Automotive Lubricants Aftermarket

Automotive Lubricants Aftermarket - Increase In Demand For Vehicles Due To
Economic Prosperity Economy
The global automotive lubricants aftermarket was valued around US$ 82 Bn in 2016
and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4% from 2018 to 2026, according to a
new report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) titled ‘Automotive Lubricants
Aftermarket – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast,
2017–2026.’ Lubricant is a substance that is made up of base fluids and additives. A
typical lubricant composition consist of 80% to 90% base oil and the rest is additives,
However, this composition is subject to change as per the application. Lubricants are
used for their ability to increase the operating lifespan of mechanical parts. They are
used to minimize the friction between parts in contact with each other, thus
eliminating wear and prolonging lifespan by Robust economies of countries such as
China, India, Brazil, and Middle East have increased disposable income of the
population, resulting in higher car ownership.This, in turn, has been augmenting the
consumption of automotive lubricants in recent times. Rise in demand for lightweight
and high performance vehicles mandates the use of high-quality lubricants. This is a
key factor propelling the consumption of automotive lubricants.
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Increasing Motorization Rate Coupled with Sales of New Vehicles and Established
World Vehicle Fleet
Increase in demand for vehicles due to economic prosperity economy and increasing
purchase power have resulted in higher car ownership. The global motorization rate
i.e. vehicle ownership per 1000 inhabitants increased to 182 per thousand inhabitants
in 2015 as against 178 in the previous year. Europe and North America are mature
regions of the market for aftermarket automotive lubricants, with car ownership rates
as high as 580 and 680 per thousand inhabitants in 2015. Low penetration of
automotive vehicles, particularly in regions such as Latin America, Asia, and Middle
East & Africa, presents significant opportunities for the automotive lubricants
aftermarket. For instance, the motorization rate in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
stood at 105, 42, and 176 per thousand inhabitants, respectively, in 2015. Along with
this, accelerating economy, rapid urbanization, and increasing per capita income may
compel individuals to own a vehicle. This, in turn, is expected to create an
incremental market opportunity for the automotive lubricants aftermarket in the near
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Longer Oil Drain Intervals May Dampen Market Expansion, but Increasing Penetration
of Synthetic and Semi-synthetic Automotive Lubricants Offers Future Expansion
Lubricant oil chemistry and engine technology have evolved tremendously in recent
years, resulting in improved engine oil drain interval. During the 1950s, a truck
engine oil change would have to be performed for every 500 miles. But those days
are gone. Currently, it is possible to achieve an oil drain interval as high as 50,000
miles in heavy duty vehicles. Factors that have resulted in improved oil drain interval
include cleaner fuels, higher quality lubricants, more dependable engines, and
improved filter technology. The standard oil drain interval is 25,000 miles. However,
various factors such as engine design, vehicle age, condition, driving patterns, and oil
properties are known to affect the engine oil drain interval. Oil service intervals are
pre-determined by engine manufacturers and are designed to provide optimum engine
protection within intervals. Majority of the vehicle owner tend to follow these
instructions, However, there has been growing trend of lengthening the oil service
intervals beyond the OEM specifications.