Institute of Materials

The Institute of Materials (IOM) was founded in 1984 in Midland, Michigan U.S.A. to provide reliable and unbiased data on the physical, chemical, and performance-associated characteristics of automotive engine oil obtained from the worldwide marketplace. Serving the oil and lubricant industry, IOM publishes the world's largest independent compilation of engine oil test data. Bench test performance data is available on engine oil samples collected throughout North & South American, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, including Russia and South Africa.

In 1984 IOM collected and tested 110 oils from the marketplace throughout North America as a pilot program. The program continued and has grown into an annual collection of over 650 retails oils from around the world. In total, IOM has collected and evaluated more than 18,000 oils, publishing the results annually.

IOM is a privately held company. Sister companies include King Refrigeration, Tannas Co. and Savant Labs, all of which are members of the Savant Group of companies. All four Savant Group companies are ISO 9001:2008 certified and actively participate in industry organizations involved with the advancement and quality control of lubrication such as the ASTMSAEILSAC, STLE, ILMA, EI and CEC.