Activated Carbon Market: Global Market Estimation, Dynamics, Regional Share, Trends, Competitor Analysis (2015 – 2020) and Forecast (2021 – 2027)

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Global Activated Carbon Market: By Product Type (Extruded or Pelletized Activated Carbon, Granular Activated Carbons (GAC) and Powdered Activated Carbons (PAC)), By Application (Gas Purification, Medicine, Metal Extraction, Water Purification and Other Applications), By End User (Automotive, Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Industrial, Water Treatment and Other End-user Industries)  and Geography


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Activated Carbon Market Size:


The global activated carbon market was valued US$ 5.1 Bn in 2018 and poised to grow at significant CAGR of 16.2% over 2020-2026. Some of the key factors fostering the market growth include increasing demand in water treatment, conformance to stringent environmental regulations in water treatment applications, research and new product development, pollution control activities leading the demand for activated carbon and technological advancements in manufacturing of activated carbon. However, lack of raw materials supply, presence of substitutes and weak economic conditions are hampering the market growth.

This report gives a comprehensive outlook on activated carbon across the globe with special emphasis on key regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. The report gives historical, current, and future market sizes (US$ Mn) on the basis of product type, application, end user and region. This report studies market dynamics elaborately to identify the current trends & drivers, future opportunities and possible challenges to the key stakeholders operating in the market. In addition, This report includes human demographics; regulatory scenario, and competition analysis with vividly illustrated the competition dashboard to assess the market competition. Moreover, PBI analyzed global market to better equip clients with possible investment opportunities across the regions (regional Investment Hot-Spots) and market unmet needs (Product opportunities). Key stakeholders of the global market report include suppliers, manufacturers, marketers, policy makers, and healthcare service providers engaged in global activated carbon products.


Increasing Demand in Water Treatment are fueling the Market Growth

 Activated carbon is a prevailing adsorbent used frequently throughout water purification efforts to remove contaminants and unwanted components. Activated carbon can be used in an extensive range of water treatment applications, it is an acute tool used through municipal and industrial water treatment facilities to treat drinking water, wastewater, and municipal water for process use. Activated carbon endures to remain one of the most preferred water treatment techniques because of its extraordinary array of applications and functions. It offer one of the most effective means of removing key contaminants such as THM and DBP as well as removing organic constituents and residual disinfectants in water supplies. This not only increases taste and minimizes health hazards but protects other water treatment units such as reverse osmosis membranes and ion exchange resins from possible damage due to oxidation or organic fouling.


Asia Pacific Accounts for Larger Market Revenue Share in Global Activated Carbon Market

Asia Pacific accounted for larger revenue share in global activated carbon market with considerable CAGR. The growth in this region is due to increasing development strategies to meet the demand for activated carbon and ease of availability of raw materials. China and India are the major contributors for the growth of the market in the region as China’s food and beverage industry is enormous and plays an important role in the country’s economy and therefore there is an increase in use of activated carbon in the industry. North America held substantial market share during estimated period owing to stringent regulations and standards as well as government initiatives to safeguard the environment and growing environmental concerns.


Competition Assessment

Key player’s profiles in the market include:

  • The Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S)
  • Cabot Corporation (U.S)
  • DESOTEC Activated Carbon (Belgium)
  • Donau Carbon GmbH (Germany)
  • Haycarb Plc. (Sri Lanka)
  • Kuraray Chemical Co. Ltd ( Japan)
  • Lenntech BV (the Netherlands)
  • Osaka Gas Co. Ltd (Japan)
  • Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC (U.S)
  • Prominent Systems, Inc. (US)
  • Silcarbon Akilotonivkohle GmbH (Germany)
  • Jacobi (Sweden)


Global activated carbon market is surging owing to frequent acquisitions and launchings by the market players. For Instance, in Mar 2018, Kuraray acquired Calgon Carbon. Kuraray and Calgon Carbon have complementary products and services, and the combined organization will continue to focus on the highest quality activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services.


Key Findings of the Report:


  • Global activated carbon market expanding at significant CAGR over 2019 to 2025 due to increasing demand in water treatment
  • Based on product type, extruded or pelletized activated carbon segment accounted for larger market revenue share in 2018 and projected gain market revenue share over the forecast period
  • Players focusing on innovation of newer products and collaboration strategies to retain market position in global Activated Carbon market


Detailed Segmentation


By Product Type       

  • Extruded or Pelletized Activated Carbon
  • Granular Activated Carbons (GAC)
  • Powdered Activated Carbons (PAC)

By Application           

  • Gas Purification
  • Medicine
  • Metal Extraction
  • Water Purification
  • Other Applications

By End User  

  • Automotive
  • Food and Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Water Treatment
  • Other End-user Industries            

By Geography


North America

  • US
  • Canada


  • Germany
  • France
  • UK
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Rest of Europe


  • Japan
  • China
  • India
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • ASEAN (Includes Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Others)
  • South Korea
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Venezuela
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa (MEA)

  • Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Rest of MEA


Key Features of the Report:


  • The report provides granular level information about the market size, regional market share, historic market (2015 – 2019) and Forecast (2020 – 2026)
  • The report covers in-detail insights about the competitor’s overview, company share analysis, key market developments, and their key strategies
  • The report outlines drivers, restraints, unmet needs, and trends that are currently affecting the market
  • The report tracks recent innovations, key developments and startup’s details that are actively working in the market
  • The report provides plethora of information about market entry strategies, regulatory framework and reimbursement scenario
  • The report analyses the impact of socio-political environment through PESTLE Analysis and competition through Porter’s Five Force Analysis in addition to recent technology advancements and innovations in the market



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