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Phase-transfer Catalyst Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Ammonium Salts, Potassium Salts), By End-use (Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Chemical), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-147-6
  • Number of Pages: 150
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Phase-transfer Catalyst Market Size & Trends

The global phase-transfer catalyst market size was estimated at USD 1.14 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.0% from 2023 to 2030. This is attributed to the application of phase transfer catalysts in organic synthesis which makes them a key component in the chemical, pharmaceuticals, polymer, agrochemical, food, and cosmetics industries. The chemical industry is experiencing a growing demand for phase transfer catalysts (PTCs), primarily because they play a crucial role in cost reduction and advancing new processes within the industry. PTCs serve to enhance the speed of chemical reactions while creating gentler conditions, thereby boosting flexibility and process reliability. Moreover, they enable the utilization of sodium hydroxide as a safer and more cost-effective base, compared to the riskier and pricier organic bases like sodium methoxide. This not only cuts down on production expenses but also elevates safety standards in the workplace.

U.S. Phase-transfer Catalyst market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The pharmaceutical industry is a key end-user of phase transfer catalysts in facilitating reactions for the synthesis of pharma ingredients and intermediates. PTCs are used in several types of reactions in the pharma industry such as alkylation, nucleophilic substitution, esterification and amidation, Hofmann elimination, asymmetric synthesis, and microwave-assisted reaction. The primary catalysts used in pharma industries include crown ethers, quaternary ammonium salts, sulfonium salts, and phosphine oxides depending upon the solvents and reactants involved in the pharmaceutical synthesis process.

Phase transfer catalysts are very important in advancing green chemistry, as they facilitate eco-friendly and sustainable chemical processes. They make it possible for reactions to occur between phases that do not readily mix, such as aqueous and organic solutions. It also reduces the requirement for harmful and environmentally detrimental organic solvents. This property not only leads to a substantial reduction in waste generation but also increases the effectiveness of chemical conversions. Moreover, PTCs provide better control over the reaction conditions and avoid side reactions.

PTCs also come with some disadvantages during their application in chemical manufacturing. The separation of the product from the applied catalyst is sometimes a difficult process that necessitates careful selection of catalysts for specific chemical reactions. The working temperatures for chemical reactions also have to be kept low for certain PTCs, as they tend to decompose at elevated temperatures. The toxic nature of some catalysts requires extensive waste treatment procedures before their release into the environment.

End-use Insights

The pharmaceuticals segment accounted for the largest revenue share of around 38% in 2022. The pharma industry uses phase transfer catalysts in synthesis, drug formulation, research & development, and other laboratory applications. The stringent regulations in Europe and North America on the use of harmful compounds have led to an increase in the consumption of phase transfer catalysts as they prevent the usage of organic solvents and toxic reactants.

The chemicals industry is a significant end-user of PTCs as they play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of chemical reactions while simultaneously giving greater control over the speed of the reaction. They also enable the reactions to progress under mild conditions with simple work-up procedures, facilitating their use for industrial purposes. One of the main uses of PTCs in the chemicals industry is the synthesis of specialty chemicals such as the extraction and separation of crown ethers from aqueous solutions.

Type Insights

The ammonium salts segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 48.5% in 2022. This is attributed to their diverse applications in alkylation and nucleophilic substitution reactions which makes them an important material in the chemical and polymers industry. In the chemical industry, ammonium salts are used to facilitate the transfer of anions between organic and aqueous phases in reactions such as the synthesis of alkyl halides from alcohols. They are also employed in the polymer industry to transfer reactive species such as monomers from one phase to another.

Global Phase-transfer Catalyst market share and size, 2022

Potassium salts, a subset of PTCs, are commonly employed in halogenation and esterification reactions due to their ability to create stable and water-soluble complexes. In the agrochemical sector, potassium salts are essential for manufacturing herbicides and insecticides, and for pest control. It's worth noting that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized potassium salts as a safe and eco-friendly option for chemical and industrial processes, thanks to their non-toxic properties and environmental friendliness.

Regional Insights

North America region accounted for the largest revenue share of 27.6% in 2022. This is attributed to the large end-user industries in the region such as pharmaceuticals and agriculture. The North America region has one of the largest arable lands in the entire world in countries such as India and China with huge markets for herbicides, insecticides, and other agrochemicals. It is expected to grow because of the growing population, rising levels of prosperity, and subsequent access to medical resources in the region.

Phase Transfer Catalyst Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Europe holds a significant position in the phase transfer catalyst market due to its well-developed petrochemicals and specialty chemicals industry. PTCs are applied in various processes such as the production of resins, plastics, and other petrochemical products, leading to higher product yields and reduced waste. Europe is also a major producer of specialty chemicals used in different industries such as coatings, adhesives, and cosmetics. PTCs are employed in the synthesis of these specialty chemicals to improve the quality of final products as well as reduce the need for hazardous reagents.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Strategically investing in the development of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable products offers significant growth potential for major players within the industry. Additionally, these companies are prioritizing the manufacturing of phase transfer catalyst products that are both biodegradable and characterized by lower toxicity levels. Notably, the global phase transfer catalyst industry is currently dominated by players such as Sachem Inc.; PAT IMPEX; and Informa Markets Japan Co Ltd. These prominent market leaders exercise significant control, leveraging diverse strategic actions like product introductions, expansion endeavors, and mergers & acquisitions.

Key Phase-transfer Catalyst Companies:

  • Sachem Inc.
  • Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Nippon Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.
  • Informa Markets Japan Co Ltd
  • Tatva Chintan Pharma Chem Limited
  • Central Drug House
  • Volant-Chem Corp.
  • Otto Chemie Pvt. Ltd.

Phase Transfer Catalyst Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 1.19 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 1.68 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 5.0% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Volume forecast, revenue Forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; South Africa

Key companies profiled

Sachem Inc.; Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.; Nippon Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.,; Informa Markets Japan Co Ltd; PAT IMPEX; Tatva Chintan Pharma Chem Limited; Central Drug House; Volant-Chem Corp.; PACIFIC ORGANICS PVT LTD; Otto Chemie Pvt. Ltd.

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Global Phase Transfer Catalyst Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts volume & revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global phase-transfer catalyst market report based on type, end-use, and region:

Global Phase Transfer Catalyst Market Report Segmentation

  • Type Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Ammonium Salts

    • Potassium Salts

    • Others

  • End-Use Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Agriculture

    • Chemical

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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