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World Activated Carbon


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World Activated Carbon

World demand to rise 7.9% annually through 2018
World demand for activated carbon is projected to rise 7.9 percent per year to 2.2 million metric tons in 2018. Tightening regulatory standards, particularly in the two largest markets — the US and China — will drive growth. In the US and other industrialized countries, the stricter standards will reflect increasing focus on mercury removal, while in China and other developing countries the stronger standards and stepped up enforcement will stem from efforts to battle air and water pollution caused by rapid industrialization.

Robust growth in mercury removal will drive growth in powdered activated carbon demand, which will significantly outpace gains in demand for granular and other activated carbon products. Powdered activated carbons are also favored in developing countries for their low cost and ease of use in other applications such as water treatment. Additionally, the increased use of on-site reactivation equipment for spent granular activated carbon will limit growth in demand for virgin granular activated carbon.

Regulatory actions to spur gains in developed nations
In the US and other industrialized nations, demand for activated carbon will be primarily influenced by regulatory actions. For example, demand for activated carbon in mercury removal applications in the US is expected to more than double by 2018 in response to the full implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. Activated carbon injection is projected to be the primary technology used for mercury removal from coal-fired power plants, cement plants, solid waste incinerators, and industrial boilers in the US. Canada and the European Union also have mercury emission standards in place, although not as stringent as those seen in the US. Disinfection byproduct (DBP) limits in drinking water will also support increased demand for activated carbon in an otherwise mature application in developed countries.

Rising industrial output, regulatory changes to drive growth in developing areas
In China and other developing parts of the world, growth in activated carbon demand will be promoted by a combination of regulatory changes and rising output from key manufacturing industries. Industrial air treatment is increasing in importance as many urban areas in industrializing countries struggle with significant amounts of air pollution. Activated carbon is effective at removing pollutants such as SO2 and NOx, which are two of the most heavily regulated air pollutants.

