Catalyst Handling Services Market Size, Share Global Analysis Report, 2024-2032
Catalyst Handling Services Market Size, Share Global Analysis Report, 2024-2032

Catalyst Handling Services Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Type (Catalyst loading/unloading, Catalyst screening, segregation, & storage, Catalyst transport & handling, Spent catalyst handling); By End-Use Industry; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024- 2032

  • Published Date:Jan-2024
  • Pages: 117
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM3983
  • Base Year: 2023
  • Historical Data: 2019-2022

Report Outlook

The global catalyst handling services market was valued at USD 557.7 million in 2023 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.40% during the forecast period.

A catalyst is a substance that speeds up a reaction without consuming itself. Enzymes, which are organic compounds that occur naturally, catalyze numerous important metabolic processes. The important task of charging and discharging reactors necessitates the highest standards of efficiency and safety. Effective catalyst handling services save time and money by increasing the productivity of the plant. The rising product innovations by companies are driving the expansion of catalysts, fueling the demand for catalyst-handling services.

Catalyst Handling Services Market Size

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  • For instance, in April 2023, Clariant announced the opening of a new, high-tech plant in order to produce CATOFIN, a high-yield, incredibly reliable propane dehydrogenation (PDH) catalyst.

Moreover, rising environmental regulations are enhancing the demand for catalysts, as they are widely used in vehicles as catalytic converters to control emissions. Catalyst handling services assist industrials by maintaining and effectively handling catalysts in the production process.

However, the decreasing industrial activity in the marketplace, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, hampered the demand for petrochemical, oil and gas, and automobile industries by consumers due to the prevalence of stringent government regulations, primarily lockdown to control the widespread spread of the virus. Conversely, it affected production activities, lowered the demand for catalysts, and, in turn, decreased the demand for catalyst handling services.

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The research study provides a comprehensive analysis of the industry, assessing the market on the basis of various segments and sub-segments. It sheds light on the competitive landscape and introduces Catalyst Handling Services Market key players from the perspective of market share, concentration ratio, etc. The study is a vital resource for understanding the growth drivers, opportunities, and challenges in the industry.

Growth Drivers

  • The rising catalyst usage in various industries

Catalysts play a crucial role in the chemical industry as they can help conserve a significant amount of energy by speeding up chemical reactions without consuming energy themselves. Moreover, they allow scientists to control the chemical reaction and reduce the production of undesirable by-products, thereby minimizing waste. The catalysts are typically reusable, making them a cost-effective option for chemical industries. The growing use of catalysts in various industries has led to an increased demand for catalyst handling services.

In the oil refining sector, solid catalytic materials are of utmost importance. While there are several types of catalysts in use, the three primary ones are hydro-processing catalysts, fluid catalytic cracking catalysts (FCC), and reforming catalysts. During the process, catalysts get contaminated with impurities such as coke, sulfur, vanadium, and nickel, which gradually reduces their effectiveness. Diesel hydrodesulphurization catalysts usually last for three to four years, while FCC catalysts lose sulfur to the atmosphere daily and require replacement every two to four weeks, depending on their activity. This need for catalyst replacement has driven the demand for catalyst handling services.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on type, end-use industry and region.

By Type

By End-Use Industry

By Region

  • Catalyst loading/unloading
  • Catalyst screening, segregation, & storage
  • Catalyst transport & handling
  • Spent catalyst handling



  • Petroleum refining
  • Chemicals & fertilizers
  • Petrochemical
  • Other End-use Industry



  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. South Korea)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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By Type Analysis

  • Catalyst loading/unloading segment is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period

The catalyst loading and unloading segment is expected to grow at a steady rate during the projected period, driven by its wide range of applications in the industrial sector. Catalysts have a shorter lifespan, and are often replaced by catalyst handling services for loading and unloading purposes. Petrochemical industries are focused on maximizing production activity without interruptions, which requires speedy replacements of catalysts to keep the production process running smoothly. This demand for catalyst handling services is expected to rise in the next few years.

The spent catalyst handling segment accounted for a significant revenue share in 2022, mainly due to companies' increasing interest in reducing waste generation from industrial activity. After their life cycle, catalysts become hazardous materials due to various chemical reactions. To address this issue, companies are working on regenerating and recycling spent catalysts, instead of disposing of them in landfills, to comply with government regulations. This is driving the need for efficient catalyst-handling services.

By End-Use Industry Analysis

  • Petrochemical segment accounted for the largest market share in 2022

The petrochemical industry holds the largest market share due to the increasing demand for petrochemical products in various sectors like packaging, medical equipment, tires, and plastic manufacturing. This demand is driving the growth of the industry at the global level, and creating new growth opportunities for catalyst handling services, which play a crucial role in the production processes. The widespread use of catalyst regeneration process among industries to minimize waste and maximize use in the petrochemical industry is further boosting the demand for catalyst handling services.

The petroleum refining sector is expected to grow at a faster pace in the coming years due to the global demand for petroleum products. This demand is driven by the growing research activities in petroleum applications for various product formulations, which is leading to increased production of petroleum by countries. To meet the ongoing consumer demand for petroleum, petroleum refineries will need to increase their production and utilize catalysts for an effective production process, which will create more opportunities for catalyst handling services in the future.

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Regional Insights

  • Asia Pacific region registered the global market in 2022

The Asia Pacific region has the largest catalyst handling services market share for catalyst handling services due to the prevalence of developing countries in this region. These countries have a growing manufacturing and petrochemical industry, which is driving the demand for catalyst-handling services. At the Petrochemical Industry Conference 2023, the Oil Ministry of India discussed the progress of the petrochemical industry in the country. It is anticipated that India's demand for chemicals and petrochemicals will almost triple and reach USD 1 trillion by 2040.

There is a potential investment opportunity worth USD 30 billion in the petrochemical industry in India within the next ten years. This is due to government flagship initiatives like "Make in India" and "Atma Nirbhar Bharat" that are collectively stimulating the industry's expansion. With growing investments in the industry, the production of petrochemicals is also increasing, which enhances the need for catalyst handling services in the long run.

Furthermore, the Indian government is proactively addressing current issues and making major efforts to improve the sector's overall competitiveness, quality, and output. This may create new growth potential for catalyst handling services.

Europe is expected to experience a significant growth due to the increase in oil and gas refinery activities in Turkey and Western Europe. These two regions are responsible for 17% of the world's oil and gas refining capacity. With the rising demand for gasoline and petroleum for transportation, countries are looking to increase their production of oil and gas. As a result, companies will need to continue chemical reactions to meet this demand, leading to an increased need for catalysts. Catalysts enhance the reaction process and reduce downtime. This will require the use of catalyst-handling services in the coming years, which are effective in handling and replacing spent catalysts.

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Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

The catalyst handling services market is witnessing a rapid increase in competition due to rising company expansion with new product launches, partnerships, collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions. This ongoing trend is expanding the presence of global market players and fueling the availability of products to a larger consumer base. 

Some of the major players operating in the global market include:

  • Anabeeb
  • Buchen-ICS
  • Cat Tech International
  • Catalyst Handling Resources
  • CR 3
  • Dickinson Group of Companies
  • Group Peeters
  • Kanooz Industrial Services
  • Mourik
  • Technivac

Recent Developments

  • In July 2023, BASF established a new division for its businesses providing services for precious metals and emissions catalysts. It specialised in the manufacturing of mobile emission catalysts for petrol, diesel, and off-road vehicles, motorbikes, and small engines.

Catalyst Handling Services Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 581.23 million

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 817.44 million


4.40% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

By Type, By End-Use Industry, By Region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


Report customization as per your requirements with respect to countries, region and segmentation.

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