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Global Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market - Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031

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Global Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market - Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031

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Global Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market - Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031

Market Size in USD Billion

CAGR :  % Diagram

Diagram Forecast Period 2023–2031
Diagram Market Size (Base Year) USD 2.88 USD Billion
Diagram Market Size (Forecast Year) USD 4.00 USD Billion
Diagram CAGR %

Major Markets Players

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Global fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market, By Catalyst Type (Zeolite-based Catalyst, Metal-based Catalyst, and Additive-based Catalyst), Process (Gasoline Sulfur Reduction, Maximum Light Olefins, Maximum Middle Distillates, Maximum Bottoms Conversion, Low Coke Production, and Others), Application (Vacuum Gas Oil, Residue, and Others), End-Users (Refineries, Petrochemicals, and Others) - Industry Trends and Forecast to 2031.

Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market

Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market Analysis and Size

The fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market is a vital segment within the petroleum refining industry, driven by the increasing demand for cleaner-burning fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. Key factors such as rising energy consumption, stringent environmental regulations, and advancements in catalyst technology shape the dynamics of this market, with leading manufacturers continually innovating to improve catalyst performance and meet evolving industry needs. The FCC catalyst market is characterized by intense competition, strategic collaborations, and investments in research and development to enhance process efficiency and product quality.

Data Bridge Market Research analyses that the fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market which was USD 2.88 billion in 2023, would rocket up to USD 4.00 billion by 2031, and is expected to undergo a CAGR of 4.2% during the forecast period of 2024 to 2031. “Zeolite-based catalyst” dominates the catalyst type segment of the fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market due to the zeolite is the key component that is more active and selective for high-octane number gasoline productions. Zeolite acts as a solid acid catalyst to convert crude oil into a more valuable product, such as gasoline and olefin.

In addition to the insights on market scenarios such as market value, growth rate, segmentation, geographical coverage, and major players, the market reports curated by the Data Bridge Market Research also include in-depth expert analysis, geographically represented company-wise production and capacity, network layouts of distributors and partners, detailed and updated price trend analysis and deficit analysis of supply chain and demand.

 Report Scope and Market Segmentation

Report Metric

Details

Forecast Period

2024 to 2031

Base Year

2023

Historic Years

2022 (Customizable to 2016-2021)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Million, Volumes in Units, Pricing in USD

Segments Covered

Catalyst Type (Zeolite-based Catalyst, Metal-based Catalyst), Process (Gasoline Sulfur Reduction, Maximum Light Olefins, Maximum Middle Distillates, Maximum Bottoms Conversion, Low Coke Production, and Others), Application (Vacuum Gas Oil, Residue, and Others)

Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Belgium, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Switzerland, Rest of Europe, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, Israel, and Rest of Middle East and Africa

Market Players Covered

Albemarle Corporation (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), CLARIANT (Switzerland), Chevron Corporation (U.S.), Exxon Mobil Corporation (U.S.), W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn (U.S.), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), Johnson Matthey (U.K.), KBR Inc. (U.S.), LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. (U.S.), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (China), Axens (France), DORF KETAL CHEMICALS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED (India), Topsoe A/S (Denmark), Shell (Netherlands), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), WISON (China), Zeolyst International (U.S.), JGC HOLDINGS CORPORATION (Japan), Rezel Catalysts Corporation (China), Antenchem (China), and SINOCATA (China)

Market Opportunities

  • Shift towards development of renewable and bio-based feedstocks
  • Ongoing research and development efforts in catalyst technology

Market Definition

Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst is a specialized material used in petroleum refineries' fluidized catalytic cracking process. It catalyzes to convert heavy hydrocarbons into lighter, more valuable products such as gasoline, diesel, and olefins. The FCC catalyst typically comprises active components, such as zeolites or metals, supported on a porous matrix, providing catalytic sites for cracking reactions. This catalyst is crucial in enhancing process efficiency, maximizing product yields, and meeting stringent quality specifications for refined petroleum products. In addition, continuous advancements in FCC catalyst technology aim to improve catalyst performance, increase operational flexibility, and address environmental and regulatory challenges in the refining industry.

Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market Dynamics

Drivers

  • Increasing Demand for Refined Petroleum Products

This increasing demand for refined petroleum products is fuelled by rapid urbanization, industrialization, and transportation needs across the globe, particularly in emerging economies experiencing robust economic growth. As populations grow and living standards improve, there is a rising reliance on automobiles, aviation, and other forms of transportation, leading to heightened consumption of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products.

