Catalysts & Petrochemicals


Catalysts and petrochemicals are “upstream” process chemicals that either are consumed during a manufacturing process or used as components in manufacturing other “downstream” specialty chemical products. Catalysts are highly differentiated materials, involving a combination of chemical and physical properties – there is a significant element of “art” alongside the science that allows catalyst producers to command high margins.  In petrochemicals, on the other hand, there is no product differentiation between manufacturers, so achieving economies of scale and manufacturing efficiencies are important for remaining competitive.  Mergers and acquisitions can play a significant role in attaining these objectives.

“Upstream” manufacturing is mostly the province of large, diversified companies or mid-sized manufacturers that have chosen to focus on particular technologies.  With well over 20 years of experience working exclusively on chemical transactions, Grace Matthews has established deep relationships with decision makers in virtually all of the major global chemical firms as well as hundreds of smaller or mid-sized firms, and we make use our extensive network to “get in front” of the right people in order to expedite the transaction process for our clients.


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