Global Catalyst Market size was valued at USD 37.2 Billion in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 45.8 Billion by 2033, at a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period 2024 – 2033.

Catalyst Market: Overview

A catalyst is a material that accelerates a chemical reaction without being consumed or irreversibly altered in the process. Catalysts function by offering an alternate reaction route that uses less energy to begin the transformation of reactant molecules into products. This enables the response to happen more quickly and efficiently. Catalysts can be homogeneous (in the same phase as the reactants) or heterogeneous.

Several key trends are shaping the global catalyst market such as the growing emphasis on sustainability is driving the need for a catalyst market which allows cleaner and more efficient chemical processes, notably in sectors such as refining and petrochemicals.

Advances in materials science and biotechnology have also fueled a move towards innovative catalyst materials and technologies, such as nanocatalysts and biocatalysts. Moreover, the increased use of alternative sources of energy has prompted the creation of catalysts for biomass conversion and hydrogen generation.

A further significant advance is the application of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve catalyst design and performance. In general, these trends indicate that the market is becoming more focused on sustainability, creativity, and efficiency in addressing the different demands of sectors throughout the globe.

By raw material, the chemical compounds segment held the highest market share in 2023 and is expected to keep its dominance during the forecast period 2024-2033. Chemical compounds dominate the catalyst industry since they are required for catalytic processes. Catalysts assist chemical reactions by decreasing activation energy, boosting reaction rates, and allowing raw materials to be transformed into useful products in a variety of manufacturing procedures.

By application, the petroleum refining segment held the highest market share in 2023 and is expected to keep its dominance during the forecast period 2024-2033. The catalyst market is driven by petroleum refining, which uses catalysts extensively in refining processes that involve catalytic cracking, hydro processing, and reforming. Catalysts improve efficiency, production, and quality of goods, which makes them vital in petroleum refining processes.

Asia-Pacific dominates the catalyst market owing to fast industrialization, numerous natural resources, strict environmental laws, and a thriving automobile sector. These variables contribute to higher demand for catalysts in industries that include petrochemicals, refining, and pollution control.

Albemarle Corporation is a leading American specialty chemical manufacturer headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It operates the business under three divisions: lithium ions, bromine speciality, and catalysts. As of 2020, Albemarle was the world’s top producer of lithium for electric car batteries.

Report Scope

Feature of the ReportDetails
Market Size in 2024USD 37.2 Billion
Projected Market Size in 2033USD 45.8 Billion
Market Size in 2023USD 35.5 Billion
CAGR Growth Rate4.9% CAGR
Base Year2023
Forecast Period2024-2033
Key SegmentBy Raw Material, Application and Region
Report CoverageRevenue Estimation and Forecast, Company Profile, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Recent Trends
Regional ScopeNorth America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South & Central America
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CMI has comprehensively analyzed the Global Catalyst market. The driving forces, restraints, challenges, opportunities, and key trends have been explained in depth to depict in depth scenario of the market. Segment wise market size and market share during the forecast period are duly addressed to portray the probable picture of this Global Catalyst industry.

The competitive landscape includes key innovators, after market service providers, market giants as well as niche players are studied and analyzed extensively concerning their strengths, weaknesses as well as value addition prospects. In addition, this report covers key players profiling, market shares, mergers and acquisitions, consequent market fragmentation, new trends and dynamics in partnerships.

Global Catalyst Market 2024–2033 (By Billion)

List of the prominent players in the Catalyst Market:

  • Johnson Matthey plc
  • Clariant AG
  • Dow Inc.
  • Albemarle Corporation
  • R. Grace & Co.
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Haldor Topsoe A/S
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Shell Global Solutions International B.V.
  • Sinopec Corp.
  • Axens SA
  • Zeolyst International
  • Croda International Plc
  • Solvay S.A.
  • INEOS Group Holdings S.A.
  • Lanxess AG
  • Arkema S.A.
  • Others

The Catalyst Market is segmented as follows:

By Raw Material

  • Chemical Compounds
  • Metals
  • Zeolites
  • Others

By Application

  • Petroleum Refining
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Polymer Catalysis
  • Environmental

Regional Coverage:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Rest of North America


  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

The Middle East & Africa

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Egypt
  • Kuwait
  • South Africa
  • Rest of the Middle East & Africa

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of Latin America