Frank n Raf’s this Report Contains Activated Carbon Market Size By Application (Liquid Phase, Gas Phase), By Product (Granular Activated Carbon (GAC), Powdered Activated Carbon
(PAC)), By End-use (Food & Beverages, Air Purification, Water Treatment, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Automotive) Competitive Analysis & Forecast, 2012 -2020.
Global activated carbon market size is expected to reach 2.96 million tons by 2020,
growing at a CAGR of 11.7% from 2014 to 2020. Increase in water and waste water
treatment units are anticipated to drive activated carbon market growth over the forecast
Growing water prices and regulatory pressure to recycle are expected to advantages the
overall growth. The increasing use of water for industrial processes has spurred the need
for water and wastewater treatments, boosting water and wastewater treatment processes
demand. Price of Activated carbon grew steadily up to 2012 while seeing high growth in
2013, set to continue over the forecast period.
Increasing air filtration demand across the last decade is expected to advantages activated
carbon market growth. Air filtration revenue in 2010 was over USD 6,300 million and
reached over USD 7,000 million in 2013. Fast-growing industries in emerging markets
such as China, India, Mexico, Brazil, South East Asia, and Russia have compelled several
industrial plants to incorporate their own water treatment facilities.
For the past decade, China reported a surge in industrialization and urbanization. This led
to a direct increase in the volume of treated wastewater. With Central Governments financial
programs, China has invested over USD 4.5 billion in improving the clean water supply.
In 2012, the volume of treated wastewater was 114,640-kilotons.
Favorable regulatory norms, like Clean Air Mercury Rule, from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants are
expected to favor activated carbon demand in air filtration. These activated carbons are
said to be more effective than any other compounds and help to reduce the foul-smelling
compounds emission too. This factor is anticipated to increase the demand for this product in
indoor air regulatory systems.
Scarcity in raw materials which include coconut shell, coal, and wood pulp driven by
increasing demand is likely to result in higher prices quoted by the major raw material
suppliers. This factor is anticipated to hamper profitability. The market size of North America
activated carbon, by product, 2012-2020 (Kilo Tons)
Powdered activated carbon (PAC) was largely consumed with an estimated revenue
generation of over USD 1.1 billion in 2013. Increasing application in cement industry
coupled with regulatory norms from EPA Mercury & Air Toxics Standard for mercury
control standards are anticipated to drive powdered products demand.
Granular products (GAC) accounted for over 35% of the total volume in 2013 and are
likely to witness moderate gains at an estimated CAGR of over 10% up to 2020. Factors
like better surface area, size balance, and hydraulic head make it widely preferred in end-
use industries. Their application includes gas & vapor absorption and deodorization &
components separation inflow system.
The liquid phase was the key application with a market valuation of approximately USD 1.13
billion in 2013. Activated carbon is widely used in removing trace contaminants in
ground water. Increasing awareness of health concerns arising from water
contamination is anticipated to drive demand.
In 2013 Gas phase application accounted for more than 45% of the total volume. It is
anticipated to witness the highest gains of over 12% up to 2020 owing to increasing
application scope in end-use industries such as food & beverage and chemical. It is
majorly used in these aforementioned industries for ozone conversion to oxygen from
catalytic reaction and deodorization.
Water treatment was the leading end-use segment for activated carbon marker with
revenue generation estimated at over USD 900 million in 2013. Standards mandating
companies to adopt environment-friendly and efficient water disposal techniques are
presumed to further aid demand.
Air purification accounted for more than 35% of the total volume in 2013 and is likely to
gain significant growth rates of over 13% up to 2020. Growing demand from both
domestic and commercial applications can be attributed to rising demand for air-
conditioners and air-filters. Growing health concerns regarding respiratory diseases and
rising awareness are other key factors capable of positively influencing the activated
Asia Pacific activated carbon market was the dominant region with revenue generation
estimated at over USD 700 million in 2013. Growing automobile demand, rising
population, increasing disposable income and government initiatives to reduce the industrial
impact on the environment are likely to favor growth in this region. Economies such as
China, India, and Japan are presumed to lead the regional demand.
In 2013 Europe activated carbon industry accounted for over 15% of the global volume
and is anticipated to witness gains of over 10% from 2014 to 2020. Growing government
norms to curb pollution coupled with growth in the water treatment industry in Germany and
The UK is anticipated to support activated carbon demand.
Competitive Market Share
The global activated carbon market share is highly concentrated and the top three
business players accounted for more than 70% of the total revenue in 2013. Calgon
Carbon Corporation conquers the industry accounted for over 25% of the total demand.
Major companies include Cabot Corporation, MeadWestvaco Corporation, Haycarb PLC,
Kureha Corp, ADA-ES Inc., Carbon Resources LLC, and Kuraray Co. Other prominent
companies include Siemens Water Technologies, Jacobi Carbons, and Calrimex Group.