Compressor Oil: The Elixir to Compressor Longevity

Regulatory Compliance Requisites Redirecting Focus of Compressor Oil Manufacturers on Reliable Formulation Offerings

  • 2019-07-16
  • REP-GB-4871
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Compressor Oil: Performance and Efficiency Reinforced

Effective lubrication lies at the heart of operational efficiency of industrial plants. All kinds of industrial ecosystems hinge on high-quality lubricants for maximizing the performance quotient of their equipment bases, while minimizing the impact of wear & tear. While compressor oil plays a vital role in ensuring high-scale performance and efficiency of a wide range of air compressors through exceptional lubrication, the utility of compressor oil extends far beyond effective lubrication. An excellent oxidation resistance of the compressor oil is further coupled with its abilities to reduce the sludge formation and eliminate the risks of cavitation damage

compressor oil market snapshot

Compressor Oil Market - Key Research Findings

  1. The global compressor oil market size in 2018 was valued at ~US$ 5 Bn.
  2. The compressor oil market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of ~4% in between 2019 and 2029.
  3. To ensure continuous operation with optimum compressor efficiency, the manufacturing industry is mainly emphasizing on the frequent replacement of compressor oil, which in turn, drives the market over the forecast period.
  4. Collectively, East Asia and North America are likely to account for more than 40% of the revenue shares of the compressor oil market by the end of 2019.
    • The East Asia market is anticipated to be a more lucrative market for compressor oil manufactures, attributing to the strong growth in countries such as China from rising urbanization and industrialization.
    • North America has a strong presence of oil and gas industries, and thus, is estimated to be a prominent market for compressor oil consumption.
  5. The others manufacturing segment is projected to drive the global compressor oil market by the end of 2029. General manufacturing, food & beverages, mining, infrastructure, etc. sectors are growing at a significant growth rate and as a result, the global compressor oil market is projected to grow with a healthy growth rate.

Key Factors Shaping the Compressor Oil Market

Positive Outlook of End-use Industries Creating Opportunities for Compressor Oil Manufacturers

End-users of compressor oil includes oil & gas, manufacturing, automotive, power industry, food & beverages, etc. As a part of the strategic development, end-users are focusing on the expansion of manufacturing capacities to enhance their footprint in the global market. The healthy growth of the manufacturing sector in developing countries provide support for this strategic expansion. Owing to this expansion of manufacturing facilities, the demand for compressors is expected to increase, which in turn, provides lucrative opportunities for the growth of the compressor oil market.

Strategic Developments among End-users

Majority of the players across the globe have adopted emerging business models to expand their regional footprint and market share. Collaboration activities enable market players to ensure growth in the ever-competitive market. Over the past few years, there has been a considerable increase in the demand for automobile parts and components. To fulfill the increasing demand, new production units are being established and existing infrastructure is being expanded.

Penetration of Oil Free Compressors Estimated to Hinder Market Growth

Compressors available in the market are using oil-lubed pumps, which require lubricants and changing oils on a regular basis. Oil compressors are a common choice of the industry because they provide long-life to compressors. However, advanced technologies inventing oil-free compressors are providing 2,000 hours of life, which is more than the life of conventional oil compressors.

  • For instance, Campbell Hausfeld – a compressor manufacturer developed a 6-gallon oil-free quiet air compressor, which runs slower and helps to extend the product life. It also provides maintenance-free operations.

The oil-free compressor design depends on self-lubricating materials that allow the piston to slide in the cylinder and grease the sealed bearings. Nowadays, oil-free compressors are being preferred owing to the dependable performance coupled with the required time and money spent on the maintenance of compressors as well as the initial product price and expected product life.

Attributing to these factors, manufacturers are focusing on the adoption of oil-free compressors. This factor is expected to hinder the growth of the global compressor oil market in the near future.

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New Formulation – New Development of Lubricant Business

Based on several factors of lubricants, manufacturers are emphasizing on innovative product solutions. Key players in the compressor oil market are focusing on the innovative product development and expanding R&D activities. For instance,

  • In 2016, Exxon Mobil Corporation introduced a new product – industrial lubricant for compressors under the Mobil Rarus SHC series. The company also spent ~US$ 1Bn on R&D in 2016. As a result of its robust research and development capabilities, the company continues to build on the seismic and reservoir modeling technologies and high-quality products.
  • On 26th June’19, TOTAL S.A introduced its new product - Planetelf PAG K 40. It is a high-performance lubricant for automotive air compressors.

