Biolubricants Market Report

Biolubricants Market Analysis By Raw Material (Vegetable & Animal Oil), By Application (Automotive (Automotive Engine Oils, Gear Oils, Hydraulic Oils, Transmission Fluids, Greases, Chainsaw Oils), Industrial (Process Oils, Demolding Oils, Industrial Gear Oils, Industrial Greases, Metal Working Fluids)), By End-Use (Industrial, Commercial Transportation, Consumer Automotive) Segment Forecasts To 2025

  • Published Date: Sep, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-013-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2013-2015
  • Number of Pages: 110

Industry Insights

The global biolubricants market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing application in the transportation & manufacturing industries. Growing demand for biolubricants with superior product characteristics such as constant viscosity, high flash points, biodegradability and lower emission levels are driving favorable growth in various industrial applications owing to stringent emission guidelines and regulatory framework.

Increasing R&D initiatives by key participants coupled with technological innovations are expected to introduce new avenues for biolubricant applications. Furthermore, the market is fueled by the increasing supply of high performance, cost-competitive green base oils, in the context of government regulations driving such products. Along with these factors the major drivers propelling the demand for biolubricants are rising environmental concern and stringent government regulations, especially in Europe and North America, over the usage of synthetic lubricants.

The expansion of the automotive sector, particularly in emerging regions such as India, China, South Africa & Brazil are also slated to drive the consumption of sustainable products that contribute to higher fuel efficiency & lower carbon emissions from vehicles.

Biolubricant production remains highly dependent on the supply of vegetable & animal oils that are by-products of other industrial processes. Complex processing technologies also increase the initial cost of production, which may hamper its growth over the forecast period.

"Vegetable oil was the dominant raw material for biolubricants production in 2015"

Plant-based oils have displayed great potential as a substitute for conventional mineral oils since they are structurally similar to the long chained hydrocarbons found in mineral oils. These oils are thus increasingly being utilized for biolubricant production owing to their advantageous characteristics such as renewability, non-toxicity, economic & environmental friendliness among others. Some of the commonly used plants are soybean, rapeseed, and canola.

Increasing R&D efforts to explore opportunities for biolubricant formulation via animal oils & fats is likely to boost segment growth over the forecast period. These oils & fats offer lucrative potential in sectors that currently primarily utilize petrochemical lubricants such as healthcare.

Application Insights

The global biolubricants market consists of two major applications, namely automotive & industrial. The former was significantly larger in 2015, occupying over 56% of the volume share in 2015. Within this segment, automotive engine oils dominate the industry, since these oils exceed the performance of conventional engine oils. Furthermore, bio-based engine oils display higher inherent biodegradation rate, low toxicity to aquatic organisms, and very low levels of bioaccumulation that are boosting their application in the sector.

Transmission fluids is also one of the major application sectors of biolubricants. These liquids enhance the performance of brake band friction, valve operation, gear lubrication, and torque conversion. Transmission fluids have additional uses as hydraulic fluids and lubricants in power steering and 4WD transfer cases respectively. Increased use of transmission fluids in automotive manufacturing is expected to have a positive impact on the market.

Process oils occupied a significant portion of the industrial application segment. These oils are widely utilized in technical & chemical industries to improve production processes. Growing demand for specialty chemicals in emerging economies of Asia Pacific is expected to drive consumption of these oils.

End Use Insights

In 2015, commercial transportation occupied over 43% of the global volume, owing to growing awareness regarding fuel efficiency & maintenance in heavy and light-duty trucks. Improvement of vehicle quality is directly proportional to a reduction in environmental impact of these vehicles, which has garnered high popularity for these lubricants in the segment.

Rising passenger car sales in emerging economies has also fostered product demand in the consumer automotive segment. Consumers are increasingly investing in advanced technologies & performance enhancing products to comply with fuel efficiency regulations. Additionally, investments by the private sector and numerous automobile companies that are working toward manufacturing ultra-low emission vehicles in order to meet transitioning regulatory standards are also expected to foster the demand for biolubricants over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

North America occupied a major chunk of the market in 2015, with 34.98% volume share. A revitalized automotive industry in the U.S. & Canada, along with increasing regulatory intervention from the U.S. government that has specified a minimum renewable content for various products are expected to drive bio-based lubricants consumption.

The U.S. Air Force is also encouraging plant-derived biodegradable products as a strategic & fundamental approach to national security, which is another driving force for the market. North America is also likely to benefit from an abundance of soybean & rapeseed feedstock as a result of high biodiesel production in the region.

Asia Pacific emerged as the fastest growing consumer since the region is home to some of the largest automobile manufacturing hubs other than developed ones such as the U.S. and Germany. Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand are increasingly manufacturing and exporting passenger cars and other vehicles to developed regions.

Shift of production facilities to Asian countries owing to favorable government regulations and cheap labor is expected to further increase automotive spending and industrialization. Further, shift in trend towards sustainable vehicles with greater efficiency is anticipated to boost the production and demand for biolubricants in the region. Innovation and R&D investments to promote novel biolubricant applications are further expected to complement regional demand over the forecast period.

Biolubricants Market Share Insights

The industry is currently in a nascent stage of development, yet highly consolidated with majority share held by top companies that include Total S.A., UBL, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron & British Petroleum.

Major oil refining companies, which are traditionally involved in conventional lubricants production are increasingly supplying biodegradable lubricants for transportation applications. Apart from the companies mentioned above, most of the suppliers are small companies focused only on biolubricants R&D.

The market includes several other participants such as Binol Bio Lubricants, Castrol, Petronas Lubricant International, Kluber International, Emery Oleochemicals, Solution Biogen Sdn Bhd., and Albermarle.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in kilotons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Country Scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil

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