Production of additives in the United States saw a sharp decline in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Production experienced a strong rebound the following year, though, with a 4%, 5% and 6.8% increase for lubricant additives, biocides and antioxidants, respectively.

However, the additive market experienced an uncomfortable tightness again in 2022 as a result of flooding in the Midwest region of the U.S. that affected Afton Chemical’s plant in Sauget, Illinois. The flooding led to a subsequent month-long declaration of force majeure.

U.S. Lubricant Additive Market Volume
Source: Swift Economics LLC

There are four major suppliers of lubricant additives in the world. Referred to by industry players as the Big Four, Infineum, Lubrizol, Afton Chemical and Chevron Oronite produce the majority of the industry’s additive packages.

The map below locates the Big Four’s additive plants around the globe.

Major Sources of Additives
Source: Lubes’n’Greases research
Source: Lubes’n’Greases Base Stock Plant Data
L1Zhuhai, China
L2Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
L3Turbhe, Navi Mumbai, India
L4Hamburg, Germany
L5Painesville, Ohio
L6Deer Park, Texas
L7Tokyo, Japan
L8Rouen, France
L9Seoul, South Korea
Afton Chemical
A1Jurong Island, Singapore
A2Sauget, Illinois
A3Houston, Texas
A4Port Arthur, Texas
A5San Juan del Rio, Mexico
A6Feluy, Belgium
A7Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A8Suzhou, China
I1Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I2Linden, New Jersey
I3Houston, Texas
I4Berre, France
I5Cologne, Germany
I6Vado Ligure, Italy
I7Jurong Island, Singapore
I8Zhangjiagang, China
Chevron Oronite
C1Belle Chasse, Louisiana
C2Maua, Brazil
C3Gonfreville, France
C4Omaezaki, Japan
C5Jurong Island, Singapore
C6Ningbo, China

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