This kind of organic growth across the competition landscape is anticipated to act as a key trend for the global compressor oil market. 

Compressor Oil Market Structure Analysis

  • The global compressor oil market is a highly fragmented market owing to the presence of a number of market players across the world. Key players are holding more than 40% share in the global compressor oil market.
  • The global compressor oil market has been relatively large in size, which remains an influencing factor for its dynamic competitive nature.
  • Key end-users are emphasizing on efficient compressors and safe operations. Thus, the increased awareness among end-users is expected to boost the global compressor oil market.
  • Shift of end-user facilities to emerging markets i.e. South Asia and East Asia are likely to create opportunities for compressor oil manufactures.
  • Frequent replacement of compressor oil to maintain the efficiency and optimization of the compressor’s performance is driving the demand for the compressor oil.

Greater Gains Ensued from the ‘Cost Optimization’ Clamor

Cost optimization has been, and continues to be the focal point of businesses across the various industries looking to reach their bottom line. The demand for high-quality lubricants from industrial units has been among the key moves towards achieving cost optimization, and thereby ensuring the enduring service life of their equipment and components. However, the market for compressor oils continues to see-saw, primarily attributing to the fact that ‘oil-free’ compressors are gaining massive traction for their high sustainability quotient.

Carbon Footprint: The Perennial Challenge Facing Manufacturers

As the energy & power sector is directing all its focus towards ‘sustainability’, the reduction of carbon footprint has taken over all other concerns in this turbulent landscape. Some of the most widely preferred compressor oils, such as synthetic oils, release undesirably high percentage of CO2 that comes with several repercussions for the surrounding environment. Study says that this remains a longstanding challenge facing the compressor oil market space, which calls for immediate attention, and thus continues to forestall the growth prospects of the compressor oil market.

The Broader Perspective

Compressor oils completely defy the concept of ‘one-size-fits-all’; rather the type of compressor oil required by an end user revolves around a slew of factors as well as considerations. End user choice of compressor oil not only depends on the type of target machine, such as an industrial air compressor, or a refrigeration compressor but also continues to be governed by a few other factors, such as flow patterns, ambient conditions, and maintenance intervals. Considering all this, the companies are appointing dedicated representatives to offer seamless assistance to their end user bases, with viable selections.

Synthetic oils remain top-selling

Bio-based oils observing impressive growth in adoption

Screw compressors register significant adoption

Sales for use in rotary compressors buckling

~20% revenue shares accounted by oil & gas industry

Power sector registers steady growth in compressor oil usage  

Aftermarket continues to take the lead

Sales through OEMs remain sluggish

How Growth will Unfold

Taking into consideration the evolving needs of end users, the industry landscape of compressor oil will be characterized by the manufacturers’ efforts in offering the right blend of additives in their compressor oil formulations. The right mix of additives plays a key role in ensuring that the compressor oil performs at its zenith, with additional benefits, such as optimal viscosity, anti-foaming properties, and high oxidation resistance. In addition, manufacturers are leading the way in development of custom-made compressors tailored to specific end user needs, which will help them achieve long-term buyer retention.

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* This data is only a representation. Actual data may vary and will be available in report.

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Compressor Oil: The Elixir to Compressor Longevity

A recently published market research study on the compressor oil market by Future Market Insights includes global industry analysis for 2014-2018 and opportunity assessment 2019-2029. The report on the global compressor oil market includes key trends of the compressor oil market. The data for historical as well as forecasted years obtained from the primary as well as secondary research.  

Compressor Oil Market Taxonomy

Compressor Oil Market: Taxonomy

By Oil Type

  • Synthetic Oil
  • Semi-synthetic Oil
  • Mineral Oil
  • Bio-based Oil

By Application

  • Centrifugal Compressors
  • Reciprocating Compressors
  • Screw Compressors
  • Rotary Compressors
  • Sliding Vane Compressors

By End-use 

  • Oil & Gas
  • Automotive
  • Power
  • Others 

By Sales Channel 

  • OEM
  • Aftermarket

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East and Africa

What's Included

The first section of the report includes the executive summary of the compressor oil market, which contains an exhaustive analysis of the compressor oil market. It also includes supply side and demand-side trends pertaining to the compressor oil market.

