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Lubricant Additives

US demand to reach 2.5 billion pounds in 2017
Demand for lubricant additives in the US is expected to increase to 2.4 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $3.8 billion, with growth resulting from rebounding lubricant production and modestly rising additive treat rates. Additives such as antioxidants and friction modifiers, which are capable of providing longer lubricant service life or fuel efficiency benefits, will see the strongest demand growth, while those such as antiwear and extreme pressure additives containing potentially undesirable chemistries will experience below average advances. OEM specifications for lubricant performance will continue to drive changes in formulations, with particular focus on lubricants’ contribution to meeting fuel economy and emissions regulations leading to increased demands placed on related lubricant characteristics.

Industrial uses to outpace automotive applications
Automotive applications tend to be highly technical and present a larger market for both finished lubricants and lubricant additives than do industrial uses. However, demand for additives in automotive lubricants will be restrained due to weak growth in vehicle usage, lengthening service intervals, and little room to further increase additive concentrations. This will have the largest impact on deposit control additives, including dispersants and detergents, which are a major component of engine oils and account for the largest share of total lubricant additives demand. Deposit control additives will grow at a below average rate, despite benefiting from strict requirements for engine cleanliness present in the upcoming GF-6 passenger car engine oil specification.

Though smaller in volume than automotive markets, industrial lubricants will exhibit stronger growth in both lubricant production and additive concentrations. Treat rates will rise most rapidly in general oils and hydraulic fluids, with trends in finished lubricant production favoring these fluids as well. Industrial engine oils, such as those used in rail and marine applications, power generation, and other stationary engines, contain among the highest levels of additives used in industrial lubricants, and will thus continue to be important markets for additives. Industrial engine lubricants will face many of the same future challenges as automotive engine oils, with fuel efficiency, equipment protection, and lubricant service life all important factors influencing the demand for additives.

Environmental concerns to continue affecting demand
Environmental concerns will continue to play a major role in lubricant formulation and use. Reduction of elements such as chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur, and metals has proceeded at a rapid pace over the past decade, particularly in automotive lubricants. Although there is no immediate regulatory push for further reduction of these chemicals in automotive lubricants, end users in all markets will increasingly demand lubricants perceived to be less harmful to equipment, worker health, and the environment. Use of more environmentally friendly fuels, including renewable fuels, in both automotive and industrial engines will also drive changes in lubricant formulation and additive demand. For example, expanding use of biodiesel in the motor vehicle fuel pool will require better oxidation and corrosion protection from lubricants. In contrast, falling sulfur content in marine fuel oil may reduce the need for detergents in marine engine lubricants.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million dollars)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Macroeconomic Overview
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Motor Vehicle Outlook
      • Table MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS
    • Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table MANUFACTURERS’ SHIPMENTS (billion 2005 dollars)
    • Crude Oil & Refined Petroleum Products Outlook
      • Table CRUDE OIL & REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS SUPPLY & DEMAND (million barrels)
    • Historical Trends
      • Table LUBRICANT ADDITIVE MARKET, 2002-2012
    • Pricing Trends
      • Table LUBRICANT ADDITIVE PRICING TRENDS (dollars per pound)
    • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
      • Federal Regulations
      • Environmentally Friendly Lubricants
      • Metalworking Fluids
      • Hybrid & Alternative Fuel Vehicles
      • Other Environmental & Regulatory Issues
    • Technology
      • Motor Vehicle Technology
      • Industrial Machinery Trends
    • International Activity
    • Foreign Trade
      • Table LUBRICANT ADDITIVE FOREIGN TRADE (million dollars)
      • Exports
      • Imports
  • LUBRICANT INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Lubricants Outlook
      • Table FINISHED LUBRICANT DEMAND (million gallons)
      • Automotive Lubricants
        • Table AUTOMOTIVE LUBRICANT SUPPLY & DEMAND (million gallons)
      • Industrial Lubricants
        • Table INDUSTRIAL LUBRICANT SUPPLY & DEMAND (million gallons)
    • Basestocks
      • Table TOTAL BASE OIL DEMAND (million gallons)
      • Petroleum
        • Table PETROLEUM BASE OIL SUPPLY & DEMAND (million gallons)
      • Other Basestocks
    • Synthetic Lubricants
    • Re-Refined Lubricants
      • Table RE-REFINED LUBRICANT DEMAND (million gallons)
    • Motor Vehicle Lubricant Classification & Testing
      • Passenger Car Specifications
      • Diesel Engine Oil Specifications
    • Lubricant Production Trends
      • Table FINISHED LUBRICANT PRODUCTION (million gallons)
  • LUBRICANT ADDITIVES BY TYPE
    • General
      • Table LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Deposit Control Additives
      • Table DEPOSIT CONTROL ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Dispersants
        • Table DISPERSANT DEMAND
      • Detergents
        • Table DETERGENT DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Viscosity Modifiers
      • Table VISCOSITY MODIFIER DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Antiwear & Extreme Pressure Additives
      • Table ANTIWEAR & EXTREME PRESSURE ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Antiwear Additives
        • Table ANTIWEAR ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Extreme Pressure Additives
        • Table EXTREME PRESSURE ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Friction Modifiers
      • Table FRICTION MODIFIER DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Antioxidants
      • Table ANTIOXIDANT DEMAND (million pounds)
    • Emulsifiers
      • Table EMULSIFIER DEMAND
    • Corrosion Inhibitors
      • Table CORROSION INHIBITOR DEMAND
    • Other Lubricant Additives
      • Table OTHER LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
  • LUBRICANT ADDITIVES BY MARKET
    • General
      • Table LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND BY MARKET
    • Automotive Lubricant Additives
      • Table AUTOMOTIVE LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Engine Oil Additives
        • Table ENGINE OIL ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
        • Table GASOLINE ENGINE OIL ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
        • Table DIESEL ENGINE OIL ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Transmission Fluid & Other Auto Lubricant Additives
        • Table TRANSMISSION & OTHER AUTOMOTIVE LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Market Share
    • Industrial Lubricant Additives
      • Table INDUSTRIAL LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Metalworking Fluid Additives
        • Table METALWORKING FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Industrial Engine Oil Additives
        • Table INDUSTRIAL ENGINE OIL ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Other Industrial Lubricant Additives
        • Table OTHER INDUSTRIAL LUBRICANT ADDITIVE DEMAND (million pounds)
      • Market Share
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table SELECTED LUBRICANT ADDITIVE COMPANY SALES, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
    • Competitive Strategies
      • Research & Development
      • Product Differentiation
      • Market Segmentation
      • Cost Controls
    • Merger & Acquisition Activity
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • Acme-Hardesty Company
      • Akzo Nobel NV
      • Albemarle Corporation
      • Arkema SA
      • BASF SE
      • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
      • Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP
      • Chemtura Corporation
      • Chevron Corporation
      • Clariant International Limited
      • Croda International plc
      • Detrex Corporation
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • Evonik Industries AG
      • Exxon Mobil Corporation
      • Functional Products Incorporated
      • Huntsman Corporation
      • ICC Industries Incorporated
      • Infineum International Limited
      • Innospec Incorporated
      • International Petroleum Products & Additives Company Incorporated
      • King Industries Incorporated
      • LANXESS AG
      • Lonza Group Limited
      • Mitsui Chemicals Incorporated
      • MÜNZING Chemie GmbH
      • NewMarket Corporation
      • Pilot Chemical Company
      • Royal Dutch Shell plc
      • Soltex Incorporated
      • Solvay SA
      • Vanderbilt (RT) Company Incorporated

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