Source: PRNewswire
Growing environmental pollutions and increasing use of activated carbon to purge heavy metal residues in industrial pollutants are driving the global activated carbon market. Activated carbon markets are entering a period of fast growth. The next four years could see world consumption almost double. Enough new production capacity should be in place by 2017 to meet new demand, but the potential exists for a shortage. The corporate landscape is also shifting. Sixteen companies now account for almost two thirds of total activated carbon production capacity and just two countries account for the same proportion of world capacity.
Regulatory uncertainty, trade tariffs, mergers and acquisitions, and raw material shortages have all been features of the market over the last five years in the activated carbon industry. A new report by Roskill, "Activated carbon: Global Industry Markets and Outlook, 9th edition 2013" reviews these changes and examines their impact on the industry. One of the major drivers behind many of these changes is the emerging demand in North America for powdered activated carbon in mercury control applications, which grew at a dramatic 101% per year between 2007 and 2012, compared with an average overall growth rate for all applications of 13% per year.

This report will be released on March 31, 2013.

In China, production and demand of activated carbon is surging while the export proportion is ever declining due to intensifying environmental-friendly policies in China as well as accelerated trade protectionism carried out by European and American countries. According to "China Activated Carbon Industry Report, 2013-2015", in 2012, China's production of activated carbon sustained upward mobility, with the output growing by 5.4% year-on-year to 521,100 tons; and the domestic demand surged by 13.5% year-on-year to 303,000 tons, while the export volume slightly decreased by 3.6% year-on-year to 232,500 tons, with the proportion in output dropping to 48.8%. The estimation shows that the production and consumption of activated carbon in China will grow in a steady way till 2015, with the respective targeted figure realizing 754,000 tons and 448,000 tons.

ResearchInChina's report provides supply and demand, trade, competition pattern and development trends for the global activated carbon market. Demand forecasts are provided for activated carbon applications in water treatment, food and beverage, chemical, metallurgy, pharmaceutical, automobile and more. The study also includes production, operation, investment, and M&A activity for five major Chinese wooden activated carbon businesses (Fujian Yuanli Actice Carbon Co., Ltd., Xinsen Carbon Corp., Ltd., Zhixing Activated Carbon, Jiangsu Zhuxi Activated Carbon, and Yunhe Carbon ) and six major coal-based activated carbon producers (Ningxia Huahui Activated Carbon Company Limited, Calgon Carbon corporation, Datong Carbon Corporation, Datong Municipal Yunguang Activated Carbon, Datong Fuping Activated Carbon, and Ningxia Guanghua-Cherishmet Activated Carbon Co., Ltd.)

Liquid-phase end uses were still by far the largest application for activated carbon in 2012, accounting for an estimated 80% of total consumption. Gas-phase uses accounted for 20% of the world market in 2012 and their share of the market will increase to 2017. Water treatment was by far the largest individual market for activated carbon in 2012 and is the largest liquid-phase end-use.

Although similar in appearance, activated carbon should not be confused with carbon black, which is a material used as pigment and reinforcement in rubbers and plastics.

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