Activated Carbon to 2017

Published: May 2013
No. of Pages: 311
   

This study analyzes the US activated carbon industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product (e.g., PAC, GAC), application (e.g., water treatment, food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical and medical, mining, industrial air purification, motor vehicles, solvent recovery) and US regional market. The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles industry players.

US demand to rise 11.2% annually through 2017

US demand for activated carbon, including virgin and reactivated products sold by activated carbon suppliers, is expected to grow 11.2 percent per year to almost 1.3 billion pounds in 2017, with market value reaching almost $1.8 billion. Implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will drive most of the growth, as utilities and industrial manufacturers upgrade their coal-fired power plants to comply with the regulations. Compliance with the EPA’s Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts (DBP) Rules, which will be fully implemented by 2015, will lead to healthy gains in water treatment applications as well. Additionally, rising motor vehicle production, increased pharmaceutical output, and improving economic conditions will drive strong growth in several smaller applications.

New EPA mandates to be main driver of demand

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 activated carbon demand, and powdered products will 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 EPA regulations will also boost activated carbon demand in water treatment applications. Demand will increase by over 50 million pounds through 2017 as the EPA’s DBP Rules go into full effect. While some compliance with the DBP Rules had been achieved by 2012, the final phase-in of the Rules will continue to promote growth. The majority of activated carbon used to address 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

Among the smaller uses for activated carbon, motor vehicle applications, including emissions canisters and cabin air filters, will benefit from rebounding US motor vehicle production. Increased pharmaceutical output will promote 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 demand for activated carbon in chemical purification and other industrial processes. Many of these smaller applications use highervalue specialty products, such as activated carbon fiber or cloth and carbon monoliths, boosting demand in value terms despite accounting for a small share of overall volume demand. On the other hand, activated carbon use in food and beverage processing and solvent recovery will remain stable.

Company Profiles

Company Profiles for competitors in the US industry such as Calgon Carbon, MeadWestvaco, and Norit (Cabot)

Additional Information

This study covers the US activated carbon market, including granular activated carbon and powdered activated carbon. The granular activated carbon product segment includes standard granular activated carbon as well as specialty granular types including extruded or pelletized, spherical, and chemical-impregnated varieties. This study also covers demand for other higher-value activated carbon products including carbon cloth and carbon monoliths. Production and demand figures presented here include both virgin activated carbon and reactivated products (almost entirely granular activated carbons) sold by activated carbon suppliers, except in those places where virgin and reactivated activated carbon production capacities are considered separately. In some instances, the term “reactivation” is used interchangeably with the terms “regeneration” and “desorption” for clarity and ease of reading.

Historical data for 2002, 2007, and 2012 and forecasts to the years 2017 and 2022 are provided for activated carbon demand in pounds. Demand is presented by product type, application (liquid and gas phase), and by regional market within the US. Liquid phase applications include water treatment, food and beverage processing, pharmaceutical and medical preparations, mining, and a number of other, smaller-volume uses. Gas phase applications include industrial air purification, motor vehicle components, solvent recovery, and a number of smaller uses.

The term “demand” actually refers to apparent consumption and is used interchangeably with the terms “market,” “sales,” and “consumption.” Tabular details may not add to totals due to independent rounding. Ratios are rounded to the nearest significant digit. Dollar values cited for the industry are at the basic manufacturer’s level.

This study also presents production capacity figures for granular and powdered activated carbons in the US. Domestic reactivation capacity among activated carbon suppliers is discussed as well, including strategic considerations for reactivation providers. On-site reactivation capacities, such as those found in equipment at major water treatment facilities, are not included in this study.

Activated Carbon to 2017

Table Of Contents

Introduction XI

I. Executive Summary 1

II. Market environment 4

General 4
Macroeconomic Overview 5
Manufacturing Overview 8
Demographic Overview 11
Historical Market Trends 16
Environmental & Regulatory Issues 18
The Environmental Protection Agency & Key Legislation 19
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act 19
The Clean Air Act 20
The Clean Water Act 21
Safe Drinking Water Act 22
Air Pollution 22
MACT Standard for Coal-Fired Power Plants 24
MACT Standard for Portland Cement 25
Standards for Major & Area Source Industrial Boilers 26
MACT Standard for Commercial & Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators 26 Water Pollution 27
Other Regulatory Agencies & Legislation 30
Occupational Safety & Health Administration 30
Other Government Programs 31
Competitive Materials & Technologies 32
World Demand 35

III. Supply & demand 37
General 37
Product Shipments & Inventories 40
Production Capacity 41
Capacity Expansion Activity 46
Reactivation Activity 47
Strategic Considerations 50
Reactivation Methods 54
Reactivation Capacity 55
Activated Carbon Producers 57
Independent Reactivators 59
Expansion Activity in Reactivation Capacity 59
Foreign Trade 60
Imports 62
Exports 65
Supply & Demand 68
Demand by Material 70
Pricing Trends 74

