Friction Modifier Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Organic Friction Modifier, Functionalized Polymer, Oil Soluble Organomolybdenum Friction Modifier), By Application (Engine Oil, Industrial Gears, Metal Working Application, Transmission Fluids, Others), By End-User (Industrial, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Manufacturing, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : May 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061615405
  • Pages : 140

A friction modifier refers to a chemical additive that is used in lubricants and various other substances to modify the frictional properties between two surfaces in contact. It is specifically designed to reduce friction, minimize wear and tear, and improve the overall efficiency and performance of mechanical systems. The different types of friction modifiers include organic friction modifiers, functionalized polymer, and oil-soluble organomolybdenum friction modifiers which finds applicability in the automotive, industrial, aerospace & defence, and manufacturing sector to reduce friction, minimize wear and tear, and enhance the overall performance and reliability of mechanical systems. The increasing aerospace & defence manufacturing and the growing automotive production will boost the demand for friction modifiers, thereby propelling their market growth.

The surge in aerospace & defence manufacturing is expected to drive the friction modifier market growth.

The aerospace and defence industry demands high-performance lubrication solutions to ensure the efficient and reliable operation of various components and systems. In the aerospace sector, friction modifiers are used in engines, landing gears, actuation systems, and other moving parts to improve their efficiency and reliability. These additives help reduce friction between components, which is particularly crucial in high-speed applications where the minimization of energy loss and heat generation is vital. Aerospace manufacturers can enhance fuel efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and extend the service life of components, contributing to the overall performance and safety of aircraft. The rise in air traffic demands an increase in aerospace production and parallelly boosts the demand for friction modifiers. According to the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA) in 2022, Boeing and Airbus delivered 766 commercial aircraft over the first three quarters of 2022. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2023, total global air traffic in February 2023 increased by 55.5% when compared to February 2022.

In the defence industry, friction modifiers are employed in military vehicles, weaponry, and other defence systems. These additives help optimize the performance of critical mechanical components, such as engines, transmissions, and hydraulics, under demanding operating conditions.

The rise in the production of automobiles is expected to accelerate the market growth.

Friction modifiers are widely used in the automotive industry for lubricating various mechanical systems, including engines, transmissions, differentials, and wheel bearings. These additives work by reducing friction and wear between moving parts, improving energy efficiency, and minimizing heat generation. Incorporating friction modifiers into lubricants can help automotive manufacturers to optimize the performance of their vehicles, reduce maintenance costs, and enhance overall reliability. The increase in automotive production due to a rise in consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles will boost the demand for friction modifiers. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association 2021, global motor vehicle production was 79.1 million in 2021, which was an increase of 1.3% compared to the previous year. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in 2021, over 859,000 cars, 72,913 commercial vehicles, and 1.6 million engines were built in the UK.

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold a significant market share during the forecast period.

The Asia-Pacific region holds a major market share due to an increase in incomes, growing automotive production and consumption, and rising aerospace and defence activities. In 2021, the Chinese government removed the limits on foreign investment in passenger car manufacturing in China and Chinese authorities allowed full foreign ownership of passenger car manufacturing in the country. In 2022, the Prime Minister of India laid the foundation stone for a C295 aircraft manufacturing plant in Vadodara, Gujarat, of the Tata-Airbus consortium that will manufacture the transport aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Such progressive developments will accelerate the demand for friction modifiers and boost their regional market growth.

Key Developments

  • November 2022: BRB International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) inaugurated a new lube oil additives plant in the Netherlands which would focus primarily on the production of lube oil additives for the global market.
  • May 2020: Bizol launched "Friction Modifer+ 094", a powerful anti-friction additive that improves the lubricating properties of engine oil, reduces fuel consumption, and extends engine life.
  • August 2019: LANXESS launched the friction modifier "Additin RC 3502" for passenger cars to reduce friction, maintain performance and protect against wear, and be compatible with all engine oils.


  • By Type
    • Organic Friction Modifier
    • Functionalized Polymer
    • Oil Soluble Organomolybdenum Friction Modifier
  • By Application
    • Engine Oil
    • Industrial Gears
    • Metal Working Application
    • Transmission Fluids
    • Others
  • By End-User
    • Industrial
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Automotive
    • Manufacturing
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • UK
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Australia
      • Other

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2021 has been taken as the base year in the friction modifier market report.
Prominent key market players in the friction modifier market include Abitec Corporation, ADEKA CORPORATION, Afton Chemical (NewMarket Corporation), Archoil, and BASF SE, among others.
The friction modifier market has been segmented by type, application, end-user, and geography.
The surge in aerospace & defence manufacturing is expected to drive the friction modifier market growth.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to hold a significant share of the friction modifier market due to an increase in incomes, growing automotive production and consumption, and rising aerospace and defence activities.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions


3.1. Research Highlights


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Organic Friction Modifier

5.3. Functionalized Polymer

5.4. Oil-Soluble Organomolybdenum Friction Modifier


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Engine Oil

6.3. Industrial Gears

6.4. Metal Working Application

6.5. Transmission Fluids

6.6. Others


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Industrial

7.3. Aerospace & Defense

7.4. Automotive

7.5. Manufacturing

7.6. Others


8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. USA

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1.  Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. Germany

8.4.2. UK

8.4.3. France

8.4.4. Spain

8.4.5. Others

8.5. Middle East and Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. South Korea

8.6.4. India

8.6.5. Australia

8.6.6. Others


9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


10.1. Abitec Corporation


10.3. Afton Chemical (NewMarket Corporation)

10.4. Archoil

10.5. BASF SE

10.6. Berkebile Oil Company Inc.

10.7. Croda International Inc.

10.8. Elco Corporation (Detrex Corporation)

10.9. Motorcraft (Ford Motor Company)

10.10.  Whitmore Manufacturing LLC

Abitec Corporation


Afton Chemical (NewMarket Corporation)



Berkebile Oil Company Inc.

Croda International Inc.

Elco Corporation (Detrex Corporation)


Motorcraft (Ford Motor Company)

Whitmore Manufacturing LLC