Lubrication Systems Market - Snapshot
Use of a lubrication system for a particular application depends on various factors such as frequency of lubrication, the number of lubrication points, and operating expenses incurred for manual labor. Large plants such as cement plants, steel plants, and paper mills primarily employ central or automatic lubrication systems, as the number of lubrication points in these plants is high. This reduces the time taken to lubricate several machines. It also eliminates any errors caused by manual lubrication.
Increase in demand for lubrication systems in mineral and metal processing industries
Rise in population, growth of economy, and increase in urbanization have created high demand for minerals and metals. Among metals, copper ranks third (after steel and aluminum), in terms of consumption. Currently, aluminum is the second-most used metal in the world (after steel) and the third-most available element on the earth, constituting almost 7.3% by mass. The global minerals industry has expanded significantly over the last few years. Lubrication systems are widely used in metal and mineral processing industries, as various types of equipment are subjected to extreme heavy load, high speed, high temperature, or dusty and polluted environment. Also, the positive outlook for end-user industries is expected to augment the demand for lubrication systems in the near future.
Cement plants and steel industry key end-users of lubrication systems
In 2017, the steel industry segment constituted more than 20% share of global lubrication systems market. In the steel industry, lubrication is required at every step across the entire delivery chain. Effective lubrication is required for both upstream and downstream processes. The profitability of cement plants is directly related to equipment reliability. For reliable operations in a cement plant, frequent greasing and lubrication is required so as to prevent the entry of contaminants into bearings. Some of the systems and components in the cement industry that require lubrication are conveyors, crushers, ventilation systems, mixing beds, rotator kilns, mills, motors, and pumps. Use of a proper lubrication system is a necessity of a cement plant, as component points are exposed to extreme conditions such as high loads, high temperature, vibrations, shock loads, and contaminants.
Automatic lubrication systems segment to expand at a rapid pace
In 2017, the manual lubrication systems segment dominated the global lubrication systems market. Lubrication systems that are operated manually such as grease guns, grease packers, and grease pumps are classified as manual lubrication systems. Automatic/centralized lubrication systems offer an excellent method to maximize uptime, performance of equipment, and operational life, which ultimately results in cost savings. An automatic lubrication system dispenses the lubricant to lubrication points. The time interval for dispensing lubricants and the amount of lubricants to be dispensed are predetermined. Automatic lubrication systems are expected to eliminate the practice of manual lubrication of machines in the near future. This is because these systems save time and provide lubrication at proper intervals and in appropriate quantities.
Innovations, quality improvement, and recent advancements in lubrication systems
Companies make significant investments every year in order to improve plant design and performance. In September 2017, Graco Inc. launched the A4000 Reciprocating LubePro oil and grease pump that belongs to the LubePro series of automatic lubrication pumps. This higher-capacity, single-line parallel pump has the ability to fire hundreds of injectors at once by using Graco’s field-proven Merkur air motor. Its unique pump design leads to reduced venting times. The A4000 Reciprocating LubePro oil and grease pump has been made available in a variety of configurations to meet specific lubrication needs. With the launch of this pump, the company offers a complete portfolio of single-line parallel pumps. These pumps are manufactured in the U.S. and come with a factory-installed pressure gauge, adjustable pressure relief, and integrated low-level detection to ensure rapid and accurate lubrication of the system. In 2018, SKF launched the Lincoln mechanical grease overflow prevention system designed to mitigate hazards associated with reservoir overfilling; minimize environment-related concerns associated with this type of spill; and ensure workers’ safety. This mechanical grease overflow prevention system is suitable for mining, aggregate and industrial applications as well as for use in off-road construction equipment. In April 2018, SKF introduced the Lincoln small grease reservoir filling filter designed to minimize contaminants entering automatic lubrication systems during the filling process of smaller-sized reservoirs.
Demand for lubrication systems is likely to increase in Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific is estimated to be a prominent region of the global market for lubrication systems during the forecast period. Moreover, rise in the consumption of passenger cars is expected to drive the lubrication systems market in Asia Pacific in the next few years. Asia Pacific is a major producer and consumer of cement, steel, and automobiles. China accounts for a majority of this production. Apart from this, Asia Pacific is a major producer of paper. Presence of various production companies in Asia Pacific is expected to drive the market in the region during the forecast period. Asia Pacific is a rapidly expanding market for lubrication systems, due to development of infrastructure and increasing disposable income of people in the region.
