Activated Carbon Filters Market Size & Share, by Type (Stainless Steel Shell, Carbon Steel Shell); Application (Industrial Water Pollution Treatment, Drinking Water Purification, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Feb 27, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Activated Carbon Filters Market size is projected to surpass USD 4 billion, expanding at a CAGR of 5% in the forecast period i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of activated carbon filter was USD 543 million. The market growth is attributed to the increasing prevalence of water-borne diseases and infectious diseases such as whorls rash, cyclosporiasis, cryptosporidiosis, and algae bloom worldwide. As carbon filters can remove bacteria, infectious diseases can cause serious and significant health problems, which is expected to drive the growth of the global market.

Activated carbon filters market trends such as the need for water purification highlight the role of activated carbon filtration. A report released by the World Health Organization in 2022 found that contaminated drinking water can carry diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, and polio, with an estimated 485,000 people suffering from diarrhea. Activated carbon filters are used to remove organic compounds to extract chlorine from water, making the water suitable for wastewater or use in manufacturing processes. 

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Activated Carbon Filters Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year

2023 – 2035



Base Year Market Size

~USD 543 million

Forecast Year Market Size

~USD 4 billion







Regional Synopsis

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Activated Carbon Filter Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Driver

  • Increase in Food and Beverage Industry – In recent years there has been a significant increase in the use of activated carbon filters in the food and beverage industry due to their applications in cleaning and filtration preparation, such as colorant and drug removal, food processing. Therefore, the rise of the food and beverage industry is expected to drive the growth of the global activated carbon filters market during the evaluation period.  
  • High Demand in Pharmaceutical Industry – In order to separate and clean suspensions and to accelerate reaction processes activated carbon filters are utilized in the pharmaceutical sector. It also has the potential to remove impurities and color during the production of vitamins A, D, K, B, H, C, AND folic acid. Thus, increasing investment made by market players and pharmaceutical companies towards the rise of manufacturing units has actively contributed to market growth.
  • Growing Utilization in Cosmetic Sector - The cosmetics industry has introduced activated charcoal into beauty products such as toothpaste, bar soap, cleansing gels, and exfoliating masks. These products absorb surface dirt and impurities, helping to effectively clean your face and teeth. This is said to be one of the main factors influencing the growth of the activated carbon filters market in the future times. 
  • High Focus on Proper Industrial Waste Discharge - The sector is expected to grow strongly as governments and environmental firms increasingly focus on the treatment of large industrial wastes from the most important industries. Activated carbon filters can remove unwanted particles and remove odors and contaminants from wastewater. Therefore, growing industrial activities are estimated to raise the demand for activated carbon filters in the forecast time period.


  • High Production Cost Included - Activated carbon filters are very expensive and not everyone can afford them. People prefer conventional methods for the purification of water rather than purchasing an activated carbon filter. These filters are attached to any types of components that are not cost-effective, hence, the selling price also increases. Therefore, it is anticipated to restrain the market's growth in the upcoming times.
  • Less Availability of Raw Materials
  • Disadvantages Associated with Activated Carbon Filters

Activated Carbon Filter Segmentation

Application (Industrial Water Pollution Treatment, Drinking Water Purification, Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals)

The industrial water pollution treatment segment is expected to hold 45% share of the global activated carbon filters market during the forecast period. The growth of this sector is due to the presence of large amounts of waste accumulated in industrial landfills, which are then dumped into rivers, the source of pure water. About 300 to 400 tonnes of contaminated waste is dumped each year by industries around the world, according to a report to be released in 2021. In addition, the lack of availability of fresh and clean water is also a factor contributing to the expansion of industrial water pollution treatment, which is expected to further boost the market. Almost 70% of India's surface water is no longer fit for consumption due to rapid urbanization. In addition, about 40 million liters of wastewater enter rivers every year.

Type (Stainless Steel Shell, Carbon Steel Shell)

The stainless steel case segment in the activated carbon filters market is expected to hold a large share. Stainless steel is often used due to its higher chromium content and better heat distribution than carbon steel cases. In addition, it has been observed that carbon steel shells are prone to rust, whereas stainless steel is less corrosive. This will allow you to cope with extreme weather conditions. The total global stainless steel production in 2021 is estimated to be about 60 million tons. 

Our in-depth analysis of the global activated carbon filters market includes the following segments:





  • Industrial Water Pollution Treatment
  • Drinking Water Purification
  • Food & Beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals




  • