Lubricants manufacturing companies worldwide face tough challenges. The main market, automobiles, is undergoing fundamental transformation to electric vehicles which use fewer and different lubricants. Socio-economic uncertainty, climate policy, and increasing competitive pressures are forcing producers to re-examine all areas of operation. Historically, there was pressure to increase market share and capacity. Nowadays, where demand is weakening, manufacturers place increasing emphasis on a lean and resilient supply chain. In regions where demand for lubricants is rising, companies focus on capacity and complexity management.