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Europe Metalworking Fluids Market - By Product (Synthetic Fluid, Semi-synthetic, Neat Oil, Soluble Oil), By Application (Removal Fluids, Forming Fluids, Protecting Fluids, Treating Fluids), By End-user & Forecast, 2021-2027

  • Report ID: GMI5171
  • Published Date: Dec 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Europe Metalworking Fluids Market size was USD 2,678 million in 2020 and will witness 5.4% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 owing to the Increasing product demand for automation, metal fabrication, and steel from original equipment manufacturers. On the basis on volume, the market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% while recording a valuation of 835.8 Kilo Tons.

Europe metalworking fluids market outlook

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The Europe steel and metal fabrication industry is likely to observe inclining gains over the next few years, in turn, will boost the Europe metalworking fluids market share over the estimated timeframe. However, adverse environmental effects associated with the product may hamper the overall industry as major raw materials in the industry are petrochemical derivatives.


Adverse health effects associated with occupational exposure to metalworking fluids may hamper industry growth over the projected timeframe. Moreover, international and regional health organizations are promoting regulations & standards for the efficient use and exposure toward metalworking fluids. For instance, in March 2018, The United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) partnered to promote the safe handling and disposal of metalworking fluids.

As metalworking fluids are complex chemical formulations tasked to achieve multiple functions, the industry is segmented into different product groups. Neat oils or sometimes called straight oils are amongst the fastest-growing segments owing to their several favorable properties such as minimal maintenance and excellent corrosion resistance. Neat oils are made of mineral-based oils and have a high amount of lubricity, making them an ideal choice for forming the material. However, poor heat dissipation and increased fire risks are likely to limit Europe metalworking fluids market growth over the forecast timeframe.

Superior performance capabilities will drive soluble oil demand

Europe metalworking fluids market by product

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Soluble oil is expected to witness decent growth and generate around USD 1.5 billion by 2027 due to its rust prevention capacity, higher evaporation, metal finishing, and lubricity. They assist in chip formation and prevent overheating, extending the service life of the machine tools. Growing requirements for lowering the operational costs and increasing the efficiency & life of machinery will positively contribute to the Europe metalworking fluids market value over the projected timeframe. Moreover, they require low maintenance due to their capability of rejecting tramp oils and fines that account for consistent performance.

The automotive segment to bank upon increasing vehicle sales

Europe metalworking fluids market by end user

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The European automotive industry will witness around 5.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 due to economic forces. The ongoing trend of weight reduction and electric or hybrid vehicles is expected to fuel automotive demand in developed regions such as Europe and North America. Focused research and development efforts are likely to boost the product demand in the coming years. High demand for metal fabricated parts coupled with propelling vehicle sales will increase the Europe metalworking fluids market expansion during the forecast period.

Aerospace applications will generate a demand of over 100 kilo tons by 2027. The growing demand for new aircraft along with surging deliveries is providing a positive outlook for industry expansion. Industry players are focusing on increasing their production rates to curb aircraft backlogs. For instance, in 2018, Boeing delivered 806 commercial jets and recorded orders of over 2,000 aircraft. Moreover, growing regional air connectivity in conjunction with rising air passenger traffic will positively influence the Europe metalworking fluids market revenue over the forecast timeframe.

Additionally, manufacturers are expanding their manufacturing plants to increase the existing production capacity. They are escalating their production capacities, focusing on introducing new car models, and collaborating with international players to serve a large consumer base. The increasing demand for metalworking fluids to manufacture high-precision aircraft parts will augment the Europe metalworking fluids market share.

Increasing industrial activities to drive growth across Germany

Rapidly growing industrial activities in Germany and production operations will be majorly driving metalworking fluid demand in the coming years. The country will witness around 5.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 in Europe metalworking fluids market. MWF increases the component life by maintaining lubrication, minimizing wear, and reducing physical & thermal deformation. The product also delivers a superior surface finish and texture in the welding & cutting zone. Furthermore, increasing consumer spending toward vehicle modifications will significantly stimulate product demand by 2027 in Germany.

Improving industrial production in countries including Hungary and France are likely to further propel the industry. The main objective of metalworking fluids is cooling and lubricating the machining process, thus reducing friction and thermal wear & tear.

Strengthening the regional manufacturing footprint to drive competition in the market

Metalworking fluid manufacturers continue to accelerate investments in production facilities and expand their local presence to gain a competitive edge in regional markets. For an instance, in April 2018, Clariant extended its distribution partnership with Azelis for its waxes and specialty chemical product segment. This agreement will allow the company to achieve satiability in distribution operations, especially in Europe. This investment will increase the company's local presence and provide its customers with a wide range of products.


The key Europe metalworking fluids industry participants include Castrol Limited, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Clariant, Lukoil Lubricants., Lubrizol Corporation, TOTAL SA, Quaker Chemical Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Henkel Corporation, Chemetall, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Eastman Chemical Company, Sinopec, and ANGUS Chemical Company.

The Europe metalworking fluids market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilo tons and revenue in USD million from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Neat Oil
  • Synthetic Fluid
  • Semi-synthetic Fluid
  • Soluble Oil

By Application

  • Removal Fluids
  • Forming Fluids
  • Protecting Fluids
  • Treating Fluids

By End-user

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Electrical & Power
  • Agriculture
  • Marine
  • Healthcare

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Country

  • Europe
    • France
    • Germany
    • UK
    • Italy
    • Spain
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Akshay Prakash

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global metalworking fluids market size in Europe was around USD 2,678 million in 2020 and will foresee a CAGR of over 5.4% up to 2027 driven by increasing demand by original equipment manufacturers for automation, metal fabrication, and steel.

Metalworking fluids are mainly employed for reducing heat and friction as well as to remove metal particles in industrial machining and grinding operations.

The regional market share from the soluble oil product segment will cross USD 1.5 billion through 2027 owing to increasing penetration in chip formation, preventing overheating, and extending the service life of machine tools.

The European metalworking fluids market share from the automotive industry is set to record a 5.5% CAGR up to 2027 driven by the escalating trend of weight reduction and electric or hybrid vehicles.

The metalworking fluids market in Germany is anticipated to record a 5.5% CAGR through 2027 owing to the rapidly increasing industrial activities and production operations in the region.

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