Participation in the American Petroleum Institute’s Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System is climbing, after several years of little or no growth, a recent staff report revealed. APIs 2005 audit of engine oils in the marketplace also showed gains in quality versus past years, with only a tiny fraction of licensed products falling short of their claimed performance level, and no significant deviations with the potential to cause engine damage.
At its May 2 meeting in San Francisco, the API Lubricants Committee heard an update from EOLCS administrator Kevin Ferrick. From 2000 to 2004, he noted, the number of API licensees had plateaued around 520. In 2005, however, the number of licensees increased to 545, and the number of countries with at least one licensee climbed to 57, from 52 the year before. The major geographic area contributing new licensees is Asia, going from 136 to 149 participants, while the number of licensees from other geographic areas stayed roughly the same.