What drive us
At Total Lubricants we understand our responsibilities to people and to the environment. The products we develop have the potential to reduce the environmental impact every time an engine starts, and of every journey, every construction project and every business vehicle. From meeting and exceeding environmental regulations through to the innovative work we’re doing on future engine oils, our aim is for a more sustainable tomorrow.
Quality and safety
Meeting and exceeding industry standards for quality, safety and protection of the environment are key drivers for us, and at Total Lubricants we take these responsibilities very seriously. We are fully compliant with the European regulations outlined by REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. As such, we aim to protect human health and the environment from the hazards of handling and processing chemicals.
We have also achieved all the key ISO certifications for our industry. Total Automotive Lubricants and its production plants are certified under ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 for the sites that manufacture products for the automotive industry. Our production plants are also ISO 14001 certified and were granted the OHSAS 18001 certification in 2015.
Total Lubricants works closely with all key industrial organisations and associations around the world to ensure our products meet the latest standards.
These bodies include:
- SAE – The Society of Automobile Engineers in the United States, which sets engine lubricant specifications based on their viscosity index at low temperature, and operating temperature. Hence 5W-30 indicates an oil with a viscosity index at low temperature of 5 and the operating temperature, 30.
- ACEA – The European Automobile Manufacturers Association classifies lubricants according to their technical specifications and the requirements of each engine type. Total works with both the Association and its members to meet engine protection specifications with all the main types of fuel.
- API – The American Petroleum Institute includes members from petroleum companies, additive manufacturers, car manufacturers and test laboratories. It classifies the performance of lubricants, and creates new classifications as standards change and improve – such as today’s focus on fuel economy and reducing environmental impact.
- ILSAC – The International Lubricants Standardisation and Approval Committee creates lubricant specifications for passenger cars, testing and certifying lubricants according to engine protection qualities, fuel economy, post treatment systems and more. Total has reformulated its product range to meet the highest ILSAC GF-5 standard, and we’re currently working towards the upcoming GF-6.
- JASO – The Japanese Automotive Standards Organisation has its own standards for performance and quality for Japanese engines, and Total works closely with the Organisation and its members.
- EURO Standards – The European Union has continually raised standards since the 1990s with the aim of improving air quality. Total is equally committed to the environment and develops oils enabling automotive manufacturers to meet these standards.
Total encourages all users of automotive lubricants to dispose of used oils in the right way through an approved recycler. We continue to campaign for road safety to bring down the number of deaths caused by collision, and to make the roads a safer place no matter where you are in the world.
Innovation for the environment
Driven by the goal of making engines consume less fuel and cutting emissions, we invest heavily in research and development. At the Total Research & Technology Centre in Gonfreville, our Technical Centre in Mumbai and the Research Centre in Solaize, Total’s scientists and technicians lead the world in the design and development of new lubricants.
Our focus is on the future, constantly anticipating the needs of our customers and improving industrial standards as new engine technologies are developed. We are continually investing in:
- Skilled teams across scientific disciplines including chemistry, mathematics and engineering.
- The latest testing tools.
- Sophisticated analytical facilities down to the molecular level.
- Support teams in computing, documentation, quality and safety.
We work closely with our customers and with leaders in the automotive industry with the aim of achieving great products today, and excellent solutions for future generations.
Sustainability for the future
Global warming is a real threat, and Total Lubricants recognises the need to control pollution of the atmosphere, as well as the environment in general. That is why we are committed to:
- Reducing particulate emissions – Total’s Low SAPS technology has brought down levels of sulphated ash, phosphorus and sulphur in our product range. With our new generation Total Quartz Ineo and Total Rubia lines, we have led the way in protecting engines and optimising post treatment systems, while maintaining long drain intervals meaning you can drive for longer between services.
- Greater fuel economy - Cleaner air is also the focus of our Fuel Economy lubricants. For over 15 years, Total has been leading the way by offering engine oils that help reduce fuel consumption while at the same time ensuring the best protection for your engine. In addition to cutting fuel costs and reducing emissions, improving engine performance and lifespan adds to the advantages. Look for the FE logo on our products.
- Biodegradable oils, sustainable sources - Our innovation has resulted in the development of a range of biolubricants for engines, gearboxes, transmissions, hydraulic systems, chainsaws and speedboat engines. Made using sustainable resources and classed as biodegradable by regulators, in most cases these products have earned the European Ecolabel. Total is the only manufacturer to market lubricants with Bio and Fuel Economy characteristics.