While activated carbon use rates in mercury removal applications are expected to remain low relative to those seen in the US, this segment of the market is expected to expand rapidly going forward as countries take the first steps toward mercury removal from industrial sources. The 2013 signing of the Minamata Convention will also motivate governments to develop mercury control regulations, although it will likely be several decades before standards comparable to those in the US are implemented on a global scale. Increasing standards for water treatment — including drinking water and wastewater — will also support demand for activated carbon, particularly as water management infrastructure continues to improve in both rural and urban areas.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Global Macroeconomic Environment
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION
    • World Fixed Investment Overview
      • Table WORLD GROSS FIXED INVESTMENT BY REGION
    • World Demographic Overview
      • World Population Outlook
        • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION
      • World Urbanization Patterns
        • Table WORLD URBAN POPULATION BY REGION
    • Nonagricultural Water Use Trends
      • Table WORLD NONAGRICULTURAL WATER USE BY REGION
    • World Manufacturing Outlook
      • Table WORLD MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION
    • World Food & Beverage Outlook
      • Table WORLD FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING VALUE ADDED BY REGION
    • World Sweeteners Overview
    • World Pharmaceuticals Overview
      • Table WORLD PHARMACEUTICAL SHIPMENTS BY REGION
    • World Motor Vehicle Outlook
      • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE PRODUCTION BY REGION
    • Technology
      • Table CHART II-1 ACTIVATED CARBON INDUSTRY FLOWCHART
      • Characteristics
      • Feedstock
      • Activation & Regeneration
      • New Product Development
      • Competitive Materials & Technology
    • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
  • WORLD SUPPLY & DEMAND
    • General
    • Demand
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY REGION
      • Table CHART III-1 WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY REGION, 2003-2023
      • Table CHART III-2 DIFFERENCE IN ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BETWEEN 2013 & 2018 BY REGION
      • Table CHART III-3 WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND -- PROJECTED 2013-2018 ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH
    • Production
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON SHIPMENTS BY REGION
      • Production Capacity & Utilization
        • Table CHART III-4 WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON CAPACITY BY REGION, 2013
      • Reactivation & Regeneration Capacity
    • International Trade
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON NET EXPORTS BY REGION
    • Pricing Patterns
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON PRICES BY REGION
  • WORLD PRODUCT & MARKET OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Demand by Type
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART IV-1 WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY TYPE, 2013
      • Powdered
        • Table WORLD POWDERED ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY REGION
      • Granular
        • Table WORLD GRANULAR ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY REGION
      • Other Types
        • Table WORLD DEMAND FOR OTHER ACTIVATED CARBON TYPES BY REGION
    • Demand by Application
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Table CHART IV-2 WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION, 2003-2023
      • Liquid Phase
        • Table WORLD LIQUID PHASE ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table CHART IV-3 LIQUID PHASE APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVATED CARBON, 2013
        • Table WORLD WATER TREATMENT DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD DRINKING WATER DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD OTHER WATER TREATMENT MARKETS DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD FOOD & BEVERAGE PROCESSING DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD SWEETENER PROCESSING DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD OTHER FOOD & BEVERAGE PROCESSING DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD MINING DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD PHARMACEUTICAL & MEDICAL DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD OTHER LIQUID PHASE APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
      • Gas Phase
        • Table WORLD GAS PHASE ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY REGION
        • Table CHART IV-4 GAS PHASE APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVATED CARBON, 2013
        • Table WORLD INDUSTRIAL AIR PURIFICATION DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD MERCURY REMOVAL DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD OTHER INDUSTRIAL AIR PURIFICATION DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD MOTOR VEHICLE DEMAND FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
        • Table WORLD OTHER GAS PHASE APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVATED CARBON
  • NORTH AMERICA
    • North America: General
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • North America: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART V-1 NORTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2013
    • North America: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
      • Table NORTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • United States
      • United States: General
        • Table UNITED STATES: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • United States: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED STATES: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United States: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table UNITED STATES: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Canada
      • Canada: General
        • Table CANADA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Canada: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table CANADA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Canada: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table CANADA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Mexico
      • Mexico: General
        • Table MEXICO: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Mexico: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table MEXICO: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Mexico: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table MEXICO: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
  • WESTERN EUROPE
    • Western Europe: General
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • Western Europe: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART VI-1 WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2013
    • Western Europe: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
      • Table WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Germany
      • Germany: General
        • Table GERMANY: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Germany: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table GERMANY: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Germany: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table GERMANY: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • France
      • France: General
        • Table FRANCE: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • France: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table FRANCE: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • France: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table FRANCE: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Italy
      • Italy: General
        • Table ITALY: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Italy: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table ITALY: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Italy: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table ITALY: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • United Kingdom
      • United Kingdom: General
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • United Kingdom: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • United Kingdom: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table UNITED KINGDOM: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Spain
      • Spain: General
        • Table SPAIN: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Spain: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table SPAIN: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Spain: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table SPAIN: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Other Western Europe
      • Other Western Europe: General
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Other Western Europe: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Western Europe: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table OTHER WESTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY COUNTRY & APPLICATION
  • ASIA/PACIFIC
    • Asia/Pacific: General
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • Asia/Pacific: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Table CHART VII-1 ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY COUNTRY, 2013
    • Asia/Pacific: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
      • Table ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • China
      • China: General
        • Table CHINA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • China: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table CHINA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • China: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table CHINA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Japan
      • Japan: General
        • Table JAPAN: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Japan: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table JAPAN: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Japan: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table JAPAN: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • India
      • India: General
        • Table INDIA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • India: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table INDIA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • India: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table INDIA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • South Korea
      • South Korea: General
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • South Korea: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • South Korea: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table SOUTH KOREA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Australia
      • Australia: General
        • Table AUSTRALIA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Australia: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table AUSTRALIA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Australia: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table AUSTRALIA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Indonesia
      • Indonesia: General
        • Table INDONESIA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Indonesia: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table INDONESIA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Indonesia: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table INDONESIA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Other Asia/Pacific
      • Other Asia/Pacific: General
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Other Asia/Pacific: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table OTHER ASIA/PACIFIC: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY COUNTRY & APPLICATION
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • Central & South America
      • Central & South America: General
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Central & South America: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Central & South America: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Brazil
        • Table BRAZIL: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table BRAZIL: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table BRAZIL: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Other Central & South America
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY COUNTRY & APPLICATION
    • Eastern Europe
      • Eastern Europe: General
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Eastern Europe: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Eastern Europe: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table EASTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Russia
        • Table RUSSIA: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table RUSSIA: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table RUSSIA: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Poland
        • Table POLAND: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table POLAND: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table POLAND: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Other Eastern Europe
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER EASTERN EUROPE: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
      • Africa/Mideast: Activated Carbon Supply & Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
      • Africa/Mideast: Activated Carbon Market Outlook
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Turkey
        • Table TURKEY: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table TURKEY: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table TURKEY: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Other Africa/Mideast
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET ENVIRONMENT
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: ACTIVATED CARBON SUPPLY & DEMAND
        • Table OTHER AFRICA/MIDEAST: ACTIVATED CARBON DEMAND BY APPLICATION
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
    • Industry Composition & Market Share
      • Table WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
      • Table CHART IX-1 WORLD ACTIVATED CARBON MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Manufacturing Trends
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Acquisitions & Divestitures
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Company Profiles
      • ADA Carbon Solutions LLC
      • Advanced Emissions Solutions Incorporated
      • Arkema SA
      • Babcock Power Incorporated
      • Cabot Corporation
      • Calgon Carbon Corporation
      • Carbon Activated Corporation
      • Carbon Resources LLC
      • CPL Carbon Link Limited
      • Desotec NV-SA
      • Donau Chemie AG
      • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
      • Futamura Chemical Company Limited
      • Grupo Clarimex SA de CV
      • Hayleys plc
      • Indo German Carbons Limited
      • International Chemical Investors SE
      • Jacobi Carbons AB
      • Kuraray Company Limited
      • Kureha Corporation
      • MeadWestvaco Corporation
      • Ningxia Huahui Activated Carbon Company Limited
      • Osaka Gas Company Limited
      • Pacific Activated Carbon Company Incorporated
      • Pentair Limited
      • PT Intan Prima Group
      • RWE Group
      • Shanxi Xinhua Chemical Company Limited
      • Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Company Limited
      • Shinkwang Chemical Industry Company Limited
      • Silcarbon Aktivkohle GmbH
      • Standard Purification LLC
      • Thermax Group
      • Veolia Environnement SA
    • Additional Companies Mentioned in Study

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