A lubricant is a substance introduced to reduce friction between surfaces in mutual contact, which ultimately reduces the heat generated when the surfaces move. It may also have the function of transmitting forces, transporting foreign particles, or heating or cooling the surfaces.
Finished lubricants are considered to be high performance lubricants used in applications encountering high heat. The lubricants are expected to maintain their lubricating qualities at high working temperatures.
Finished lubricants offer safety and performance advantages in high temperature applications in order to reduce the risk of fire. Finished lubricants form an important aspect of the lubricants industry across the globe. The energy industry is the largest consumer of finished lubricants around the world.
Finished Lubricants are also used in automotive applications such as heavy duty diesel engine oil, transmission oils, and passenger car motor oils. Finished lubricants are also used in several hydraulic applications. The demand for finished lubricants is expected to be mainly driven by the growing industrial activities and the growth in the demand for automobiles across the globe. Finished lubricants offer high heat resistance and are effective in high temperature environments.
The global finished lubricant market is bound to increase during the forecast period owing to the rising demand for automobile. Lubricants reduce the friction between components which leads to greater efficiency and less energy consumption. Rising environmental concern in recent past is expected to fuel the market growth for finished lubricant over next forecast period.
Finished lubricants are used in some automobile processing such as piston movement and chain movement. The automobile sector is expected to hold the highest market share over the forecast period.
Increasing demand for consumer automotive like passenger cars coupled with commercial automotive such as buses, railways have further fueled the finished lubricants demand.
The quality of a good lubricant depends on certain properties that include high boiling point, hydraulic stability, high viscosity index, thermal stability, and high resistance to oxidation. These factors help to reduce friction in various applications, which is responsible for increased demand for lubricants usage worldwide. Finished lubricant market by applications includes power generation units, hydraulic equipments, transportation, industrial machinery & equipment
Finished lubricant market by type includes mineral oil lubricants, synthetic lubricants, bio-based lubricants, and greases. Finished lubricants market by geographical region includes China, Japan, India, Thailand, South Korea, Australia & New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, and rest of Asia Pacific.
In North America, U.S. was the largest market followed by Canada and Mexico. The demand for finished lubricants used in automotive, energy, and industrial applications is expected to be high in this region the on account of growing automobile and construction industry in this region.
In Europe the major markets are Germany, France, England, and Italy. The growth of emerging economies in Asia Pacific such as India, China, etc. and developing economies such as Indonesia and the other South Asian Countries is the basic driving factor.
Middle East’s finished lubricants are used in various applications. The recent revival of North America from economic downturn has led to an increase in the sales volume of automobiles.The Key Players include Shell, ExxonMobil, Chemtura BP, Chevron and NexLube Operating LLC among others.
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