Lubricant Demand in Germany Falls

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Lubricant Demand in Germany Falls

Domestic lubricant demand in Germany during October declined 7% compared to the same month last year, to 52,234 metric tons, according to data released last month by a German government agency. The total excludes extracts, process oils and base oils not used in lubrication.

Motor oil sales increased 4% to 17,797 tons in October, compared to the same month in 2021, according to monthly data released Dec. 1 by Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Exported Control.

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Demand for automatic transmission fluid was flat at 4,375 tons, while gear oils for cars declined 13% to 3,040 tons and industrial gear oils decreased 4% to 2,025 tons.

Hydraulic oils demand rose 6% to 8,007 tons. Transformer oil sales went up 13% to 1,044 tons. Sales of machine oils decreased 2% to 2,577 tons.

All metalworking oil segment categories were down in the month. Water-miscible oils demand fell 50% to 1,094 tons, non-water miscible oils dropped 53% to 1,075 tons, corrosion inhibitors declined 56% to 181 tons and hardening oils slipped 69% to 65 tons.

Demand overall for greases decreased 5% to 2,042 tons, while greases for automotive applications climbed 17% to 560 tons.

The data includes process oils, which were down 14% in October to 7,855 tons.