IV. Types 76
General 76
Powdered Activated Carbon 80
Production Capacity 82
Supply & Demand 85
Demand by Application 88
Granular Activated Carbon 90
Production Capacity 92
Supply & Demand 95
Demand by Application 97
Other Activated Carbon Products 100
Supply & Demand 100
Demand by Type 102

V. Liquid Phase Applications 105
General 105 Water Treatment 108 Water Withdrawal & Use Trends 110
Activated Carbon Demand 113
Types 116 Applications 118
Drinking Water Treatment 120
Wastewater & Sewage Treatment 128
Groundwater Treatment & Other 131
Food & Beverage Processing 133
Food & Beverage Industry Overview 134
Activated Carbon Demand 137
Sweetener Processing Applications 139
Other Food & Beverage Processing Applications 142
Pharmaceutical & Medical 144
Pharmaceutical Industry Overview 144
Activated Carbon Demand 146
Mining 149
Mining Industry Overview 149
Activated Carbon Demand 151
Other Liquid Phase Applications 153

VI. Gas Phase Applications 155
General 155
Industrial Air Purification 159
Mercury Removal 160
Industrial Gas Stream Treatment 165
HVAC & Other Industrial Air Purification 167
Motor Vehicles 169
Motor Vehicle Industry Outlook 170
Emissions Canister Activated Carbon Demand 174
Other Motor Vehicle Activated Carbon Demand 176
Solvent Recovery 178
Recovery & Recycling Outlook 179
Activated Carbon Demand 181
Other Gas Phase Applications 183

VII. Regions 187
General 187
Regional Trends 188
Population Patterns 189
Economic Outlook 191
Coal-Fired Electricity Overview 194
Regional Demand for Activated Carbon 198
Northeast 201
Economic Overview 201
Activated Carbon Demand 202
New England 205
Middle Atlantic 206
Midwest 208
Economic Overview 208
Activated Carbon Demand 211
East North Central 213
West North Central 215
South 216
Economic Overview 216
Activated Carbon Demand 217
South Atlantic 220
East South Central 222
West South Central 223
West 225
Economic Overview 225
Activated Carbon Demand 226
Mountain 229
Pacific 231

VIII. Industry Structure 234
General 234
Market Share 238
Competitive Strategies 242
Acquisitions & Divestitures 244
Cooperative Agreements 245
Marketing & Distribution 247
Technology & Manufacturing 249
Feedstocks 251
Production Technology 252
Product Characteristics 253
Manufacturing Trends 255
Research & Development 256
Raw Material Development 256
Other Research & Development Activities 258
Company Profiles 260
ADA Carbon Solutions LLC 261
ADA-ES Incorporated 262
Albemarle Corporation 264
Arkema SA 266
Asbury Carbons Incorporated 268
Babcock Power Incorporated 269
Cabot Corporation 270
Calgon Carbon Corporation 274
California Carbon Company Incorporated 279
Cameron Great Lakes Incorporated 280
Carbochem Incorporated 281
Carbon Activated Corporation 282
Carbon Resources LLC 283
Carbtrol Corporation 285
CECA, see Arkema Donau Chemie AG 287
Indo German Carbons Limited 289
Jacobi Carbons AB 290
Japan EnviroChemicals, see Osaka Gas Kuraray Company Limited 293
MeadWestvaco Corporation 294
Norit, see Cabot
Osaka Gas Company Limited 297
Pacific Activated Carbon Company Incorporated 299
PICAU, see Jacobi Carbons Purification Cellutions, see MeadWestvaco Rheinbraun Brennstoff, see RWE Group RWE Group 300
Shanxi Xinhua Chemical Company Limited 302
Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Company Limited 303
Shenning Group, see Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Siemens AG 304
Veolia Environnement SA 309
Westates Carbon, see Siemens Zimpro Systems, see Siemens Additional Companies in the Activated Carbon Industry 311

List Of Tables

Section I -- Executive Summary
Summary Table 3

Section II -- Market Environment
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Manufacturers’ Shipments 11
3 Population & Households 15
4 Activated Carbon Market, 2002-2012 18

Section III -- Supply & Demand
1 Activated Carbon Production & Shipments 41
2 US Virgin Activated Carbon Production Capacity by Company, 2012 43
3 US Activated Carbon Reactivation Capacity by Company, 2012 57
4 Foreign Trade in Activated Carbon 62
5 US Activated Carbon Imports, 2008-2012 64
6 US Activated Carbon Exports, 2008-2012 67
7 Activated Carbon Supply & Demand 69
8 Activated Carbon Demand by Material 71
9 Activated Carbon Pricing 75

