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Global White Oil Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Grade (Food, Pharmaceutical, Technical) and Application (Plastics & Polymers, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care & Cosmetics, Food Industry, Textile), Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI1192
  • Published Date: Oct 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Global White Oil Market size exceeded USD 2 billion in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 2.8% between 2021 and 2027 owing to potential outlook in medical, personal care and cosmetic applications for providing improved longevity, purity and consistency and growing adoption of innovative technologies and increase in the adoption of group II base oil by various manufacturers.

White oil also referred to as white mineral oil or mineral white oil is a highly stable, refined, and pure mineral oil. It can be produced from a variety of feedstocks, depending on the process being used, and has colourless, odourless, and practically tasteless properties. The product is non-toxic and chemically inert, thus is widely used as an insecticide for controlling a wide range of insect pastes in garden. Besides, strong outlook in cosmetics, polymer, pharmaceutical, and food industries is anticipated to boost the white oil market share.

White Oil Market Outlook

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Recent halal and kosher certification in applications such as food and dietary products has resulted in its growing demand across the globe. Moreover, the product is used in varied cosmetics formulations including sunscreen & anti-aging creams, emollient lotions, cold creams, baby oils, hair care products, etc. Expansion in the global cosmetics industry driven by increasing demand for premium beauty products along with varied functional benefits is likely to generate new growth opportunities for the key industry participants.

Extensive usage in the processing of polystyrene, thermoplastic elastomers, and polyolefins, due to its excellent chemically stable advantages will benefit the white oil market. This mineral lubricant controls the melt flow behaviour of several finished products with the help of its natural release properties. Moreover, white oil products are drawing massive attention from several manufacturing companies on account of their versatile features including odourless, colourless, and biological stable benefits.

Factors such as resistance to toxic aromatics and germs coupled with enhanced chemical & biological stability are anticipated to be among the major benefits propelling the industry demand. Moreover, a positive outlook in form of diluents in adhesives, sealants, and caulks will fuel the overall market share. The ingredient act as mold release, wetting agents, and resin catalyst carriers for numerous applications supporting market growth. However, factors such as excessive costs with respect to the preparation of personal care products, absence of high-quality crude lubricant, price volatility, and uncertainty in prices may restrain the white oil market value.

Rising number of food & beverage processing plants across the globe to propel the demand for food grade white oil

White Oil Market by Grade

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Global white oil market by food grade is anticipated to surpass USD 158 million by 2027. Food grade white mineral oil is widely used for dust suppression and dough divider in the food processing sector. The food-grade products are safe for use as a lubricating agent in food and beverage processing plants as it is approved for food contact. Moreover, the demand for machine maintenance of safety standards may promulgate the product adoption rate. Besides, widespread usage in food-grade lubes, release agents, and wrapping paper materials will stimulate the growth of white oil market segment.

Stringent food regulations pertaining to food production and quality in the U.S. and European countries should boost the segment growth. Moreover, the growing utilization of food-grade mineral oils as protective coatings for fruits & vegetables, as a component in packaging materials, and as glazing agents in the confectionery industry. Besides, steady growth of the processed food & beverage industry in emerging economies such as China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and South Africa will positively impact the segment growth. This is attributed to increasing purchasing power, industrialization, and changing eating habits across these countries.

Steady growth of the global pharmaceuticals industry to fuel white oil demand over the forecast timeframe

White Oil Market by Application

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The pharmaceuticals application segment is anticipated to showcase a high CAGR of 3% by 2027. White oil is majorly used in pharmaceuticals industry as a base constituent lubricant in medical machinery and instruments. Moreover, it finds application in insecticide spray for controlling a wide range of pests and scale insects such as aphids, scale, mealybug, mites, citrus leaf miner, and smooth-skinned caterpillars.

White oil is also utilized in pharmaceuticals formulations such as laxatives, pomade formulations, gelatin capsules, and excipients. Besides, continuous expansion of the pharmaceutical industry owing to product variations and constant advancements may fuel the white mineral oil demand.

Increasing product usage in ointment formulation owing to its benefits in healing skin injury is anticipated to drive the white oil market revenue. Major companies are constantly increasing production capacity for manufacturing medicines, tablets, syrups, ointments and other products are expected to boost industry share. Also, increasing number of health problems such as osteoarthritis, skin aging, brittle and weak bones, and obesity will boost the demand for gelatin capsules.

The rise in consumer expenditure on personal care & cosmetic products should stimulate market growth in North America

White Oil Market by Region

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North America white oil market is poised to surpass USD 455 million by the end of 2027 due to the presence of leading companies including ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, Sonneborn, and Chevron Corporation. Additionally, the increasing demand for protective diluents, moisturizers, emollients, hair care, and baby care products will propel the regional industry size. Rising spending on personal care and cosmetic products will create new avenues for industry growth.

High focus on health & wellness along with the ability of consumers in the region to pay more for premium products will favor the product adoption rate in pharmaceuticals, food, personal care, and cosmetics industries. The U.S. will witness substantial growth due to favorable regulatory compliance coupled with continued product innovations, particularly in the healthcare industry. Besides, increased consumption of polymers and adhesive in the region will create lucrative opportunities for the white oil market.

Key business strategies adopted by manufacturers include mergers and acquisitions

The white oil industry is competitive and includes various players such BASF, Savita Chemicals, Total SA, Apar Industries Limited, Sasol, Renkert oil, Sinopec Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Sonneborn LLC. Companies are primarily engaged in business strategies such as expanding production capacity, merger and acquisitions for business expansion.

In February 2019, HollyFrontier Corporation acquired Sonneborn US Holdings, Inc. and Sonneborn Co?peratief U.A. This acquisition was made to strengthen the company’s specialty products. It also helped HollyFrontier Corporation to expand in North America and Europe through Sonneborn’s distribution network.

Global white oil market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in million tons and revenue in USD million from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Grade

  • Food
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Technical

By Application

  •  Plastic & polymer
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food industry
  • Personal care & cosmetics
  • Textiles
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Taiwan
    • South Korea
    • Philippines
    • Thailand
    • Singapore
    • Vietnam
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

White oil market was valued at USD 2 billion in 2020 and will witness a CAGR of 2.8% through 2027 with the rising potential across medical, personal care, and cosmetic applications.

White oil is a highly stable, refined, and pure mineral oil which is widely used for improving purity, longevity, and consistency in various verticals like cosmetics, polymer, pharmaceutical, and food & beverage.

Food grade white oil market will record a valuation of over USD 158 million by 2027 owing to increasing product usage for dust suppression and dough divider in food processing sector.

The overall market revenue from pharmaceuticals application will grow at a CAGR of 3% through 2027 owing to the increasing use of white oil as a base constituent lubricant in medical machinery and instruments.

BASF, Savita Chemicals, Total SA, Apar Industries Limited, Sasol, Renkert oil, Sinopec Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Sonneborn LLC, are some of the major players operating in white oil market.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 23
  • Tables & Figures: 354
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 289

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