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Activated Carbon Market - By Type (Powdered, Granular, Others (Pelletized, Bead)), Application (Liquid Phase (Water Treatment, Foods & Beverages, Pharmaceutical & Medical), Gaseous Phase (Industrial, Automotive)) & By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Investment, and Forecast (2022– 2027)

Published: January, 2022
ID: 8628
Pages: 170

Activated Carbon Market Size (2022- 2027):

The size of the Activated Carbon Market will grow from US$ 8.23 billion in 2021 to $ 11.79 billion in 2026, recording a compound annual growth rate of above 11.46 % over the forecast period from 2021 to 2026.

Activated carbon is one of the key features in the adsorbent market worldwide. Its capacity for adsorption is high, and it also has a big surface area. Coal, wood, coconut shells, and lignite are the vital raw materials employed for production. It is subdivided into three kinds, namely, powdered, extruded, and granular. Activated charcoal is used mainly in the liquid phase and gas phase applications. The Activated Carbon Market has a decent growth pace in the global market, which is driven by the demand for powdered carbon, mainly in industrial applications.

What is Activated Carbon?

Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal, is a type of processed coal. This allows the output solid to showcase small and low-volume pores that escalate the surface area for adsorption or chemical reactions. It is mainly employed for the purification of gases and liquids in food and beverage processing, chemical businesses, and water treatment. 

Organic material with significant carbon content is processed to make activated carbon. Physical adsorption is a major characteristic of activated carbon that is helpful for purification, decaffeination, metal finishing, medicine, filters, and getting rid of pollutants and fuel storage. The liquid and gaseous stage of activated carbon improve its uses in getting rid of lead, dissolved radon, other odor-causing compounds, and mercury. The advantages provided by the activated carbon segment will drive the business globally. Activated carbon is usually employed for its decolorization and deodorization characteristics. Rising pollution and increasing awareness about health are factors due to which there has been a slow and continuous expansion of activated carbon in the market.

Activated Carbon Market Drivers:

The primary health risks of drinking mixed waters are increasing continuously among customers. Improved drinking water treatments, rising automobile ownership rates, and growing making & environmental standards are boosting the expansion of the activated carbon business. Businesses are adopting geographic growth and the latest product advancement as significant strategies to survive in the market. The major drivers in the activated carbon market include international rules governing the discharge of mercury from businesses, and rising calls for water treatment chemicals. These are estimated to entail the adoption of these solids to decrease release and make sure the removal of impurities.

The regulatory agencies in different parts of the globe have emanated directives aimed at restraining mercury emissions by a broad array of businesses, including petrochemical complexes like refineries and plants. These include rules, like the Mercury and Air Toxic Standard (MATS) emanated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ratified by the Minamata Convention in the European Union that have been instrumental in holding back the release of mercury and acidic gases from coal-based and other power plants. The application of this carbon assists in efficiently controlling these releases. Hence, the formulation and implementation of such regulations are estimated to boost the activated carbon market by assisting in the rising potential call for these solids in the future.

The primary health risks and dangers related to the oral consumption of impure water are estimated to act as a catalyst for the market call for these solids. Many countries involving China and India are highly investing in water purification plants that are determined to boost the expansion of the global activated carbon market during the foreseen period.

Major Restraints in the Activated Carbon Market:

The danger of the adoption of alternatives like silica gel and super-sand is providing major competition to the dynamics of activated carbons. Additional factors like low presence of raw materials like phenolic resins, coconut shell charcoal, and wood charcoal (hence causing volatile price trends), and the availability of costly derivatives of these solids are estimated to impede the adoption of these solids, and therefore, constrain the market expansion in the future.

Growth Opportunities in the Activated Carbon Market:

Reactivated carbon is considered as an opportunity for Activated Carbon producers to maximize their profits. The call for activated carbon has escalated highly owing to the stringent rules for air quality, rising numbers of municipal water treatment, and industrial plants.

