Petro-Canada Lubricants launches PC-11 awareness campaign

Petro-Canada Lubricants, a Suncor business, launched its “Here Comes the Future” campaign at the 2016 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition today. The campaign is designed to increase awareness of the new PC-11 generation of North American diesel engine oils and the impact that they will have on heavy-duty vehicle operators.

The category will include two-tiers of engine oils, with PC-11A to be formally known as API CK-4, which will be an upgrade to the current lubricant specification and will be completely backwards-compatible with older diesel engine oil categories. The sister category, PC-11B, will be known as API FA-4 and will have limited backwards compatibility due to their focus on a lower high temperature high shear range, which enables major fuel economy benefits without sacrificing engine protection. The first licensing date for API CK-4 and API FA-4 heavy-duty engine oils is December 2016.

“We believe that PC-11 will deliver major efficiency and operational benefits for businesses operating heavy-duty vehicles in North America, but more needs to be done to raise awareness of this, which is why we have introduced the ‘Here Comes the Future’ campaign,” said Howard McIntyre, vice president, Lubricants, Suncor.

“Here Comes the Future” hopes to address the current industry knowledge gap to provide clear and concise information on how PC-11 products will differ from their predecessors, the technology behind them and the impact that they will have for both on-road and off-road operators around the world.

A new website,, will be launched in March as part of the campaign, and will act as a comprehensive guide to the new category, hosting the latest news and insights into the impact of the new specification.

Petro-Canada Lubricants is developing and testing its own next generation of PC-11 approved engine oils that utilise best in class technology to deliver ultimate engine protection for heavy-duty vehicles.