Emission Control Catalyst Market Landscape Overview and Regional Analysis by 2024

Industry Insights
Global Emission Control Catalyst Market size was 1,978 kilo tons in 2015. Rising awareness towards reduction of carbon footprints along with stringent norms implemented by government towards reduction of harmful pollutants from industries and automotive combustion will create substantial demand for these catalyst in the near future. Emission control catalyst are designed to breakdown harmful particles which are generated inside exhaust system of automotive engines and industrial machinery.

Background MI

Rising number of installation of catalytic converter by major automotive players including BMW, General Motors, Volkswagen and Ford Motors will create immense market potential over the forecast period. Increasing automobile production in developing countries including China, India, Mexico and Iran will increase the product demand over the next eight years. Presence of strict regulation norms regarding emissions in various developed countries including the U.S., and UK is expected to fuel product demand over the forecast period.

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High dependence on temperature fluctuation for the product performance is expected to pose a challenge to the market growth over the forecast period. Volatility in platinum based catalyst prices owing to unavailability of noble metals is anticipated to hinder industry expansion over the upcoming years. Increasing investments in platinum-rhodium-palladium based manufacturing facilities by key players including BASF and Johnson Matthey will open new market avenues over the upcoming years.

Application Insights
Automotive was the dominant segment and accounted for 83.5% of the total volume in 2015. National Ambient Air Quality Standard in the U.S. and Bharat Stage Emission standard in India regarding emission control will increase demand for automotive and industrial emission control catalytic converter in the near future.

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Industrial application is expected to show high gains at a CAGR of 4.7% in terms of volume from 2016 to 2024.Increasing industrial investment in manufacturing sector in various countries including India, China, Mexico and Thailand will augment industry size over the forecast period.

Product Insights
Rhodium based catalyst demand was 828.2 kilo tons in 2015. Demand for the product is expected to spur over the upcoming coming eight years owing to its ability to remove nitrous oxide from exhaust emission by three way catalytic converters in automotive engines. High cost of Rhodium as compared to other emission control catalyst is expected to lower its growth over the next eight years. Palladium is expected to show tremendous rise at a CAGR of 4.7%from 2016 to 2024.

Palladium based products are growing significantly on account of its availability at low price and easy blending characteristics with platinum and rhodium. Platinum based catalyst accounted for 32.2% of total overall volume in 2015 and is anticipated to witness growth on account of its high usage in catalytic converter of gasoline engines. Platinum is prominently used in diesel vehicle as it is having duel characteristic of oxidation and reducing agent which in turn lowers Sulphur emission. High price of platinum and its sensitivity towards high temperature is expected to have adverse impact on its market demand.

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Regional Insights
Asia Pacific was the largest market and accounted for 32.9% of the overall volume in 2015. Large vehicle manufacturing base in India, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and China owing to increasing population will augment market growth. Availability of cheap raw material in countries including China and India is expected to fuel investment in these countries. Growing number of power plants and diesel engines in various countries including India and China is expected to promote industry expansion over the upcoming years.

Europe is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2016 to 2024. Europe has established itself as a lucrative market for emission control catalyst. Fully developed industrialization has been a major driver. In order to reduce emission of carbon gas in over 11,000 power stations and manufacturing units in 31 countries of the region, European Commission has implemented the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) in the year 2005, which in turn will create growth opportunities.

Competitive Insights
Major manufacturers include BASF, Johnson Matthey, Solvay S.A., Umicore SA and Corning Incorporated. Fully developed R&D centers along with easy access to equipment in U.S., U.K. and Germany have led manufacturers to establish their manufacturing facilities in these countries, thereby capturing market share. As a part of business strategy, in March 2017, BASF launched mobile emission control catalyst manufacturing facility in Chennai(India) in order to meet the increasing demand for automobiles in India.

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