Polymerization Catalysts Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Classification (Polyolefin Catalysts, Condensation Polymer Catalysts, Thermosetting Polymer Catalysts, and Additional Polymer Catalysts), Catalyst (Zeigler-Natta, Single-Site, Chromium, Peroxide, and Other Catalysts), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Market Snapshot

Polymerization Catalysts Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2019
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: <4 %

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Market Overview

The polymerization catalysts market is anticipated to register a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period. Organometallic catalysts play a vital role in the polymerization of olefins, dienes, and styrene. The chemical industry is using these catalysts for the production of increasing amounts of plastic materials. Catalysts, such as metallocenes, half-sandwich, nickel, and iron complexes, are able to tailor the microstructure of the polymer chain.

  • One of the major factors driving the growth of the market studied is the increasing production of polymer resins, such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, and polyurethane.
  • Additionally, the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict surveillance of phthalate-based catalysts by environmental agencies, such as US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.

Scope of the Report

The polymerization catalysts market report includes:

Polyolefin Catalysts
Condensation Polymer Catalysts
Thermosetting Polymer Catalysts
Additional Polymer Catalysts
Other Catalysts
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand for the Zeigler-Natta Catalysts

  • Ziegler-Natta catalysts are mixtures of halides of transition metals, especially titanium, vanadium, chromium, and zirconium, with organic derivatives of non-transition metals, particularly alkyl aluminum compounds. There are two main classes of Ziegler-Natta catalysts, distinguished by their solubility.
  • These catalysts have multiple types of active sites, each one producing a different polymer chain. This enables the production of a wide variety of polymers with considerable control over the tacticity, as well as molecular weight, and is the reason why Ziegler-Natta catalyst is preferred over most other catalysts.
  • Most commercial HDPE and LLDPE grades are made using Ziegler-Natta or Phillips catalyst. Around 90% of global LLDPE is manufactured using heterogeneous Ziegler-Natta catalysts. It is also used in the production of polypropylene (PP) of higher isotacticity.
  • Zeigler-Natta catalysts have the maximum market share in catalysts used for polyolefins manufacture. Geographically, Asia-Pacific has the highest market share in consumption of Ziegler-Natta catalysts.
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to drive the global market during the forecast period.
Polymerization Catalysts Market Revenue Share

The Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to experience robust polymerization catalysts growth, owing to the increasing consumption of polyolefins in countries, like China and India.
  • The range of Chinese goods includes cement, chemicals, textiles, toys, electronics, ships, rail cars, automobiles, aircraft, and many other products. Polyolefins, such as polyethylene and polypropylene, are widely used in the production of these products. Thus, China has become a principal location for the manufacturers and exporters of plastic products.
  • China is a major producer and consumer of polyolefin in the world.
  • Furthermore, India is planning to have 18 plastic parks and the government may be investing around USD 6.2 million in the upcoming years for increasing the domestic production of plastics.
  • All such factors are expected to increase the market for polymerization catalysts in the Asia-Pacific region.
Polymerization Catalysts Market Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global polymerization catalyst market is partially consolidated in nature, with the top five players accounting for around 47%-49% of the global market. Some of the key players include W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn., Lyondellbasell Industries Holdings BV, Univation Technologies LLC, Mitsui Chemicals Inc., PQ Corporation, China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), and Toho Titanium Co. Ltd, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Expansion of Polymer Resin Production

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Strict Surveillance of Phthalate-based Catalyst

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Classification

      1. 5.1.1 Polyolefin Catalysts

      2. 5.1.2 Condensation Polymer Catalysts

      3. 5.1.3 Thermosetting Polymer Catalysts

      4. 5.1.4 Additional Polymer Catalysts

    2. 5.2 Catalyst

      1. 5.2.1 Zeigler-Natta

      2. 5.2.2 Single-site

      3. 5.2.3 Chromium

      4. 5.2.4 Peroxide

      5. 5.2.5 Other Catalysts

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.

      2. 6.4.2 Clariant

      3. 6.4.3 China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec)

      4. 6.4.4 Dorf Ketal Chemicals (I) Pvt Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 Univation Technologies LLC (Dow)

      6. 6.4.6 Toho Titanium Co. Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Honeywell International Inc.

      9. 6.4.9 INEOS

      10. 6.4.10 Kemipex

      11. 6.4.11 Lyondellbasell Industries Holdings BV

      12. 6.4.12 McDermott

      13. 6.4.13 NOVA Chemicals Corporate

      14. 6.4.14 PQ Corporation

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Consistent Technological Advancements Catering to the Growing Demand

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Polymerization Catalysts Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Polymerization Catalysts Market is growing at a CAGR of <4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2019.

LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV, W R Grace & Co., Mitsui Chemicals Inc., China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), Univation Technologies, LLC are the major companies operating in Polymerization Catalysts Market.

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