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Activated Carbon Market to Rise at 4.8% CAGR till 2027; Increasing Investment in Product R&D will Bode well for Market Growth

September 24, 2020 | Chemicals & Materials

The global activated carbon market size is projected to reach USD 4,064.7 million by the end of 2027. The increasing use of the product in wastewater treatment has created several growth opportunities for the companies operating in the global market. According to a report published by Fortune Business Insights, titled “Activated Carbon Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Powdered, Granular, and Others), By Application (Water Treatment, Air & Gas Purification, Food & Beverage, Others), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027,” the market was worth USD 2,856.7 million in 2019 and will exhibit a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period, 2019-2027.

Activated carbon is a crude graphite that possesses the ability to adsorb a wide range of components. Recent advancements in extraction methods associated with this carbon, coupled with rising investments in the research and development of efficient products will have a massive impact on the growth of the overall market in the coming years. The presence of several large scale manufacturers in several countries across the world will bode well for the growth of the market in the coming years. The increasing environmental concerns regarding environmental pollution will fuel the demand for the product across the world. The application of activated carbon in wastewater treatment has given the platform for the companies operating in the global market. Furthermore, the increasing R&D activities will enable a flexible application scope, thereby creating several growth opportunities for the regional as well as global companies.

Kuraray Announces Expansion of US Subsidiary Amid Rise in Product Demand in Recent Years

The report highlights a few of the major industry developments of recent times and discusses their impact on the growth of the overall market. The presence of several large scale companies in several countries across the world is consequential to the increasing demand for the product. The increasing investments in product R&D are attributable to the growing applications of the product across diverse industry verticals. Accounting to the increasing applications and subsequently rising demand for the product, there has been an increase in production volume of activated carbon across the world. In June 2020, Kuraray Co. Ltd. announced that it will be expanding its US subsidiary Calgon Carbon Corporation. The company claims that this step is consequential to the constantly rising demand for the product over the past few years. Kuraray’s latest step highlights the importance of this carbon on the global frontier and is indicative of the potential this product holds in several businesses sectors.

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Applications in Wastewater Treatment will Emerge in Favor of Market Growth

The massive investments in the research and development of activated carbon have allowed a wider application scope. It is observed that the properties of the product have allowed it to be put to use in diverse applications. Among all uses, the product is widely used in the treatment of wastewater applications. The absorbent nature of activated carbon makes it suitable to purify water for domestic purposes.

Major Companies have Turned their Focus towards Packaging Solutions

Accounting to the increasing market competition, several companies are looking to adopt strategies that will catch immediate attention, be it the marketing or other fronts. The uses of this carbon in wastewater treatment have already been established. With several companies engaged in wastewater product applications, newer companies are focusing on other domains. It is observed that the packaging industry offers considerable growth opportunities for start-ups as well as SMEs in this sector.

List of companies profiled in the report:

  • Osaka Gas Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Japan)

  • Donau Carbon GmbH (Germany)

  •  Cabot Corporation (U.S.)


  •  CARBOTECH AC GMBH (Germany)

  • Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Japan)


  • Activated Carbon Technologies (Australia)

  • Silcarbon Aktivkohle GmbH (Germany)

  • Ingevity (U.S.)

  • Iluka Resources (Australia)

  • James Cumming & Sons (Australia)

  •  Universal Carbons (India)

  • Carbon Activated Corporation (U.S.)

  •  Troxnox (U.S.)

  • Active Char Products (India)

  • Adsorbent Carbons (India)

  • Genuine Shell Carb (India)

  • Indo German Carbons (India)

  • Other Players

Industry Developments:

  • September 2019:  Oxbow Activated Carbon has been acquired by a large scale European investor group. The new company under the name Puragen Activated Carbons will focus on newer markets and develop superior cost effective solutions products to support new and growing customers.

The global market is segmented on the basis of:

Global Activated Carbon Market Scope

Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



Value (USD Million) and Volume (Kilo Ton)


By Type, By Application and By Region

By Type


  • Powdered

  • Granular

  • Others

By Application


  • Water Treatment

  • Air & Gas Purification

  • Food & Beverage

  • Others

By Geography


  • North America

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • U.S.

      • Canada

  • Europe

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • Germany

      • France

      • UK

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Russia

      • Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

      • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Latin America

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Rest of South America

  • Middle East & Africa

    • By Type

    • By Application

    • By Country

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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