Global Market for Lubricating Oils & Greases to Reach 11 Billion Gallons by 2010, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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Economical, regulatory and political issues are rewriting the demand and supply dynamics of the worldwide lubricating oils and greases market. The global market has been witnessing slow-to-negative growth for the past few years. The developed markets have moved into maturity stage, setting the demand parameter stagnant or declining. Technology upgrades in the industry are facilitating reduced consumption of oils. The global lubricating oils and greases market is projected to reach 11 billion gallons by the year 2010, growing at a compounded annual rate of about 1.5% during the 2001-2010 period.

Lubricating Oils & Greases: A Global Strategic Business Report

The global lubricating oil additives market was in turmoil in the year 2005 because of shortage of raw materials and two US hurricanes (Rita and Katrina) that hit about 31% of global lube additives capacity and 59% of US Group II oil capacity. In addition, refinery fires, catalyst problems and explosions created chaos in Asian and European base oil market. Nevertheless, the industry bounced back in no time. Companies having firm exposure in the local markets already established their presence in low risk-high growth markets of Asia-pacific, Middle East/Africa and South/Central America. The market for automotive lubricants has been exhibiting differing trends for different regions. This can be basically attributed to the growing environment consciousness in the western countries, while the developing countries are aping their western counterparts.

In the worldwide lubricating oils and greases market, certain regions exhibited consistent growth rates, while other regions continue to remain stagnant. The prime reason behind the static state of the market can be attributed to the technological developments taking place both in lubes industry as well as end-user fronts. Automotive lubricants market, with an estimated share of over 52% for 2007, commands the major chunk of worldwide lubricating oil and greases market. Synthetic lubricants market is forecast to witness impressive growth rates, even though prices tend to be about four times higher than the conventional oils available in the market. Asia-Pacific is the largest and fastest growing region and is projected to reach 3.5 billion gallons by the year 2010, at a CAGR of about 5% during the 2001-2010 period.

The lubricating oils and greases industry is controlled by product standards stipulated by trade associations, manufacturers, testing concerns and additive suppliers, all working in tandem to create better products. These associations have more or less become the global regulatory bodies trying to give a direction to the industry on various perspectives. Further, they provide strategies to be adopted by the industry in the new millennium.

The report titled "Lubricating Oils & Greases: A Global Strategic Business Report" published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends and issues, competition, technological trends, consumption patterns, product overview, product introductions/innovations, and recent industry activity. The study also analyzes market data and analytics in volume sales for regions such as United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America by the following product groups/segments - Automotive Lubricants (Engine Oils, and Transmission & Hydraulic Fluids); Industrial Lubricants (General Industrial Oils, Industrial Engine Oils, Marine Lubricants, Metal Working Oils, and Process Oils); Synthetic Lubricants; and Greases.

Key players dominating the global lubricating oils and greases market include BP Plc, BP Lubricants USA, BP Petco Ltd., Chevron Corporation, Conoco Lubricants, Exxon Mobil Corporation, FUCHS PETROLUB AG, Idemitsu Kosan, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., LUKOIL OIL COMPANY, Nippon Oil Corporation, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A., PT PERTAMINA (PERSERO), PT Wiraswasta Gemilang, Repsol YPF SA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Sinopec Corporation, Total SA, and Valvoline.

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