Activated carbon also known as activated charcoal and activated coal is a processed non-graphite porous form of carbon formed by activation of carbonaceous material such as sawdust, bamboo, coconut shells, wood chips, lignite, coal, paddy husk etc. Powder, granular and extruded are the common products used in activated carbons market. Impregnated carbon is another variety, which contains different elements such as polymer coated carbons, iodine and silver. Activated carbon is used in wide range of applications in gas, vapor, and liquid treatment. The value chain of activated carbon includes raw material suppliers, production process, product supply channels, end-use industries and post sales service. 
The implementation of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and National Primary Drinking Water Regulations issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and several other regional regulations for air and water purification are expected to drive the activated carbon market over the forecast period. Trade tariffs, regulatory uncertainties, mergers and acquisitions, and raw material shortages are the major concerns in the current market scenario. Rapid developments in the field of reactivated carbon market are expected to open new growth window for manufacturers as well as end-users. The use of reactivated carbon by industrial facilities and municipalities reduces their carbon footprints and saves money. 
The market for activated carbon in 2012 was valued at USD 1,913.2 million and is forecast to reach USD 4,180.5 million by the end of 2019, growing at a CAGR of 11.9% between 2013 and 2019. The powdered activated carbon is the fastest growing product segment, growing at a CAGR of over 13.7% from 2013 to 2019 in terms of revenue. However, granular activated carbon is forecasted to account for over 32% share of the global market in 2019. 
Liquid phase application dominates the global activated carbon consumption, which accounted for over 58% share of the global activated market in 2012. However, gas phase application is expected to be the fastest growing application market growing at a CAGR of over 13% from 2013 to 2019 in terms of revenue.
Water treatment application dominated the demand for activated carbon in 2012 and is expected to be one of the major growth driving factors. The activated carbon consumption in water treatment industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2013 to 2019. Air purification was the second largest market segment in 2012 and is expected to be the fastest growing application market for activated carbon from 2013 to 2019. 
Asia Pacific emerged as the highest consumer of activated carbon and accounted for nearly 41% of the global market share in 2012. The growth of major end-use industries including water treatment and air purification mainly in Japan and emerging economies of China and India are expected to fuel the market for activated carbon in the region. Water treatment industry was the largest outlet for activated carbon and accounted for over 47% share of the Asia Pacific market in 2012.
North America was the second largest market for activated carbon which accounted for over 27% share of the global market in 2012. Owing to the significant increase in demand for activated carbon in Asia Pacific and RoW, the market share of Europe and North America is expected to decline over the forecast period. 
The activated carbon market is highly concentrated and top three companies occupy about 68% of the total market for activated carbon by revenue. Calgon Carbon Corporation is the leading participant in the global activated carbon market and occupies a healthy market share. Carbon Resources LLC., Haycarb PLC, Jacobi Carbons AB, Meadwestvaco Corporation, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon., and Siemens Water Technologies Corp., are some of the other key participants in the market.
The report provides a detailed analysis and forecast of the activated carbon market on a global as well as regional level. The demand forecast is given for the period ranging from 2013 to 2019, based on volume (kilo tons) as well as revenue (USD million). The study consists of drivers, restraints and opportunities prevailing in activated carbon market and its implications during the forecast period. 
The report analyses the market based on product segment such as powdered and granular activated carbon products. The report provides estimates and forecast for each segment for the period from 2012 to 2019. The report segments the market based on applications such liquid phase and gas phase as well as on end-user industry such as water treatment (municipal water treatment, beverage production, point-of-use water filters, semiconductor manufacture, groundwater remediation, and treatment of landfill leachate); food and beverages(purification of sweeteners, edible oils, glycerin, wine and juices, organic and inorganic acids and pharmaceutical intermediates); pharmaceutical and medical ( poisonings and overdoses, tablets or capsules production, wound dressings, odor control filters, and masks); automotive (air filter, vehicle canisters, fuel loading/transfer facilities, activated carbon sheets and cabin air); air purification (toxic gases and mercury removal application, flue gases removal; and others (solvent recovery, petroleum refineries, mining and electronics industry).
The report analyzes the demand for activated carbon into different regions with further bifurcation into various products, applications and end-user industries. Key regions covered in this report are North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. Thorough analysis and forecast of each segment in terms of revenue and volume for the period from 2012 to 2019 has been included in this study. 
Porters five forces analysis and market attractiveness analysis offers comprehensive overview of the global activated carbon market. The report facilitates stakeholders of this market such as, activated carbon buyers, raw material suppliers, substitutes, and potential new entrants in their strategy making process. The study includes detailed description of the product value chain analysis right from raw material to its end-use. Key industry participants include Calgon Carbon Corporation, Carbon Resources LLC, Haycarb PLC, Jacobi Carbons AB, Meadwestvaco Corporation, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon and Siemens Water Technologies Corp., amongst others. The study includes detailed profiles of these leading market participants with company overview, financial overview, business strategies and SWOT analysis in addition to recent developments of the company.
For the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities.
Secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations, SEC filings, Plastemart magazine, TPE magazine, internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases such as ICIS, Hoovers, Onesource, Factiva and Bloomberg, national government documents, statistical databases, trade journals, market reports, news articles, press releases and webcasts specific to companies operating in the market.
The primary research involves e-mail interactions, telephonic interviews as well as face-to-face interviews for each market, category, segment and sub-segment across geographies. We conduct primary interviews on an ongoing basis with industry participants and commentators in order to validate data and analysis. Primary interview provides firsthand information on market size, market trends, growth trends, competitive landscape, outlook, etc. Moreover, it helps in validating and strengthening secondary research findings. Furthermore, it develops the analysis team’s expertise and market understanding.
The report segments the global activated carbon market as:
Activated Carbon Market: Product Segment Analysis
  • Powdered
  • Granular
  • Others (Extruded, impregnated, etc.)
Activated Carbon Market: Application Analysis
  • Liquid phase
  • Gas phase
Activated Carbon Market: End-Use Analysis
  • Water Treatment
  • Food & Beverage Processing
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical
  • Automotive
  • Air purification
  • Others (Solvent recovery, mining, catalysts, etc.)
Activated Carbon Market: Regional Analysis
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World