Shell retains leadership of global lubricants market for 13th consecutive year
Nov 7, 2019
Shell remains the leading global supplier of finished lubricants for 13 consecutive years, according to Kline & Company’s 17th Edition Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment: 2019 report. Using 2018 as the base year, the report covers all leading lubricant consuming country markets, market segments, product types, and formulations.
“Shell’s growth strategy for lubricants is working. Our balanced portfolio of market leading products and growing digital services are enabling us to build business across all market segments and demonstrate the resiliency of our business in an increasingly dynamic global lubricants market,” said Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Vice President, Shell Global Commercial. “The Kline report shows that we are widening our lead over our main competitors and I am particularly pleased with the growing demand for our premium lubricants and our growth in the industrials segment. We have been focusing on what our customers need and adapting our offer accordingly, which is resulting in material earnings growth and contributing resilient free cash flow to the Shell Group.”
According to the report, Shell grew its leading global market share in 2018 relative to the year prior, while other IOC competitors saw declines. Shell’s total volumes sold were approximately 4,500 kilotonnes of finished lubricants, equivalent to approximately 5 billion litres. These sales were split almost evenly between three segments: consumer automotive (30%), industrial (36%) and commercial automotive (34%).
Shell has a history of innovation in lubricants and was the first to market cleaner, purer lubricants made from natural gas. As the customer needs evolve, Shell is continuing to innovate and has launched Shell E-Fluids that are specifically designed for the growing electric vehicle market. Earlier this year, Shell also announced MachineMax which is a new digital service for industrial customers that helps optimise the operation of machinery.
To find out more about Shell’s capabilities and leadership in lubricants, please see the infographic.
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Notes to Editors:
- Shell’s Pure Plus Technology and suite of premium low-viscosity synthetic lubricants offer consumers improved engine performance with up to 4% fuel savings and reduced CO2 footprint accordingly.
- Shell has developed a line of fluids engineered specifically for the high-tech powertrains of hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). These have been designed both from Shell’s own laboratories, as well as by working in close technical partnership with OEMs and component manufacturers for more than 20 years. Shell E-Fluids portfolio includes: E-Transmission Fluids, E-Thermal Fluids, E-Greases and Shell Helix Hybrid.
- Seven of the world’s 10 largest car manufacturers choose Shell as their main lubricants supplier. Shell has built successful commercial relationships with key global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including BMW, Volkswagen, FAW Group, John Deere, Daimler, Mahindra, Renault-Nissan, Wartsila, Geely, Hyundai, Komatsu, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group, Siemens, Atlas Copco and others.
- Shell has one of the largest lubricants supply chains in the world that manufactures and buys several base oil grades and blends them with additives at Shell-owned or joint venture blending plants to create a range of branded products with unique specifications.
- Shell has over 200 scientists and engineers working in specialised technical centres for lubricants in the US, China, Germany and India, dedicated to research and development into lubricants and oils.
- Shell has had longstanding motorsport technical partnerships with Ferrari (F1), Team Penske (NASCAR and IndyCar), Ducati (MotoGP), BMW Motorsport (DTM, endurance racing) and Hyundai Motorsport (World Rally Championship). Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is the only motor oil that Ferrari F1, BMW Motorsport DTM and Hyundai i20 WRC cars use. Team Penske uses only ‘off-the-shelf’ Pennzoil Ultra Platinum full synthetic 0W-40 motor oil in all of its Indy cars and cutting edge PurePlus Technology under the hood of its NASCAR cars.
About Shell Lubricants
The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, construction, mining, power, agriculture and general manufacturing. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Advance, Shell Rotella, Shell Rimula, Shell Argina, Shell Gadinia, Shell Corena, Shell Diala, Shell Morlina, Shell Mysela, Shell Naturelle, Shell Omala, Shell Spirax, Shell Tellus, Shell Tonna, and Shell Turbo. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in four plants; blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 31 plants; distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries. We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool available in over 100 countries in 26 languages, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure. Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in USA, China, Germany, and India. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with more that 150 patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development. Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari and BMW Motorsport. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.
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