Lubricant manufacturing companies worldwide are facing a variety of challenges. Economic uncertainty coupled with increasing competitive pressure is forcing producers to re-examine all areas of their operations. Historically, there was pressure to increase market share and capacity. Now, in many regions where demand for many lubricants is falling, due to lengthened vehicle service intervals, manufacturers are increasingly placing an emphasis on a lean and efficient supply chain. Conversely, in regions where demand for lubricants is rising due to increasing economic development, companies are focusing on optimal capacity and complexity management.
For over 25 years, the PIMS® Global Lubricants and Greases Supply Chain Benchmarking programme has become the industry standard for assisting companies to optimise their supply chain. The bi-annual project includes participants from global major companies, state-owned entities and key independent local operators such as ILMA and UEIL members and covers over 50% of the global annual throughput.