At the APFI Forum 2017 held in Melbourne, the proposal for a new association the Australian Association of Lubricant Manufacturers (AALM) was tabled.

This Association has grown out of a requirement for an organisation that can validate that the growing number of lubricant grades that are purchased match the specifications claimed on the label.  The vision of the Association is to promote industry best practice and stakeholder awareness in the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of lubricant products to the Australian community.

The AALM will be an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a mission to advance the quality and reputation of the Australian lubricant industry to the advantage of all Australians.  They will do this by:

  • ensuring that lubricants imported and manufactured in Australia meet international specifications
  • ensuring that false claims, misleading and deceptive conduct within the industry is eradicated

There are a few factors that have increased the competition for lubricant importers, manufacturers and distributors across the country – these include Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMS) and Engine Builders (EBS) manufacturing equipment and engines to more exacting specifications which require an increase in lubricant grades and also that retail competition is tough – customers want quality lubricants at the cheapest price.

The methods employed to achieve the goals set out above will be:

  • Advocating the adoption of legislation to ensure lubricant quality in Australia
  • Assisting consumers with the selection of fit for purpose lubricants
  • Supporting best practice operations within the industry

Membership of the AALM is open to lubricant manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and the suppliers of raw materials and services to the industry.

A Steering Committee is currently being set up to create and approve policies and a business plan and to develop the constitution.  If your business is interested in either joining this Steering Committee or receiving information on membership of the AALM please confirm via email to before 13 October 2017.