Lubricant sales in the Canadian off-highway equipment market are anticipated to rise 1.1% per year from 102,000 metric tons in 2016 to 108,000 metric tons in 2021. Canada is an intensive user of off-highway equipment due to the massive size of the country’s construction, agricultural, and mining sectors.

The North American truck aftermarket for electrical and electronic products will expand 4.3% per annum through 2021 to US$8.6 billion. Sales are nearly evenly split between the two major product segments: electrical and electronic.

Plastics processing machinery demand in China is projected to advance 5.1% per year to $10.8 billion in 2021. Growth is being driven by the country’s rising middle class and its demand for more premium plastic goods, which is forcing plastics processors to purchase higher-end machines.

Demand in Malaysia for engine oil is forecast to increase 2.9% per year to 202,000 metric tons in 2021. Growth will be supported by: • longer average annual distance traveled by light vehicles as well as by medium and heavy trucks and buses • increasing motor vehicle ownership and usage • consumers’ tendency to follow OEM guidelines regarding oil drain intervals

Refractory demand in Spain is forecast to rise 1.0% per year to 232,000 metric tons in 2021. Growth will be supported by a rebound in steel and cement production, and gradual increases in the production of copper and iron.

Demand for synthetic automotive lubricants in the UK is forecast to rise 2.2% per year to 126,000 metric tons in 2021. Factors supporting demand gains include: • tightening emissions regulations and OEM recommendations that call for low viscosity lubricants • ongoing consumer interest in improving fuel economy • arrival of more modern engines in the vehicle fleet due to vehicle turnover • expanding availability of synthetic blends, which offer many performance advantage of full synthetics at a more affordable price

Global pharmaceutical packaging demand is projected to advance 6.0% per year to $112 billion in 2021. Aging populations, rising levels of acute and chronic conditions, and new product introductions will drive demand.

Siding demand in the US is projected to advance over 3% per year to 101.5 million squares in 2021. Growth can be attributed to a nationwide expansion in commercial building construction activity and increases in new housing completions in the South and West.

Demand for grills is forecast to expand 2.4% annually to $2.6 billion in 2021. Growing consumer interest in outdoor living and entertaining, including outdoor kitchens, will drive growth.

Automotive lubricant demand in the Asia/Pacific region is expected to increase 3.2% per annum to 11.0 million metric tons by 2021. The major factors contributing to the world’s fastest regional growth rate are: • continued increases in the region’s light vehicle and medium and heavy truck and bus parks • increase in construction activity across the region • acceleration in the agriculture sector due to a regional trend of increasing use of tractors in the farming industry • increase in regional motorcycle park