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

Catalyst Market Share, Size, Trends, Industry Analysis Report, By Product (Heterogeneous Catalyst, Homogeneous Catalyst); By Type; By Process; By Application; By Region; Segment Forecast, 2024- 2032

  • Published Date:Feb-2024
  • Pages: 118
  • Format: PDF
  • Report ID: PM4502
  • Base Year: 2023
  • Historical Data: 2019 – 2022

Report Outlook

Catalyst Market size was valued at USD 30.63 billion in 2023. The market is anticipated to grow from USD 32.35 in billion 2024 to USD 50.44 billion by 2032, exhibiting the CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period.

Industry Trends

Catalysts are compounds employed in significant amounts to accelerate chemical reactions without undergoing any physical or chemical alterations. They optimize chemical processes, reducing costs and energy consumption. Additionally, they play a crucial role in producing enhanced oil fractions for the creation of fuels like biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, and propane. These catalysts find application across diverse sectors, including petrochemical production, petroleum refining, polymer processing, environmental protection reactions, and the synthesis of bio-chemicals.

The market for polymers, which includes elastomers, thermosets, and thermoplastics, is extremely fragmented. Over the upcoming years, growth in these specific markets is expected to propel the catalyst industry. The catalyst market is expected to develop at the fastest rate due to the steady increase in demand for polymers across a range of end-use industries, including the automotive, electrical, and electronic industries.

Moreover, the catalyst often sees growth alongside industrialization. As industries expand and diversify, there is a greater demand for catalysts in various processes, such as petrochemical production, refining, and chemical manufacturing. With a global shift towards renewable energy and the development of alternative fuels, catalysts play a crucial role in processes like biofuel production, hydrogen generation, and other sustainable energy initiatives. This increases the demand for the catalyst and shows a significant increase in the catalyst market. Companies are engaging in mergers and partnerships to solidify their market presence.

  • For instance, W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn. Successfully finalized the acquisition of Rive Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of FCC catalysts. This acquisition encompassed all service offerings, personnel, and technological assets, seamlessly integrating them into the business model of W.R. Grace & Co. - Conn. The incorporation of this technology enabled the development of a more customer-centric product range, addressing the increasing catalyst demands in the petrochemical and refining sectors.

Catalyst Market Size

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Furthermore, ongoing research in catalyst biology focuses on understanding and engineering biological catalysts for improved performance and novel applications. This involves exploring new enzymes, pathways, and mechanisms to advance the capabilities of catalysts in biological systems. The demand for specialty chemicals, which often require specific catalysts for their synthesis, contributes to the growth of the catalyst market. This is particularly relevant in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other high-value chemical sectors. The growing awareness and adoption of green chemistry practices drive the demand for environmentally friendly catalysts. These catalysts enable sustainable and eco-friendly manufacturing processes expected the market to growth during the forecast period.

Key Takeaways

  • Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market and contributed to more than 37% of the share in 2023.
  • North America is expected to witness the fastest-growing CAGR during the forecast period.
  • By type category, enzyme segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023.
  • By application category, the petrol and refining segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period.

What are the market drivers driving the demand for Catalyst Market?

Rising industrialization and economic growth

The ongoing industrialization and economic growth in developing regions leads to increased demand for chemicals, petrochemicals, and other products, thereby boosting the need for catalysts in various manufacturing processes. Stringent environmental regulations globally aimed at reducing emissions and promoting cleaner production processes drive the demand for catalysts in applications such as automotive catalytic converters and industrial emission control systems.

Moreover, increasing demand for specialty chemicals in industries such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and electronics contributes to the growth of the catalyst, as these chemicals often require specific catalysts for synthesis. The automotive industry's focus on meeting strict emission standards propels the demand for catalysts in catalytic converters, playing a crucial role in reducing harmful pollutants from vehicle exhaust. Infrastructure development projects, particularly in developing regions, lead to increased demand for construction materials and chemicals, driving the catalyst market in applications such as cement production and construction-related processes. This rising demand for catalysts increases the catalyst market share.


Which factor is restraining the demand for the catalyst?

High cost

The cost associated with certain catalysts, especially those with advanced formulations or unique materials, can be a significant restraining factor, particularly for industries with cost-sensitive processes. Catalysts often rely on specific raw materials, and any fluctuations in the availability or prices of these materials can impact the overall cost and availability of catalysts.

The anticipated fluctuations in the costs of oil and gas are expected to exert an impact on the market throughout the forecast period. Additionally, the continuously evolving and stringent environmental regulations are likely to pose a restraining factor for the catalyst market.

Moreover, a significant challenge confronted by the global market highlights the ongoing necessity for continuous research and development aimed at product enhancement. Market participants consistently prioritize the development of advanced catalysts and innovations to optimize process yields. Consequently, navigating and sustaining competitiveness in the global market stands out as a major challenge faced by catalyst manufacturers.

Report Segmentation

The market is primarily segmented based on product, type, process, application, and region.

