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

The market is segmented by 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 Province (Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape)


Market Snapshot

Market Summary-South Africa Lubricants Market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >1.53 %

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Market Overview

The market for South Africa lubricants is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 1.53% globally during the forecast period. The expanding food-grade lubricants demand has been driving the market growth.

  • However, the modest impact of electric vehicles (EVs) in the future and outbreak of COVID-19 disease across the globe are likely to hinder the growth of the studied market.
  • The growth in the construction sector is expected to drive the demand for the market during the forecast period and is likely to provide opportunities for the South Africa lubricants market over the next five years.
  • Engine oil is the most dominating product type of the market studied.
  • Automotive and other transportation segment is the most dominating end-user segment of the market studied.

Scope of the Report

The South Africa lubricants market report include:

Product Type
Engine Oil
Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid
Metalworking Fluid
General Industrial Oil
Gear Oil
Process Oil
Other Product Types
By End-user Industry
Power Generation
Automotive and Other Transportation
Heavy Equipment
Food and Beverages
Metallurgy and Metalworking
Chemical Manufacturing
Other End-user Industries
Eastern Cape
Free State
Northern Cape
North West
Western Cape

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Key Market Trends

Engine Oil Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Engine oils are widely used to lubricate internal combustion engines and are generally composed of 75-90% base oils and 10-25% additives.
  • Usually, they are used for applications such as wear reduction, corrosion safety, and smooth internal engine running. They function by creating a thin film between the moving parts to enhance heat transfer and reduce tension when the parts are in contact.
  • High-mileage engine oils are in demand lately, owing to the properties that help in the prevention of oil leaks and the reduction of oil consumption.
  • Most of the light and heavy vehicle diesel and gasoline engines use 10W40 and 15W40 viscosity-grade oils, whereas, multi-grade oils, like 15W50 and 20W50, are used for aircraft engines.
  • The South African automotive sector is the largest manufacturing sector in the region. The automotive sector has a stronghold in the domestic market through continuous investments by major manufacturers of automotive vehicles. However, the automotive industry is facing a decline in the market, but it is anticipated to recover during the forecast period.
  • Owing to the increased engine oil change intervals, technological advancements are imposing a threat to the growth of the engine oil segment, in terms of volume consumption.
  • The above-mentioned factors are anticipated to drive the demand for South Africa lubricants during the forecast period.
South Africa Lubricants Market Revenue Share

Automotive and Other Transportation to Dominate the Market

  • Automotive and other transportation such as aircraft and marine, are the largest markets for lubricants though the automotive industry is facing a decline in the market.
  • All the motor companies and components suppliers in the country are preparing for the next phase of the automotive production and development program (APDP) starting in 2021 running until 2035, which was started in 2013. This is expected to improve the industry competitiveness, thus, driving the market in the coming years.
  • The country is likely to see an investment of USD 4.04 billion in its vehicle and component sector over the next five years according to NAAMSA. In which, two-thirds of the investment would be by the seven automakers with plants in the country.
  • However, the sales of vehicles declined in the country from 2018 and created many challenges for the market studied in the country. Furthermore, things got worse with the outbreak of novel COVID-19 disease as it has a severe impact on South Africa's automotive industry and is expected to induce negative momentum on the demand for lubricants owing to the reduced servicing of vehicles.
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to increase the demand for lubricants in the country during the forecast period.
South Africa Lubricants Market Volume Share

Competitive Landscape

The South Africa lubricants market is consolidated in nature. Some of the major companies are Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc (Castrol), Engen Petroleum Ltd., Total, and Centlube amongst others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Expanding Food Grade Lubricants Demand

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Modest Impact of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the Future

      2. 4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Engine Oil

      2. 5.1.2 Transmission and Hydraulic Fluid

      3. 5.1.3 Metalworking Fluid

      4. 5.1.4 General Industrial Oil

      5. 5.1.5 Gear Oil

      6. 5.1.6 Grease

      7. 5.1.7 Process Oil

      8. 5.1.8 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 By End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Power Generation

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive and Other Transportation

      3. 5.2.3 Heavy Equipment

      4. 5.2.4 Food and Beverages

      5. 5.2.5 Metallurgy and Metalworking

      6. 5.2.6 Chemical Manufacturing

      7. 5.2.7 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Province

      1. 5.3.1 Eastern Cape

      2. 5.3.2 Free State

      3. 5.3.3 Gauteng

      4. 5.3.4 KwaZulu-Natal

      5. 5.3.5 Limpopo

      6. 5.3.6 Mpumalanga

      7. 5.3.7 Northern Cape

      8. 5.3.8 North West

      9. 5.3.9 Western Cape


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share/Ranking Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Astron Energy (Pty) Ltd

      2. 6.4.2 Blue Chip Lubricants (Pty) Ltd

      3. 6.4.3 BP PLC (Castrol)

      4. 6.4.4 Centlube

      5. 6.4.5 Engen Petroleum Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Flexilube (Pty) Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Fuchs

      8. 6.4.8 Puma Lubricants (Puma Energy)

      9. 6.4.9 Rocol Lubricants SA

      10. 6.4.10 Royal Dutch Shell PLC

      11. 6.4.11 Total

      12. 6.4.12 Sasol

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growth in Construction Sector

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The South Africa Lubricants Market is growing at a CAGR of >1.53% over the next 5 years.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc (Castrol), Engen Petroleum Ltd., Total, Centlube are the major companies operating in South Africa Lubricants Market.

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