Japan consumed 1.4 million kiloliters (1.3 million metric tons) of finished lubricants in 2020, down 13% from 1.6 million kL in 2019, according to data released Feb. 9 by a government agency. December consumption was 138,262 kL, 13% higher than the same month in 2019.
The December consumption total, represented a rebound from 124,191 kL in November and was the country’s highest monthly total in 2020. Its second highest monthly total was 133,229 kL in October. Negative impacts from the pandemic hit hardest in May when consumption fell to 98,100 kL, 27% lower than the same month of 2019. The second-lowest volume was in August at 101,588 kL.
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