Shell remains the leading global supplier of finished lubricants for 14 consecutive years, according to Kline & Company’s 18th Edition Global Lubricants: Market Analysis and Assessment 2020 report. Using 2019 as the base year, the report covers all leading lubricant consuming country markets, market segments, product types, and formulations. Shell retains the number1 global leadership position for the three lubricants categories tracked by Kline – consumer automotive, commercial automotive and industrial.

“Fourteen consecutive years as the world’s leading lubricants supplier demonstrates Shell’s unwavering commitment to our customers and the strength of our superior product portfolio,” said Carlos Maurer, Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, Shell. “And we’re not just leading in one sector. We’re leading globally in the three categories tracked by Kline - cars, trucks and industrial equipment. Lubricants are a growth priority for Shell, which is why as our customers’ needs change, so do we. In response to the challenges of Covid-19, our lubricants business supplied even more premium products to the market, playing a vital role in keeping the world moving and machinery operating efficiently. Looking ahead, our customers want more products that deliver improved performance with lower emissions, using fewer natural resources and less waste, and you’ll see Shell Lubricants expanding our product portfolio to meet that demand.”

According to the report, Shell maintained its leading global market share in 2019 relative to the year prior, with a slight market share increase over the next largest IOC supplier. Shell’s total volumes sold were approximately 4,500 kilotonnes of finished lubricants, equivalent to approximately 5 billion litres. These global sales were split almost evenly between three segments and at the same percentage split to the previous year: consumer automotive (34%), industrial (36%) and commercial automotive (30%).

Shell has a history of innovation in lubricants and was the first to market cleaner, purer lubricants made from natural gas. As customer needs evolve, Shell is continuing to innovate and has extended its Shell E-Fluids portfolio so it now supports battery electric (BEV) as well as fuel cell electric (FCEV) powertrains for all passenger and commercial vehicles. In addition, Shell has also formed a strategic alliance with Kreisel Electric to offer a combined battery technology system that delivers industry-leading battery efficiency and fast-charging capabilities as well as superior safety and stability.

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  • Shell’s Pure Plus Technology and suite of premium low-viscosity synthetic lubricants offer consumers improved engine performance with up to 4% fuel savings and reduced CO2 footprint accordingly.
  • Shell has developed a line of fluids engineered specifically for the high-tech powertrains of hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). These have been designed both from Shell’s own laboratories, as well as by working in close technical partnership with OEMs and component manufacturers for more than 20 years. Shell E-Fluids portfolio includes: E-Transmission Fluids, E-Thermal Fluids, E-Greases and Shell Helix Hybrid.
  • Seven of the world’s 10 largest car manufacturers choose Shell as their main lubricants supplier. Shell has built successful commercial relationships with key global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, Foton, Mahindra, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Wartsila, Geely, Hyundai, Komatsu, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group, and others.
  • Shell has one of the largest lubricants supply chains in the world that manufactures and buys several base oil grades and blends them with additives at Shell-owned or joint venture blending plants to create a range of branded products with unique specifications.
  • Shell has over 200 scientists and engineers working in specialised technical centres for lubricants in the US, China, Germany and India, dedicated to research and development into lubricants and oils.
  • Shell has had longstanding motorsport technical partnerships with Ferrari (F1), Team Penske (NASCAR and IndyCar), Ducati (MotoGP), BMW Motorsport (DTM, endurance racing) and Hyundai Motorsport (World Rally Championship). Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is the only motor oil that Ferrari F1, BMW Motorsport DTM and Hyundai i20 WRC cars use. Team Penske uses only ‘off-the-shelf’ Pennzoil Ultra Platinum full synthetic 0W-40 motor oil in all of its Indy cars and cutting edge PurePlus Technology under the hood of its NASCAR cars. In Formula E Shell works with Nissan e.dams and Mahindra Racing.

About Shell Lubricants

The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, construction, mining, power, agriculture and general manufacturing. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Advance, Shell Rotella, Shell Rimula, Shell Argina, Shell Gadinia, Shell Corena, Shell Diala, Shell Morlina, Shell Mysela, Shell Naturelle, Shell Omala, Shell Spirax, Shell Tellus, Shell Tonna, and Shell Turbo. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in four plants; blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in 29 plants; distribute, market and sell lubricants in more than 100 countries. We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool available in more than 100 countries in 26 languages, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure. Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in USA, China, Germany, and India. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with more than150 patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants research and development. Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari and BMW Motorsport. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products.

Royal Dutch Shell plc

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