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Global Activated Carbon Market: By Type: PAC, GAC, Others; By Applications: Water Treatment, Air Treatment, Gold Treatment, Respirators, Solvency Recover; By Feedstock: Coconut Shell, Wood/Coal; Regional Analysis; Historical Market and Forecast (2015-2025); Competitive Landscape; Industry Events and Developments

Global Activated Carbon Market Outlook

The global activated carbon market size reached a value of almost USD 3.93 billion in 2019. The market is expected to reach a value of nearly USD 6.24 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 8% in the forecast period of 2020-2025. The growing demand for water filtration as well as air purification, supported by governments as a measure to improve water and air quality are the leading market trends in the activated carbon industry.

 

Activated Carbon Market

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Activated carbon, or charcoal, is widely being used in pharmaceutical or medical industry, where it has wide applications as an adsorbent to get rid of pollutants during the drug manufacturing. This is likely to aid the market growth further. The powdered type of the product is the dominant type of the product, accounting for more than 50% of the total industry. The segment is likely to continue to be the dominant type in the coming years as well. The segment is driven by its rising demand from multiple industrial sectors to control toxicity and mercury levels.

The United States is the leading importing country of the substance, followed by Germany and Japan. In terms of exports, China is the leading export market, accounting for more than one-fourth of the total exports. Belgium, Philippines, the United States, and India are the other significant exporters of the product.  In the Asia Pacific, activated carbon is commonly derived from coconut shell and is being increasingly preferred over the wood-derived kind due to its renewability and high adsorption properties, which can remove a higher amount of micro-impurities. However, wood and coal are the most common raw materials in the industry currently, accounting for more than 60 percent of the production.

The largest end use sector for the product is water treatment, accounting for nearly half of the total industry share. The substance is a highly effective source for water purification, as it effectively absorbs pollutants from water. It is included in the filtration process to remove residual contaminants from wastewater. It also removes chlorine from the wastewater. It has a large surface area that makes the absorption of contaminants from wastewater highly effective. Liquid-phase Granular Activated Charcoal (GAC) Adsorption is a treatment method used for the elimination of pollutants from the groundwater. Both powdered as well as granular activated carbons are used in water treatment. Wastewater treatment is followed by air treatment, gold treatment, respirators, and solvency recovery segments as the other major end-uses the product. It absorbs micro-pollutants from air, including chlorine, methane, and other organic compounds. Carbon activation is being used in the automotive industries to monitor emissions, to eliminate VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as well as to improve cabin air quality. This could also be used to develop supercapacitors electrodes.

 

Activated Carbon Market by Application

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Activated Carbon: Industry Definition and Segmentation

Activated carbon is used in a variety of applications to purify liquids and toxic gases, including food and beverages processing, potable water treatment, odour removal, and in controlling industrial pollution. It is produced from carbonaceous sources such as coconuts, nutshells, coal, peat, and wood.

The types of the product available in the industry are:

  • Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC)
  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
  • Others

It finds wide applications in the following segments:

  • Water Treatment
  • Air Treatment
  • Gold Treatment
  • Respirators
  • Solvency Recovery

The feedstock can be categorised as follows:

  • Coconut Shell
  • Wood/Coal
  • Others

The report also covers the regional markets of the product like North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

 

Activated Carbon Market by Region

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Market Analysis

The growing demand for water filtration as well as air purification, supported by governments as a measure to improve water and air quality are the leading market trends in the activated carbon industry. In developing regions like India and China, the growth in the activated carbon industry will be aided by a set of regulatory changes, like revisions in the environmental protection law in China. The rising production of the product from key players in these regions will also aid the industry growth.

Industrial air treatment is gaining attention, as many industrializing countries struggle with significant air pollution issues. This is resulting in the rise of activated carbon demand from the major industrial economies in order to control the mercury levels.  The granular types of the product are expected to witness a healthy demand from the wastewater treatment industry as it effectively removes residual disinfectants and organic contaminants. The product is also finding wide applications in the mining industry, specifically in the gold purification process, as it acts as an effective adsorbent in the gold recovery process. An increase in the gold mining activities, thus, is also pushing the activated carbon industry growth further.

Coconut shell is the one of the most dominant feedstock materials used in the production of the product. An increase in coconut production provides an impetus to the activated carbon industry. Other major feedstock material, like wood and coal, are also expected to drive the activated carbon industry. Coal based activated carbon is extensively used in potable water purification, which is a major application sector.

