2018 Lubricants Industry and Most Crucial Trends

Innovation, differentiation, and flexibility are the key to succeeding in the constantly evolving baseoils and lubricants industry. The industry is likely to see fundamental changes in how industry participants do business as a result of changing technology, regulations, lubricant quality and specifications, supply chain, and consumer behavior. In 2018, Kline published many reports covering these new topics in addition to our well-recognized report titles to help clients keep tabs on the industry.

The global finished lubricants market continues to struggle to grow in volume terms due to a shift towards longer-lasting lubricants, among other factors. The market outlook is influenced by many interesting developments, such as shifts in viscosity grades, increasingly stringent emission norms in developing countries, and the growing use of synthetics. Read more about these trends in our reports Global Lubricants: Market Analysis and Assessment and Global Synthetic Lubricants: Market Analysis and Opportunities.

Global lubricants demand is driven by the United States, where the commercial automotive lubricants market is emerging as a bright spot in an overall declining automotive lubricants market. The report Opportunities in Lubricants: North America Market Analysis explains the factors that are augmenting market growth and discusses what the future holds for this segment.

The global PCMO market will experience disruption brought about by such emerging technologies as electric and autonomous vehicles and shared mobility options. The report PCMO Market in 2040: A Long-term Outlook provides an assessment of the impact of these disruptive technologies on the global PCMO market.

Passenger car manufacturers are expanding their revenue stream by monetizing customer loyalty in the lucrative aftersales lubricants market. They are increasingly capturing market share by offering genuine oils. Our OEM Genuine Oil Brands and Programs in the Consumer Automotive Segment: Market Analysis and Opportunities report discusses how this trend is intensifying competition for lubricant suppliers.

The two-wheeler lubricants market, though not untouched by the emerging technologies mentioned above, is a bright spot in an otherwise slow-moving finished lubricants market due to its fast growth in developing economies. Our report Two-wheeler Lubricant Brands and Consumer Insights helps in understanding the consumer lubricant purchasing and brand selection process in select two-wheeler lubricant markets. A companion report called Lubricants for Motorcycles, Scooters, and Mopeds: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities highlights the opportunities and challenges for lubricant marketers in the global two-wheelers market.

Another interesting topic covered in is polyisobutylenes (PIB). PIBs find extensive usage in the lubricants industry either as a precursor to lubricant additive manufacturing, as a lubricant basestock or thickener. The report Business Outlook for Polyisobutylenes: Global Market Analysis and Opportunities provides a comprehensive assessment of the business opportunities, challenges, and threats in the global PIB market.

Keeping up with our efforts to remain relevant to our clients by researching new and interesting content, we plan to publish the following reports in 2019, besides many others.

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