Lubricants are vital for the proper functioning of machines. They are used to reduce wear and friction between surfaces in close proximity and that move relative to each other. They are usually in liquid, semi-fluid, or in solid state. Superior-quality lubricants possess various characteristics such as a high viscosity index, high level of thermal stability, low freezing point, and high boiling point. These features help reduce friction between surfaces of machine parts, reduce the rate of wear and increase operational efficiency. They act as a cooling fluid, and remove any residual deposition over mechanical parts, thereby increasing their operating lifespan.
The rapid industrialization in Middle-East and African nations and the increasing demand of automotive globally are the major reason for driving the market of lubricants. Moreover, stringent environmental regulations by government to use lubricants for better efficiency have also increased the demand of lubricant products. The market has few restraints; volatility in raw material prices and high prices of synthetic & bio-based lubricants among others.
The lubricants market, by stock type, can be broadly segmented into bio-based lubricants, mineral oil lubricants, synthetic lubricants, and greases. The mineral oil lubricants segment accounted for the highest share in the global lubricants market in 2015. However, it is expected to be the slowest growing product segment during the forecast period, with shifting consumer preference towards synthetic and bio-based lubricants. The market has also been divided according by product type into: engine oil (Light motor vehicle engine oil & heavy-duty motor vehicle engine oil), transmission & hydraulic fluids (industrial hydraulic fluids, automatic transmission fluids, and others), metalworking fluids (emulsifiable oil, straight oil, synthetic oil, semi-synthetic oil), general industrial oils (turbine oil, compressor & refrigeration oil, others), gear oil (vehicle & equipment gear oil, industrial gear oil), greases (vehicle & equipment greases, industrial greases), rubber process oil, white oil, electrical oil and others.
Lubricants are increasingly used in various commercial and industrial sectors, owing to their previously mentioned functions and advantages. The market is also segmented by end-user industry into power generation (industrial, municipal), transportation (passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, aerospace, marine, and railways locomotives), construction, food & beverage, metallurgy & metalworking, mining, oil & gas and others
Based on region the market is segmented in to Middle-East and Africa. In Middle-East region includes the counties like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Rest of Middle-East. The Africa region includes the counties like Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Rest of Africa.
Opportunities and Major Players
Opportunities & Major Players - Industrial growth in the Middle-East & African region, the continuous developments in synthetic and bio-based lubricants, and significant increase in the demand for re-refined lubricants will offer major growth opportunities for growth for lubricant manufacturers during the forecast period.
Major players for lubricants products include big global & local manufacturers are:
- Royal Dutch Shell plc
- Engen Petroleum
- BP plc
- Chevron Corp.
- Total S.A among others.
- Market analysis for the middle-east & Africa lubricants market, with region-specific assessments and competition analysis on country scale.
- Market definition along with the identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenario and prospective opportunities.
- Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market share.
- Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the middle-east & Africa lubricants market on both, regional and country scales.
- A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
- Insights on the major countries where this industry is growing and identify the regions that are still untapped.
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Scope of the study
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Insights
3.1 Current Market Scenario
3.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter’s 5 Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Industrial Growth in Middle-East & Africa
4.1.2 Increasing Export of Minerals and Crude Oil Driving the Lubricant Demand in Marine Industry
4.1.3 Stringent Environmental Regulations against Emissions
4.2.1 Volatility in Raw Material Prices
4.2.2 High Price of Synthetic & Bio-Based Lubricants
4.2.3 Automobile Manufacturers Focusing on Engine Downsizing
4.2.4 Extended Oil Change Intervals in Machinery and Automobiles
4.3.1 Growing Demand from Automotive Industry in Africa
4.3.2 Developments in Synthetic and Bio-Based Lubricants
4.3.3 Increase in Demand for Re-refined Lubricants
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis
5.1 By Base Stock
5.1.1 Bio-Based Lubricants
5.1.2 Mineral Oil Lubricants
5.1.3 Synthetic Lubricants
5.2 By Type
5.2.1 Engine Oil
5.2.2 Hydraulic Oil (Fluid)
5.2.3 Transmission Fluid
5.2.4 Marine Lubricants
5.2.5 Drilling Oil
5.2.6 Process Oil
5.2.7 De-molding Oil
5.2.8 Chainsaw Oils
5.2.9 Compressor Oils
5.2.10 Turbine Oils
5.2.11 Industrial Gear Oils
5.2.12 Metal Working Oils
5.2.14 Fire-resistant Fluids (Finished Fluids)
5.3 By Application
220.127.116.11 Energy (Power Generation)
18.104.22.168 Food Processing
22.214.171.124 Metallurgy & Metal Working
126.96.36.199 Oil & Gas
188.8.131.52 Passenger Vehicles
184.108.40.206 Commercial Vehicles
6. Regional Analysis (Market size, growth and forecast)
6.1.1 Saudi Arabia
6.1.2 United Arab Emirates
6.1.4 Rest of Middle-East
6.2.4 South Africa
6.2.5 Rest of Africa
7. Future of Lubricants Market
8. Competitive Landscape
8.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
8.2 Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
8.3 Market Share Analysis
8.4 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
8.5 Product Matrix
9. Company Profiles
9.1 Africa Fuels & Lubricants LTD (AFAL)
9.4 Chevron Corporation South Africa
9.5 Engen Petroleum
9.6 Eni S.p.A
9.7 Exxon Mobil Corporation
9.8 Fuchs Lubricants
9.9 Lubcon International
9.11 Total SA
9.13 Castrol South Africa
9.15 Royal Dutch Shell
9.16 Sinopec Limited
9.17 PETRONAS Lubricants International
9.18 Gulf Oil International Group
**List Not Exhaustive