 

Key Industry Players in the Global Activated Carbon Market

The report gives a detailed analysis of the following key players in the global activated carbon market, covering their competitive landscape, capacity, and latest developments like mergers, acquisitions, and investments, expansions of capacity, and plant turnarounds:

  • Kuraray Co., Ltd.
  • Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC
  • Haycarb (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Indo German Carbons Limited (IGCL)
  • Shinkwang Chem. Ind. Co., Ltd
  • S.I.C.A.V Srl
  • Century Chemical Works Sdn. Bhd
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Others

The comprehensive EMR report provides an in-depth assessment of the industry based on the Porter's five forces model along with giving a SWOT analysis.

1    Preface
    1.1    Objectives of the Study
        1.1.1    Research Objective
        1.1.2    Key Findings of the Report
2    Research Methodology
    2.1    Data Extraction
    2.2    Data Corroboration
    2.3    Market Structure
    2.4    Assumptions
    2.5    Market Models
3    Introduction
    3.1    Market Outlook
    3.2    Market Scope and Segmentation
    3.3    Additional Insights
4    Executive Summary
    4.1    Key Market Developments
    4.2    Market Analysis
    4.3    Key Players
    4.4    Cost Structure
    4.5    Market Revenue and Growth
5    Market Dynamics
    5.1    Market Driver Analysis
    5.2    Market Restraint Analysis
    5.3    Industry Challenges
    5.4    Industry Opportunities
6    Global Activated Carbon Market Analysis
    6.1    Figure: Global Activated Carbon Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
    6.2    Chart: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Type
        6.2.1    Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC)
        6.2.2    Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
        6.2.3    Others
    6.3    Figure: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Type: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
        6.3.1    Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC)
        6.3.2    Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
        6.3.3    Others
    6.4    Chart: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Applications
        6.4.1    Water Treatment
        6.4.2    Air Treatment
        6.4.3    Gold Treatment
        6.4.4    Respirators
        6.4.5    Solvency Recovery
    6.5    Figure: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Applications: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
        6.5.1    Water Treatment
        6.5.2    Air Treatment
        6.5.3    Gold Treatment
        6.5.4    Respirators
        6.5.5    Solvency Recovery
    6.6    Chart: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Feedstock
        6.6.1    Coconut Shell
        6.6.2    Wood/Coal
        6.6.3    Others
    6.7    Figure: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Feedstock: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
        6.7.1    Coconut Shell
        6.7.2    Wood/Coal
        6.7.3    Others
    6.8    Chart: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Region
        6.8.1    North America
            6.8.1.1    United States of America
            6.8.1.2    Canada
        6.8.2    Europe
            6.8.2.1    Germany
            6.8.2.2    United Kingdom
            6.8.2.3    France
            6.8.2.4    Italy
            6.8.2.5    Others
        6.8.3    Asia Pacific
            6.8.3.1    China
            6.8.3.2    Japan
            6.8.3.3    India
            6.8.3.4    ASEAN
            6.8.3.5    Others
        6.8.4    Latin America
            6.8.4.1    Brazil
            6.8.4.2    Argentina
            6.8.4.3    Mexico
            6.8.4.4    Others
        6.8.5    Middle East & Africa
            6.8.5.1    Saudi Arabia
            6.8.5.2    United Arab Emirates
            6.8.5.3    Nigeria
            6.8.5.4    South Africa
            6.8.5.5    Others
    6.9    Figure: Global Activated Carbon Market Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
        6.9.1    North America
            6.9.1.1    United States of America
            6.9.1.2    Canada
        6.9.2    Europe
            6.9.2.1    Germany
            6.9.2.2    United Kingdom
            6.9.2.3    France
            6.9.2.4    Italy
            6.9.2.5    Others
        6.9.3    Asia Pacific
            6.9.3.1    China
            6.9.3.2    Japan
            6.9.3.3    India
            6.9.3.4    ASEAN
            6.9.3.5    Others
        6.9.4    Latin America
            6.9.4.1    Brazil
            6.9.4.2    Argentina
            6.9.4.3    Mexico
            6.9.4.4    Others
        6.9.5    Middle East & Africa
            6.9.5.1    Saudi Arabia
            6.9.5.2    United Arab Emirates
            6.9.5.3    Nigeria
            6.9.5.4    South Africa
            6.9.5.5    Others
7    Global Activated Carbon Price Analysis
    7.1    North America Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
    7.2    Europe Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
    7.3    Asia Pacific Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
    7.4    Latin America Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
    7.5    Middle East and Africa Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
8    Global Trade Analysis (HS Code: 380210)
    8.1    Major Importing Countries: by Value and Volume
    8.2    Major Exporting Countries: by Value and Volume
9    SWOT Analysis
    9.1    Overview
    9.2    Strengths
    9.3    Weaknesses
    9.4    Opportunities
    9.5    Threats
10    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    10.1    Overview
    10.2    Buyer’s Power
    10.3    Supplier’s Power
    10.4    New Entrants
    10.5    Degree of Rivalry
    10.6    Substitutes
13    Value Chain Analysis
11    EMR’s Key Indicators for Demand
12    EMR’s Key Indicator for Price
14    Cost Analysis 

