The International Fluids Consortium (IFC) was created to simplify and streamline the fluid specification development process, while fostering strong collaboration with industry partners. OEM members define fluid specification needs based upon vehicle hardware requirements and they support test development by providing hardware and engineering expertise. All IFC members have the opportunity to participate in specification development and maintenance activities through the Technical Committees and comment on official drafts of specifications. OEM members approve final specifications and recommend IFC certified fluids for their vehicles.
The IFC structure supports a portfolio of fluid specifications to accommodate the varied fluid needs of vehicles. Multiple specifications may be developed simultaneously in response to evolving vehicle requirements.
IFC GEO-1 and IFC GEO-2
The first two IFC specifications under review are IFC GEO-1 and IFC GEO-2. Both specifications cover a wider range of viscosity grades than what is currently available today, including viscosity grades below 0W-16. This is a priority because there currently is no global specification that covers both low and traditional viscosity grades. These two new IFC specifications are designed to service the majority of current and newly developed combustion engine technologies for several years. GEO-1 and GEO-2 are expected to be released later this year and development on electrified vehicle specifications will begin shortly thereafter.
GEO-1 specification is designed for engine oils used in passenger cars and light-duty trucks with spark ignited internal combustion engines. It covers the full viscosity range of 0W-8, 0W-12, 0W-16, 0W-20, 5W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30, and 10W-30. GEO-1 combines multiple regional specifications into one global specification.
GEO-2 specification is designed for GPF-compatible engine oils used in passenger cars and light-duty trucks with spark ignited internal combustion engines. It also covers the full viscosity range of 0W-8, 0W-12, 0W-16, 0W-20, 5W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30, and 10W-30.