Catalyst numbers steady; M&A activity hot

Even with the exit of some companies and merger of others, the total number of refining catalysts has stayed about the same since OGJ's 1997 refining about catalyst survey.There are about 825 different catalysts listed in the survey, compared to about 790 in 1997's survey. There were 31 companies in 1997 and 27 companies today.Some products were merely reallocated from one company to another as a result of acquisitions. Many suppliers expanded their catalyst slate, which more than made up for the number of catalysts that were retired.Different from the last report, combustion promoters and sulfur oxide-reduction catalyst categories are combined under one category in this survey. T...

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