Synthetic Lubricants Market Size By Product (Group IV [PAO], Group V [Esters], PAG), By Application (Engine Oils, Transmission Fluids, HTF, Metalworking Fluids), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023

Published Date: Mar 2016  |  Report ID: GMI368  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Shreya Deb

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 85   |   Base Year: 2015

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Synthetic Lubricants Market size is expected to reach over 5 billion by 2023 with estimated growth of over 4% from 2016 to 2023.

U.S. Synthetic Lubricants Market size, by application, 2012-2023 (USD Million)
U.S. Synthetic Lubricants Market size, by application, 2012-2023 (USD Million)

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Increasing demand from industrial and automobile sector in Asia Pacific subject to installation of new machines coupled with increased branded cars sales will drive synthetic lubricants market share during forecast period.

Synthetic lubricants market share is expected to reach over USD 5 billion during forecast period. Growing adoption among new technologies, including fire resistant ester may favor the business growth in future. Major original equipment manufacturer set NSF food lubrication standard for food application which will propel synthetic lubricants market size growth in coming year.

These are derived from ethylene oxides, which is procured through natural gas, tight oil, CBM, shale gas and crude oil. Shell, Chevron, Total, Exxon Mobil and BP are integrated manufacturer, which ensures ethylene oxides supply to refining units for production PAG, ester-based and PAO synthetic lubricants.

Automotive applications dominate the industry, increase in automobile sales mostly driven by the U.S., China, India, and Brazil will foster the industry growth in future. China automobile sales increased from 9.3 million to 23 million units in 2014.

Gulf Cooperation Council natural gas production reached 369.2 BCM in 2012 from 207.5 BCM in 2005. Growth in personal care, food & beverage, automotive, and construction sector in emerging nation including UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has shifted political emphasis towards the development of natural gas which will positively influence the business growth. 

Synthetic Lubricants Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2015 Market Size in 2015:
Historical Data for: 2012 to 2015 Forecast Period: 2016 to 2023
Forecast Period 2016 to 2023 CAGR: 4% 2023 Value Projection: 5 Billion (USD)
Pages: 85 Tables, Charts & Figures: 73
Geographies covered: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (MEA), Latin America
Segments covered: Product and Region
Companies covered (11): Exxon Mobil, Shell, British Petroleum, Total, Chevron, Fuchs Group, Pennzoil, Amsoil Inc., Kendall (Phillips , ), Valvoline, Castrol,
Growth Drivers:
  • Positive automible production outlook
  • Abundant availability of natural gas in GCC
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Cost issues
  • Bio-based lubricants market penetration

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Synthetic Lubricants Market, By Product

Group IV synthetic lubricants market size was valued over 400 kilo tons in 2015 and is expected to witness growth over 4% from 2016 to 2023. Wide adoption of PAO in automotive engine with OEM recommendation in brands including Volkswagen and BMW will complement the industry outlook.

Synthetic lubricants market from ester is set to exceed USD 1.7 billion by 2023. Increase in ester demand in reciprocating compressor will stimulate the business growth during forecast period.

Synthetic Lubricants Market, By Application

Engine oil contributed 40% of global synthetic lubricants market share in 2015 and is expected to witness growth over 4% by 2023. It offers, excellent firm protection, high operating temperature range and increase drain interval.


Synthetic lubricants market share demand from heat transfer fluids is expected to exceed USD 1.5 billion by 2023. These are primarily used for water removals in O&G and chemical plants. Automatic transmission fluids are used to execute various function including torque conversion, valve operation, gear oiling and brake band friction and as hydraulic fluid in power steering.

Synthetic Lubricants Market, By Region

Asia Pacific synthetic lubricants market share led by India and China is expected to reach over 200 kilo tonnes by 2023 with 4.6% CAGR from 2016 to 2023. Increasing automobile sales is predicted to stimulate the industry outlook in future. It has wide applications in automobile industry subject to its superior properties with high performance when compared with mineral products.

Europe synthetic lubricants market is set to exceed USD 1,000 million by 2023 subject to existence of major automotive engineering workshops including Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce, VW, Audi, and Airbus. Latin America and Middle East offers a high growth potential for industry players.

Competitive Market Share

Key industry players include Shell, Castrol, ExxonMobil and BP, Fuchs, Total and Chevron where Shell, Castrol, ExxonMobil and BP accounted for 50% of synthetic lubricants market share in 2015.

High fiber cost when compared with mineral oil may hinder the synthetic lubricants market growth. Increasing demand for mineral oil from small scale manufactures mainly in Asia Pacific will further hamper the industry growth.

Synthetic Lubricants Industry Background

Synthetic lubricants are procured from pure chemicals rather than refined from crude oil. It can be used in both high and low temperatures. It improves oxidation resistance, thermal stability, low-temperature properties and reduce residue formation, flammability, and lower evaporation losses. It also helps to reduce fiction and thus improve fuel efficiency and equipment life. Increasing demand for automobiles coupled with rising middle class economy is expected to drive the industry growth during forecast period.

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