The market overview section includes the introduction/definition of the compressor oil market by each segment – oil type, compressors, end-use, sales channels, and regions. This will help to understand the basic information and the approach we considered for every segment of the compressor oil market.

The compressor oil market is not a standalone industry but rather depends upon several end-use sectors. Thus, this chapter includes the macroeconomic factors, which will impact on the compressor oil market during the forecast period.

This section includes market viewpoints such as the supply-demand scenario of base oil, typical cost share in compressor operations, porter’s analysis, and value chain analysis.

This chapter involves the key development of end-users and market participants. Further, this section includes product mapping by manufactures, along with their oil type brands.  

This chapter includes the market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, trends, and opportunity analysis for compressor oil manufactures.

This chapter includes the global market volume analysis and forecast for the compressor oil market during the forecast period of 2019–2029. This chapter includes detailed analysis of the historical compressor oil market, along with an opportunity analysis for manufactures. This section has the pricing analysis for compressor oil at a regional level.

This section includes key information by oil type. The global compressor oil market is segmented into synthetic oil, semi-synthetic oil, mineral oil, and bio-based oil. This section involves the information pertaining to the oil type segment.

This section includes key information by compressors such as reciprocating compressors, screw compressors, centrifugal compressors, rotary compressors, and sliding vane compressors.

 This section includes information on the basis of end-use, the global compressor oil market is segmented into oil & gas, automotive, power, and others.

This chapter explains how the compressor oil market will penetrate across several regions such as Latin America, Europe, North America, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and Middle East & Africa (MEA).

This section contains an in-depth analysis for the growth of the North America compressor oil market, along with the country-wise consumption scenario that includes – U.S. and Canada.

This section involves an in-depth analysis for the growth of the Latin America compressor oil market, along with the segment-wise and country-wise consumption scenario that includes Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America.

This section includes an in-depth analysis for the growth of the Europe compressor oil market, along with the segment-wise and country-wise consumption scenario that includes Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, BENELUX, and the Rest of Europe.

This section involves an in-depth analysis for the growth of the South Asia compressor oil market, along with the segment-wise and country-wise consumption scenario that includes India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Rest of South Asia.

This chapter highlights the growth of the compressor oil market in East Asia by focusing on China, Japan, and South Korea.

This chapter highlights the growth of the compressor oil market in Oceania by focusing on Australia and New Zealand.

This section involves an in-depth analysis of the growth MEA countries – GCC Countries, South Africa, North Africa, Turkey, and the Rest of MEA.

This section highlights the growth prospects of the compressor oil market for emerging markets such as China, India, and the U.S.

This section includes detailed analysis of the tier structures and market concentration of international as well as local player’s presence in the global compressor oil market, along with their market presence analysis by region and product portfolio.

This section involves competition dashboard and company profiles. Few key players are identified across the value chain of the compressor oil market that are BASF SE, Croda International Plc, Sasol Limited, Fuchs Petrolub AG, Chevron Corporation, Total S.A., and Sinopec Corp., among others.

This chapter includes a list of acronyms and assumptions that provides a base to the information and statistics included in the compressor oil market report.

This chapter help readers understand the research methodology followed to obtain various conclusions as well as important qualitative and quantitative information about the compressor oil market.

How the research was conducted?

Primary Research

  • C - Level Executives
  • Marketing Directors
  • Product Managers 
  • Business Development Officers 
  • Production Managers
  • Procurement Heads
  • Sales Executives
  • Distributors
  • Traders 
  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Industry Experts
  • End Users
  • Current market dynamics and challenges
  • Yesteryear trends 
  • Market characteristics
  • Market performance and growth quadrants
  • Competition structure and market structure

Secondary Research

  • Industry Publications
    • World of Chemicals
    • Chemical Weekly
    • Chemical Engineering World, etc.
  • Industry Associations
    • The European Chemical Industry Council
    • The American Chemical Society
    • China Chemical Society
    • Indian Chemical Council
  • Factiva
  • Company Press Releases
  • Annual Reports and Investor Presentations
  • Research Papers
  • Government Websites and Publications
  • Trade Websites

Primary Interview Splits

Primary Interview Splits compressor oil market split by designations

Primary Interview Splits compressor oil market split by stakeholders

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