Section IV -- Types
1 Activated Carbon Demand by Type & Application 78
2 Advantages & Disadvantages of Powdered Activated Carbon 82
3 Virgin Powdered Activated Carbon Production Capacity By Company, 2012 85
4 Powdered Activated Carbon Supply & Demand 88
5 Powdered Activated carbon Demand by Application 89
6 Advantages & Disadvantages of Granular Activated Carbon 92
7 Virgin Granular Activated Carbon Production Capacity By Company, 2012 95
8 Granular Activated Carbon Supply & Demand 97
9 Granular Activated Carbon Demand by Application 99
10 Other Activated Carbon Supply & Demand 102
11 Other Activated Carbon Demand by Type 104

Section V -- Liquid Phase Applications
1 Liquid Phase Activated Carbon Demand by Application & Type 107
2 Water Withdrawal & Water Use 112
3 Activated Carbon Demand in Water Treatment by Type & Application 116
4 Activated Carbon Demand in Drinking Water Treatment by End Use & Type 123
5 Activated Carbon Demand in Municipal Drinking Water Treatment by Product 125
6 Activated Carbon Demand in Residential Drinking Water Treatment 128
7 Activated Carbon Demand in Wastewater & Sewage Treatment Applications by Product 131
8 Activated Carbon Demand in Groundwater Treatment & Other Water Treatment by Product 133
9 Food & Beverage Industry Indicators 137
10 Activated Carbon Demand in Food & Beverage Processing by Application & Type 139
11 Activated Carbon Demand in Sweetener Processing by Application & Type 142
12 Activated Carbon Demand in Other Food & Beverage Processing Applications 143
13 Pharmaceutical Shipments 146
14 Activated Carbon Demand in Pharmaceutical & Medical Applications 148
15 Nonfuel Mining Materials Handled 151
16 Activated Carbon Demand in Mining Applications 153
17 Activated Carbon Demand in Other Liquid Phase Applications 154

Section VI -- Gas Phase Applications
1 Activated Carbon Demand in Gas Phase Applications by Application & Type 157
2 Activated Carbon Demand in Industrial Air Purification by Application & Type 160
3 Activated Carbon Demand in Mercury Removal 164
4 Activated Carbon Demand in Industrial Gas Stream Treatment 167
5 Activated Carbon Demand in HVAC & Other Industrial Air Purification 169
6 Activated Carbon Demand in Motor Vehicle Applications 170
7 Motor Vehicle Indicators 173
8 Activated Carbon Demand in Motor Vehicle Emissions Canisters 176
9 Activated Carbon Demand in Other Motor Vehicle Applications 178
10 Recovery & Recycling of Chemicals & Metals 181
11 Activated Carbon Demand in Solvent Recovery 183
12 Activated Carbon Demand in Other Gas Phase Applications 186

Section VII -- Regions
1 US Population by Region & Subregion 191
2 US Gross Domestic Product by Region & Subregion 194
3 US Coal-Fired Electricity Generation by Region 196
4 Activated Carbon Demand by Region & Type 200
5 Northeast Economic Overview 202
6 Northeast Activated Carbon Demand by Subregion, Market, & Type 205
7 Midwest Economic Overview 210
8 Midwest Activated Carbon Demand by Subregion, Market, & Type 213
9 South Economic Overview 217
10 South Activated Carbon Demand by Subregion, Market, & Type 220
11 West Economic Overview 226
12 West Activated Carbon Demand by Subregion, Market, & Type 229

Section VIII -- Industry Structure
1 Selected Activated Carbon Sales by Company, 2012 237
2 Selected Cooperative Agreements 247

List Of Charts

Section III -- Supply & Demand
1 Activated Carbon Industry Flowchart 39
2 Geographic Distribution of Selected Virgin Activated Carbon Production Plants, 2012 44
3 Geographic Distribution of Selected Activated Carbon Reactivation Plants, 2012 53
4 US Activated Carbon Imports, 2012 65
5 US Activated Carbon Exports, 2012 68
6 US Activated Carbon Shipments by Type, 2002-2022 70
7 Activated Carbon Demand by Material, 2012 71

Section IV -- Types
1 Activated Carbon Demand by Type & Application, 2002-2022 79
2 Powdered Activated Carbon Demand by Application, 2012 90
3 Granular Activated Carbon Demand by Application, 2012 100

Section V -- Liquid Phase Applications
1 Liquid Phase Activated Carbon Demand by Application, 2012 108

Section VI -- Gas Phase Applications
1 Gas Phase Activated Carbon Demand by Application & Type, 2002-2022 158

Section VII -- Regions
1 US Coal-Fired Electricity Generation by Subregion, 2012 197
2 Regional Indicators for Activated Carbon Demand, 2012 201

Section VIII -- Industry Structure
1 US Activated Carbon Market Share by Company, 2012 238

Published By: Freedonia Group
Product Code: Freedonia Group218


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