It is not so difficult to calculate the size of lubricants trade of Bangladesh. However, business Insiders has considered this market as a silent trade in comparison to others.
Surprisingly, the annual domestic demand for lubricating oils is around 100 million litres, whereas base oil demand around 140 million litres. The market value of base oil around $133 million.
The annual domestic consumption has got almost 3% yearly growth, which is on par with India but behind China.
The lubricants shelves of Bangladesh hold more than 100 brands altogether and the number is increasing day by day.
However, the lack of market monitoring, the current status of the transport system, least reporting make this trade unnoticeable to the public.
In recent years, the growth of power sector has got publicized because of the national agenda, which has also highlighted the industrial lubricants oil market in Bangladesh.
The demand from the industrial machinery and equipment application also accounts for a major share of the total lubricants market and is driven by the end-user sectors such as power, manufacturing, logistics, automotive manufacturing, and others.
In our country, the base oil demand is the highest thanks to increasing automotive sector and the agriculture-based economy.
The growing motorization rate is the key to this demand which will, in turn, increase the demand for base oil.
Also, the growing industrial sector requires a greater import of efficient machinery to be used in the factories. Various automotive vehicles in the transport sector require lubricants too, which come from base oil.
Therefore, the base oil demand is expected to witness steady growth in Bangladesh. And the market size is expected to increase due to these factors amid its economic growth.
Lubricant consumption in the industrial sector has increased significantly in the last 5 years. The industrial sector accounts for 30% of total lubricant consumption in Bangladesh.
Furthermore, this unnoticeable market now is a competitive one. Already, lubricant players have established their footholds here, with international brands.
Market insiders think lack of govt. intervention on the policy to monitor this trade make this market uncontrolled one.
And it is high time to bring strong regulations to change this prevailing situation and help the industries and also protect the environment in the process.