Plenty of space for growth resides within the finished lubricants market, particularly within niche markets, such as bio-lubricants. Currently comprised of roughly 1% of the total finished lubricant market and driven by governmental regulations, it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5% over the next five years, according to the latest report Opportunities in Bio-lubricants: Global Market Analysis by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.
Finding opportunities in the global finished lubricants industry is becoming increasingly challenging as volumetric demand growth in many of the leading countries has been flat as Kline’s Global Lubricants: Market Analysis and Assessment report shows. This market situation asks for an aggressive plan when all marketers must watch for the far-out signals. Savvy marketers can then decode these signals into an actionable plan to grow lubricants sales and market share for years to come.
Energy conservation, GHG regulations, and modernization of vehicle fleets and heavy equipment drive the lubricants market towards higher performance oils which in turn leads to an increase in additive consumption, particularly for dispersants, antioxidants, and viscosity modifiers, according to the recently published Global Lubricant Additives: Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.
Lubricant additives are used to enhance the performance of base oil. They are used to improve wear, thickening, oxidative stability, cleanliness, and dispersancy of the fully-formulated fluid, among others. Additive consumption depends on several factors, such as specification upgrades and drain intervals. (more…)
Kline’s July 2017 edition of the Base Stock Production and Re-refining Cash Margins Index, which characterizes recent cash margin contributions in the U.S. base oil market, indicates market turbulence since 3rd Quarter 2016. View July’s 2017 chart demonstrating direct cash margins on conventional and re-refined Group II base stock production on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
According to the Global Lubricant Basestocks report, the basestock market registered a very small growth in 2016 over the previous year. While Group II and III basestocks registered good growth rates, Group I continued on a downward trajectory. The global basestock market is in the middle of witnessing substantial structural changes. These changes are stimulated by changing demand patterns due to evolving technological and environment requirements, as well as changes in the supply landscape. (more…)
According to the Opportunities in Lubricants: North American Market Analysis (Industrial Oils and Fluids) report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline, overall U.S. consumption of industrial oils and fluids is an estimated 1,200-1,300 million gal with process oil as the leading product category, accounting for slightly less than half of the market. (more…)
About the conference and impressions
The CIS Base Oils and Lubricants conference has gained significant traction since its start five years ago, becoming a highly recognized event within the CIS (Community of Independent States) region. The conference’s agenda is exclusively dedicated to the base oils and lubricants industries in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and other CIS countries; however, every year, the number of international guests increases, mainly from Western Europe, but also from the United States, India, China, etc. (more…)
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…)
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 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.