Shell today announces that Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30 and Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 have met the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)’s latest specifications for engine oil performance.
In order to adhere to the ACEA’s new A3/B4 2012 requirements, the products underwent a series of rigorous tests. As in previous years, these tests assessed their performance in a variety of areas, including engine protection and fuel economy. For the first time, however, the oils also went through a new CEC L-105 Low-Temperature Pumpability test. This analysed their performance in the presence of a biofuel, reflecting the growing importance of these fuels in the energy mix.
Both Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30 and Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 performed strongly during each element of the ACEA testing process and were judged to work as effectively with biofuels as with regular gasoline or diesel.
Richard Dixon, Shell Helix Technology Manager, said:
“Shell Helix Ultra 5W-30 and 5W-40 are among the first engine oils to meet the new ACEA 2012 specifications, underlining Shell’s commitment to offering our lubricants customers the same high-level of performance and protection no matter what type of fuel they use.”
Global mandates for reducing CO2 emissions across the road transport sector mean that biofuels have an important role to play in powering the vehicles of the future. However, they have also been shown to have a potentially negative effect on engine efficiency and longevity; a challenge that Shell takes extremely seriously.
Dr Dixon added:
“In the future, biofuels will be an increasingly vital part of the energy mix, so it is up to companies like Shell to develop lubricants that offer high levels of performance and protection when used alongside them. The fact that Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 and 5W-30 continue to meet the evolving performance specifications such as those set by ACEA should reassure our customers that they will do exactly that.”
Notes to Editors
Helix Ultra Delivers Performance against Latest Industry Specifications
Global mandates for CO2 reduction are driving massive change across the transportation industry, both in terms of vehicle efficiency and through the energy sourcing mix. This is reflected in global legislation towards reducing tail pipe CO2 emissions and increasing alternative fuel usage through bio-derived components.
Despite CO2 benefits, biofuels blended in gasoline and diesel can affect engine operating efficiency and longevity. This provides substantial concern for Europe’s automotive producers, who through the release of the 2012 ACEA oil sequences, look to engine lubricant manufacturers to provide enhanced protection for the current and future vehicle fleet via bio fuel compatible formulations.
The 2012 ACEA oil sequences are specifically designed to protect against biofuel related issues whilst maintaining existing performance targets such as fuel economy. This is achieved through a demanding combination of new test methods and more stringent iterations of previous metrics.
Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 and 5W-30 meet the requirements of the new ACEA 2012 sequence, for example the requirements of the new CEC L-105 Low-Temperature Pumpability test in the presence of biofuel.
ABOUT SHELL LUBRICANTS:
The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries. We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range these include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools and Shell LubeAnalyst - early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure. Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), the UK and the USA. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development. Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
Shell is recognised as the world’s leading lubricants company by the tenth annual Kline and Company report on the global lubricants sector (“Global Lubricants Industry 2011: Market Analysis and Assessment”), which confirmed that Shell maintained its volume leadership position during 2011, enjoying a 13% market share.
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