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Pelletized Activated Carbon Market Overview

The Pelletized Activated Carbon Market is expected to increase at a 5.8% CAGR thus rising in revenue from US$4.98 billion in 2022 to US$8.65 billion in 2032.

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Market Value (2022)

US$4.98 Billion

Market Anticipated Value (2032)

US$ 8.65 Billion

Market Growth Rate (2022 to 2032)

5.8% CAGR

Adsorption qualities of pelletized activated carbon (PAC) make it popular in vapour phase applications. Pelletized activated carbon is used in a variety of applications that need a low-pressure drop.

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Pelletized Activated Carbon Market Growth Drivers

The use of activated carbon to reduce pollution is increasing, which is propelling market expansion -

The increased demand for mercury control methods for various industrial air purification applications is projected to drive activated carbon demand. Many manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe will be required to meet stringent new emission limits for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants in the coming years. Examples include clinker cement mills, coal-fired power plants, and facilities that operate large industrial boilers.

Sources must meet specific emission limits based on emissions levels previously obtained by the best-performing facilities. These restrictions are set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in accordance with Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) recommendations.

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market Restraints

The paucity of raw materials is driving up the price of activated carbon, impeding market growth

Activated carbon producers are constrained by their dependency on coconut shells as a raw source. Natural calamities, which can limit or destroy raw material production, delay the activated carbon value chain. As a result, basic materials such as coconut shells have become more expensive. Various sectors, such as electricity, iron and steel, and cement factories, require the same raw material on a consistent basis, influencing the availability of good grades of coal required to manufacture activated carbon.

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Pelletized Activated Carbon Market Opportunity

Reactivated carbon will present appealing opportunities for activated carbon manufacturers

Strict air quality regulations, as well as an increase in the number of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, have resulted in a high demand for activated carbon. This has put additional pressure on activated carbon makers. To solve this, numerous activated carbon manufacturers are concentrating on producing reactivated carbon, which has a cost advantage of 20-30% over virgin activated carbon. Reactivated carbon is a less expensive and more environmentally friendly alternative to normal activated carbon.

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market Trends

The expanding range of applications for pelletized activated carbon are driving the market's continual evolution. The use of this form of carbon in the adsorption of pollutants in power plants and flue gas emissions facilities has grown in popularity over the years. Consumption of new goods has received a significant boost in recent years as a result of regulatory standards for the purification of gases and fluids in industrial markets.

As a result, the sheer rate of industrialisation in various parts of the world has provided significant growth impetus. Most notably, their use has grown in popularity due to the increased demand for high-performance adsorbents for the removal of nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide from industrial environments.

Activated carbon is a non-graphite form of carbon, made from carbonaceous materials or in general biomass substances such as coconut shell, wood and coal. The pelletized activated carbon is cylindrical shaped activated carbon with diameters ranging from 0.8 to 130 mm. The pelletized activated carbon is also known as extruded activated carbon (EAC).

The superiority of the pelletized activated carbon is based on their macrospores structure and the high surface area which render it more effective for the adsorption of gases, color and odor. The pelletized activated carbon is majorly used for gas or vapour phase applications for solvent recovery due to their low -pressure drop, high mechanical strength, and low dust content. The pelletized activated carbon has other various applications such as air stripper of gas, purification of carbon dioxide and nitrogen emitted from various industries, catalyst supporter and protector, and removal of odor from air and gases. The increasing regulations and awareness about the purification of liquid and gases enhance the demand of pelletized activated carbon market over the forecast period.

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Pelletized Activated Carbon Market – Drivers and Restraints

The global pelletized activated carbon market is projected to grow at a significant CAGR as the demand of the pelletized activated carbon is increasing due to rapidly rising industrialization worldwide. The growing concern about the removal of mercury emission from various end-use industries such as cement kilns, coal fired generators, waste incinerators, steel mills, industrial boilers as well as favorable regulations in Europe and USA

such as “Clean Air Mercury Rule” from EPA for lowering mercury emissions are the major drivers of the global pelletized activated carbon market. The government subsidies to safeguard the environment also boost the demand of the pelletized activated carbon and drives the growth of the global pelletized activated carbon market.

However, the restraint such as shortage of the raw material from coconut shell charcoal may hamper the growth of the global pelletized activated carbon market.

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market – Region Wise Outlook

The global pelletized activated carbon market is segmented into the seven regions: North America, Latin America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan and Middle East and Africa (MEA). The APEJ is dominating the global pelletized activated carbon market in terms of value as the demand of the pelletized activated carbon is high due to rising industrialization.

The North America and Western Europe also contribute the significant share to the global pelletized activated carbon market in terms of revenue, followed by APEJ due to the strict regulations about the emission of various gases and mercury from various industries. Japan is expected to register a significant growth in the global pelletized activated carbon market. MEA and Latin America are at a nascent stage in the global pelletized activated carbon market and expected to register a moderate market growth in the global pelletized activated market.

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market – Key Players

The key players of the global pelletized activated carbon market are as follows:

  • Calgon Carbon Corporation
  • Ada Carbon Solutions LLC.
  • Carbotech
  • Siemens Water Technologies Corp
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Carbon activated Corporation
  • Meadwestvaco Corporation
  • Carbon resources LLC.
  • Clarinex Group
  • Carbotech AC GmbH

The research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data, and statistically supported and industry-validated market data. It also contains projections using a suitable set of assumptions and methodologies. The research report provides analysis and information according to market segments such as geography, technology and applications.

The report covers exhaustive analysis on

  • Market Segments
  • Market Dynamics
  • Market Size
  • Supply & Demand
  • Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
  • Competition & Companies involved
  • Technology
  • Value Chain

Regional analysis includes

  • North America (USA, Canada)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest Of Latin America)
  • Western Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK, Spain, Nordic countries, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
  • Eastern Europe (Poland, Russia, Rest Of Eastern Europe)
  • Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (China, India, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand)
  • Japan
  • Middle East and Africa (GCC countries, S. Africa, N. Africa, Rest Of MEA)

The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain.

The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market – Segmentation

The global pelletized activated carbon market is segmented on the basis of raw material, applications and end user.

On the basis of raw material, the global pelletized activated carbon market is segmented as follows:

  • Coal
  • Wood
  • Coconut shell
  • Lignite
  • Bamboo
  • Paddy husk
  • Others

On the basis of applications, the global pelletized activated carbon market is segmented as follows:

  • Water treatment
  • Air purification and treatment
  • Industrial processes
  • Mercury removal
  • Others

On the basis of end use, the global pelletized activated carbon market is segmented as follows:

  • Automotive industry
  • Food and beverages industry
  • Pharmaceutical and medical industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Agriculture industry
  • Others

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