By Product

By Type

By Process

By Application

By Region

  • Heterogeneous Catalyst
  • Homogeneous Catalyst
  • Zeolites
  • Linde Type A (LTA)
  • Faujasite (FAU)
  • Mobil Five (MFI)
  • Others
  • Metals
  • Base Metals
  • Precious Metals
  • Chemical Compounds
  • Acids
  • Amines
  • Peroxides
  • Other Chemicals
  • Enzymes
  • Organometallic Materials


  • Recycling
  • Regeneration
  • Rejuvenation
  • Petroleum Refining
    • Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC)
    • Alkylation Catalysts
    • Hydro Processing Catalysts
    • Catalytic Reforming
    • Others
  • Chemical Synthesis
    • Polyolefins
    • Catalytic Oxidation
    • Hydrogenation Catalysts
    • Others
  • Polymer Catalysis
    • Ziegler Natta
    • Reaction Initiator
    • Single Site
    • Others
  • Environmental
    • Light Duty Vehicles
    • Heavy Duty Vehicles
    • Others
  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia. South Korea, Australia)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, South Africa)

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Category Wise Insights

By Type Insights

Based on type analysis, the market is segmented on the basis of zeolites, metals, chemical compounds, enzymes, and organometallic materials. The enzymes segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023; enzymes function as biological catalysts and are commonly used in various industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and biofuel production. Enzymes exhibit high specificity for their target reactions, making them crucial catalysts in various biological processes. Their ability to catalyze specific reactions with precision contributes to their widespread use in industries.

Their versatility and ability to catalyze various reactions make them valuable in different manufacturing processes. Enzymes can enhance the efficiency of chemical processes, due to higher yields and reduced energy consumption. Industries benefit from the improved overall performance and cost-effectiveness associated with enzyme catalysts.

By Application Insights

Based on type analysis, the market has been segmented based on petroleum refining, chemical synthesis, polymer catalysis, and environmental. The petrol and refining segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. Growing global energy consumption and the continued demand for petroleum-based products, including gasoline and diesel, may drive the need for catalysts in the petrol and refining segment.

However, ongoing advancements in refining technologies aimed at improving efficiency, yield, and environmental performance leading to increased adoption of catalysts market in the petrol and refining sectors. As the industry transitions towards biofuels and sustainable technologies, catalysts play a crucial role in refining processes, contributing to the growth of this segment. Economic growth and increased industrialization, especially in emerging markets, often lead to higher demand for refined petroleum products, contributing to the growth of the petrol and refining segment anticipate market growth in the upcoming years.

Catalyst Seg

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest market share in 2023 and is expected to maintain its dominance over the anticipated period due to increasing chemical manufacturing industries. Easy availability and strong distribution channels across the global Asia Pacific region have dominated the market. Moreover, the increasing population and their rising need for petrol, pharmaceuticals, food, and beverages have shown major dominance in the market. Majorly China and India are the major manufacturers and distributors of chemicals and raw materials. The global shift towards cleaner energy sources, including advancements in refining processes for cleaner fuels, may drive the demand for catalysts in the region.

North America

The North American region is expected to witness the fastest-growing CAGR during the projected period. Initiatives aimed at stimulating domestic manufacturing in North America, including the "reshoring" trend, can contribute to increased industrial activity and the use of catalysts in manufacturing processes. Technological advancements in oil and gas exploration, such as hydraulic fracturing, have led to increased oil and gas production, driving demand for catalysts in related refining and processing activities. The growing emphasis on sustainability and environmentally friendly practices in North America fosters the adoption of catalysts that enable cleaner and greener manufacturing processes.

Catalyst Reg

Competitive Landscape

The catalyst market is fragmented and is anticipated to witness competition due to several players' presence. The market for catalysts in petrol refining, and pharmaceutical companies is expected to grow even more as a result of major players in the industry making significant R&D investments to extend their product lines. Important market developments include the introduction of new products, larger-scale mergers and acquisitions, contractual agreements, and cooperation with other companies. Market participants participate in these events to strengthen their positions.

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

  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Arkema
  • Axens
  • Clariant
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Haldor Topsoe A/S
  • Honeywell UOP
  • Johnson Matthey
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Umicore
  • W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn.
  • Zeolyst International

Recent Developments

  • In January 2023, Albemarle Corporation launched Ketjen, a specialized brand providing customized advanced catalyst solutions for the petrochemical, refining, and specialty chemicals industries.
  • In September 2022, BASF SE introduced a revolutionary catalyst innovation known as X3D technology, leveraging the capabilities of 3D printing in manufacturing. This state-of-the-art technology allows for the creation of open-structure catalysts, effectively minimizing pressure drop in the reactor and achieving a significantly high surface area for improved performance.

Report Coverage

The catalyst market report emphasizes key regions across the globe to provide a better understanding of the product to the users. Also, the report provides market insights into recent developments, and trends and analyzes the technologies that are gaining traction around the globe. Furthermore, the report covers an in-depth qualitative analysis of various paradigm shifts associated with the transformation of this technology

The report provides a detailed analysis of the market while focusing on various key aspects such as competitive analysis, products, type, process, application, and futuristic growth opportunities.

Catalyst Market Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market size value in 2024

USD 32.35 billion

Revenue forecast in 2032

USD 50.44 billion


5.7% from 2024 – 2032

Base year


Historical data

2019 – 2022

Forecast period

2024 – 2032

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2024 to 2032

Segments covered

By Product, By Type, By Process, By Application, 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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The Catalyst Market report covering key segments are product, type, process, application, and region.

Catalyst Market Size Worth $50.44 Billion By 2032

Catalyst Market exhibiting the CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period.

Asia Pacific is leading the global market

key driving factors in Catalyst Market are Rising industrialization and economic growth