After a turbulent 2019, the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean was in a recovery mode, albeit vulnerabilities remain. Lubricant marketers will have to cope with various challenges related to chronicle issues affecting the region including economic dependence on commodity, combined with fiscal disbalance and social unrest and most recently the global Coronavirus outbreak.
Germany is one of the world’s most technologically advanced producers of transportation equipment, steel, iron, cement, chemicals, machinery, and machine tools. It is also the fifth-largest metalworking fluids market globally.
Over the past five years, German industrial output has risen considerably, driving demand for metalworking fluids to 130 kilotonnes in 2018. The transportation industry was the leading consumer of metalworking fluids that year, accounting for an estimated 46% of the total.
Mexico is expected to resume growth in 2020 after last year’s economic stagnation, which was caused by a combination of negative factors including policy uncertainty and slower global and U.S. production. The economic recovery will be contingent on the successful implementation of prudent fiscal policies and the ratification of the U.S., Canada, Mexico (USMCA) trade agreements, which is basically replacing NAFTA.
The shift from conventional petroleum wax-based products to synthetic and vegetable waxes is becoming intense. Non-conventional waxes, particularly Fischer-Tropsch’s and hydrogenated vegetable, are increasingly becoming the focus for growth in the wax business. Interestingly, the wax landscape is also changing on the end-use side.
Metalworking fluids is the second-largest category within the industrial lubricant segment in Russia. The segment has been stable without large variations over the years. However, due to the steady annual growth of automotive production in the country and increasing exports of steel and primary metals over the past few years, it is expected that demand for metalworking fluids will keep growing in line with growth in the manufacturing sector.Continue reading
With China’s slowing GDP, many changes and new economy sectors will play an increasingly important role in the country’s future economic growth. China’s economic structure is transforming from investment- and export-driven to consumption-driven, with manufacturing and growing domestic consumption. Its changing economic strategy will bring both opportunities and challenges to different end-use industries.Continue reading
We’re all familiar, I suspect, with U.S.-based warehouse operator Costco Wholesale Corporation and its extensive, trusted Kirkland Signature private-label line of products, such as gasoline, wine, spirits, cashews, laundry detergent, vitamins, beef hot dogs, and my personal favorite, funeral urns and caskets. When it’s time for Uncle Leo to meet his maker, send him out in style and on a budget in a Costco casket.
It is a known fact that the conventional lubricants market is projected to be flat to declining in the foreseeable future. To offset these declines and both maintain and grow their market share, businesses need to look for opportunities in various market segments, with synthetics being one of them. Sales of synthetic and semi-synthetic lubricants are projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% and 3.9%, respectively, between 2018 and 2023.Continue reading
Attend our live presentation led by George Morvey, Industry Manager of Kline’s Energy Practice, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. This live webinar is based on Kline’s 17th annual assessment of the global lubricants industry, published in 3rd Quarter 2019. It will help you gain a general understanding of the current status of the global lubricants and synthetic lubricants industry.Continue reading