    14.1    Cost of Raw Material
    14.2    Manpower
    14.3    Energy Cost
    14.4    Other Cost
15    Competitive Landscape & Supplier Analysis
    15.1    Kuraray Co., Ltd.
        15.1.1    Company Overview
        15.1.2    Financial Analysis
    15.2    Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC
        15.2.1    Company Overview
        15.2.2    Financial Analysis
    15.3    Haycarb (Pvt) Ltd.
        15.3.1    Company Overview
        15.3.2    Financial Analysis
    15.4    Indo German Carbons Limited (IGCL)
        15.4.1    Company Overview
        15.4.2    Financial Analysis
    15.5    Shinkwang Chem. Ind. Co., Ltd
        15.5.1    Company Overview
        15.5.2    Financial Analysis
    15.6    S.I.C.A.V Srl
        15.6.1    Company Overview
        15.6.2    Financial Analysis
    15.7    Century Chemical Works Sdn. Bhd
        15.7.1    Company Overview
        15.7.2    Financial Analysis
    15.8    Cabot Corporation
        15.8.1    Company Overview
        15.8.2    Financial Analysis
    15.9    Others
16    Industry Events and Developments

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17    Manufacturing Process
    17.1    Detailed Process Flow
    17.2    Operations Involved
    17.3    Mass Balance
18    Production Cost Analysis and Project Economics
    18.1    Land, Location and Site Development
    18.2    Construction
    18.3    Plant Machinery
    18.4    Cost of Raw Material
    18.5    Packaging
    18.6    Transportation
    18.7    Utilities
    18.8    Manpower
    18.9    Other Capital Investment

Key Questions Answered in the Report

The global activated carbon market size reached a value of almost USD 3.93 billion in 2019.

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 8% in the forecast period of 2020-2025.

The market is estimated to reach a value of about USD 6.24 billion by 2025.

The major drivers of the industry include the rising demand for water filtration and air purification, favourable government regulations as a measure to improve water and air quality, and the rising application in mining industry, automotive industry, and gold purification process.

The rising coconut production is expected to be a key trend guiding the growth of the industry.

North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa are the leading regions in the market.

Powdered activated carbon (PAC) is the dominant type of the product in the market.

Wood/coal is the leading feedstock of the product in the industry. 

The water treatment sector accounts for the largest market share, among other application segments in the industry.

The leading players in the market are Kuraray Co., Ltd., Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC, Haycarb (Pvt) Ltd., Indo German Carbons Limited (IGCL), Shinkwang Chem. Ind. Co., Ltd, S.I.C.A.V Srl, Century Chemical Works Sdn. Bhd, and Cabot Corporation, among others.

Analyst Review

The global activated carbon market attained a value of USD 3.93 billion in 2019, driven by the growth in the demand for wastewater treatment. Aided by the rising environmental regulations and the consequent government measures, the industry is expected to witness a further growth in the forecast period of 2020-2025, growing at a CAGR of 8%. The industry is projected to reach USD 6.24 billion by 2025.

EMR’s meticulous research methodology delves deep into the industry, covering the macro and micro aspects of the industry. Based on its types, the global market for activated carbon can be segmented into powdered activated carbon (PAC) and granular activated carbon (GAC), among others, with powdered activated carbon (PAC) accounting for the largest market share. By feedstock, the wood/coal segment lead the industry. On the basis of application, the water treatment sector accounts for the largest share in the global industry. The major regional markets for activated carbon are North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The key players in the above industry include Kuraray Co., Ltd., Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC, Haycarb (Pvt) Ltd., Indo German Carbons Limited (IGCL), Shinkwang Chem. Ind. Co., Ltd, S.I.C.A.V Srl, Century Chemical Works Sdn. Bhd, and Cabot Corporation, among others.

EMR’s research methodology uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and the expertise of their highly accomplished team, thus, providing their customers with market insights that are accurate, actionable, and help them remain ahead of their competition.

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