Lubricant consumption in France decreased to 41,273 tons in February, 2% less than the same month last year, Paris-based Professional Lubricants Center reported April 17. Automotive lubricants consumption was flat, while industrial lubricant demand tailed off 9% and process oils demand rose 15%.
Consumption of automotive lubricants was flat at 23,663 tons in February. Passenger car engine oil demand increased 3% to 13,691 tons, while sales of engine oils for commercial diesel vehicles was virtually unchanged at 1,052 tons. Automotive transmission fluid demand decreased 6%, and consumption of automotive greases dropped 12%.