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.

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Towards a

Sustainable and Innovative Lubricants Industry

ATIEL Technical Seminar

22 June 2022 | 9H00-16H15 CET time

Stanhope Hotel, rue du commerce 9, 1040 Brussels



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.


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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

The 7th ATIEL Technical Seminar was held in Brussels on 22nd of June. The event brought together 80 participants including representatives of the European Commission, member companies and other sectoral European organisations. In his opening speech ATIEL President Marco Digioia set the tone, noting that the lubricant industry is a key player in the automotive industrial value chain. “ATIEL is ready to play its part bringing about its experience and contribution for an innovative and sustainable transport and automotive sector” he said. The European Commission gave a presentation on Circular Economy and where we are in the future amendment of the Waste Framework Directive. Two roundtables “Lubricants and Sustainability” and “Global Chemical Compliance” followed, with knowledgeable panellists investigating cooperation opportunities and providing an interactive debate. In the afternoon session the chairs of ATIEL Technical Committees presented the work of their groups. All speakers emphasised the importance of continued collaboration to ensure that the lubricant industry retains its place at the centre of sustainability, to a competitive low-carbon economy and better serving manufacturers, users and the real economy.
ACEA have released the new 2022 ACEA Heavy Duty oil sequences on the 1st of May 2022. New oil categories and new engine test hardware are adopted. ACEA E6-2016 and E9-2016 have been replaced by ACEA E8-2022 and ACEA E11-2022. ACEA E7 and ACEA E4 will remain, however new engine test hardware is adopted and test limits for existing tests have been revised.  
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.