Refrigeration Oil Market Overview: Demand Trends and End-Use Industry Insights

Refrigeration oil is a specialized type of lubricant formulated to operate under low-temperature conditions and in refrigeration systems. These oils play a crucial role in maintaining the efficiency and proper functioning of various refrigeration systems, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, industrial cooling units, and more. They are designed to work in conjunction with the refrigerant in these systems to provide lubrication, sealing, and heat transfer properties. According to the new market research report  “Refrigeration Oil Market by Type (Synthetic Oil (POE, PAG), Mineral Oil), Application (Refrigerators Freezers, Air conditioner, Automotive AC System, Aftermarket), Region(APAC, North America, South America, Europe, MEA) – Global Forecasts to 2026”, published by MarketsandMarkets™, is projected to reach USD 1.4 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 4.1% from USD 1.1 billion in 2021. This report also includes a complete analysis of industry players covering their latest developments, refrigeration oil market share, size, CAGR, growth, demand, product portfolio, pricing, mergers, acquisitions, and collaborations.

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The demand for refrigeration oil is closely tied to various industries:

  1. Food and Beverage: Maintains product quality during storage and transport.
  2. Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare: Preserves vaccines and medications by ensuring proper cooling.
  3. HVAC: Supports temperature regulation and comfort in indoor environments.
  4. Industrial Cooling: Prevents equipment overheating in manufacturing and data centers.
  5. Transportation: Ensures reliable cooling for transporting perishable goods.
  6. Retail and Commercial: Preserves food freshness in supermarkets and restaurants.
  7. Biotechnology and Laboratories: Maintains stable temperature conditions for sensitive samples.

Refrigeration Oil Market Drivers

The refrigeration oil market is driven by various factors, including increasing demand for refrigeration in various end-use industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and retail, and the growth of the air conditioning and heat pump market. Additionally, technological advancements in refrigeration systems and the increasing use of natural refrigerants are also expected to drive the market growth. Government regulations and initiatives to promote energy-efficient cooling systems are also expected to drive the market. 

Refrigeration Oil Market Restraints 

Some potential restraints for the refrigeration oil market include:

  • Environmental regulations
  • Substitute products
  • Technical challenges
  • High competition and low switching costs
  • Uncertainty in the demand and price of raw materials 

This growth is primarily triggered by the increasing demand from the refrigerator freezer, air conditioner, and automotive AC system applications. APAC is the largest refrigeration oil market due to a rise in the manufacturing of consumer appliances and automobiles. Furthermore, the changing lifestyle of consumer and rising income levels have led to higher demand for refrigerators freezers and air conditioners, which, in turn, drives the refrigeration oil market. The growing demand for perishable food products along with growth in the pharmaceutical industry also drives the demand for refrigerators freezers, fueling the growth of the refrigeration oil market.

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Refrigeration Oil Market Key Players

The key market players profiled in the report include

  • Eneos Holdings Inc. (Japan)
  • BASF SE (Germany)
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd (Japan)
  • ExxonMobil Corporation (U.S.)
  • Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (Netherlands)
  • Total Energies SE(France)
  • China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp)
  • Petroliam Nasional Berhad(Petronas)
  • FUCHS Petrolub SE (Germany)
  • Johnson Controls(Ireland)

Refrigeration Oil Market Segmentation

Refrigeration oil is a type of lubricant used in refrigeration systems to lubricate compressor motors and other moving parts. The market for refrigeration oil can be segmented by oil type, application, and region.

basis of oil type

  • Synthetic oil
  • Mineral oil

Synthetic oil is the largest oil type of refrigeration oil market.

Synthetic oil accounted for the largest share of the overall refrigeration oil market, in terms of value, in 2020. Synthetic oil is manufactured by combining synthetic base oils and additives. It has several advantages over conventional mineral oil due to its high performance in extreme conditions, better viscosity index, higher shear stability, and improved chemical resistance. In addition, its compatibility with low GWP and modern refrigerants gives them an added advantage over mineral oil.

basis of application

  • Refrigerators Freezers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Automotive AC System
  • Aftermarket

Refrigerators Freezers is estimated to be the largest application of the refrigeration oil market during the forecast period.

Refrigerator freezer is the largest application of refrigeration oil. This growth is attributed to the rising demand for perishable food items and changing the lifestyle of people in developed and developing regions. Refrigeration oil is used in domestic, commercial, and industrial refrigerators freezers. In addition, the growing demand for refrigerated food products and increasing trade of food products are driving the refrigeration oil market in the refrigerator freezer application. 

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On the basis of region

  • APAC
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Middle East Arica
  • South America

APAC is estimated to be the largest market for refrigeration oil during the forecast period.

APAC is the largest market for refrigeration oil, followed by North America and Europe. APAC dominates the refrigeration oil market due to the rapid economic growth, particularly in the consumer goods and automobile industries in the region. The rapid urbanization in APAC, coupled with the improved living standard is driving the refrigeration oil market.  The advantage of shifting production to the Asian region is that the cost of production is low here. Also, it is easier to serve the local emerging market. Also, due to the massive production and demand for consumer appliances and automobiles in countries such as China, Japan, India, and South Korea. This high growth is attributed to the growing manufacturing of consumer goods and automobile in the region.