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Synthetic Lubricants Market

Synthetic Lubricants Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report, by Base Oil, Product and End User : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026

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Author's: Krunal Yeware | Eswara Prasad
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The global synthetic lubricants market was valued at $12.0 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach $18.8 billion by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5.8% from 2019 to 2026.

Lubricant is a substance used to control or reduce friction between two surfaces of the engine component or machinery. Synthetic lubricants are the lubricants that are formulated from synthetic base oil that replaces mineral oil from crude oil such as esters, Poly Alpha Olephine (PAO), and others. They are generally characterized as oily and liquid material not directly derived from petroleum but shows similar properties to petroleum lubricants. These lubricants help control the vehicle temperature by absorbing the heat generated by moving parts of the vehicle and transferring it to the sump or cooler. Collectively these factors help in enhancing the overall vehicle life cycle.

Synthetic Lubricants Market

The global synthetic lubricants market is operating at the growth stage of its industry life cycle where new product launch, development in the synthetic lubricant technology, and introduction of new-age engine types are the prominent factors that boost the synthetic lubricants market growth. Synthetic lubricants have grater properties over mineral lubricants along with better hardware compatibility to automotive components that fuel the overall market growth of synthetic lubricants. These lubricants are less expensive than the bio-based and mineral lubricants, which is one of the major factors expected to boost the global market growth. On the other hand, emergence of bio-based lubricants as a strong substitute of synthetic lubricants is the major factor that restrains the market growth. In addition, fluctuating prices of raw materials is further expected to hamper the market growth.

Promising growth opportunities are anticipated in this market due to consistent change in the vehicle design and introduction of modern new-age engines in the market. Also, adoption of new age engines and high end automotive parts is the recent synthetic lubricants market trends across the globe. Furthermore, synthetic lubricants have greater compatibility to these engines and high end parts, hence, there would be immense scope of these lubricants during the forecast period. 

The global synthetic lubricants market is segmented on the basis of base oil, product, end user, and region. Depending on the base oil, the global market is categorized into differential esters, Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG), and polyalphaolefins (PAO). Based on product, it is divided into engine oil, hydraulic fluid, metalworking fluids, compressor oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, turbine oil, and others. By end user, the global market is fragmented into automotive, industrial, and others. Region wise, the global market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Asia-Pacific acquired the highest market share in terms of revenue. This is attributed to the presence of automotive production and the resulting highest vehicle production and sales across the region. China, India, and Japan are among the major contributors in this market due to strong automotive sales. 

The global synthetic lubricants market analysis covers in-depth information of the major industry participants. Some of the major players in the market include Royal Dutch Shell PLC, ExxonMobil Corporation, British Petroleum (Bp) PLC, Chevron Corporation, Total SA, Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd., Sinopec Limited, Lukoil, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.

Other players in this market include Croda International PLC., Penrite Oil, Liqui Moly GmbH, Rock Valley Oil and Chemical Co, and Peak Lubricants Pty Ltd., and others

Key players are adopting numerous strategies such as product launch, agreement, and business expansion to stay competitive in this market. 

For instance, in July 2019, Indian Oil Corporation launched high-performance lubricants named Servo SuperMile Plus. It is a high-quality engine oil suitable for new-generation petrol and diesel cars. 

In addition, in March 2018, Petronas launched two engine oils at Geneva motor show. These two new lubricants named Petronas Selenia Quadrifoglio 5W-40 and Petronas Syntium 7000 0W-16 by strengthening the product portfolio of the company.

Global Synthetic Lubricants Market, by Base Oil

By base oil, Polyalphaolefins emerged as the global leader in 2018. They are considered as a high-performance lubricant as they offer a high viscosity index and hydrolytic stability. Some of the factors that fuel the demand for PAO-base oil include its growing adoption in hydraulic, gear and bearing oil, suitability in high temperature as well as extreme cold conditions, and relatively low cost over other base oils.

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By Base Oil
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PAO is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Synthetic Lubricants Market, by Product

By product, engine oil segment acquired major synthetic lubricants market share 2018, and is expected to be the largest one by the end of the forecast period. Engine oil is designed to boost the efficiency of the vehicle by aiming at extending the overall vehicle life cycle. The basic factor that drives the consumption of engine oil includes increase in automotive sales across the globe. As compared to the last decade, the sale of luxury cars has grown tremendously due to rise in disposable income in developing nations. In addition, changing diesel and petrol-based engine designs changed the way engine oil is being used. New age engines are demanding high-performance engine oil due to development in the engine specifications.