The developing petrochemical sector contributes to the increasing need for refined petroleum products, which are used to make plastics, chemicals, and other vital materials. This trend is further amplified by increasing disposable incomes and changing consumer preferences, driving demand for a wide range of petrochemical-derived products used in everyday life. As a result, refineries worldwide are under pressure to increase production capacities and optimize processes, creating a sustained demand for FCC catalysts to facilitate the efficient conversion of heavy hydrocarbons into valuable refined products.

  • Stringent Environmental Regulations Aimed at Reducing Sulfur Content

Governments worldwide are imposing increasingly strict regulations to reduce sulfur content and emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) from transportation fuels. These regulations, driven by environmental concerns and public health considerations, compel refineries to invest in advanced FCC catalysts to achieve compliance and meet emission standards.

Furthermore, implementing emission regulations presents opportunities for FCC catalyst manufacturers to innovate and develop catalyst formulations that enable refineries to produce cleaner-burning fuels with reduced environmental impact. There is a growing need for FCC catalysts that are more efficient in sulfur removal, NOx reduction, and particle control, allowing producers to capitalise on the expanding market demand for environmentally friendly solutions, as regulatory authorities tighten emission requirements.

Opportunities

  • Shift Towards the Development of Renewable and Bio-Based Feedstocks

There is a growing interest in utilizing biomass-derived feedstocks, such as bio-oils and pyrolysis oils, as alternatives to traditional fossil fuels, with increasing emphasis on sustainability and renewable resources. This trend allows FCC catalyst manufacturers to innovate and develop specialized catalyst formulations tailored for biomass conversion, enabling refineries to produce biofuels and bio-based chemicals while reducing their carbon footprint.

Moreover, advancements in bio-based feedstock technology open avenues for collaboration and strategic partnerships between FCC catalyst manufacturers and bioenergy companies. By leveraging their expertise in catalyst development and process optimization, manufacturers can collaborate with bioenergy firms to tailor FCC catalysts for specific feedstock compositions and processing conditions, thereby maximizing product yields and enhancing the efficiency of biofuel production processes. This collaboration-driven approach enables FCC catalyst manufacturers to tap into the growing bioenergy market and diversify their product offerings to meet evolving industry needs.

  • Ongoing Research and Development Efforts in Catalyst Technology

Ongoing research and development efforts are driving innovations in catalyst formulation, process optimization, and manufacturing techniques, enabling the creation of advanced catalysts with improved performance characteristics. These developments enable FCC catalyst producers to create next-generation catalysts with better conversion rates, greater selectivity, and increased stability. They provide refineries with cost-effective solutions to optimize their operations and maximize product yields.

Furthermore, technological advancements in catalyst characterization, modeling, and simulation tools empower manufacturers to gain deeper insights into catalyst behavior and performance under various operating conditions. This enhanced understanding facilitates the design of tailored catalyst formulations optimized for specific refinery configurations and feedstock compositions, offering refineries greater flexibility and efficiency in their operations. FCC catalyst producers may capitalize on developing market trends, distinguish their services, and maintain a competitive advantage in the volatile refining industry, by being on the cutting edge of technical innovation.

Restraints/Challenges

  • Fluctuations in Crude Oil Prices Impact Refining Margins and Investment Decisions

Fluctuations in crude oil prices can directly impact refining margins and investment decisions, influencing the demand for FCC catalysts and the pace of refinery expansion or upgrade projects. Rapid and unpredictable changes in crude oil prices make it difficult for refineries to forecast operational costs accurately, leading to uncertainties in budgeting and resource allocation for catalyst procurement and plant maintenance.

Moreover, crude oil price volatility can affect refineries' profitability, potentially reducing their appetite for capital investments in FCC catalysts and other process optimization initiatives. Refineries may be cautious in committing to long-term contracts or major capital expenditures on FCC catalysts, opting to prioritize cost containment and operational efficiency in response to market uncertainties. As a result, FCC catalyst manufacturers may face challenges in maintaining stable revenues and profitability amid fluctuating market conditions, necessitating agile strategies to adapt to changing market dynamics and mitigate risks associated with crude oil price volatility.

  • Concerns about the Lifespan of FCC Catalyst

Catalyst deactivation, attributed to coke deposition, metal contamination, and catalyst poisoning, can significantly impact the efficiency and longevity of FCC catalysts, necessitating more frequent catalyst replacement or regeneration cycles. These issues are increases operating costs for refineries and also poses logistical challenges in managing catalyst inventory and disposal.

Furthermore, the declining effectiveness of FCC catalysts over time may hinder refineries' ability to maintain optimal production levels and meet quality specifications for refined petroleum products. The need for more frequent catalyst regeneration or replacement cycles can disrupt refinery operations and result in downtime, affecting overall plant efficiency and profitability. To address concerns regarding the lifespan of FCC catalysts, continual research and development activities are required to improve catalytic stability, reduce deactivation processes, and extend catalyst life, assuring continued performance and market competitiveness.

This fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market report provides details of new recent developments, trade regulations, import-export analysis, production analysis, value chain optimization, market share, the impact of domestic and localized market players, analyses opportunities in terms of emerging revenue pockets, changes in market regulations, strategic market growth analysis, market size, category market growths, application niches and dominance, product approvals, product launches, geographic expansions, technological innovations in the market. To gain more info on the fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market contact Data Bridge Market Research for an Analyst Brief, our team will help you make an informed market decision to achieve market growth.

Recent Development

  • In October 2023, W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn announced its latest innovation in a long line of breakthroughs in catalyst technology PARAGON FCC catalyst for helping refiners produce transportation fuels and lower their carbon footprint. It incorporates a novel, rare earth-based, Vanadium (V) trap into high matrix surface area catalyst solutions for the FCC unit. With PARAGON technology, refiners can widen their FCC operating window and increase flexibility to process a range of feedstocks for greater profitability
  • In March 2022, BASF SE launched Fourtitude, a new Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalyst designed to maximize butylenes from resid feedstocks. Fourtitude, the latest product based on BASF’s award-winning multiple framework topology (MFT) technology, is optimized to deliver superior selectivity to butylenes while maintaining catalyst activity

Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market Scope

The fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market is segmented on the basis of catalyst type, process, application, and end-users. The growth amongst these segments will help you analyze meagre growth segments in the industries and provide the users with a valuable market overview and market insights to help them make strategic decisions for identifying core market applications.

Catalyst Type

  • Zeolite-based Catalyst
  • Metal-based Catalyst

Process

  • Gasoline Sulfur Reduction
  • Maximum Light Olefins
  • Maximum Middle Distillates
  • Maximum Bottoms Conversion
  • Low Coke Production
  • Others

Application

  • Vacuum Gas Oil
  • Residue
  • Others

Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market Regional Analysis/Insights

The fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market is analysed and market size insights and trends are provided by catalyst type, process, application, and end-users are referenced above. The countries covered in the fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market report are U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Belgium, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Switzerland, Rest of Europe, Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Africa, Israel, and Rest of Middle East and Africa.

Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market and will continue to flourish its dominance due to the rapid growth in oil refining plants in the region. Asia-Pacific will continue to project the highest growth rate in the forecast period of 2024 to 2031 due to the increasing fuel consumption in developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia, among others.  

The country section of the report also provides individual market impacting factors and changes in regulation in the market domestically that impact the current and future trends of the market. Data points like down-stream and upstream value chain analysis, technical trends, and porter's five forces analysis, case studies are some of the pointers used to forecast the market scenario for individual countries. Also, the presence and availability of Global brands and their challenges faced due to large or scarce competition from local and domestic brands, the impact of domestic tariffs, and trade routes are considered while providing forecast analysis of the country data.   

Competitive Landscape and Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Catalyst Market Share Analysis

The fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market competitive landscape provides details by competitors. details included are company overview, company financials, revenue generated, market potential, investment in research and development, new market initiatives, Global presence, production sites and facilities, production capacities, company strengths and weaknesses, product launch, product width, and breadth, application dominance. The above data points provided are only related to the companies' focus related to the market.

Some of the major players operating in the market are:

  • Albemarle Corporation (U.S.)
  • BASF SE (Germany)
  • CLARIANT (Switzerland)
  • Chevron Corporation (U.S.)
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation (U.S.)
  • W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn (U.S.)
  • Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.)
  • Johnson Matthey (U.K.)
  • KBR Inc. (U.S.)
  • LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. (U.S.)
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (China)
  • Axens (France)
  • DORF KETAL CHEMICALS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED (India)
  • Topsoe A/S (Denmark)
  • Shell (Netherlands)
  • SABIC (Saudi Arabia)
  • WISON (China)
  • Zeolyst International (U.S.)
  • JGC HOLDINGS CORPORATION (Japan)
  • Rezel Catalysts Corporation (China)
  • Antenchem (China)
  • SINOCATA (China)


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Major companies in the fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst market are Albemarle Corporation (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), CLARIANT (Switzerland), Chevron Corporation (U.S.), Exxon Mobil Corporation (U.S.), W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn (U.S.), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), Johnson Matthey (U.K.), KBR Inc. (U.S.), LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. (U.S.), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (China), Axens (France), DORF KETAL CHEMICALS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED (India), Topsoe A/S (Denmark), Shell (Netherlands), SABIC (Saudi Arabia), WISON (China), Zeolyst International (U.S.), JGC HOLDINGS CORPORATION (Japan), Rezel Catalysts Corporation (China), Antenchem (China), and SINOCATA (China).
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