United States Activated Carbon Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by Product Type (Powdered Activated Carbon, Granular Activated Carbon, and Extruded or Pelletized Activated Carbon), Application (Gas Purification, Water Purification, Metal Extraction, Medicine, and Other Applications), and End-user Industry (Water Treatment, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Automotive, Industrial Processing, and Other End-user Industries)

US Activated Carbon Market Size

United States Activated Carbon Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: > 3 %

Major Players

United States Activated Carbon Market Key Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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US Activated Carbon Market Analysis

The United States activated carbon market is estimated to witness a healthy growth, at an estimated CAGR of over 3%, over the forecast period. Key factors driving the market growth include augmenting prominence for air pollution control. However, the market faces few challenges, such as narrower markets, due to increased costs of some grades of activated carbon, and the threat of substitutes, like silica gel and super sand.

  • Conformance to stringent environmental regulations in water treatment application is expected to drive the growth during the forecast period.
  • Emerging applications in the medical and pharmaceutical sector are likely to act as an opportunity in the future.

US Activated Carbon Industry Segmentation

The United States activated carbon market report includes:

Product Type
Powdered Activated Carbon
Granular Activated Carbon
Extruded or Pelletized Activated Carbon
Gas Purification
Water Purification
Metal Extraction
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Water Treatment
Food & Beverage
Industrial Processing
Other End-user Industries

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US Activated Carbon Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the US Activated Carbon Market according to our research experts:

Emerging Applications in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Sector

  • Activated carbon has several direct, as well as indirect applications, in the medical and pharmaceutical sector.
  • Activated carbon is used to reduce cholesterol levels and treat cholestasis during pregnancy. It is used as an anti-flatulent before abdominal radiography procedures and after radiography. It is employed in the removal of radio-opaque dyestuff's that are discharged to the sewerage system.
  • Another advantage of activated carbon in the medical field is its efficiency in solving over-the-counter stomach remedies, where it is incorporated as an active ingredient. For wound care, activated carbon is included in dressings for controlling odor, and in certain cases, to prevent sepsis.
  • Owing to its superior adsorbing capabilities, activated carbon can be employed in cases where effective filtration systems are involved in pharmaceutical processing. Key factors in these cases are performance and purity. These factors help in reducing the contamination of the product, without affecting the pH value of the solution, while at the same time, ensuring soluble minerals with low-acid content.
  • Owing to the growing usage of activated carbon in pharmaceutical applications, the market for the same has witnessed tremendous growth over the last five years and is expected to grow in the coming years.
United States Activated Carbon Market Trends

Growing Demand from Industrial Processing

  • Activated carbon in industrial processing is used for a variety of processes involving purification, recovery, and removal of substances at every stage of processing.
  • Additionally, it acts as a catalyst to support industrial processes, like production and destruction of phosgene, production of glyphosate, and removal of mercaptan in petroleum distillates.
  • In industrial processes, gas streams require purification to prevent the poisoning of downstream catalysts, or to meet specific requirements.
  • Valuable solvents that may be lost from the discharge stack can be adsorbed onto activated carbon and then recovered using pressure swing or temperature swing (via steam or nitrogen) for reuse. Hence, there is a heavy requirement of activated carbon from such industrial processes.
  • Increasing industrial activities have been observed in the United States. Therefore, the market of activated carbon in the industrial processing segment has the potential for growth.
  • Therefore, considering the aforementioned factors, the demand for activated carbon is expected to rise from the country's’ industrial processing sector.
United States Activated Carbon Market Growth

US Activated Carbon Industry Overview

The United States activated carbon market is consolidated, with the top five players accounting for around half of the market. The major companies include Cabot Corporation, Ingevity, PURAGEN ACTIVATED CARBONS, Kuraray Co., Ltd, and Donau Chemie AG, among others.

US Activated Carbon Market Leaders

  1. Cabot Corporation

  2. Ingevity


  4. Kuraray Co., Ltd

  5. Donau Chemie AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

"Cabot Corporation,  Ingevity,  PURAGEN ACTIVATED CARBONS,  Kuraray Co., Ltd,  Donau Chemie AG"

US Activated Carbon Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Conformance to Stringent Environmental Regulations In Water Treatment Applications

      2. 4.1.2 Augmenting Prominence for Air Pollution Control (Especially Mercury Removal)

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Narrower Markets Due to Increased Costs of Some Grades of Activated Carbon

      2. 4.2.2 Threat of Substitutes Like Silica Gel and Supersand

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Import and Export Trends

    6. 4.6 Price Trends


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Powdered Activated Carbon

      2. 5.1.2 Granular Activated Carbon

      3. 5.1.3 Extruded or Pelletized Activated Carbon

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Gas Purification

      2. 5.2.2 Water Purification

      3. 5.2.3 Metal Extraction

      4. 5.2.4 Medicine

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Water Treatment

      2. 5.3.2 Food & Beverage

      3. 5.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.3.4 Automotive

      5. 5.3.5 Industrial Processing

      6. 5.3.6 Other End-user Industries


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.

      2. 6.4.2 Albemarle Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 Cabot Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 Calgon Carbon Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Carbon Activated Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 CarbUSA

      7. 6.4.7 CPL Activated Carbons

      8. 6.4.8 Donau Chemie AG

      9. 6.4.9 Evoqua Water Technologies LLC

      10. 6.4.10 Ingevity

      11. 6.4.11 JACOBI CARBONS GROUP

      12. 6.4.12 KURARAY CO., LTD

      13. 6.4.13 KUREHA CORPORATION


      15. 6.4.15 Prominent Systems, Inc.

      16. 6.4.16 Veolia

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Emerging Applications in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Sector

    2. 7.2 Growing Prominence for Reactivated Carbon

**Subject to Availability
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US Activated Carbon Market Research FAQs

The United States Activated Carbon Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The United States Activated Carbon Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Cabot Corporation, Ingevity, PURAGEN ACTIVATED CARBONS, Kuraray Co., Ltd, Donau Chemie AG are the major companies operating in United States Activated Carbon Market.

United States Activated Carbon Industry Report

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