CLEVELAND, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Global process oil demand is forecast to grow 1.4% per year to 7.2 million metric tons in 2021. The rate of growth is expected to be lower than the global average in North America and Western Europe – where manufacturing growth will be the slowest – and higher than average in all other regions. Factors driving the market:

  • Increase in world rubber consumption is forecast to accelerate, particularly in developing countries as a result of expanding vehicle parks.
  • Fast population growth in developing regions will boost the level of food and beverage manufacturing.
  • Mature manufacturing industries and the offshoring of operations to utilize cheaper labor costs will limit process oil requirements in developed areas of the world.

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Growth for process oil demand will be fastest in the Africa/Mideast region due to expected above average increases in African manufacturing. While the Asia/Pacific is home to the country expected to undergo the biggest growth – India – countries with mature manufacturing markets, such as Japan and South Korea, will limit aggregate growth outlook for the region. These and other trends are presented in Global Industrial Lubricants, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Global demand for all types of industrial lubricants is expected to increase 1.6% per year through 2021. The major driving factors will be:

  • increased manufacturing activity, particularly in developing regions
  • a heightened level of global trade
  • growing level of global energy consumption

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