Lubricants are the Lifeblood of an Engine

Our Vision

& mission

The Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry (ATIEL)

ATIEL is a non for profit association (ASBL) representing the combined knowledge and experience of leading European and international engine oil manufacturers and marketers.

ATIEL is the technical and innovative hub of the manufacturers, the developers, and marketers in the European Lubricants industry.

By drawing on the technical know-how of its membership, ATIEL promotes consensus on key technical, product stewardship and sustainability issues, ensuring that engine oils continue to contribute to improved wear protection, deposit control, lower emissions, and fuel economy C02 emissions efficiency.



EELQMS (The European
Engine Lubricant Quality
Management System)

EELQMS is a quality management system for automotive engine lubricants. It has been developed jointly by ACEA, ATC and ATIEL. The system is administered by SAIL (Services to Associations and Industry in the Lubricants sector). It is designed to assist lubricant marketers in assuring the quality of their lubricants and the performance claims being made for them in the marketplace.

ACEA European Oil Sequences cover light duty passenger cars & heavy-duty trucks.

They define the minimum quality level of a product for presentation to ACEA members. Individual member companies may indicate performance parameters other than those covered by the tests shown or more stringent limits.

The ATIEL Code of Practice (CoP)-in operation since 1996 – has been developed jointly by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Additives Technical Committee (ATC) and ATIEL. The purpose of this Code is to provide a mechanism and a basis for commitment to standardise practices when developing, marketing, or manufacturing engine lubricants for which compliance with the ACEA Oil Sequences is claimed.

Chemicals play a fundamental role in modern societies and in the lubricants industry. The latter has the duty to ensure safe use of chemicals by complying with all relevant legislation, i.e., REACH.

News in brief

In June 2019, ATIEL,has released the results of a study into the contribution of engine lubricants to improved vehicle fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. The study, produced by independent Global Engineering & Environmental Consultancy, Ricardo, highlights both the direct and indirect impact advanced lubricants can have across the automotive transport sector. Their ability to deliver improvements in mechanical efficiency (reduced friction) has made a significant direct contribution to reduced emissions, including CO2 emissions. The less engine friction, the less energy is required to move the car, the less fuel is burned and the fewer emissions are created.
DUCC members understand that the Commission’s Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) combined with the need for a faster approach to the substitution of the most hazardous chemicals will drive decision making process. At the same time, discussions on this topic and any potential decisions on what will be recognised as an “essential use” will be of highly political nature with unavoidable socioeconomic consequences.consequences.
ACEA 2021 updates the Light-Duty Sequences to replace old engine tests that have reached the end of life, to allow a continuation of the engine oil development process for vehicles already in market. The new tests run on more up to date engine hardware but allow oil marketers to continue to supply oils with proven field performance.

October 2021 - Moscow

Each year the most influential players and decision makers of the International lubricants industry meet at the GLOBAL LUBRICANT CONFERENCE in Moscow. We invite you to join them at this event, now in its 16th year.

The Largest Event of the Lubricants Industry