Association
UKLA members are provided with services from three sources:
- the UKLA Secretariat, the Board of Directors
and the Association's active volunteers. Together they
provide five main areas of help and advice to members,
as follows: -
general information to membership
non-competitive technical and regulatory help and assistance
communications channels, LUBE, UKLA Briefings and UKLA
access to UK & European lubricants total market statistics
representation on behalf of UK Lubricants sector
proactively promotes members interests
conduit for influencing and lobbying HM Government and
promotion of 'World Class Excellence' within member companies
training seminars on 'World Class Best Practice'
UKLA Metalworking Fluids - Product Stewardship programme
examples of best practice via LUBE
|Education & Training
promotion and availability of relevant training to the
membership on issue based topics
specific lubricants training: the Certification of Lubricant
Competence Course (CLC)
forum for debate on topical non-competitive industry issues
regional activity for local participation
regional business meetings, seminars and conferences to
- Industry consolidation,
- Impact of REACh
- Accelerating impact of new
EU & UK Legislation & Regulations on the sector
- Environmental & health
issues for safe disposal of used lubricants
- Educating end-users about
lubricant's performance and quality levels
- Standards and specifications
- Clean Air Regulations
- Search for 'filled for life'
|How are we structured?
The Association's democratically elected Board of eleven Directors
directs all activities, and includes 8 Vice Presidents who represent
the membership and the Association's activities to the Board.
2005-10 United Kingdom Lubricants Association Ltd.