Look Towards A New Future

Mar 6, 2012

Global Markets for Catalyst Regeneration

This BCC Research study is a follow-up to a previous BCC report published in 2006 focusing on the Catalyst Regeneration side of the supply chain.  Global value demand for Catalysts (both fresh and regenerated) will grow 4.8% yearly from the current value of $19.7 billion to $26.1 billion through 2016.  This is based on the pressure to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing processes, produce more multifunctional products using less energy, a shift toward higher-value Catalyst materials and a reflection of the rising costs of metal actives.

Energy Catalysts will see the most growth, while environmental applications will reap the benefits of the drive toward greener and cleaner processes and a reduction in the amount of waste handled and spent Catalyst material sent to landfill.  Polymerization Catalysts will also experience growth as a result of the advancements made in the Catalyst technology leading to the production of newer and improved performance polymers.

This study looks at the Catalyst Regeneration business and touches upon the recycle and reuse of spent Catalyst material.  It presents historical demand data for 2005 and 2010, estimates for 2011 and projects forwards to 2016.  It reviews the main Regeneration Markets of refineries, chemical applications and flue/waste treatment systems.  It reports on Market sectors, reviews latest technology developments, provides a regional perspective and explains the options for handling spent Catalyst.

Catalyst Regeneration Market

Published: February 2012
No. of Pages:532
Price: Single User License: US$ 4850                Corporate User License: US$ 8500

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Since the last review of this Market, the world economy has suffered one of the worst financial meltdowns ever experienced.  Developed world economies stalled and contracted, while growth in developing nations slowed but continued to demand raw material to meet their growth strategies.  Both fresh and regenerated Catalysts have an important role to play as economies recover with Regeneration activities benefiting from tightened operation costs as owners look to ride out the recession.

As a result of the tougher legislation and the need for refineries to meet the new fuel legislation, growth in fresh Catalyst demand is predicted to be higher than Regeneration in value terms with a CAGR of 5.0% forecast from 2011 to 2016 compared to Regeneration at 3.8% over the same period.

Recycle and reuse of spent Catalyst material will continue and will remain the largest outlet for this type of material; however, Regeneration activities will continue to prosper at refineries and from the growing usage of selective Catalyst Regeneration units to control and reduce the harmful emissions from flue gas exhaust, especially those of coal-fired power plants.

Rising raw material costs will favor the economics of Regeneration over landfill, meaning that it will gain Market share in volume terms but value-wise it will hold steady as fresh Catalyst is expected to rise faster in price due to the newer and higher performing Catalysts that carry a premium price.

The use of more renewable feedstock and so-called dirtier feedstock (e.g., low-grade coal or heavy oil) will impact the Regeneration Market, as Regeneration is usually only successful on spent material that has been used in streams with very little impurities rather than streams that contain Catalyst poisons that could and would permanently damage and deactivate Catalyst-active sites.  Unlike the SCR segment where active metals are reimpregnated as part of the Regeneration process, in the refinery segment the Catalysts are cleaned up and transformed back to oxides ready for presulfiding within the reactor before recommencing operations.

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