Synthetic Oil Most Identified as Profitable Product Segment of Refrigeration Oil Market:- On the basis of product type, the global refrigeration oil market has been bifurcated into mineral oil and synthetic oil. The latter currently serves the maximum demand and is estimated to be worth US$1,314.5 mn by 2025. This potent demand for synthetic oil can be attributed to its compatibility with refrigerant used in the system. On the other hand, the mineral oil offers more benefits over the synthetic oil, which leads to its use as a thermal fluid in mechanical and industrial applications. Polyol ester, ploy alpha olefins, alkyl benzene, ploy alkylene glycols, polyvinyl ether and phenolpropoxylate oil are some of the other types of refrigeration oil. Based on refrigerant type, the global refrigeration oil market has been segmented into hydrocholoroflurocarbon (HCFC), chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydro fluorocarbon (HFC), and ammonia. By the end of 2025, hydro fluorocarbon segment is estimated to be worth US$476.1 mn, which is considerably more than any other segments. However, ammonia is anticipated to experience the best CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period of 2017 to 2025.
Application-wise, the global refrigeration oil market has been categorized into air conditioner, coolers, chillers, refrigerators, and condensers, with air conditioners contributing the most prominent chunk of the overall demand. By 2025, the air conditioners category of the global refrigeration oil market is estimated to be worth US$535.3 mn, expanding at a strong CAGR of 7.7% during the said forecast period. Based on end-use, residential and commercial sectors serve the maximum demand, with residential segment projected for an above-average growth rate.
Competitive Landscape to Remain Consolidated Among a Few Players:- The global refrigeration oil market is concentrated among five major players, viz. Idemitsu Kosan Co, Ltd., Royal Dutch Shell plc, BASF, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and MEIWA, who collectively accounted for 94.8% of the market in 2016. These companies have a strong product portfolio as well as presence in a number of countries, and are expected to maintain their dominance in the near future too