The lubricants market size was estimated at over 35 million ton in 2020, and the market is projected to register a CAGR of less than 2% during the forecast period (2021-2026).
The global automotive supply industry is heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as both the production and sales of motor vehicles came to a sudden halt in most of the regions. These work stoppages led to a loss in the production of millions of vehicles across the world. According to the OICA, automobile production declined by around 23% in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. This negatively affected the demand for lubricants in 2020.
- In the short term, a major factor driving the market studied is the increasing demand for high-performance lubricants (owing to their better and improved properties, such as reduced flammability, reduced gear wear, and increased service life).
- Engine oil dominated the market, and it is expected to grow during the forecast period, as it is widely used to lubricate internal combustion engines.
- Growing prominence for bio-lubricants is likely to act as an opportunity in the future.
- Asia-Pacific dominated the market across the world, with the largest consumption coming from the countries such as China and India.
Key Market Trends
Automotive and Other Transportation Segment to Dominate the Market
- Automotive and other transportation media, such as aircraft and marine, are the largest markets for lubricants.
- Engine designs have been continually improved to enhance performance, increase efficiency, and, at the same time, meet the environmental emission regulations.
- Light-duty vehicles include two-wheelers and passenger cars. Engine oils, gear oils, transmission oils, greases, and compressor oils are the most widely used lubricants in these automobiles. Lubricants have a good share in both the OEM and the aftermarket.
- Typical medium-duty trucks include utility, courier and package delivery trucks, ambulances, shuttle buses, school buses, and recreational vehicles. However, straight trucks continue to be the predominant medium-duty chassis.
- Medium-duty and high-performance lubricants are used extensively in these vehicles, as the components, such as gears, transmission systems, and engines, are subjected to high loads and rapid rubbing, thereby producing ample heat.
- After an encouraging term of growth in the automotive sector during the past decade, the momentum has slowed down over the recent years. Sales of new vehicles are going down in Europe.
- In 2020, COVID-19 severely impacted the automobile sector with lockdown implemented across all countries, which resulted in an automotive production halt. In the first nine months of 2020, automotive production witnessed a decline of around 23% compared to the same period in the previous year.
- All the above-mentioned factors are expected to affect the market growth during the forecast period negatively.
Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market
- The Asia-Pacific region dominated the global market share. With the increasing need for wind power and a large automotive production base in countries such as China, India, and Japan, the usage of lubricants is increasing in the region.
- China is the largest lubricant consumer in the region, and the world, followed by the United States. Apart from automotive and wind power, chemical manufacturing is another prominent end-user industry in China.
- The Chinese automotive manufacturing industry is the largest in the world. The industry witnessed a huge slowdown in 2018, wherein the production and sales declined. A similar trend continued in 2019, with the production witnessing a 7.5% decline in 2019. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), automotive production witnessed a decline of around 6.7% in the first nine months of 2020.
- In India, major automotive manufacturers, like Maruti, Tata, Honda, and Mahindra, have shut down their production facilities, owing to the unsold stock. This is expected to have a major negative impact on India’s automotive production in the future.
- The automotive production in India has been witnessing a slowdown since the second half of 2019 until now. The reduction in sales can be accounted to the weak consumer consumption expenditure, especially in the rural areas, followed by policy uncertainty regarding the shift to a new level in the Bharat Stage (BS) standard and the electric vehicle policy, which are restraining the growth of the market studied.
- The aforementioned factors are, in turn, expected to have a significant impact on the lubricant consumption in the region during the forecast period.
The market studied is consolidated among the top 10 players. The top companies have been utilizing competitive strategies and investments to retain and expand their shares. The top five players in the market are Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Exxon Mobil Corporation, BP PLC, Chevron Corporation, and Total.
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1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1.1 Increasing Usage of High-performance Lubricants
4.1.2 Demand from the Growing Wind Energy Sector
4.1.3 Expansion of the Global Cold Chain Market
4.2.1 Increasing Drain Intervals in the Automotive and Industrial Sectors
4.2.2 Modest Impact of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the Future
4.2.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market Studied
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
4.5 Regulatory Policy Analysis
5.1.1 Group I
5.1.2 Group II
5.1.3 Group III
5.1.4 Group IV
5.1.5 Group V
5.2 Base Stock
5.2.1 Mineral Oil Lubricant
5.2.2 Semi-synthetic Lubricant
5.2.3 Synthetic Lubricant
5.2.4 Bio-based Lubricant
5.3 Product Type
5.3.1 Engine Oil
5.3.2 Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid
5.3.3 Metalworking Fluid
5.3.4 General Industrial Oil
5.3.5 Gear Oil
5.3.7 Process Oil
5.3.8 Other Product Types
5.4 End-user Industry
5.4.1 Power Generation
5.4.2 Automotive and Other Transportation
5.4.3 Heavy Equipment
5.4.4 Food and Beverage
5.4.5 Metallurgy and Metalworking
5.4.6 Chemical Manufacturing
5.4.7 Other End-user Industries (Packaging, Oil, and Gas)
184.108.40.206 South Korea
220.127.116.11 Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.5.2 North America
18.104.22.168 United States
22.214.171.124 Rest of North America
126.96.36.199 United Kingdom
188.8.131.52 Rest of Europe
5.5.4 South America
184.108.40.206 Rest of South America
220.127.116.11 Saudi Arabia
18.104.22.168 United Arab Emirates
22.214.171.124 Rest of the Middle-East
126.96.36.199 South Africa
188.8.131.52 Rest of Africa
6.2 Market Share Analysis**
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 AMSOIL INC.
6.4.2 BASF SE
6.4.3 Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
6.4.4 BP PLC
6.4.5 Blaser Swisslube
6.4.6 Carl Bechem GmbH
6.4.7 China National Petroleum Corporation (PetroChina)
6.4.8 China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec)
6.4.9 Chevron Corporation
6.4.10 Eni SpA
6.4.11 Exxon Mobil Corporation
6.4.13 Gazprom Neft PJSC
6.4.14 Gulf Oil Corporation Limited
6.4.16 Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd
6.4.17 Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
6.4.18 Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ROCOL)
6.4.19 ENEOS Corporation
6.4.20 Kluber Lubrication
6.4.23 PT Pertamina Lubricants
6.4.25 PETROFER CHEMIE H. R. Fischer GmbH + Co. KG
6.4.27 Petronas Lubricants International
6.4.28 Phillips 66 Company
6.4.30 Royal Dutch Shell PLC
6.4.31 SK Lubricants Co. Ltd
6.4.32 Veedol International Limited
6.4.34 Valvoline LLC
7.2 Other Opportunities
A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:
- AMSOIL INC.
- BASF SE
- Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited
- BP PLC
- Blaser Swisslube
- Carl Bechem GmbH
- China National Petroleum Corporation (PetroChina)
- China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec)
- Chevron Corporation
- Eni SpA
- Exxon Mobil Corporation
- Gazprom Neft PJSC
- Gulf Oil Corporation Limited
- Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd
- Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
- Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ROCOL)
- ENEOS Corporation
- Kluber Lubrication
- PT Pertamina Lubricants
- PETROFER CHEMIE H. R. Fischer GmbH + Co. KG
- Petronas Lubricants International
- Phillips 66 Company
- Royal Dutch Shell PLC
- SK Lubricants Co. Ltd
- Veedol International Limited
- Valvoline LLC