Rail Lubricants Market

Global Market Study on Rail Lubricants: Continuous Maintenance of Rail Tracks, Rolling Stock, and Locomotive Parts to Proliferate Demand

Rail Lubricants Market Segmented By Lubricants, Railway lubricants, Railway Track Lubrication, Heavy Equipment Lubricants, Curved Rail Grease


Top players in the global rail lubricants market such as Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are strategically focused on the development of new categories of rail lubricants, such as bio-based lubricants, which are highly efficient as compared to synthetic products.

Furthermore, players such as SKF Group and Loram Maintenance of Way Inc. are also installing railway lubrication systems beside railway networks to provide proper lubrication to curve rails and top-of-rails.

This is expected to boost the global sales of rail lubricants over the forecast period. Moreover, rising demand for antifreeze rail lubricants in colder countries such as Canada, Russia, and the U.S. is also expected to support demand in the rail lubricants market in the foreseeable future.

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  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Total S.A.
  • BP
  • Chevron Corporation
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
  • L.B. Foster Company
  • Momar, Inc.
  • Klüber Lubrication
  • CONDAT Group
  • CITGO Petroleum Corporation
  • Petro Canada Lubricants LLC

New Railway Projects in Developing Countries to Propel Market Growth

Brazil, Indonesia, and India are considered as emerging countries in the rail lubricants market, on account of the sprawling railway network anticipated to develop in the foreseeable future in these countries. Automation and digitalization in the current railway network is expected to boost the demand for rail lubricants over the coming years.

Government policies for a smart and intelligent railway network across the world are anticipated to provide bilateral support for the growth of the railway lubricants market on a global scale.

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Regular Maintenance and Constant Consumption to Offer Substantial Prospects for Global Players

The railways plays an important part in the transportation of both, cargo and passengers, and frequent movement leads to wear and tear of rail tracks as well as railway components.

Railway tracks and rolling stock components, and locomotive engine parts such as traction motors, bearings, and gears, require timely and proper maintenance and servicing.

Leading players such as HP Lubricants strive to produce and sell railway lubricants along with locomotive engine oil lubricants. However, small-scale players focus only on the production and sales of lubricants specifically meant for railway tracks and railway bogie components.

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Global Rail Lubricants Market: Competitive Landscape

The rail lubricants market landscape is moderately fragmented, with numerous global players in the market, especially small- and medium-scale manufacturers and suppliers. Key participants in the rail lubricants market are Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Exxon Mobil Corporation, BP, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, FUCHS LUBRITECH GmbH, Klüber Lubrication, and The Timken Company.

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Expansion and Product Launches to Remain Key Market Strategies

Over the last five years, key players in the rail lubricants market have been focusing on expansion and product launches, and these are expected to be winning strategies in the foreseeable future. Owing to the constant demand for rail lubricants, small-scale players are focusing on a similar strategy used by leading players to develop their businesses.

  • In November 2019, The Timken Company acquired BEKA Lubrication (BEKA), with an investment of US$ 165 Mn, in order to strengthen its business for rail lubricants.
  • On 21st January 2019, Momar, Inc. completed the acquisition of Specialty Products, Inc., a cleaning supplies and industrial maintenance company, to complement its business structure and product portfolio.
  • In 2019, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) introduced a new range of PETRONAS Syntium with °CoolTech™ to the Brazil market, bringing the latest ‘track-to-road technology’ in the most advanced engine lubricants to-date.

Analysts’ Viewpoint

Most manufacturers in the rail lubricants market are shifting their focus toward bio-based rail lubricant product offerings. PMR has identified developing nations such as India and Brazil to be the most lucrative markets, attributable to the growing metro train networks in these countries. On the flip side, the rail network in U.S is very old, necessitating continuous maintenance and servicing. This is anticipated to offer significant opportunities to suppliers in the rail lubricants market.

Key Segments of Rail Lubricants Market

PMR has divided the rail lubricants market into four different segments for the purpose of this report - composition, application, distribution channel, and region. This enables the readers to gain comprehensive data and information about the important rail lubricants market dynamics and growth parameters related to these categories.


  • Synthetic
  • Bio-based


  • Railway Vehicle Elements
    • Gears & Bearings
    • Wheel & Axles
    • Couplings & Buffers
    • Brake Elements
    • Door Components
    • Air Compressors
    • Others
  • Railway Track Elements
    • Switch Plates & Fishplates
    • Curve Rails
    • Screws & Bolts
  • Locomotive Lubrication

Distribution Channel

  • Online
  • Offline


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • How much is the rail lubricants market worth?

    The rail lubricants market is bound to reach US$ 1.5 Bn in the year 2021.

  • What will be the sales forecast of the rail lubricants market?

    The rail lubricants market will be worth US$ 1.7 Bn by the year 2031.

  • What was the last 5 year market CAGR?

    The rail lubricants market witnessed a CAGR of 4% between 2015 and 2020.

  • What are the key trends for rail lubricants market?

    The ongoing trend is that of bio-based rail lubricants.

  • What is driving the demand for rail lubricants?

    Digitization and automation of the existing rail network is bound to drive the demand for rail lubricants

  • What is the market share of top 5 players?

    The top 5 players – namely Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Total S.A., BP, and SKF account for more than 60% of the market share.

  • What are the top 5 countries driving demand?

    The top 5 countries driving the demand include the US, Canada, Russia, Indonesia, and Brazil.

  • What is the North America’s market Outlook?

    The US is amongst the top 5 players in rail lubricants market, which, in turn, puts North America at the leading position in the rail lubricants market.

  • At what percentage the rail lubricants market is going to register growth in Europe?

    Europe is expected to grow at the rate of 2% in the rail lubricants market.

  • What is the key market statistics in Korea and Japan?

    Japan and Korea are onto the steady mode in the rail lubricants market.

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