Survey on Lubricants Essay

3284 Words Mar 9th, 2013 14 Pages
JOBBERSWORLD SURVEY Lubricant Quality
JobbersWorld is a Petroleum Trends International, Inc. publication.

JobbersWorld conducted a survey last month examining the perceptions of its readers with regards to the quality of lubricants in the US market. The survey comprised seven closed‐ and open‐ended questions. Although we received well over 500 responses to the survey, this report presents data on the 373 complete responses to the survey. Below are the results and observations of the survey.

Demographics
It’s important to recognize that JobbersWorld is a publication that specifically targets lubricant distributors. As such, the demographic reflect this bias with 54% of the responses coming from lubricant distributors. Independent
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As anticipated, the majors are more concerned about the quality of lubricants in the marketplace than other classes of trade in this survey. This is believed to be a function of what the majors see as a significant threat coming from private label and “off‐brand” lubricants. It may also help explain why Shell and Valvoline recently announced new initiatives to address quality concerns.

Figure 3 Do you feel there is an issue with low quality and/or off-spec lubricants in the market?
% Of total 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 ILM Distributors Major Oil Additive Supplier

Yes

No Source: Petroleum Trends International, Inc.

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Is the issue of low quality/off‐spec oil more concerning in bulk or packaged products?

The majority (86%) of the total respondents to this question say the issue of low quality/off‐spec oil is more concerning for bulk than it is for packaged lubricants. Interestingly, independent lubricant manufacturers differ significantly from the total with regards to this question. Whereas 86% of the total point to bulk as the most concerning area, 68% of independent lubricant manufactures say bulk is the more concerning area.

Figure 4 Is the issue of low quality/off-spec oil more concerning in bulk or

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