Millers Oils helps garages and factors meet growing aftermarket demand for 0w30 oils
Next-generation powertrains drive lower viscosity lubricants
22 January 2015, Brighouse, Yorkshire – British lubricant developer Millers Oils has added a new 0w30 oil to its XF Longlife range to help garages and factors meet growing demands for low viscosity oils in the aftermarket. Opportunities for this product have been driven by vehicle manufacturers introducing the latest generation of high-efficiency powertrains, which require specific formulations of lower viscosity oils.
Millers Oils is one of a small number of companies to provide this grade, which is suitable for a range of popular vehicles including models from; Land Rover, Volvo, Honda, Mazda and Renault. The XF Longlife 0w30 meets the stringent requirements of the vehicle manufacturers’ specifications and ACEA A5/B5 – 12 and API SL, CF performance profiles, offering garages and consumers assurance of its quality. The new oil is available in barrels and in 25L, 5L and 1L packs, allowing the garage to buy the appropriate amount for its customers’ needs.
“As more efficient engines and drivelines are introduced, the pressure to develop lubricants that can handle higher contact loads while cutting friction levels increases,” says Millers Oils technical director Martyn Mann. “This trend is reflected in the move towards lower viscosity oils in vehicle manufacturers’ specifications but they need highly advanced additive packs if they are to adequately protect engine components. Our customers have told us that the demand for this grade in the aftermarket is growing and the products are not there to support it. We developed our XF Longlife 0w30 oil to provide the product that the aftermarket so urgently requires.”
The automotive industry has seen a significant increase in the diversification of oils grades over the past twenty years and the requirement for low viscosity oils further complicates this matter for workshops and garages. With the introduction of XF Longlife 0w30 Millers Oils now has a complete range of oils that enables workshops to satisfy the needs of their customers.
“An efficient oil such as XF Longlife 0w30 can provide a fuel economy boost in the first 15 minutes of a vehicle starting, offering a significant annual fuel saving as well as helping to protect the engine during cold-starts when it is most vulnerable,” says Mann. “There is further scope for oils to become thinner yet and we will certainly see this as legislation increases the pressure on vehicle manufacturers to develop more efficient technologies.”
About Millers Oils
Millers Oils was founded in 1887 by John Watson Miller, and since then the company has displayed a talent for innovation and industry firsts. It was the first to offer diesel specific engine oil for cars and continues to push boundaries to earn its place as a world leader in the technology of low friction. In January 2012, Millers Oils launched nanotechnology engine oils. When tested against a competitor’s oil of the same viscosity, Nanodrive recorded 40% lower friction at operating temperatures of 110°C, with significantly improved film strength. Millers Oils uses the expertise gained in motorsport and performance car development to ensure it remains a leader in automotive and commercial vehicle oils Millers Oils devotes an equivalent R&D effort to its broad range of industrial lubricants, most recently into hydraulic oil subjected to spot operating temperatures of +130 C in systems fitted with nitrogen accumulators used in offshore drilling operations. The resulting Millers Oils product is now in international use.
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