Synthetic Lubricants Market
By Product
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Engine Oil is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Synthetic Lubricants Market, by End User 

By end user, synthetic lubricants market size was the largest for automotive segment both in terms of value and volume. This can be attributed to suitability of synthetic lubricants in overall vehicle system over industrial applications. 

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By End User
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Automotive is projected as the most lucrative segment.

Global Synthetic Lubricants Market, by Region

By region, Asia-Pacific acquired prominent synthetic lubricants market share, owing to strengthening industrialization, growth in urbanization, and highest automotive sales and production as compared to other regions. Asia-Pacific is the highest populous region, which is further fueling the automotive sales linked with growth in the disposable income of the middle-class population. Urbanization is growing at a rapid pace in China, Indonesia, and India; thereby, boosting the growth of the passenger car segment.

Synthetic Lubricants Market
By Region
North America

Asia-Pacific holds a dominant position in 2018 and would continue to maintain the lead over the forecast period.

Key Benefits for Stakeholders

  • The report provides an in-depth analysis of the synthetic lubricants market forecast along with the current and future market trends.
  • This report highlights the key drivers, opportunities, and restraints of the synthetic lubricants market along with the impact analyses during the forecast period.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps analyze the potential of the buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the global synthetic lubricants industry for strategy building.
  • A comprehensive analysis of the factors that drive and restrain the synthetic lubricants market growth is provided.
  • The qualitative data in this report aims on synthetic lubricants market dynamics, trends, and developments.
  • The synthetic lubricants market size is provided in terms of revenue.

Synthetic Lubricants Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, UK, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
By Base Oil
  • Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG)
  • Polyalphaolefin (PAO)
  • Esters
By Product
  • Engine Oil
  • Hydraulic Fluid
  • Metalworking Fluids
  • Compressor Oil
  • Gear Oil
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Turbine Oil
  • Others
By End User
  • Automotive
  • Industrial
  • Others
Key Market Players

IDEMITSU KOSAN CO., LTD., Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), British Petroleum (BP) p.l.c, Royal Dutch Shell plc, EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION, Sinopec Corp., TOTAL S.A., Lukoil, Chevron Corporation, INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LTD.

Analyst Review

Synthetic lubricants are used to reduce friction between two surfaces of the components of a vehicle. They regulate vehicle temperature by absorbing the heat generated by moving parts of the vehicle or any machinery and transferring it to the sump or cooler. These lubricants are used as engine oil, transmission fluid, and brake oil, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, and others. High demand for automotive lubricants from passenger cars and light commercial vehicle segments boosts the growth of the market. Moreover, increase in demand from developing countries, such as China and India, owing to rapid urbanization, strengthening industrialization, and rise in consumer spending capabilities mainly contribute to the global market growth. The Asia-Pacific synthetic lubricant market offers numerous opportunities for the manufacturers, owing to the enhanced production of automobiles in China, Japan, and India; increase in advancement in the automotive technologies; and rise in economic developments across the region. China reported more than 28 million vehicle unit production in 2018 to cater to the demand for domestic vehicle and increase in export activities. Apart from China, countries such as Japan, India, and Indonesia have reported significant vehicle production, which shows the promising potential of the Asia-Pacific region for synthetic lubricants.

Author Name(s) : Krunal Yeware | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

The Global Synthetic Lubricants market was valued at $12.03 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach $18.83 billion by 2026

The forecast period in the report is 2019 to 2026

Automotive Market holds the maximum market share in the Synthetic Lubricants market

The Top 5 emerging investment markets are U.S. Synthetic Lubricant Market, China Synthetic Lubricants market, India Synthetic Lubricant Market, Brazil Synthetic Lubricants Market, Italy Synthetic Lubricants market

U.S. is projected to grow at a cagr of 5.8%, India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% and Brazil is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period

The companies profiled in the study have been selected based on their product portfolio, global presence, and the application they are into.

Key trend in the global Synthetic Lubricant market includes manufacturing of new age automotive hardware compatible lubricants production, and inrtroduction high perferformance engine oils

The base year is 2018

The market value of Synthetic Lubricants market in 2019 is $12.68 billion

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Synthetic Lubricants Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026