Naphthenic base oil is a kind of group V base oil that is produced by hydro-treating sweet crude distillates at pressures exceeding 2500 psi. Low pour point, excellent liquidity, low wax, and low aromatic content characterise naphthenic base oil. Printing inks, adhesives and sealants, gear oils, oil extender polymers, process oil, metal working, and battery separators are just a few of the end-use uses for naphthenic base oil..
Furthermore, these oils have excellent low-temperature capabilities, which increases the lubricant compositions’ low-temperature qualities. Naphthenic base oils also function better at low temperatures than paraffinic oils, making them appropriate for hydraulic and automatic transmission fluid formulation. Because of their high solvency power, naphthenic oils respond well to antioxidants and additives.
Between 2016 and 2025, the worldwide naphthenic base oil market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3 percent, from US$ 1,640.4 million in 2016 to US$ 2,605.7 million in 2025.
Naphthenic base oils are widely used in a variety of sectors, including automotive, industrial, and tyre manufacturing. Asia Pacific has emerged as the automotive industry’s epicentre in recent years. During the projection period, however, increased government investment in the automotive sector, particularly in developing economies such as Mexico, South Africa, and India, is likely to boost demand for naphthenic base oil.
There is a growing need for high-solubility-based lubricants and grease products, as well as a growing desire for electric cars, in order to build fuel-efficient autos. Because of the abundance of high-production bases, naphthenic base oil competes fiercely with Group II and III base oil. Furthermore, the market is influenced by shifting crude oil prices and a shift in demand for heavy and sour crude, which are sold at a lower price than sweet crude. Increased demand for blended base oil, as well as novel processing options for naphthenic base oil with low sulphur levels, are projected to open up new opportunities for naphthenic base oil producers.
The worldwide market for naphthenic oils will decline in the short term – one to three years – due to a sharp reduction in the United States in applications where naphthenic has no significant technological advantage. During this time, however, the Asian market, as well as Central and Eastern Europe to a lesser extent, will begin to take up, necessitating naphthenic for key applications such as transformer oils and water-based metalworking fluids.
The naphthenic industry will likely grow significantly by the end of the decade, when proposed EU regulation prohibiting the use of aromatic oils in tyre manufacture is passed. The rising transformer oil market is currently hungry for low-viscosity oils, but in the not-too-distant future, the market may turn to be hungry for high-viscosity grades for rubber compounding.
To choose the right oil, see your vehicle owner’s handbook or get advice from a professional.
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