Shell leads global lubes market

Shell leads global lubes suppliers and innovates in sustainability training.

Shell remains the leading global supplier of finished lubricants in consumer, commercial and industrial categories for the 14th consecutive year, according to Kline & Company’s report. The number two spot was held by ExxonMobil.

The company had a slight market share increase over the next largest International Oil Company (IOC) supplier while maintaining its leading global market share in 2019 relative to 2018. Its total volumes sold were approximately 4,500 kilotonnes of finished lubricants, equivalent to approximately 5bn litres. Global sales were 34% consumer automotive, 36% industrial and 30% commercial automotive, the same percentage split as the previous year.

Meanwhile Shell Lubricants has partnered with global non-profit Smart Freight Centre to sponsor sustainability training for fleet managers, Smart Transport Manager Training (STMT). The aim of the program is to reduce carbon emissions, increase efficiencies and cut costs in the supply chain.

The five-module four-hour online course has been created by industry experts with Shell contributing examples of lower viscosity engine oils that provide a fuel economy benefit. Smart Freight Centre Business Development Manager Bonne Goedhart says the reduction of GHG emissions in the road freight industry "is vital because road freight contributes to 62% of logistics GHG emissions."