- 1. How long has Valvoline NextGen been in development?
We do not publicly disclose our R&D timelines, but Valvoline has been researching and testing various products using re-refined base oil for several years. Only now has the technology and quality of the re-refined product reached a level where it was possible to create NextGen and ensure it exceeds all industry standards and reduces environmental impact.
- 2. Why is there only 50% re-refined oil and not 100% in NextGen?
It’s possible to increase the amount of re-refined oil in NextGen, however, our estimates indicate that availability of the high quality re-refined base stock Valvoline requires to produce NextGen is limited. As supply of re-refined oil increases, we will continue to explore alternative formulations.
- 3. Is NextGen the first engine oil to use re-refined base oil?
Valvoline NextGen is the first product made with re-refined to be widely available the market. Valvoline’s unique blending process and NextGen’s additive package ensures that it is made to the same high quality standards as other Valvoline products that meet or exceed engine manufacturer and SAE, API and ACEA specifications
- 4. Why is it important to recycle engine oil and how is Valvoline furthering the cause?
Every year, over 350 million litres of oil are consumed in Australian cars and trucks. Using re-refined oil cuts fossil fuel use, lowers emissions and reduces environmental impact. It also helps ensure used oil does not find its way into our water supply, where it can have a myriad of harmful effects.
- 5. Is Valvoline going to extend the practice of using re-refined oil to other product lines beyond NextGen?
While we believe NextGen is the most exciting news in the category in years, we will continue to offer virgin crude-based products to meet the demands of all our consumers.
- 6. What are the disadvantages of using re-refined oil versus virgin crude?
Quality is not compromised with today’s re-refining processes. Re-refined oil can be made to spec as virgin base stock. However, not all base oils are made to Valvoline’s standards. Valvoline sources only the highest quality base stock whether virgin or re-refined. The only disadvantage of using re-refined base stock is limited availability.
- 7. What is the cost difference between NextGen and other Valvoline engine oils?
Valvoline pricing for NextGen is the same as our regular high quality Valvoline motor oils. The high quality re-refined base stock required for NextGen is priced similarly to virgin base stock. Consequently the cost of producing NextGen is at the same level as regular Valvoline engine and hydraulic oils.
- 8. Where will Valvoline NextGen be available?
You can find Valvoline NextGen at your local auto retailer – like Supercheap Auto. In convenience stores, you can find Valvoline NextGen in Big W. You can click here to use the Valvoline store locator or look at the list of retailers in the WHERE TO BUY section at the bottom of this web site. We recommend calling ahead to check store stock levels as all store stock levels vary.
- 9. Will Valvoline have dedicated facilities for NextGen production?
No. NextGen is produced alongside other oils in our Australian plant.
- 10. Will it cost more to produce NextGen?
As a general rule, it will not cost more to manufacture NextGen products, however, if new (additional) sales volumes outstrip existing production capacities, additional capital investments in our plants may be necessary.
- 11. Valvoline claims using re-refined oil takes sufficiently less resources than refining crude oil. How much less energy?
The process of re-refining used oil eliminates a number of steps involved in the manufacturing of virgin crude oil. As such, NextGen offers environmental benefits in reduced acidification, decreased global warming potential and significantly less resource depletion.
- 12. Where does Valvoline get the re-refined oil used in NextGen?
Valvoline does not publicly disclose its suppliers, but we purchase high-quality re-refined base oil stock from the best re-refiners in Australia. We then formulate with advanced additives to make high performance Valvoline motor oil that exceeds API manufacturer specifications.
- 13. What is the proper protocol for consumers who want to recycle their oil?
Consumers should take care to place used oil in a clean plastic container with a tight lid and should never store used oil in a container that has held chemicals, food, or beverages. Oil should not be mixed with anything else, such as coolant, solvent, or paint. Additional oil can be recovered by draining used oil filters. Thoroughly drained filters can be disposed of in household trash. Many automotive retailers and council recycling centres collect used motor oil for recycling.
- 14. Beyond NextGen, how else is Valvoline adopting green business practices?
Valvoline is taking actions to continuously reduce our environmental impact. Valvoline provides our customers with used oil collection and recycling. Valvoline is a participant in the Recycling Plastic Oil Containers Program.
- 15. Is Valvoline implementing any other practices to reduce its carbon footprint?
Valvoline is always analyzing ways to continue to reduce its carbon footprint. All our buildings in Australia aim to improve energy efficiency and minimize energy and water consumption.