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The Catalytic Process Industries in China

New Multi-Client Study Series

TCGR, with Partner CNCIC, Have Updated Groundbreaking 2005 Study Series

The Catalytic Process Industries in China: Markets, Technologies & Strategic Implications – Update 2013

Industrially, China continues its rapid transformation from a government regulated and managed system into a market-driven economy. These changes are occurring at the same time it is experiencing substantial fluctuations in GDP growth! Such volatility adds enormous complexity into the country’s indigenous catalytic process industries in refining, petrochemical/chemical, polymerization and environmental catalysis, all of which need to keep pace in technological evaluation and production capacity. Over the next decade, this spells “opportunity” for global as well as indigenous suppliers if they can understand and take advantage of the industrial dynamics in their respective industries. Already, foreign investment capital in the range of $100 billion is being deployed by the majors, including Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, BASF, Clariant/Süd-Chemie, Albemarle, W.R. Grace, etc. Concurrently, the demand and sophistication levels of the Chinese majors are also rapidly growing the industrial consumption of catalysts. While initial demand for new supply has traditionally been served via Western catalyst imports, increasingly they are being replaced by domestically produced product.

Originally published in 2005 by The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), “The Catalytic Process Industries in China: Markets, Technologies & Strategic Implications” multi-client study series was groundbreaking, with historic, interesting and useful insights. The series consisted of four (4) “stand alone”, but integrated reports on the Chinese market, each dedicated to a major catalytic process area:

  1. Refining
  2. Petrochemical / Chemical
  3. Polymerization
  4. Environmental (mobile and stationary)

Each provided analysis of the market size, growth factors, trade issues, pricing factors and R&D efforts of an increasingly important industry. Strategies and recommendations were provided in order for Western and other Asian companies to evaluate opportunities and begin (or enhance) participation.

Due to the 7-8 years that have passed, the catalytic process industries in China needed to be reanalyzed and segment reports updated in light of sector changes in technology, supply, security and political/regional influences. Due to the important changes which have occurred, TCGR along with its partner the China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC) have completed a four volume “Update 2013” (one for each segment of the catalytic process industries in China) that compares and contrasts important changes to the landscape, the economics and the industry implications based on societal change and technology advances that have taken place over the last 7-8 years. This study has global strategic, commercial and technological uses and provide a serious guide for industry executives.

As in its original 2005 study, “The Catalytic Process Industries in China: Markets, Technologies & Strategic Implications – Update 2013” was produced by the combined efforts of two well-known and well-respected sources: The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) and the China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC), a Chinese government affiliated statistical bureau. These two organizations formalized their relationship via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in September 2011 and this study demonstrates the strength and value of their combined efforts. The TCGR/CNCIC “team” worked inside China and gather locally (on the ground) information on the supply/demand, producers and discusses the structure and changes (trends) expected over the next 5-10 years. Secondly, TCGR/CNCIC documented the supply chain by process. In addition to the statistical information, TCGR/CNCIC provide local and outside interpretation of the business in catalysts (as an industry) and how the end-users are driving change.

As an added benefit, “charter” members (those who subscribed by November 14th,2012) had the opportunity to work with TCGR and CNCIC in defining the scope of the report by delineating areas of particular interest for inclusion in the assessment.

Those interested in further details are requested to contact TCGR’s John J. Murphy at +1.215.628.4447; John.J.Murphy@catalystgrp.com or CNCIC’s Ms. Pearl Ma at +86.10.6444.4034; majw@cncic.gov.cn.

Additional information on the study, including a complete presentation and actual Table of Contents from each of the four segment reports, can be downloaded below.