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Strategic Analysis of the Global Lubricant Additives Market

  • June 2014
  • 150 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2201112


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High Performance, Sustainability, and Environmental Regulations Drive Lubricant Additive Packages

This study covers the global lubricant additives market using a base year of 2013 and forecasts through 2020. Research segments are analyzed by deposit control, viscosity control, film forming, and others as added to enhance lubrication performance in automotive, aviation, marine, and industrial applications. Market and technology trends in North America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest-of-World for engine oil, driveline, and industrial lubricants are discussed. This research describes the key market drivers and restraints, major industry challenges, company profiles, competitive structure, market metrics, market shares, revenues, market strategies, and end uses. Three big predictions conclude the analysis.

Key Findings

-The need for enhanced lubrication is driving the global lubricant additives market, due to the positive impact on fuel efficiency, improved vehicular and equipment operations, and compensation for the drawbacks of lower grade/inconsistent, and often higher grade (group II, III, and synthetic), and bio-based oils.
-Stringent regulations, particularly in North America and Western Europe, aimed at reducing the carbon footprint, toxic emissions, and effluents also propel demand for lubricant additives that are free of metals, halogens, and phosphorous.
-Asia-Pacific and Rest of World markets have general regulations for emissions, yet urbanization and economic development increase both vehicles on the road and industrial hubs, where modern equipment demands quality lubricants and additives. Additives keep vehicles and equipment maintained and running for either re-sale or operation to avoid the daunting costs of replacement.
-The North American and Western European lubricant additives demand is linked to technological advances, new engine designs, and the need for high-value, high-performance additives. Suitable additive packages are needed not only at the level of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for newly produced vehicles and machinery, but also for the maintenance of older cars and equipment.
-Revenue share is concentrated among multinational suppliers that are either associates of oil majors or large specialty chemical suppliers due to the high level of barriers to entry.

Market Definitions

-Lubricants are defined as substances that reduce friction, and thus wear and tear between 2 surfaces in relative motion. In general, lubricant base oils do not exhibit all required performance factors and need added chemicals.
-Lubricant additive chemicals are called “performance packages” because they tend to be different mixtures for different applications in terms of chemical entities, concentrations of these chemicals, and expected performance.
-This research analysis covers lubricant additives used in the industrial, automotive, marine, and aviation sectors, as well as in engine oils, metal working fluids, and gear oils.
-The study further segments the lubricant additives under deposit control additives, viscosity control additives, film forming additives, and other lubricant additives.
-Market revenues and units are expressed in dollars and tons, respectively. Average lubricant additive prices are represented in $/ton.
Deposit control additives are detergents, dispersants, and anti-oxidants.
-Detergents added to lubricants neutralize acidic byproducts of combustion and lubricant oxidation, due to their alkaline nature.
-Dispersants are similar to detergents in the surfactant activity as they trap, suspend and help remove (during oil change) damaging contaminants in bulk lubricants.
-Anti-oxidants, also called oxidation inhibitors, control deposits by free-radical scavenging, hydro-peroxide decomposition, and metal deactivation.
-Viscosity control additives include viscosity-index modifiers and pour-point depressants.
oViscosity-index modifiers are high molecular weight/size polymers that increase the viscosity of lubricants at high temperatures. They may also have varying performance at low temperatures.
oPour-point depressants reduce viscosity and improve flow in cold conditions when the ability of the oil to flow properly and lubricate surfaces is hampered.
-Film forming additives are corrosion inhibitors, friction inhibitors, and anti-wear additives.
oCorrosion inhibitors are able to protect surfaces from corrosive attacks of oxygen, acids, alkalis, and moisture by being adsorbed in a microscopic layer on the metal surface and forming a protective barrier with their active polar groups.
oFriction inhibitors are able to protect surfaces by reducing friction by being adsorbed as a protective lubricant (low-resistance) film on the surfaces in contact.
oAnti-wear additives form durable protective films by chemically reacting at higher temperatures on metal surfaces to protect them from abrasion and seizing.
-Other lubricant additives include foam inhibitors, demulsifiers, seal swell additives, emulsifiers, dyes, and odor masks.
-Other lubricant additives are discussed only at the top segment level in this research study.

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