The Asia-Pacific market for catalysts in petroleum refining, chemicals, and polymer synthesis is expected to grow at a moderate rate during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023, owing to the rapid growth in petroleum products. Asia-Pacific is the largest regional market for catalysts, accounting for approximately 37% market share in 2017, because the region has 30% of the world’s petroleum refining capacity and polymer.
Asia-Pacific has witnessed significant growth based on the per capita income projected by a higher GDP growth, prompting a higher utilization of petroleum products including transport fuels, polymers, and other life amenities. Growing consumption of petroleum products like hydrocarbons drives the global catalyst market. The demand for liquid hydrocarbons is growing mainly due to the growing population and consumer class in developing countries. Increasing refinery market output in the region and the shift of the catalyst manufacturing base to Asia-Pacific countries are expected to increase the petroleum refining catalyst demand.
Polymer synthesis catalysts, accounting for 27% of the market, are expected to grow at a slightly higher rate. Increasing demand for polymers and automobiles, coupled with the imposition of regulations for the development of better standard products, is expected to enhance the worldwide demand during the forecast period. The growing consumption of petroleum products, compliance to stringent environmental regulations, and increasing refinery market output in the region are driving the market.
However, this market faces certain drawbacks such as high manufacturing costs and fluctuating prices of precious metals.
The demand for these catalysts is primarily from the transportation sector in the region, as there is significant growth in the number of cars as well as the development of sea, air, and railway transportation. In addition to this, growth in demand for oil in developing countries will be further encouraged by the industrial sector, in particular, the petrochemical industry. Furthermore, the growing research & development activities to reduce cost and improve quality of the products will offer numerous opportunities for the growth of the Asia-Pacific catalysts in petroleum refining, chemicals, and polymer synthesis market.
Major Players: BASF SE, Bayer, Johnson Matthey, DowDuPont, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron, and UOP LLC, among others.
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