Global demand for metalworking fluids

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Global demand for metalworking fluids in 2012 was estimated at 2.2 million tons. This volume represents an essentially flat market compared to 2007 when demand was estimated at 2.3 million tons. Europe, which includes Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey, accounts for 26 percent of the total. Asia is the largest market with about 42 percent of the total demand, followed by North America with 28 percent.

Globally, metal removal fluids (or coolants) account for more than one-half of total metalworking fluid consumption. Forming fluids, which include rolling oils, drawing and stamping fluids, and forging fluids, account for 30 percent of total demand. Protecting fluids account for 12 percent, and treating fluids account for 9 percent.

Metalworking fluid consumption in Europe posted an increase of 1.5 percent in 2013 over 2012. The presence of a substantial automotive industry drives metalworking fluid consumption in Europe’s top markets, which include Russia, Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

These five markets account for about 72 percent of demand in the region. Additionally, Russia is one of the leading steel and aluminum producers in the world, Germany has a sizable share of the European metals production, and the United
Kingdom possesses vibrant aerospace and ship building industries – all of which contribute to the demand for
metalworking fluids.

Removal fluids, the largest category representing 56 percent of the total volume and value, along with protecting
fluids, show the strongest growth in Europe. Forming fluids show moderate growth, and treating fluids
have declined slightly due to fire-safety triggered insurance costs favoring a switch from neat oils to synthetic
treating fluids.

Source* LnG EMEA

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