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Polyolefin (PO) Catalysts & Processes: Technological and Commercial Impacts on PE and PP, 2015-2025

If you are interested in receiving the TCGR presentation on Polyolefins
made at “Advances in Polyolefins XI” (Santa Rosa, CA; Sept. 25-28, 2017)
please contact John J. Murphy at 215.628.4447 or email John.J.Murphy@catalystgrp.com

New Select-Client Study from TCGR

“Polyolefin (PO) Catalysts & Processes: Technological and Commercial Impacts on PE and PP, 2015-2025”

In response to numerous client requests, TCGR just completed a “select-client” study to address the increasingly important factors affecting the outlook for polyolefins. It is focused on the technological and application/market development issues of greatest interest to industry participants, including resin producers, catalyst/co-catalyst suppliers and process technology licensors. It is an assessment of R&D/technological planning, new performance/grades, application/market targeting, and the intellectual property (IP) situation, etc. The study is entitled “Polyolefin (PO) Catalysts & Processes: Technological and Commercial Impacts on PE and PP, 2015-2025” and the PDF of the presentation can be downloaded via the link below.

TCGR completed this assessment for a group of industry participants, “charter” subscribers, who helped to shape the final scope/TofC. A reflection of highlights include:

  • The imbalance between regional resin consumption vs. production growth emphasizes feedstock advantages (e.g., for North American-based producers) but also points out remaining deficiencies in technology capabilities for value-added/specialty grades, notably in China
  • Process advances targeted towards improved production efficiencies (e.g., reactor onstream time, energy and/or feedstock utilization, etc.) as well multi-modal and/or broad molecular weight distribution (MWD) resins with specific co-monomer incorporation are critical to success; the efforts by LyondellBasell on Hyperzone technology are linking the advanced process with application-specific grades.
  • Catalyst and co-catalyst systems remain at the heart of competitive resin product offerings and recent progress reflects activities in Ziegler-Natta and metallocene/single-site (SSCs), including replacement of Cr-based systems; progress towards non-phthalate donors in Z-N systems, addressing REACH concerns, continues apace.
  • From a strategic perspective, the linkage between catalyst development and resin performance requirements remains critical; any disconnect between them (which can arise in 3rd party supply arrangements) can adversely affect access to novel high-growth applications and, therefore, product price premiums.

Highlights: Polyolefin Catalysts – Market Size and Growth

TCGR, 2017

Additional study details include:

  • Objective: Looking through 2025, TCGR considered commercial and technological developments that provide report subscribers with expert information for future business planning. By focusing on emerging technologies, TCGR detailed how changes occurring now and scheduled to occur will impact the industry of tomorrow.
  • Scope: PP & PE – recent catalyst, process technology, and application changes and their impact on production and application developments; see revised/expanded Table of Contents (in the PDF download via the link below), which includes feedback from “charter” subscribers.
  • Methodology: TCGR has augmented its in-house expertise with polyolefin experts that have >30 years’ industry experience (a mixture of commercial and technical) in completing this study. TCGR also utilized publicly available and in-house information to complete the deliverables as well as patent searches, technical literature reviews, and in-field interviews with catalyst manufacturers and process licensors.
  • Deliverables: The report was delivered in May 2017 in PowerPoint format and consisted of >125 slides structured according to the outline/TofC.

Additional information, including the complete study presentation, the expanded/refined Table of Contents (reflecting inputs from the “charter” subscribers) and the Order Form, can be downloaded via the link below. For additional study details or to subscribe, please contact John J. Murphy at +1.215.628.4447 or John.J.Murphy@catalystgrp.com.


As it does in each of its industrially-focused select-client studies, TCGR has sought input from “charter” subscribers to help shape the report’s final scope/ToC so that it covers and emphasizes the most pertinent content due to the breadth of potential topics of interest, including nominations for “case study” coverage (as represented in Section VI of the study’s Table of Contents).

The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a member of The Catalyst Group, is dedicated to monitoring and analyzing technical and commercial developments in catalysis as they apply to the global refining, petrochemical, fine/specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer/elastomer and environmental industries.