The International Fluids Consortium (IFC): By Vehicle Manufacturers for Vehicle Owners


Today representatives from some of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers announced the formation of the International Fluids Consortium (IFC). At SAE International’s WCX™ World Congress Experience Digital Summit, Teri Kowalski, Principal Engineer at Toyota Motor North America, is presenting how the IFC will develop performance-based fluid specifications that will ensure current and future vehicle technologies are supported.

OEMs are designing new and innovative vehicle technology faster than ever before. This evolution is driven by consumer expectations, government regulations, and advancements in technology. Fluids are a critical component in supporting vehicle performance and evolution, benefitting vehicle owners around the world.

Vehicle manufacturers created the International Fluids Consortium (IFC) to better align the reliance on fluid performance in vehicle applications. “The IFC brings Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), fluid manufacturers, marketers, and fluid additive providers together globally to create an improved system for developing these critical fluid specifications to meet vehicle requirements,” said Teri Kowalski. “IFC’s work will harmonize specifications globally, improving productivity and performance while streamlining specification development and validation.”

The IFC’s goal is to accelerate the adoption of new global specifications by connecting and engaging industry experts to improve fluid performance through collaboration. The IFC members share a commitment to advance fluid technology for all vehicle powertrain and ancillary systems found in traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) powered applications as well as Electric Vehicles (EVs).

About the IFC: Founded in 2020, the International Fluids Consortium is a not-for-profit organization created by vehicle manufacturers to encourage innovation and improve performance of fluids to meet the needs of vehicle owners. IFC’s mission is to develop and maintain performance-based fluid specifications for optimizing vehicle performance while promoting global awareness, availability, and use of approved fluids. Additionally, IFC manages a program for certifying, auditing, and easily identifying approved fluids for vehicle owners.

Contact Information:
IFC Program Administrator
Mike Kunselman
Email: admin@IFCStandards.org
Mobile: +1.248.234.3697