Highly competitive market with a few dominant players
The global lubrication systems market is highly competitive, with a few players dominating the market. Key players operating in the market are Graco Inc., Bijur Delimon, Cenlub Systems, SKF, Shaan Lube Equipment Pvt. Ltd., Southern Lubrication (Pvt) Ltd., S.V.A. Rikkon Lubes Private Limited, Pricol Limited, AFMC LUBRICATION PVT LTD, Systematrix Engineering Service, Lubrite Industries, LUBE Corporation, KRS Multilub Pvt. Ltd., BEKAWORLD, Beka-Lube Products Inc., Dropco Multilub Systems Private Limited, Groeneveld Group, and I.L.C. S.r.l.
Lubrication Systems Market - Overview
Lubricants are essential for proper functioning of any machinery used in an application. Lubricants are used to reduce friction between two moving surfaces. A lubrication system does not eradicate friction from the machinery. Friction is required for transfer of power from one part to another. A lubrication system is employed to lower the wear and tear in the operating machinery.
Advancements in technology have led to development of several controlling and monitoring systems, which assist in proper lubrication of various machineries or units. These systems are further enhancing the reliability and performance of lubrication systems by providing lubrication at proper intervals and in correct quantities. Several methods and processes are employed to lubricate a machine. Lubrication can be carried out by using manual lubrication systems or centralized/automatic lubrication systems.
This report analyzes and forecasts the lubrication systems market at the global and regional levels. The market has been forecast based on revenue (US$ Mn) from 2017 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global lubrication systems market. It also covers the expected impact of these drivers and restraints on the demand for lubrication systems during the forecast period. The report also highlights growth opportunities for the lubrication systems market at the global and regional levels.
The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global lubrication systems market. The Porter’s Five Forces model for the lubrication systems market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein type, process, and application segments have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.
The study provides a decisive view of the global lubrication systems market by segmenting it in terms of type, application, process, and region/country. In terms of type, the market has been classified into manual lubrication systems and automatic lubrication systems. The automatic lubrication systems segment has been sub-segmented into: single-line lubrication systems, dual-line lubrication systems, multi-line lubrication systems, series progressive, circulating oil, and oil & air. In terms of application, the global lubrication systems market has been categorized into cement plants, steel industry, mining & mineral processing, paper & printing, automotive, industrial machine & machine tools, and construction machines. In terms of process, the market has been segregated into dry sump lubrication and wet sump lubrication. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for lubrication systems in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
The report provides the actual size of the lubrication systems market for 2017 and the estimated size for 2018 with forecast for the next nine years. The global lubrication systems market has been provided in terms of revenue. Market numbers have been estimated based on type, process, and application segments of the lubrication systems market. Market size has been provided for the global, regional, and country-level markets.
The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global lubrication systems market. Key players operating in the global market are Graco Inc., Bijur Delimon, Cenlub Systems, SKF, Shaan Lube Equipment Pvt. Ltd., Southern Lubrication (Pvt.) Ltd., S.V.A. Rikkon Lubes Private Limited, Pricol Limited, AFMC LUBRICATION PVT LTD, Systematrix Engineering Service, Lubrite Industries, LUBE Corporation, KRS Multilub Pvt. Ltd., BEKAWORLD, Beka-Lube Products Inc., Dropco Multilub Systems Private Limited, Groeneveld Group, and I.L.C. S.r.l. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.
The global lubrication systems market has been segmented as follows:
Global Lubrication Systems Market, by Type
- Manual Lubrication Systems
- Automatic Lubrication Systems
- Single-line Lubrication Systems
- Dual-line Lubrication Systems
- Multi-line Lubrication Systems
- Series Progressive
- Circulating Oil
- Oil & Air
Global Lubrication Systems Market, by Application
- Cement Plants
- Steel Industry
- Mining & Mineral Processing
- Paper & Printing
- Industrial Machine & Machine Tools
- Construction Machines
Global Lubrication Systems Market, by Process
- Dry Sump Lubrication
- Wet Sump Lubrication
Global Lubrication Systems Market, by Region
- North America
- Russia & CIS
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East & Africa (MEA)
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa