Implementation of the EPA’s new mercury removal standards will be the single most important factor impacting activated carbon demand through 2017. Mercury-emitting industrial facilities such as coal-fired power plants, cement kilns, solid waste incinerators, and other plants with large industrial boilers will predominantly turn to activated carbon injection (ACI) systems to meet these requirements. With an ACI system in a large industrial facility consuming up to two million pounds of powdered activated carbon annually, the phase-in of these new rules is expected to have a powerful impact on the activated carbon demand with powdered products forecast to expand their market share to 70 percent of total US demand in 2017. As powdered activated carbon is generally not reactivated, sales of powdered activated carbon are expected to remain high even beyond the phase-in deadline for the mercury removal standards.
Compliance with the EPA regulations will also boost the demand of activated carbon in water treatment applications. Demand is forecast to increase by over 50 million pounds through 2017 as the EPA’s DBP Rules go into full effect. While partial compliance with the DBP Rules has already been achieved by 2012, the final phase-in of the Rules will continue to promote growth. The majority of activated carbon used to address the DBPs will be granular activated carbon, making water treatment applications the best growth opportunity for suppliers of granular products, both virgin and reactivated.
Smaller applications to also see strong growth says the report.
Among the smaller uses for activated carbon, motor vehicle applications, including emissions canisters and cabin air filters, will benefit from the rebounding US motor vehicle production. Increased pharmaceutical output will promote the demand for activated carbon in pharmaceutical and medical applications. Mining applications will also register gains, as increased processing will be necessary to maximize mine output. An improving economy will promote the demand for activated carbon in chemical purification and other industrial processes. Many of these smaller applications use higher value specialty products, such as activated carbon fiber or cloth and carbon monoliths, boosting the demand in value terms despite accounting for a small share of overall volume demand. On the other hand, the use of activated carbon in food and beverage processing and solvent recovery will remain stable.
Activated Carbon Markets in China:
China's demand for activated carbon has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next five years, both production and demand will continue to grow. This new study examines China's economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry structure, marketing channels and major industry participants. Historical data (2002, 2007 and 2012) and long-term forecasts through 2017 and 2022 are presented along with profiles of major producers in China.
China Activated Carbon Industry Report, 2013-2015:
The scope of this report covers:
• supply & demand, trade, competition pattern and development trend of the global activated carbon market;
• development environment, supply & demand, competition pattern, import & export and upstream sectors of China's activated carbon industry;
• demand forecast of Chinese activated carbon industry, and prediction of demand in industries such as water treatment, food & beverage, chemical, metallurgy, pharmaceutical, automobile, etc;
• Production, operation, investment, M&A, wooden activated carbon business as well as development outlook of five major Chinese wooden activated carbon businesses and six major coal-based activated carbon producers.
Global and China Carbon Fiber Industry Report, 2012-2015:
Carbon fiber is a new generation of reinforced fiber, mainly used in the fields of aerospace, wind power, automotive, sports and leisure. Industrial applications like wind power, automotive and pressure vessel, account for the largest demand for carbon fiber, which is more than 60%, followed by aerospace, with an enhanced application and hence steadily increased demand. The growth of demand from sports and leisure has been relatively slow. The global carbon fiber demand maintained a CAGR of 14.1% in 2008-2012, and hit 54,500 tons in 2012.