Recently there have been moves to reduce costs in the automotive industry. Models have become internationalised and are increasingly shared amongst past competitors. Currency movements have seen countries like Australia emerging as viable exporters of cars and components.Such changes have implications for automotive coolant manufacturers for continuing survival in the global market. Local and overseas standards have often conflicting requirements not satisfied by single formulations. Countries with divergent influences from the US, Japan and Europe, need to develop universally acceptable products and help realisation of truly international specifications and recommended practices.