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Zeolite Molecular Sieve Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Application (Catalysts, Detergents), Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023

  • Report ID: GMI442
  • Published Date: May 2016
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Zeolite Molecular Sieve Market size was over USD 3 billion in 2015 and industry expects consumption at over 2 million tons by 2023 owing to the growing consumer awareness towards hygiene, which has boosted the production of high-quality environment friendly detergents. These products are used in detergents as they act as binders to eliminate calcium and magnesium ions originating from the wash water and to support the washing action of the surfactants.


Global laundry detergent market was valued at over USD 130 billion in 2016 which shows huge opportunities for product demand. In addition, they also find application as catalyst in petroleum production owing to their high absorbency and ability to deodorize liquids like gasoline and oil which may stimulate the zeolite molecular sieve market share.


Zeolite Molecular Sieve Market Outlook

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These products offer superior chemical stability and high adsorption capacity which makes them suitable for their use in petrochemicals, refineries and other oil & gas applications. These are used in the purification, drying of gases and wastewater treatment pertaining to their economic feasibility and ability to produce a drier gas and liquid. Production volume of catalysts for petroleum refining in Japan was valued over 45 thousand tons in 2017. Expansion of oil refining capacities owing to increasing demand for energy resources has increased catalytic cracking activities.


Presence of various chemical compounds, enzymes and other catalyst substitutes is likely to hamper the zeolite molecular sieve market. These products offer high sensitivity to deactivation by steric blockage of heavy secondary products. Moreover, zeolites when used for water treatment must be removed by filtration and coagulation before the water is admitted to the zeolite bed as the turbidity clogs the pores of zeolite bed which makes it inactive. However, superior advantages of zeolites over conventional catalyst owing to their high acid strength and adaptability to various catalysis types shall stimulate the product demand.

Market, By Application

Detergent application is likely to surpass USD 2 billion during the forecast time period pertaining to the increasing demand for eco-friendly alternatives for the synthetic detergents. These products offer effective pollution resistance and provide a suitable substitute to sodium tripolyphosphates which accelerate the growth of unwanted water flora in the sewers as well as hamper the quality of water.

U.S. Zeolite Molecular Sieve Market Share, By Application

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Growing demand for industrial detergents from various end use industries such as buildings & construction pertaining to their economic advantage, high durability & efficiency has shifted inclination towards their use for industrial purpose. Increasing research and development activities towards the production of antimicrobial zeolites shall further augment the zeolite molecular sieve market.

Catalyst application may register gains at around 2% by 2023 owing to the rapid growth in crude oil consumption across several industries which may drive the overall zeolite molecular sieve market growth. These products are used as a catalyst on a large scale in a petroleum industry to manufacture the higher-grade propellants and raw materials for chemical industry. They perform various critical functions such as drying of natural gas, separation of impurities from gas stream and offer superior dispersion ability which reduces the rate of diffusion of gases and liquids.

Regional Insights

North America market share, driven by the U.S. may exceed USD 850 million during the projected timespan owing to the increasing demand for petroleum derivatives in the region and growing government initiatives towards reduction in interest rates has increased inclination of oil & gas producers towards shale gas drilling. Growing demand for crude oil-based products from various end-use industries such as transportation and power have further boosted the oil consumption. Increasing investments in setting up refineries and growing cross pipeline projects shall create various opportunities for the zeolite molecular sieve market.

Europe demand is likely to surpass at over 1.45 billion by 2023 owing to the increasing consumer awareness towards effective wastewater treatment management. Rising urbanization has boosted investments in infrastructure development which has increased concerns towards municipal wastewater management. Presence of heavy metals in wastewater may have potential adverse effects on the environment which in turn has increased the demand for natural zeolites. Stringent regulations towards the treatment of industrial and urban wastewater owing to rising environment concerns may induce the regional growth.

Asia Pacific industry share, led by China and India may register gains at over 2% up to 2023 owing to the rising consumer inclination towards premium quality detergents. Growing awareness towards hygiene to improve quality of life and increasing penetration through various sales channels and online platforms shall further induce product demand. Substantial increase in penetration of washing machines and increasing demand for detergents which offer high germicidal properties are the key driving factors of the market. Rising consumer spending on eco-friendly alternatives of detergents owing to the increasing awareness towards the environmental impact of synthetic detergents shall stimulate the market size.


Competitive Market Share

Global zeolite molecular sieve industry share is moderately concentrated with the key market players including BASF, Tosoh, UOP LLC, Arkema and Interra Global. Manufacturers are engaged in improving their strategic mergers & collaborations and are focused on developing unique innovations to their product portfolio and attract new customers.

Industry Background

It possesses effective adsorption properties and is utilized for drying, separating and purifying a wide variety of feeds. These products are extensively used in the manufacture of catalysts and detergents pertaining to their low cost and ability to remove dirt and pollutants effectively. These products are used as substitutes to synthetic detergents due to the absence of phosphates and are also used in the treatment of wastewater chemicals owing to their minimal environmental impact.

Molecular sieve market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilo tons & revenue in USD billion from 2016 to 2023, for the following segments:

By Application

  • Catalyst
  • Detergent
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
  • Europe
    • Turkey
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America (LATAM)
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Qatar
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Zeolite molecular sieves are used across industries where highly efficient adsorbents are required for separation process in gas or liquid phase and are widely utilized across detergent and catalyst applications.

Global zeolite molecular sieve market size was USD 3 billion 2015 and is expected to register around 2 million tons consumption by 2023 with increased production of detergents and the demand for catalysts.

Zeolite molecular sieve industry share from detergents application is expected to surpass USD 2 billion by 2023 with higher demand for eco-friendlier alternatives of synthetic detergent products.

It is expected that the value of North America zeolite molecular sieve market will go beyond USD 850 million by 2023 as investments in refineries and cross-pipeline projects grow across the region.

Arkema, BASF, UOP LLC, Interra Global and Tosoh are among the leading companies in global zeolite molecular sieve industry.

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  • Base Year: 2015
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 82
  • Countries covered: 9
  • Pages: 110

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