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Bulgaria Lubricants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 80 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Bulgaria
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5764528
The Bulgaria lubricants market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 2% during the forecast period. COVID-19 negatively impacted the market in 2020. However, the market is estimated to have reached pre-pandemic levels and is forecasted to grow steadily.

Key Highlights

  • The rising automotive sector is expected to fuel market expansion over the projection period.
  • On the other hand, the increasing penetration of electric vehicles is likely to hamper the market growth.
  • However, the growing investments and government plan to support shall create market opportunities in the country.

Bulgaria Lubricants Market Trends

Rising Automotive Industry

  • Lubricants are used extensively in the automotive sector to protect the gear teeth from breakage due to friction and ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the vehicle.
  • Engine designs are continually improved to enhance performance, increase efficiency, and meet environmental emission regulations.
  • With the rising enactment of stringent environmental, fuel-efficiency, and emission norms, manufacturers are focusing on developing eco-friendly and improved lubricants (with long service life) designed specifically for heavy-duty vehicles. It is boosting the high-performance lubricant demands.
  • Engine oils, gear oils, transmission oils, greases, and compressor oils are the most widely used lubricants in light-duty vehicles, including two-wheelers and passenger cars.
  • According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), Bulgaria witnessed the highest sales increase among all the Member States. About 28,684 new cars were registered, representing an increase of 16.9% in 2021.
  • Furthermore, the country also witnessed growth in sales every month. In December 2022, 2,009 new cars were registered, registering an increase of more than 12% compared to December 2021.
  • Thus, owing to all the factors above, the automotive sector will likely increase the lubricant demand in Bulgaria during the forecast period.

Rise in Demand from Engine Oil

  • Engine oils are widely used for lubricating internal combustion engines in different types of automobiles. They are generally composed of base oils and additives.
  • The base stock is either made using petroleum, synthetic chemicals, or both. The base stock is responsible for lubricating the engine's moving parts and removing the excess built-up heat.
  • Various additives added in engine oils include oxidation inhibitor additives, dispersant additives, detergent additives, anti-foaming additives, viscosity index modifiers, anti-wear additives, corrosion inhibitor additives, and anti-freeze additives. It controls the oil viscosity and lubricity and protects the engine parts against wear and tear.
  • Some of the significant functions offered by engine oils are resistance against corrosion and wear and tear to ensure increased engine life and better performance; friction reduction; increased engine performance; fuel consumption reduction; impurities removal and achieve engine cleanliness; optimize engine efficiency; and prevent energy loss by providing optimum cooling.
  • The country witnessed a gradual increase in the number of on-road vehicles, including passenger, commercial cars, and motorcycles, registering a CAGR of more than 1 % for 2021-2026. Thus increasing the demand for engine oils in the country.
  • Thus, owing to all the factors above, the engine oil segment is projected to dominate the lubricants market in Bulgaria throughout the forecast period.

Bulgaria Lubricants Market Competitor Analysis

The lubricants market in Bulgaria is consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include BP Plc (Castrol), TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil Corporation, Prista Oil, and Shell plc, among others (in no particular order).

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Rising Automotive Industry
4.1.2 Other Drivers
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 The Growing Penetration of Electric Vehicles
4.2.2 Other Restraints
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 Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Volume)
5.1 Product Type
5.1.1 Engine Oils
5.1.2 Transmission And Gear Oils
5.1.3 Hydraulic Fluid
5.1.4 Metalworking Fluid
5.1.5 Greases
5.1.6 Other Product Types
5.2 End-user Industry
5.2.1 Power Generation
5.2.2 Automotive
5.2.3 Heavy Equipment
5.2.4 Metallurgy And Metalworking
5.2.5 Other End-user Industries

6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%) **/Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 AVIA International
6.4.2 Prista Oil
6.4.3 Lukoil
6.4.4 Shell Plc
6.4.5 Total Energies SE
6.4.6 BP Plc (Castrol)
6.4.7 Exxon Mobil Corporation
6.4.8 Eni
6.4.9 Chevron Corporation
6.4.10 Motul

7.1 Investments and Government Plans to Support Industrial Growth in the Country

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • AVIA International
  • Prista Oil
  • Lukoil
  • Shell Plc
  • Total Energies SE
  • BP Plc (Castrol)
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Eni
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Motul