Marine lubricants suppliers

Market Developments Leading to Increased Entry Barriers for Marine Lubricants Industry Suppliers

The shipping industry faced two critical issues in 2020: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 0.5% sulfur fuel norms, also known as IMO 2020. IMO 2020 led to operational challenges related to very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) or 0.5% sulfur fuel usage for shipping companies. COVID-19 also led to some unique operational and economic challenges, including reduced on-board and onshore support and closed ports, plus a decline in international trade. Lastly, upcoming regulations related to maritime decarbonization present new challenges to the shipping industry.

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OEM FWC PCMO Demand Growth

Increased OEM Attention May Drive Greater PCMO Demand to the Franchised Workshop Channel Globally

The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) franchised workshop (FWS) channel accounted for nearly a quarter of global PCMO demand in 2020 and is projected to grow at a faster pace than the overall PCMO market.  Asia-Pacific leads in volume, while Europe leads in channel market share. The growth in the OEM FWS channel compared to otherssuch as the independent workshop (IWS) and local garage channelis due to greater investment by OEMs and their dealers in retaining customers for aftersales service, as well as changing consumer preferences.   Continue reading

factors impacting HDMO demand

Factors Impacting HDMO Demand

The launch of the newly redesigned, on-highway Model 579, class 8 tractor by Peterbilt Motors Company inspired Kline to make some observations about the HDMO market, and we would like to share them in our new series, Kline Energy Reflections Under a Minute. In it, we’ll offer our reflections on the most current news and what’s been trending around the world in our industry. Continue reading

Lubenets 2021 release

How LubesNet Evolved into the Data Tool of Tomorrow 

The latest release of Kline’s LubesNet database, on January 27, 2021, marked a significant milestone in its history15 consecutive years of offering market data and insight into the global finished automotive and industrial lubricants industry. LubesNet presents, through a userfriendly and intuitive platformglobal, regional, country market, market segment, product type, and viscosity grade lubricants demand data featuring a fiveyear historical view, 2020 base year view, and two forecast year views. This latest release includes Kline’s assessment of the impact of COVID-19 by country market with a comparison to 2019 demand, plus Kline’s forecast for recovery as markets emerge from lockdowns and economic activity returns to pre-pandemic levels.  

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rubber process oil industry expects a recovery

Rubber Process Oil Market Growth Expected to Recover to Pre-COVID-19 Levels by 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted global demand for rubber process oil (RPO) in 2020It is estimated that RPO demand declined approximately 15%, reaching about 2,750 KT in 2020. This represents a considerable improvement compared with earlier forecasts. 

In mid-2020, RPO demand was estimated to decline approximately 20%-25%  better than expected. This was due to the strong recovery in rubber and tire production in Asia during the second half of 2020, especially in China, where tire production declined only 3% in 2020. Moreover, the slight growth in rubber demand in China – which is the largest market for the product globally – was spurred by the healthcare industry in 2020.

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top trend rising from COVID 19

A Trend a Day This December — Enjoy Kline’s 2020 Countdown Calendar

During 2020, virtually every industry and every aspect of how we live, work, and communicate was thrown into disarray due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The necessity to respond to the global crisis with tech-savvy, relevant, and timely solutions was a catalyst that sparked the rapid development and implementation of evolutionary trends on a scale we’ve never seen before.

With 2020 almost over, we want to part with it on a positive note by reflecting on these progressive, dynamic trends and how they will come together to help us “rebuild better” post-COVID-19.Continue reading

new lubricants sales channels

Chinese PCMO Market to Recover Faster and with More Alternative Sales Channels

Globally, China’s passenger car motor oil (PCMO) market ranks second in terms of volume, accounting for approximately 17% of demand. COVID-19 has slowed growth, with new vehicle sales declining by nearly 20% in the first half of 2020. This dropalong with reduced annual mileage due to lockdowns, has brought PCMO demand to under 1,000 kilotonnes in 2020, a slip of more than 15% from 2019.  Contributing to this slowdown is the growing penetration of battery electric vehicles (BEVs), which are expected to expand to nearly 20% of annual sales by 2025. 

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New Talent for Lubricants Industry

Kline Executives Participate in ABN Resource Panel to Help Attract a Younger Generation to the Lubricants Industry

The lubricants industry, while facing many challenges, is at the same time dramatically changing by embracing new technologies and digital innovation, as well as joining the fight against climate change. Without addressing current issues and environmental concerns, the industry risks the ability to attract talent.

At the same time, younger generations often view the lubricants industry as declining, rather than being an innovative and technologically advanced sector in which to build a future. For that reason, ABN Resource, the industry’s recruitment specialist, has launched an initiative to educate young people about the numerous career opportunities within the industry.

In the latest episode of the ABN Resource Podcast, “How to Build a Passion for the Lubricants Industry,” James Moorhouse, Director of ABN Resource, assembled a panel of four Kline executives to dispel some of the common misconceptions regarding the potential offered by this hundred-billion-dollar industry.Continue reading