 Key Challenges in the Activated Carbon Market:

The call for activated carbon is directly proportional to operational activities in these businesses; therefore, such attributes are estimated to hamper the expansion of the global activated carbon market. The availability of raw materials may be restricted owing to environmental factors that may cause an increase in costs. This may have a bad influence on the global activated carbon market.




Market Size Available

2021– 2026

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022- 2027

Fastest Growing Market

Asia Pacific

Largest Market

Asia Pacific



Segments Covered

By  Type, By Application, and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa



Market Leaders Profiled

Cabot Corporation (U.S), Donau Carbon GmbH(Germany), KUREHA CORPORATION(Japan), Osaka Gas Co. Ltd (Japan), Silcarbon Akilotonivkohle GmbH(Germany), Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC(U.S), Calgon Carbon Corp (U.S), Kuraray Chemical Co. Ltd( Japan), and Haycarb Plc. (Sri Lanka)


Activated Carbon Market

Activated Carbon Market segmentation as per the research report until 2026.

Activated Carbon Market

Activated Carbon Market – By Type

  • Powdered
  • Granular
  • Pelletized
  • Bead

Among the mentioned types, the powdered carbon segment is the largest, fast-moving, and is expected to have the fastest growth rate in the proposed forecast period. The growth is mainly attributed to the demand for this type of activated carbon in industrial applications.

Activated Carbon Market – By Application

  • Liquid Phase
  • Gaseous Phase

The liquid phase segment can be further segmented into Water Treatment, Foods & Beverages, and Pharmaceutical & Medical. Whereas the gaseous phase segment is sub-segmented into Industrial, Automotive. Of the mentioned applications, the gaseous phase has the highest CAGR in the global market. The growth is mainly due to the demand for industrial applications of powdered activated carbon in the forecast, as mentioned earlier period.

Activated Carbon Market – By Region

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Europe

  • Asia Pacific

  • Middle East & Africa

Worldwide, Asia-Pacific activated carbon market is estimated to occupy a major share in the global business in the forecast period. Moreover, government rules, the availability of an enormous consumption base, and a major expansion of different end-use industries like water treatment and manufacturing are estimated to drive the market call in the region. The industrial development in growing clusters across the world like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), North African countries, and Central and Eastern European countries is estimated to provide a broad consumption base for this business in the upcoming period.

The North American activated carbon market accounted for the second-highest share of the global business, with a worth of USD 914.3 million in 2020. The increasing pressure from the EPA and the government of the US over the companies to decrease mercury releases is probable to fuel the call for activated carbon in the region. The activated carbon market in Latin America is estimated to showcase high expansion during the forecast period to reach USD 430 million by the end of 2025. Europe activated carbon business is also foreseen to register a notable growth rate in the outlook period.

Major companies plying their trade in the Activated Carbon Market include

1) Cabot Corporation (U.S)

2) Donau Carbon GmbH(Germany)


4) Osaka Gas Co. Ltd (Japan)

5) Silcarbon Akilotonivkohle GmbH(Germany)

6) Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC(U.S)

7) Calgon Carbon Corp (U.S)

8) Kuraray Chemical Co. Ltd( Japan)

9) Haycarb Plc. (Sri Lanka)

Among others are the leading shareholders of the global market for the Activated Carbon Market. There is constant competition between these companies regarding the pricing and quality of the product.

1. Introduction                                 

                1.1 Market Definition                    

                1.2 Study Deliverables                  

                1.3 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods                          

                1.4 General Study Assumptions                

2. Research Methodology                                           

                2.1 Introduction                               

                2.2 Research Phases                      

                                2.2.1 Secondary Research           

                                2.2.2 Primary Research 

                                2.2.3 Econometric Modelling      

                                2.2.4 Expert Validation  

                2.3 Analysis Design                         

                2.4 Study Timeline                          

3. Overview                                       

                3.1 Executive Summary                

                3.2 Key Inferences                         

                3.3 Epidemology                              

4. Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Challenges Analysis (DROC)                                    

