The future of the Lubricants market, especially Automotive lubricants depends largely on the Electric vehicles. We anticipate a rise in hybrid vehicles over the next few years: Ken Research

16-Aug-2023   Mr. Mirco Giarratano, Designation: Technical Account Manager, Brenntag (lubricants sector)   Author: Oshina Agrawal

Q1.) Can you provide an overview of the current stage of the Italy Lubricants market?

Ans: As of 2023, the Italy Lubricants market has experienced a decline. In 2022, the Industrial lubricants segment saw a decrease of approximately 4-5%. The reduced production in various industries contributed to a decline in lubricant consumption. Additionally, high energy costs further impacted the market.

Q2.) How was the market impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Ans: In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a significant drop in the consumption of engine oils and industrial oils. Lockdown protocols resulted in reduced usage of vehicles, leading to decreased maintenance requirements. Many industries also faced shutdowns, further affecting the economy. However, in 2021, the market started to recover as the production of engine oils and industrial oils increased. 

Q3.) What are the future expectations for the lubricants market in Italy?

Ans: The future of the lubricants market in Italy largely depends on the electric vehicle (EV) market. In the next five years, we anticipate a rise in hybrid cars, which will continue to use engine oils. Although the volume of engine oils sold might remain stable, revenue is expected to grow due to the increased demand for more expensive oils in hybrid vehicles. However, once the transition to fully electric vehicles is complete, the engine oil sector will experience a drastic decline.

Q4.) How do the average prices for lubricants fluctuate in Italy?

Ans: Price fluctuations are more evident in the Automotive segment, particularly as it shifts towards synthetic engine oils. On the other hand, the Industrial segment primarily uses mineral oils, leading to more stable prices. The cost of lubricants is heavily influenced by base oil prices and changes in taxes over the years.

Q5.) What are the major distribution channels used for the sale of lubricants in Italy?

Ans: Major companies like Shell and Total have around 10-20 resellers in Italy. Other players use sellers of spare parts as their distribution channel. Approximately 70% of sales occur through dealers and resellers. OEM workshops, while offering high-quality products, sell a lower volume due to their higher prices and exclusive branding. Supermarkets generally offer lower-quality products and less competitive prices. Direct sales are limited, mostly catering to big clients, and account for a smaller percentage of overall sales.

Q6.) Who are the major players in the lubricants market in Italy?

Ans: In Italy, Eni, Shell, and Q8 are prominent players. Eni and Petronas hold leadership positions in the automotive segment, with Petronas benefiting from strong sales in Fiat workshops. Eni is recognized for competitive pricing, while Shell stands out for its robust marketing and strong partnership contracts. Smaller players include ExxonMobil, Totalenergies, and BP Castrol. 

Q7.) What are some of the factors and strategies that would affect a new entrant in the market?

Ans: For a new entrant, effective marketing is crucial, particularly in the automotive segment where customers need to be familiar with the brand before making a purchase decision. In the industrial segment, quality and competitive pricing play vital roles.

In the future, with hybrid vehicles becoming more prevalent, the quality of oils will be of utmost importance, requiring higher-quality products and more frequent oil changes.

To enter the Italian market successfully, a new player must build a strong brand presence and employ effective marketing strategies to compete with the established giants in the market.

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