November 1997

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Environment, fuel economy concerns drive future of lubricants market

In 2005, base stocks volumes will not significantly increase from 1995/96 levels due to drastically increased use of unconventional base stocks (UBS). UBS will account for 30% of the total base stocks..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2005, base stocks volumes will not significantly increase from 1995/96 levels due to drastically increased use of unconventional base stocks (UBS). UBS will account for 30% of the total base stocks in 2005, up from 7% in 1995. Engine oils, including car and heavy-duty diesel engine oils are 44% of the current European market and will increase to 46% by 2005 (Fig. 4). Technological changes. Significant drivers for evolving lubricant technologies and changes are environmental protection, fuel economy and reduced maintenance. To meet these challenges, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be developing new engine technologies. Oil marketers must develop, in parallel or in coo

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