                4.1 Market Drivers                          

                4.2 Market Restraints                    

                4.3 Key Challenges                         

                4.4 Current Opportunities in the Market                              

5. Market Segmentation                                              

                5.1 Type                              

                                5.1.1 Introduction           

                                5.1.2 Powdered               

                                5.1.3 Granular   



                                5.1.4  Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Type    

                                5.1.5  Market Attractiveness Analysis, By Type  

                                5.1.6  Market Share Analysis, By Type    

                5.2 Application                 

                                5.2.1 Introduction           

                                5.2.2 Liquid Phase           

                                       Water Treatment

                                       Foods & Beverages

                                       Pharmaceutical & Medical

                                5.2.3 Gaseous Phase     



                                5.2.4 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis, By Application         

                                5.2.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis, By Application       

                                5.2.6 Market Share Analysis, By Application        

6. Geographical Analysis                                              

                6.1 Introduction                               

                                6.1.1 Regional Trends    

                                6.1.2 Impact Analysis     

                                6.1.3 Y-o-Y Growth Analysis        

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                6.1.4  Market Attractiveness Analysis     

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                                6.1.5  Market Share Analysis      

                                       By Geographical Area

                                       By Type

                                       By Application

                6.2 North America                          

                                6.1.1 Introduction           

                                6.1.2 United States         

                                6.1.3 Canada     

                6.3 Europe                         

                                6.2.1 Introduction           

                                6.2.2 U.K             

                                6.2.3 Spain         

                                6.2.4 Germany 

                                6.2.5 Italy            

                                6.2.6 France       

                6.4 Asia-Pacific                 

                                6.3.1 Introduction           

                                6.3.2 China         

                                6.3.3 India          

                                6.3.4 Japan         

                                6.3.5 Australia   

                                6.3.6 South Korea           

                6.5 Latin America                             

                                6.4.1 Introduction           

                                6.4.2 Brazil          

                                6.4.3 Argentina

                                6.4.4 Mexico     

                                6.4.5 Rest of Latin America          

                6.6 Middle East & Africa               

                                6.5.1 Introduction           

                                6.5.2 Middle-East            

                                6.5.3 Africa         

7. Strategic Analysis                                       

                7.1 PESTLE analysis                         

                                7.1.1 Political     

                                7.1.2 Economic 

                                7.1.3 Social         

                                7.1.4 Technological         

                                7.1.5 Legal          

                                7.1.6 Environmental       

                7.2 Porter’s Five analysis                              

                                7.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers        

                                7.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers    

                                7.2.3 Threat of New Entrants     

                                7.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services              

                                7.2.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry     

8. Market Leaders' Analysis                                        

                8.1 Cabot Corporation                   

                                8.1.1 Overview 

                                8.1.2 Product Analysis   

                                8.1.3 Financial analysis  

                                8.1.4 Recent Developments       

                                8.1.5 SWOT analysis       

                                8.1.6 Analyst View          

                8.2 Donau Carbon GmbH                             

                8.3 KUREHA CORPORATION                       

                8.4 Osaka Gas Co. Ltd.                   

                8.5 Silcarbon Akilotonivkohle GmbH                       

                8.6 Oxbow Activated Carbon LLC                              

                8.7 Calgon Carbon Corp                

                8.8 Kuraray Chemical Co. Ltd.                     

                8.9 Haycarb Plc.                

9. Competitive Landscape                                           

                9.1 Market share analysis                            

                9.2 Merger and Acquisition Analysis                       

                9.3 Agreements, collaborations and Joint Ventures                         

                9.4 New Product Launches                         

10. Market Outlook and Investment Opportunities                                         


                a) List of Tables                

                b) List of Figures                              

  1. Global Activated Carbon Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  2. Global Activated Carbon Market By Type, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  3. Global Powdered Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  4. Global Granular Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  5. Global Others Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  6. Global Activated Carbon Market By Application, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  7. Global Liquid Phase Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

  8. Global Gaseous Phase Market By Region, From 2022 - 2027( USD Billion )

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