PIMS® Global Lubricants and Greases Supply Chain Benchmarking

“PIMS helps to bring about change by providing a common language between operating units, showing priority areas of focus, setting targets and surfacing ideas for improvement. PIMS facilitates an excellent benchmarking process and builds cost consciousness.” – Global Manufacturing Excellence Manager, Global major, USA


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 30 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.


The project aids and supports the management and leadership team to:

  • Capture comparable cost and performance metrics across different companies and regions
  • Measure the drivers that cause performance differences: scale, automation, product mix, complexity, service levels, distribution policy, location, processes, etc.
  • Quantify how performance is affected by these drivers
  • Set benchmarks for you that take into account your strategic and structural profile (i.e. the drivers that are unlikely to change)
  • Obtain results that ensure data confidentiality while setting targets for cost and performance improvement
  • Implement recommended changes to achieve better profitability and growth.

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Associate Director, London
Omer Chowdhury, MSc.
PIMS Website