We have an updated report [Version - 2024] available. Kindly sign up to get the sample of the report.
all report title image
  • Published On : Apr 2022
  • Code : CMI5004
  • Pages :120
  • Formats :
      Excel and PDF
  • Industry : Bulk Chemicals

Lubricants are substances that are utilized to reduce the friction between moving surfaces. Lubricants are basically utilized for machinery maintenance and reliability. Since automobiles are its main application, the global lubricants market is primarily driven by the rising demand from the automotive industry The regulatory bodies of certain European and North American countries have started promoting bio-based lubricant, due to its low emission of greenhouse gases. However, the instability of raw material value ruins its market development. Additionally, lubricant manufacturers are showing a lack of enthusiasm for the production of bio-based lubricants as their application is restricted to specific industries. Furthermore, consumers are additionally wondering whether or not to take on bio-based lubricants since they costs more than mineral lubricants. Growing Research & Development drives are setting out open doors for the development of innovative products in the lubricant industry. In addition, the commercialization of soybean and palm oil lubricants is expected to create lucrative opportunities for players in the global lubricants market.

The lubricants market is expected to surpass US$ 205.9 billion by the end of 2028 and exhibit a CAGR of 4.0% during the forecast period (2021 to 2028).


The planning of combustion engines has evolved significantly when the primary commercial car was developed by ford in the early 20th century. The internal elements of the engine are now exposed to significantly more pressure and heat due to engine improvement. This has consequently prompted exceptionally high Revolutions per minute motors which require better quality engine oil. Apart from this, the transmission framework inside a vehicle has also improved with vehicle reaching up to 150 miles per hour. The gear system and bearing technology have additionally improved. This multitude of enhancements requires better lubricants, thus indicating the need for lubricants to evolve and expand.

Growth in global seaborne trade alongside the expansion of travel industry activities with the tangible surge in recreational sports is expected to drive the demand for marine lubricants.  According to U.S. energy Information advancement in offshore drilling activities has increased demand for crude and petrol based products from the chemical and refining industry will propel the demand for marine lubricants

Among regions, Asia Pacific held the highest market share of 42.63% in 2020. China, India, and ASEAN are expected to offer rewarding opportunities to the lubricants market in Asia Pacific. Fast industrialization, ascend in urbanization, and expansion in foreign direct investments in automotive, industrial machinery industries are supporting the demand for lubricants in Asia Pacific. Rise in demand for industrial oils to increase the productivity and efficiency of cracking pumps and equipment in the U.S. is also impelling the lubricants market in the country. According to global economy, U.K., Germany, and Russia in Europe are assessed to offer worthwhile opportunities to lubricant manufactures, owing to increasing sales of passenger vehicles in these countries. The implementation of rigid guidelines on vehicular discharges and increase in government pressure on original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) to manufacture eco-friendly engines in Europe are helping the market grow in the region.

Figure 1. Global Lubricants Market Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2020


Market Restraints

Hybrid vehicles contain both small internal combustion and electric engine for ideal power use and diminishing discharges from vehicles. Internal combustion engine inside a vehicle needs lubricants, generally engine oil, and transmission liquid. According to Energy Insights by Mc Kinsey, the increasing number of hybrid vehicles will reduce the demand for lubricants. This factor combined with increasing battery parity will diminish the volume of the global lubricants market. Batteries for electric vehicles are exorbitant; however, with further developed innovation, the cost is reducing, and the driving range per charge is increasing. These factors will have a huge impact on lubricant utilization.

Hydroxychloroquine Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2020 Market Size in 2021: US$ 164.94 Bn
Historical Data for: 2017, 2018, and 2019 Forecast Period: 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR: 4.0% 2028 Value Projection: US$ 205.9 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Type: Engine Oil, Gear Oil, Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid, Process Oil, Metalworking Fluid, Others (Grease, etc.)
  • By Base Oil: Synthetic Lubricant, Semi-synthetic Lubricant, Bio-based Lubricant, Mineral Oil Lubricant
  • By End User: Power Generation, Automotive and Other Transportation, Heavy Equipment, Food and Beverage, Metallurgy and Metalworking, Others (Chemical Manufacturing, etc.)
Companies covered:

ExxonMobil Corp., Pennzoil, Quaker Chemical Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Co, British Petroleum, Chevron Corp., Total S.A, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., Lukoil, and Philips 66 Company

Growth Drivers:
  • Growth in the global automotive sector
  • Multiple application of the lubricants in the automotive, power generation, transportation, and other sectors
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Increasing demand for hybrid vehicles and battery price parity

Market Trends

Further developed advancements along with environmental concerns are causing the recovery of synthetic lubricants and bio-based lubricants. The better form of bio-based grease demands for more viable additives to sustain with oxygen-containing esters in the oils. The demand is increasing for oils from algae with a combination of mineral oil, synthetic oil or plant based oil in new feedstocks in the lubricants market.

Figure 2. Global Lubricants Market Revenue Share (%), By End User, 2020


The automotive and other transportation segment held the largest market share in the global lubricants marketThis is due to rising possession of passenger cars by consumers. In automotive industry, lubricating oils are utilized to diminish the friction between two parts of a vehicle. They additionally assist with controlling the temperature by retaining the heat produced by moving parts. The rising industrialization is expected to increase the demand for general industrial oils in the market. Industrial oils are extensively utilized in various industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, food processing, and others. Other application areas of lubricants include aviation, marine, military, and others. Marine oils are intended for high, medium, and slow-speed marine motors. These are additionally utilized in the aviation industry in different applications, for example, bearings, gears, piston rings, and others.

Global Lubricants Market - Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Engine oil is the most impacted and largest product type in the global lubricants market. During the pandemic, the demand from travel vehicle segment was at all-time low and because of that it witness a negative impact in the market. In the commercial segment, the demand of engine oil is low. During the pandemic OEMs have halted production, which has further decreased the demand for engine oil. Due to nationwide lockdowns, the U.S, India, Germany, and other countries have seen a downfall in traffic and very little to no automotive movement.

Competitive Section

ExxonMobil Corp., Pennzoil, Quaker Chemical Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Co, British Petroleum, Chevron Corp., Total S.A, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., Lukoil, and Philips 66 Company.

Frequently Asked Questions

The global lubricant market is expected to surpass US$ 205.9 billion by 2028 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 4.0% between 2021 and 2028.

Multiple applications of lubricants in the automotive sector are projected to propel the overall product demand during the forecast period.

Strong focus on bio-based lubricants is one of the key trends in the market

The growing number of hybrid vehicles is expected to hamper the growth of the market.

Major players operating in the market include ExxonMobil Corp., Pennzoil, Quaker Chemical Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Co, British Petroleum, Chevron Corp., Total S.A, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., Lukoil, and Philips 66 Company.

The market is estimated to be valued at US$ 164.94 billion in 2021.

Need a Custom Report?

We can customize every report - free of charge - including purchasing stand-alone sections or country-level reports

Customize Now

Want to Buy a Report but have a Limited Budget?

We help clients to procure the report or sections of the report at their budgeted price. Kindly click on the below to avail

Request Discount

Reliability and Reputation

DUNS Registered
DMCA Protected


Reliability and Reputation


Reliability and Reputation


Joining thousands of companies around the world committed to making the Excellent Business Solutions.

View All Our Clients
trusted clients logo