Commercial Vehicles are Expected to Drive the Coolants Market in the United States

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Opportunities in Coolants: Global Market Analysis

Written by Eric Pimenta and Pooja Sharma

In 2016, the total demand for undiluted antifreeze in the United States is estimated at nearly 620 kilotonnes. This represents an increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.6% from the 2011 volume of about 600 kilotonnes.

The U.S. antifreeze market is essentially glycol-based, with mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) and propylene glycol currently being the two most popular base-fluids used for formulating antifreezes. With 84% of the total antifreeze market, MEG is the leading base-fluid type. (more…)

The Foreseeable Challenges of the Global Wax Industry

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Global Wax Industry: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Written by: Eric Pimenta and Pooja Sharma

The wax industry faces a future of changing wax supplies. While global wax demand is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.5% until 2019, wax supply growth will be much slower at a CAGR of 0.4% during the forecast period. Despite a strong increase in the supply of synthetic and natural waxes, growth in the overall supply will not suffice to meet the rise in demand. (more…)

The Emerging Moroccan Consumer Automotive Segment Benefits from an Improved Economy and Modernized Vehicle Parc

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Moroccan Consumer Automotive Segment

The total demand for consumer automotive lubricants in Morocco is an estimated 29 kilotonnes in 2015. The largest share of the demand comes from engine oils, including PCMO, PCDO, and 2T/4T, with a demand of over 70% of the total consumer lubricant volume. This is followed by gear oil with about 13% and grease and ATF with the remaining share.

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Regulations and Fuel Economy Norms Will Continue to Affect Fuel Additive Consumption

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Global Fuel Additives: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Written By: Eric Pimenta and Kunal Mahajan

According to the recently published Global Fuel Additives: Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline, global fuel additive consumption is about 820 kilotonnes in 2016. North America is the largest fuel additive-consuming region in the world due to its high fuel consumption for transportation, as well as supported by the mandated additive usage for gasoline in the United States.

Fuel additives are categorized into three key segments: blending, shipping, and storage, performance additives, and the aftermarket. (more…)

The Consumer Automotive Segment is Expected to Drive the Chinese Finished Lubricants Market

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Opportunities in Lubricants: China Market Analysis

Written By: Eric Pimenta and David Tsui

According to the recently published Opportunities in Lubricants: China Market Analysis report from global market research and management consulting firm Kline, total consumption of lubricants in China is estimated at 7,000 kilotonnes, valued at an estimated USD 26 billion in 2015.

In China, the total consumption of consumer automotive lubricants in 2015 is estimated at 1,400 kilotonnes, valued at approximately USD 11 billion and forecast to grow 3.7% by 2020, with new passenger car sales growing 9.2% during the first half of 2016. This includes factory-fill for all product categories and greases. (more…)

Meet the New Normal: Bio-based Lubricants to Become More Prevalent in the Coming Years

Historically, bio-lubricants have constituted a small percentage of the finished lubricants market globally. The leading markets for bio-lubricants are primarily in North America and Europe, including the United States, Germany, and the Nordic countries.

In 2014, the market seemed to have tremendous potential. Now, in the early days of 2017, we are slowly witnessing the fruits of that potential. Government regulations and procurement seem to have created a demand for bio-based lubricants. However, it seems government initiatives alongside regulations and emergence of high performance basestocks are pushing the once niche segment to the forefront, albeit moderately. (more…)

South American Finished Lubricants Market: Time for Rebuilding

Sergio Rebelo addresses the audience at the 12th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference
Sergio Rebelo addresses the audience at the 12th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference

In a presentation at the ICIS Pan-American Conference held in December 2016, Sergio Rebelo, Managing Director in Kline’s South America affiliate, Factor, discussed the struggles and opportunities of the South American finished lubricants market.

South America has a population of 419 million and a continental GDP of USD 3.6 trillion, roughly 5% of the global total. The top countries in terms of GDP are Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. Nonetheless, the region is undoubtedly experiencing a challenging economic climate. Projected growth has been cut in half since 2010 and is forecast to grow 2.5% per annum until 2020. (more…)

Growth in the Latin American and Caribbean Finished Lubricants Market is at a Turning Point

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Opportunities in Lubricants: Latin America and Caribbean Market Analysis

Overall demand for finished lubricants in Latin America and the Caribbean was negatively affected by the regional economic downturn during the period from 2014 to 2016. However, this general challenging picture is hiding a number of dynamic markets, such as Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Costa Rica, where lubricant demand is posting above-average industry growth, finds the recently published Opportunities in Lubricants: Latin America and Caribbean Market Analysis report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.

As the region starts to pick up, it is entering a new post-recession cycle in 2017. The regional differences emerging show that growth will not be uniform. (more…)

Lucrative Opportunities Exist in the Nascent Lubricants for Wind Turbines Market

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Lubricants for Wind Turbines: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities

The split of lubricant consumption by region tracks the division of global installed capacity. China is the largest market for lubricants used in wind energy, accounting for 34% of total demand, followed closely by the United States with 21%. Germany and India account for an approximate share of 6% each. However, Germany’s demand is slightly more than that of India according to the recent Lubricants for Wind Turbines: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline. (more…)

Increased M&A Activity of Finished Lubricant Distributors

synthetic lubricants, finished lubricants market,Over the past decade, the consumer automotive finished lubes value chain has become a hotbed of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.

The most active areas of M&A activity in the lubes industry, in terms of number of deals, has been among distributors. Over the past 20 years, some 70 mergers or acquisitions have been closed by the following five leading distributors: PetroChoice, RelaDyne, Pilot Thomas Logistics, Brenntag, and Flyers Energy.

There are several forces leading to lube distributor consolidation. Lube distributors are often family-owned. Estate planning and succession can present issues as the next generation of the family decides whether or not to continue operating the business or to divest to either a strategic or financial buyer. (more…)