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Specialty Fuel Additives Market

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Specialty Fuel Additives Market Overview

Specialty fuel additives are chemical compounds that are formulated to improve both quality and efficiency of fuels. Various specialty fuel additives such as antifreeze treatment chemicals, cold flow additives, and fuel antioxidants are most commonly used across a wide range of end-use industries.

Leading manufacturers in the specialty fuel additives market are focusing on offering products that are formulated to protect and improve fuel quality in storage systems, during distribution, as well as in transports, in order to stay ahead of the game.

In the coming years, the adoption of innovative techniques to introduce multi-functional and bio-sourced specialty fuel additives for reducing maintenance and improving fuel economy, will emerge as a megatrend in the global market.

Growing Consumption of Fuel Additives in the Automotive Industry Remains Primary Driver

Though the automotive industry has witnessed its ups and downs, various characteristics regarding manufacturers’ techniques as well as buyers’ demands have drastically changed over the past few years.

The awareness about the negative impacts of harmful fuel deposits on engines on the overall automotive performance is growing today, more than ever, and this is pushing manufacturers to dive deeper into improving the quality of fuels, especially the ones used in the automotive industry

Specialty fuel additives that facilitate unclogging of the blocked injectors, minimize duel deposits in the injector nozzle of engines, eliminate knocking, and offer other parameters of fuel safety and quality, are likely to remain high demand across the automotive industry.

Furthermore, leading players in the global specialty fuel additives market are also aiming to offer specialty fuel additives that not only enhance and protect the quality and efficiency of fuels, but also maintain a temperature balance when fuels are exposed to extreme temperatures.

Evidently, improving versatile characteristics of specialty fuel additives is likely to emerge as a formula to win in the global market, in the foreseeable future.

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Products that Contribute to Environmental Safety, Comfort, and Design Remain High in Demand

Taking into consideration the changing outlook of the automotive industry, manufacturers in the specialty fuel additives market are increasing focus on diversifying their product portfolios.

Customers are becoming more aware about the ecological impact of their commercial and industrial activities, which is triggering market players to introduce specialty fuel additives that offer significant environmental benefits.

Furthermore, changing automotive designs indicate the changing preferences of buyers regarding various aspects of vehicles such as power trains, electronics, as well as interiors and exteriors.

This is further encouraging manufacturers and suppliers of specialty fuel additives to modify the features of their offerings to suit the end-user demand for automotive designs and comfort.

In the coming future, it will become an inevitable factor for market players to introduce ecologically safer specialty fuel additives that also sync with the end-users’ needs vis-a-vis automotive designs and comfort.

Specialty Fuel Additives Market: Region-wise Analysis

The global market for specialty fuel additives is segmented into geographic regions - North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East & Africa. Growth opportunities in North America as well as Asia Pacific will trigger a majority of stakeholders to bolster their investments in these regions.

Improving growth prospects for automotive manufacturers owing to increasing automotive sales in the Asia Pacific region are likely to create opportunities to win for specialty fuel additives manufacturers in Asian countries.

Furthermore, stakeholders are finding immense potential for growth in North America, followed by Europe. Stringent environmental regulations that impose limitations of automotive emissions are triggering end users to resort to specialty fuel additives in most of the western countries.

Nevertheless, manufacturers in the North American specialty fuel additives market must comply with the rules and policies established by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for the purpose of regulating and monitoring the commercialization of products.

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Specialty Fuel Additives Market: Competitive Landscape

  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Baker Hughes
  • Chevron Oronite Company LLC
  • Lubrizol Corporation
  • Infineum, Innospec
  • Chemtura Corporation 

The leading companies in the specialty fuel additives market are focusing on expanding their global presence through acquisitions and mergers, and diversify their product portfolio to sync with the dynamic trends of the global industries.

In June 2020, Altivia Oxide Chemicals LLC, an affiliate of Houston-based Altivia, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire KMCO, LLC - a leading supplier of superior specialty chemical manufacturing and toll processing services located in Crosby, Texas.

The company will purchase KMCO’s chemical ethoxylation manufacturing assets in Crosby, where its 31 reaction and distillation facilities are spread across 160 acres. Altivia announced that it will be investing nearly US$ 25 million to start production in two new oxide reactors at the site and upgrade process safety and control systems.

In December 2019, PolyOne Corporation - a global provider of specialized polymer materials and services - announced that it has entered an agreement with Clariant AG - a Swiss speciality chemicals company - as well as Clariant Chemicals India Ltd. to acquire its global business of color and additive masterbatch.

The agreement was finalised at US$ 1.45 billion, and PolyOne aims to expand its portfolios of materials and supporting services through this acquisition.

Region-wise Analysis

  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  •  Latin America (Mexico, Brazil)
  •  Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia)
  •  East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea)
  •  South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia)
  •  Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)
  •  Middle East & Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa)

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Specialty Fuel Additives Market: Segment Analysis

The specialty fuel additives market can be segmented on the basis of the following:

By Product

  • Fuel Antioxidants
  • Lubricity Improvers
  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Deposit Control Additives
  • Cold Flow Improvers
  • Cetane Number Improvers
  • Fuel System Icing Inhibitors
  • Metal Deactivators

By Fuel

  • Gasoline (Petrol) Additives
  • Diesel Additives
  • Aviation Turbine Fuel Additives
  • Others (Heating Fuels, Marine Fuel Additives)

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