The specialties of lube oil refinery market is projected to reach USD 11.3 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 1.8% between 2018 and 2023. The specialties of lube oil refinery market is expected to grow from USD 10.4 billion in 2018 to USD 11.3 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 1.8%. The growth of the specialties of lube oil refinery market is attributed to the growing packaging, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries.
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- In September 2018, Exxon Mobil announced that the new unit of its Beaumont, Texas facility has started operations. Through this expansion, the company will increase production of ultra-low sulfur fuels by about 45,000 barrels per day.
- In May 2018, Exxon Mobil signed an agreement with Sonatrach (Algeria) for the sale of its Augusta refinery, three fuel terminals in Augusta, Palermo, and Naples.
- In January 2018, Exxon Mobil signed a petroleum agreement with the Government of Ghana to acquire exploration & production rights for the Deepwater Cape Three Points Block.
Based on type, the specialties of lube oil refinery market has been segmented into fully refined wax, semi refined wax, slack wax, microcrystalline wax, white oil, rubber process oil, petrolatum, and others. Fully refined wax is projected to be the largest segment of the market during the forecast period. Fully refined wax is largely used in personal care and pharmaceutical products such as cold creams, hair oils, lipsticks, ointments, and laxatives. The increasing demand for better quality cosmetics and healthcare products is further driving the demand for specialties of lube oil refinery.
The growth of the segment is mainly attributed to the demand in the cosmetics, skin care, and pharmaceutical applications. Fully refined wax is preferred to manufacture various products such as lipsticks, cold creams, oily papers, ointments, chewing gums, and chocolate. This wax is also widely used for making candles.
The growth of the market in APAC is mainly driven by the shift of production facilities from North America and Europe to the region. China, India, and Southeast Asia are the major contributors to the growth of the packaging, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. These industries are witnessing growth owing to the increasing per capita expenditure and growing urbanization. This is further expected to create demand for specialties of lube oil refinery in the region.
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