Africa Lubricants Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Africa Lubricants Market is segmented by Group (Group I, Group II, Group III, Group IV, and Group V), Base Stock (Mineral Oil Lubricant, Synthetic Lubricant, and Semi-synthetic Lubricant), Product Type (Engine Oil, Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid, Metalworking Fluid, General Industrial Oil, Gear Oil, Grease, Process Oil, and Other Product Types), End-user Industry (Power Generation, Automotive and Other Transportation, Heavy Equipment, Food and Beverage, Metallurgy and Metalworking, Chemical Manufacturing, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Botswana, and Rest of Africa).

Market Snapshot

Africa Lubricants Market  Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 1.47 %
Africa Lubricants Market Top Companies

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Market Overview

The African lubricants market was valued at 1,774.36 kiloton in 2020, and the market is projected to register a CAGR of 1.47% during the forecast period (2021-2026). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region during the first half of 2020, the automobile and transportation and various other industrial sectors were affected significantly. For instance, the sales in the South African automotive industry declined at an estimated growth of -16% in 2020 compared to the previous year.

  • In the short term, the factors such as demand from the expanding wind energy sector and increasing demand from the manufacturing industry are expected to drive the demand in the market studied during the forecast period.
  • Developments in synthetic and bio-based lubricants and industrial growth in Africa are projected to act as an opportunity for the market in the future.

Scope of the Report

The African lubricants market is segmented by group, base stock, product type, end-user industry, and geography. By group, the market is segmented into Group I, Group II, Group III, Group IV, and Group V. By base stock, the market is segmented into mineral oil lubricant, synthetic lubricant, and semi-synthetic lubricant. By product type, the market is segmented into engine oil, transmission and hydraulic fluid, metalworking fluid, general industrial oil, gear oil, grease, process oil, and other product types. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into power generation, automotive and other transportation, heavy equipment, food and beverage, metallurgy and metalworking, chemical manufacturing, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the African lubricants market in 12 countries across the region. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (kiloton).

Group I
Group II
Group III
Group IV
Group V
Base Stock
Mineral Oil Lubricant
Synthetic Lubricant
Semi-synthetic Lubricant
Product Type
Engine Oil
Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid
Metalworking Fluid
General Industrial Oil
Gear Oil
Process Oil
Other Product Types
End-user Industry
Power Generation
Automotive and Other Transportation
Heavy Equipment
Food and Beverage
Metallurgy and Metalworking
Chemical Manufacturing
Other End-user Industries
South Africa
Rest of Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from the Growing Wind Energy Sector

  • Gear oils find application in wind turbines for lubrication of the main gearbox and other gear motor components. The lubricant requirements in wind turbine gearboxes are more stringent when compared to other industrial gear oils. This is due to the high temperatures, bearing wear, corrosion and oxidation, and load weights involved during the process of power generation.​
  • There is an increasing demand for synthetic gear oils in wind turbines, due to their enhanced properties, over their mineral-based counterparts, owing to the performance additives used during the formulation of synthetic oils.
  • Despite facing competition from solar power generation, the wind power sector is expected to continue its growth during the forecast period. This, in turn, is expected to boost the demand for lubricants in a significant manner in the future.
  • In Africa, countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Jordon, and South Africa, including Sub-Saharan Africa, are some of the major countries where the wind energy sector is witnessing positive growth, as various projects have been introduced and planned by the various companies and government.
  • In Morocco, according to the Direction of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF), a part of the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, the country is planning to generate 52% of its electricity by 2030. The Moroccan government heavily invested in solar and wind projects in the recent past to achieve this target.
  • Owing to all the above mentioned factors, the market for lubricants in the region is projected to grow in the sector during the forecast period.
Africa Lubricants Market Share

South Africa to Experience Continued Growth

  • In the African region, South Africa witnessed continuous growth till 2019. According to the International Monetary Fund, South Africa recorded a GDP growth rate of around 0.2% in 2019. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GDP dropped by around 8% in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant negative impact on the country’s economy.
  • South Africa is one of the major lubricants markets in the African region and is the highest consumer of group II base oils in the African region. Castrol is the leading lubricant brand consumed in the country, followed by Shell, Engen, and Chevron, respectively. Some other major lubricant companies operating in the country include Fuchs, Total, Centlube, etc.
  • South Africa has also witnessed significant lubricant blending capacity expansions in the recent past. In March 2018, FUCHS lubricants South Africa completed a ZAR 125 million worth grease plant expansion project in its factory at Islando. Additionally, in 2020, the company announced its plans to invest around USD 14.9 million in constructing warehouses, offices, and a new lubricant blending plant in Johannesburg.
  • South Africa has one of the largest food processing industries in the African region. Some of the major companies which supply food-grade lubricants to South Africa include Engen Petroleum Ltd., Fuchs, and Total. The growing population of the country is driving the need for lubricants in the food processing industry.
  • Hence, all such industrial trends are expected to influence the consumption of lubricants in the South African market over the forecast period.
Africa Lubricants Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The African lubricants market is fragmented with the top five players occupying around 45% of the total consumption. Some of the key players in the African lubricants market include Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Total, ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, and Engen Petroleum Ltd, among others.

Recent Developments

  • In March 2020, KenolKobil acquired Samfuel Limited, which is a Zambian company, to expand its business (petroleum products, lubricants, bitumen, and other products) in Zambia.
  • In December 2019, FUCHS Lubricants acquired 50% shares of local distributors in Zimbabwe and Zambia to expand its market in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In November 2019, Vivo Energy and Myher Holding announced their partnership in the company Sopétrole to accelerate the deployment of their distribution activities in the Provinces of southern Morocco. This company may be involved in the storage, marketing, and distribution of Shell brand fuels and lubricants, in the Saharan provinces.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Demand from the Expanding Wind Energy Sector

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand from the Manufacturing Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Volume)

    1. 5.1 Group

      1. 5.1.1 Group I

      2. 5.1.2 Group II

      3. 5.1.3 Group III

      4. 5.1.4 Group IV

      5. 5.1.5 Group V

    2. 5.2 Base Stock

      1. 5.2.1 Mineral Oil Lubricant

      2. 5.2.2 Synthetic Lubricant

      3. 5.2.3 Semi-synthetic Lubricant

    3. 5.3 Product Type

      1. 5.3.1 Engine Oil

      2. 5.3.2 Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid

      3. 5.3.3 Metalworking Fluid

      4. 5.3.4 General Industrial Oil

      5. 5.3.5 Gear Oil

      6. 5.3.6 Grease

      7. 5.3.7 Process Oil

      8. 5.3.8 Other Product Types

    4. 5.4 End-user Industry

      1. 5.4.1 Power Generation

      2. 5.4.2 Automotive and Other Transportation

      3. 5.4.3 Heavy Equipment

      4. 5.4.4 Food and Beverage

      5. 5.4.5 Metallurgy and Metalworking

      6. 5.4.6 Chemical Manufacturing

      7. 5.4.7 Other End-user Industries

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 Egypt

      2. 5.5.2 South Africa

      3. 5.5.3 Nigeria

      4. 5.5.4 Algeria

      5. 5.5.5 Morocco

      6. 5.5.6 Kenya

      7. 5.5.7 Zambia

      8. 5.5.8 Tanzania

      9. 5.5.9 Angola

      10. 5.5.10 Zimbabwe

      11. 5.5.11 Mauritius

      12. 5.5.12 Botswana

      13. 5.5.13 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BP PLC

      2. 6.4.2 Chevron Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Conoil PLC

      4. 6.4.4 Coperative Soceite Des Petroleum (Co-op)

      5. 6.4.5 Engen Petroleum Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Forte Oil PLC

      8. 6.4.8 FUCHS

      9. 6.4.9 Hass Petroleum

      10. 6.4.10 Kenolkobil Limited

      11. 6.4.11 Libya Oil Holdings Limited

      12. 6.4.12 MISR Petroleum

      13. 6.4.13 MRS Oil Nigeria PLC

      14. 6.4.14 Oando PLC

      15. 6.4.15 Royal Dutch Shell PLC

      16. 6.4.16 Sasol

      17. 6.4.17 Total

      18. 6.4.18 Vivo Energy

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Industrial Growth in Africa

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Lubricants Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Africa Lubricants Market is growing at a CAGR of 1.47% over the next 5 years.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron Corporation, Total, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Engen Petroleum Ltd. are the major companies operating in Africa Lubricants Market.

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