I thought your earlier posts mentioning end retailers was by chance, but I'm convinced now, that you keep posting that way for your personal agenda.
Please try to be somewhat factual, and address oil filter companies by the oil filter company names, not be the end retailer. The retailer doesn't make it, and you know that.
Yes I can help with that. I have no personal agenda and do not benefit either way by choice. Just want to help people understand risk.
Yes, no distributors and no auto companies make filters. There are only about 5-6 major filter companies. Part of my point is that aftermarket parts distributors -- source their filters from the same 5-6 filter companies but from their aftermarket divisions. The auto companies source from the same 5-6 filter companies but from the OEM division. These divisions in the filter companies are different. The auto, industrial goods, aerospace, food industry etc, partner with the filter companies to make OEM spec filters.the OEM company has filter engineers that work with the filter company engineers to create specific designs. Sometimes the filter company owns the technical design rights and other times the OEM owns the rights. Either way, the filter manufacturer does not sell these exact filters to their filter manufacture aftermarket division. Therefore the aftermarket distributor (any distributor that is not the auto OEM dealer) is selling different filter designs.
Occasionally a OEM will choose to take a filter "off the shelf" of the filter manufacturer. In this case, the filter may be the same, but you and I have no way of determining this. In the case if the Eco Diesel filter, because there is very little information out there, this is a unique design that Chrysler designed with the filter company.
Examples of major global filter companies: Donaldson, Wix, fleetguard, Sojefi, Fram, Mann & Hummel. There is probably a couple more medium size filter manufacturers but these are the big ones. These filter companies have multiple brand names, for their aftermarket divisions, and sell through napa walmart et al (names don't matter). These are the filter companies that the auto companies go to for a design that meets the auto specs, and then these filters are branded to OEM brand like BMW Mopar/Chrysler etc. some filter focus more on cost and high volume while others on quality and uniques designs with higher performance.
I am trying to be educational since I studied this industry while in a previous job at an industrial OEM, so if any of this is unclear please let me know. Happy to share information. I have no agenda. If saying that if you own is VW buy VW filters, if own a ford buy ford filter because you are guaranteed to get design specs that the OEM intended is biased, then buy the after market filter and ignore this thread. For me it is cheap insurance and piece if mind to get consistent quality, and I'll worry about other things.