ILSAC GF-7: Timing is Everything
As the PCMO market leader in North America, Afton is keen to see the industry adopt a more efficient approach to new specification development, supporting the OEM need for advanced technology. The OEM proposal for ILSAC GF-7 addresses both industry needs, benefiting oil marketers, OEMs, and the consumer.
The current proposed staged change includes the introduction of API SP PLUS, followed by the 0W-8 & 0W-12 grades built into ILSAC GF-6B, and then the definition of GF-7 in 2028. Afton believes, instead, that a single meaningful upgrade to a more demanding GF-7 specification based on existing engine tests for 1Q25 is a more efficient, streamlined use of industry resources. This approach enables oil marketers to offer customers a defined upgrade in performance versus GF-6. The revised timing of the first licensing for GF-7 in 1Q25 also aligns with the extremely challenging EPA Greenhouse Gas emission standards. It will provide a meaningful contribution to OEM plans to meet those challenging standards with enhanced fuel efficiency and oil robustness.
View excerpts from Afton's presentation at ILMA Engage 2023 below.
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