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Friction modifier additives are used in the engine oil for reducing the friction and enhance the fuel-efficiency. Moreover, they also prevent the scoring, wear, and noise in the engine. Furthermore, it is also helpful in preventing micro pitting in industrial gear lubricants. Some of the major application of the friction modifier additives are automatic & manual transmission, gasoline engine oils, power steering, tractor hydraulic systems, and metalworking applications.

Global friction modifier additives market is estimated to account for around US$ 1,249.5 million in terms of value in the year 2019 and it predicted to grow at a CAGR of 7.0% during the forecast period (2020-2027).


Growing demand for improved fuel economy to reduce the engine oil viscosity is primarily fueling the market growth of the friction modifier additives. Moreover, rising demand for ultra-low viscosity lubricant additives that enhances fuel efficiency and emission reductions are expected to augment the market growth of the friction modifier additives. Moreover, the rising demand for advanced additive formulations, in order to meet the new standard for fuel economy, is expected to foster the market growth of friction modifier additives.

Market Opportunities

Growing adoption of Fluorinated Polymers (PTFE) with the friction modifier additives is expected to bolster the market growth of the friction modifiers additives. It is widely used in boundary & extreme pressure and high-temperature lubrication application and also has the lowest coefficient of friction and cold weld property. Thus, the growing adoption of Fluorinated Polymers (PTFE) is projected to accelerate market growth.

Market Restraints 

Increasing launch of new fuels is expected to pose challenges for lubricant additives that are expected to hamper the market growth. For example, increasing use of Ashfree Neutralizing Molecules (ANM) as a substitute to calcium- or boron-based lubricant additives are restricting the demand for friction modifiers additives. Ashfree Neutralizing Molecules (ANM) is highly stable and compatible with all types of lubricants.

Key Takeaways:

On the basis of region, Asia Pacific region dominated the global friction modifier additives market in 2019 with a 32.7% of market share in terms of value, followed by Europe and North America respectively.

On the basis of application, automotive lubricants segment dominated the global friction modifier additives market in 2019 with 45.6 % of market share in terms of value, followed by industrial lubricants and aviation lubricants respectively.

Market Trends

Product launch by major players is a major trend in the market of friction modifier additives is expected to foster market growth. For instance, in April 2019, LANXESS has launched an organic lubricant additive for passenger car and high-performance engine oils. The new Addition RC 3502 has been specifically developed to reduce friction and deliver sustained performance and anti-wear protection. Moreover, this friction modifier is non-corrosive, compatible with all synthetic and mineral engine oils, and has zero SAPS (sulfated ash, phosphorous, sulfur).



The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (or Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles in French) is an organization that represents the 15 most important European motor vehicle manufacturers. 

  • The A/B class's A1/B1 and A5/B5 oils have lower HTHS viscosities, which means that they provide better fuel economy but they may not provide adequate protection in engines that are not designed for them. ACEA A3/B3 and A3/B4, on the other hand, require oils with higher HTHS viscosities that may not provide as good fuel economy as an A1/B1 or A5/B5 oil but may offer better engine protection in certain engine designs
  • The categories within the C class are divided along with SAPS limits and along with HTHS viscosities. C1 and C4 are low-SAPS oils, while C2 and C3 are mid-SAPS oils. On the other hand, C1 and C2 oils have lower HTHS viscosities, while C3 and C4 oils have higher HTHS viscosities. In the case of the E class, the SAPS content and the drain interval make the difference
  • E4 and E6 oils offer longer drain intervals where the engine manufacturer allows it while E7 and E9 are designed for medium drain applications. E6 and E9 have limited SAPS content so they can be used in engines that require this including Euro VI engines.   

Friction Modifier Additives Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

According to the International Energy Agency, by end of March 2020, global transport activity was almost 50% below the 2019 average and aviation 60% below. Lockdowns in Q1 2020 and a slide in consumer confidence reduced not only transport activity but also global car sales. Demand for lubricants will be directly impacted by lower transport activity and lower car sales. The lower demand for lubricants will impact the market growth of friction modifier additives.

Competitive Section:

Company Names 

  1. Chemtura Corp.
  2. Afton Chemicals Corp.
  3. Multisol
  4. Wynn’s
  5. Archoil
  6. Whitmore


By Application

  • Automotive Lubricant
  • Industrial Lubricant
  • Aviation Lubricants
  • Power Generation Lubricants
  • Rail Lubricants

By Region

  • North America 
  • Europe 
  • Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Africa
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