Upcoming Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Lubricants and Basestocks Markets

Join this webinar, hosted by our panel of experts, Yana Wilkinson (VP Energy), Ian Moncrieff (VP Energy), and Annie Jarquin (Director, Energy) to hear the synthesis of our recent thought leadership encompassing the impact of COVID-19 on various lubricants markets and lessons learned to date, and questions that emerge as we think ahead. This will be followed by a Q&A session via the chat function.Continue reading

Where is the Lubricants Industry Headed? – New Kline Perspectives 2018 Report Identifies Key Trends

Where is the Lubricants Industry Headed? – New Kline Perspectives 2018 Report Identifies Key Trends

A new research report outlining the key trends that have had a lasting impact on the lubricants industry has been published by Kline, a global market research and management consulting firm specializing in the lubricants industry. Kline Perspectives 2018 looks at the events happening in the past year, provides information on the current state of the industry, and analyzes the top 10 trends that are forecast to be shaping the industry in the medium term.
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Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Stimulated by changing demand patterns, the global basestock industry is witnessing significant changes

According to the Global Lubricant Basestocks report, the basestock market registered a very small growth in 2016 over the previous year. While Group II and III basestocks registered good growth rates, Group I continued on a downward trajectory. The global basestock market is in the middle of witnessing substantial structural changes. These changes are stimulated by changing demand patterns due to evolving technological and environment requirements, as well as changes in the supply landscape.Continue reading

Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Fuel Economy and Stringent Emission Standards are Increasing Demand for Low-viscosity Grade Basestocks

The improving quality of finished lubricants and the burgeoning supply of high quality basestocks continue to create greater pressure on Group I basestocks to exit the market in the face of stagnant overall demand. In 2015, Group I basestocks account for less than half of the global basestock demand, down from over two-thirds a decade earlier, according to the recently published Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities report.

Passenger car motor oils formulation changes are driven by improvements in fuel economy, increasing engine oil durability, and maintaining compatibility with emission control devices and biofuels. The high viscosity index, low volatility, and low sulfur content has resulted in the reduced use of Group I and increased use of Group II and Group III.  Continue reading

Indian Finished Lubricants Market

Group II Basestocks Witness Increased Usage in the Indian Finished Lubricants Market

India is the third-largest lubricant-consuming market in the world at approximately 2.3 million metric tons in 2015, according to Kline’s estimates. Generally, the Indian finished lubricant market has outpaced global finished lubricant demand growth. Since 2010, the finished lubricant demand growth in India has exceeded the global finished lubricant demand growth, except for 2013, where demand fell marginally in the country. The penetration of higher quality lubricants in India compared to the developed markets, such as North America and Western Europe, is small; however, the market is exhibiting a clear shift towards the use of better quality lubricants and basestocks.

According to Anuj Kumar, Project Manager in Kline’s Energy Practice, “This play toward Group II is eerily similar to the same shift that was seen in developed markets. Government regulations, fuel economy mandates, and lube performance demands by OEMs, coupled with the enticing pricing for Group II (as compared to Group I) has brought about this sense of déjà vu in the market.” Continue reading

Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Kline’s Index of Base Stock Production and Re-refining Cash Margins Indicates Worsening Conditions at the End of the First Quarter

In January 2014, Kline & Company, a worldwide consulting and research firm serving needs of organizations in the lubricants and base stocks industry, introduced its monthly Base Stock Margin Index, a characterization of recent cash margin contributions in the U.S. base oil market over the past 24 months.

The Index estimates cash margin contributions associated with U.S. Group II base stock production. It simulates EBITDA before the deduction of corporate SG&A expenses for typical VGO-based virgin base stock plants and RFO-based re-refineries. Continue reading

The Global Business Outlook for Brightstocks

Brightstock Alternatives Will Gain Ground as the Market Anticipates a Deficit of over 6.0 KBD

The brightstocks market faces dwindling Group I supplies. In its recently published report,  The Global Business Outlook for Brightstocks, global market research and management consulting firm Kline estimates that, even with limited new capacity additions, the market will experience a potential deficit of at least 6.0 KBD by 2025. Although there will be loss in demand for brightstocks from automotive engine oils due to the shift towards multigrade oils, that alone cannot compensate for the declining supply. Blending requirements for marine and other heavy industrial lubricants continue to expand demand for brightstocks, a critical component for these applications. Spotting an opportunity, a few brightstock suppliers have undertaken capacity expansion projects that will address some of the growing deficit.Continue reading

Energy Newsweek

Is Your Base Oil Plant Healthy? Kline and SBA Consulting Launch New Base Oil Study

Kline, a global market research and management consulting firm specializing in the downstream petroleum and specialties sector, and SBA Consulting, which focuses on global analyses of the base oil market, announced a new joint initiative to analyze the financial performance and survivability for base oil plants with the launch of a client-confidential study called the Base Oil Plant Health Check.Continue reading

Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Kline’s Index of Base Stock Production and Re-refining Cash Margins Indicates a Downward Turn for Profitability

In January 2014, Kline, a worldwide consulting and research firm serving the needs of organizations in the lubricants and base stocks industry, introduced its monthly Base Stock Margin Index, a characterization of recent cash margin contributions in the U.S. base oil market over the past 24 months.

The Index estimates cash margin contributions associated with U.S. Group II base stock production. It simulates EBITDA before the deduction of corporate SG&A expenses for typical VGO-based virgin base stock plants and RFO-based re-refineries. Continue reading

Global Lubricant Basestocks: Market Analysis and Opportunities

Kline’s November Index of Base Stock Production and Re-refining Cash Margins Shows Second Straight Month of Declines

In January 2014, Kline, a worldwide consulting and research firm serving needs of organizations in the lubricants and base stocks industry, introduced its monthly Base Stock Margin Index, a characterization of recent cash margin contributions in the U.S. base oil market over the past 24 months.

The Index estimates cash margin contributions associated with U.S. Group II base stock production. It simulates EBITDA before the deduction of corporate SG&A expenses for typical VGO-based virgin base stock plants and RFO-based re-refineries. Continue reading