South America Refining Catalysts Market - Segmented by Type, Ingredient, and Geography - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The South America refining catalysts market is estimated at USD 251.11 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 279.98 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 2.2% during the forecast period, 2018 to 2023, majorly driven by the accelerating demand for higher octane fuels. Refining catalysts accelerate the rate of a chemical reaction without undergoing any permanent chemical change. They are primarily used by petroleum refineries to improve the output quantity by enhancing the operational efficiency during the petroleum refining process. These catalysts play a vital role in meeting the fuel standards, emission standards, and improving selectivity and conversion.
Accelerating Demand for Higher Octane Fuels Driving the Market
The growth in the global automotive production and rising demand for lightweight vehicles and high-performance cars have led to an increasing demand for higher octane fuels. Higher octane fuels lead to less knocking in automotive vehicles. This has led automakers to increasingly adopt turbocharging and other engine technologies to improve power and fuel efficiency. Thus, premium fuel has historically been required in performance and luxury vehicles that maximize power and torque.
Hydrocracking Catalysts to Grow Rapidly
Hydrocracking catalysts are expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 3.56% during the forecast period. Hydrocracker units play a key role in obtaining various distillate cuts. The heavy feed or residue from units such as atmospheric/ vacuum distillation units, decoking unit, visbreaker unit, and in some instances, from catalytic cracking unit is fed as feed to the hydrocracking unit. Hydrocracker unit upgrades the feed injected by cracking the feed at high temperatures in the presence of hydrogen and catalyst to produce distillate cuts such as jet fuel, diesel, and kerosene. Hydrocracking also reduces the sulfur content of the feed while processing, thus making the product viable for use in different countries. Increasing demand for jet fuel and diesel in the aerospace and automotive markets is likely to boost the demand for hydrocracking catalysts at a significant rate during the forecast period.
Brazil Dominating the Refining Catalysts Market
Brazil's refinery capacity is about 2,289 thousand barrels per day, which constitutes 2.3% of the world’s refining capacity. Brazil has total 17 oil refineries, out of which, Petrobras is managing 14 refineries. Despite the recession, domestic prices of gasoline and diesel in Brazil remained above the global market prices. The refinery projects have been put on hold in the country, which, in turn, increases the imports of petroleum products in the coming years. This is expected to affect the refining catalyst market over the forecast period.
October 2017: W. R. Grace & Co. will increase the price of its Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) catalysts by 3-9%, depending on the product type and specific customer contract terms and commitments, effective January 1, 2018.
Major Players: Albemarle, BASF, Honeywell and Evonik amongst others.
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