Global Used Oil and Re-refined Lubricants: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Base Year: 2018 and 2019 Preliminary Estimates
Published November 2019
Forecasts to 2023 and 2028
Regional Coverage: Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, North America, South America

The used oil re-refining market has evolved tremendously in the last decade. From being a disposal liability, used oil is now a product with significant economic value. The growth in basestock prices created the incentive to maximize used oil collection. At the same time, the used oil collection infrastructure and re-refining technology continues to improve. This motivated the development of a number of re-refining projects, especially in North America. However, in the recent years, growth of the re-refining industry has been limited due to lack of enforcement of regulations in developing countries, customer perception about re-refined basestocks and lubricants, and low crude oil price resulting in low prices of virgin basestocks. Finding solutions to these challenges will be key for any re-refiner to be successful in this industry.

This Report Helps Subscribers to Understand:

  • What is the material flow leading from finished lubricants to used oil and collection and disposal in different regions?
  • How are collected used oils disposed in terms of energy recovery, re-refining, and other applications?
  • What is the used oil collection infrastructure and preferred disposal routes in each region/country?
  • What are the target markets for re-refined oils? Which finished lubricant product/market segments use re-refined basestocks, and why?
  • Who are the leading used oil collectors and re-refiners in each region/country?
  • What is the outlook for re-refined basestocks industry?

Report Contents


Executive Summary
Overview of key findings

Country/Regional Market Profiles
Detailed regional profiles focusing on key markets (listed in Table 1) are provided, including the following information:

  • Economic background
  • Vehicle population
  • Used oil and re-refining regulations
  • Finished lubricant demand, used oil generation, and re-refining material balance
  • Used oil collection and disposal
  • Used oil re-refining market overview
  • Market outlook and evaluation
  • Opportunities and challenges

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Scope & Benefits

Global Used Oil and Re-refined Lubricants: Market Analysis and Opportunities provides a detailed independent appraisal of this complex market and explores market opportunities and challenges for used oil collectors, re-refiners, lubricant blenders, and marketers, worldwide. Key insights provided in the report include the following:

  • Assessment of material flows from finished lubricant to used oil collection to used oil disposal and re-refined basestocks production in different regions including a discussion on used oil collection infrastructure and regulations
  • Assessment of different routes to dispose collected used oil – including energy recovery, re-refining, and other end-uses
  • Profiles of current and emerging re-refining suppliers by region/country
  • Evaluation of re-refined basestocks and lubricants and their key end-use segments
  • Analysis of market trends, growth drivers and restraints, and regulation
  • Evaluation of re-refined basestock suppliers at a global and regional level
  • Evaluation of market opportunities and challenges

This report assists used oil collectors, re-refiners, lubricant blenders, and marketers in identifying opportunities within the global used oil re-refining industry. It also serves as an invaluable tool in the strategic planning process. Specifically, the report helps subscribers:

  • Develop business strategies by understanding the trends and developments that are driving the used oil re-refining market
  • Understand market, regulatory, technology, and other trends and their impact on the re-refining industry
  • Identify end-use markets and applications with high potential for growth and the challenges and barriers for catering these opportunities
  • Identify key competitors and evaluate their market position
  • Evaluate key market opportunities and challenges facing the business

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