About IFC

The International Fluids Consortium (IFC) is a not-for-profit membership organization focused on developing and maintaining global fluid specifications for the future of mobility. Founded by vehicle manufacturers, IFC provides a forum to identify fluid technology needs to align with evolving hardware requirements and collaborate with industry partners to accelerate the development and commercialization of vehicle fluids.

What we Do

OEMs are designing new and innovative vehicle technology faster than ever before. This places a greater emphasis on vehicle fluids, which are a critical component in supporting the evolution of vehicles. Fluid technology must keep pace with vehicle technology to maintain momentum towards the future.

IFC was founded to improve the industry specification process. Up until IFC, industry specifications have been regionalized, with progress reliant on group consensus across multiple segments of the industry. This process fosters duplication and inefficiencies. Disenfranchised OEMs have separated from the industry, creating individual OEM specifications and further fragmenting the industry.

IFC changes this by simplifying the fluid specification development and maintenance process. OEMs define the fluid needs for their vehicles and drive the specification development process, collaborating heavily with industry partners to develop fluid technology. Having OEMs lead fluid specification development streamlines and globalizes the process.

Membership in IFC is open to all industry participants interested in collaborating on specification development and supporting consortium activities. Members include vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 OEMs, and industry partners involved in the development, production, and support of vehicle fluids.

Specification development and other activities are carried out through technical committees. All IFC members may participate on one or more Technical Committees, encouraging full engagement with the industry.

Funding for IFC technical activities comes from multiple sources. Fluid marketers wishing to become licensed and offer IFC certified products provide licensing revenue. Central parts warehousing and distribution of engine test hardware provide test hardware revenue. IFC membership fees are also a source of revenue. As a not-for-profit organization, all revenue generated by IFC activities remains within the organization and is used solely to support its technical activities. 

Our Mission & Philosphy

OUR MISSION

  • To develop and maintain fluid specifications for optimal vehicle performance.
  • To promote global awareness, availability, and use of IFC-approved fluids.
  • To implement processes for sustaining ongoing fluid development and quality.

OUR PHILOSOPHY and VISION

  • Embrace simple and efficient methods to unlock innovation and improve performance.
  • Be agile and responsive to changes in mobility and proactively find solutions to unmet needs.
  • Use existing best practices when appropriate and create new when necessary.
  • Encourage global thinking.
  • Systematically collaborate with industry partners for the common good of society.

OUR OPERATING PRINCIPLES

  • Provide clear and simple direction.
  • Take considered action promptly with long-term vision.
  • Maintain focus and attention to detail.
  • Utilize global capabilities when applicable.
  • Make a start and take manageable steps toward the greater goal.
  • Conduct research under controlled conditions with technical excellence.

Our Structure

SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE
The overall structure of IFC is simple yet effective. Four divisions support success of the IFC mission:

IFC is led by OEMs, yet fully engages with the industry. All members can elect to participate in technical committees, support marketing & communication activities, and participate in the licensing program.

With these four divisions and their functions, IFC is fully self-sufficient. It may choose to use existing industry best practices to fulfill a need, or it may develop its own best practices. For example, in the development of a new specification, IFC may choose to use existing industry tests or develop new IFC tests.

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OUR STRUCTURE​

SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE
The overall structure of IFC is simple yet effective. Four divisions support success of the IFC mission:

IFC is led by OEMs, yet fully engages with the industry. All members can elect to participate in technical committees, support marketing & communication activities, and participate in the licensing program.

With these four divisions and their functions, IFC is fully self-sufficient. It may choose to use existing industry best practices to fulfill a need, or it may develop its own best practices. For example, in the development of a new specification, IFC may choose to use existing industry tests or develop new IFC tests.

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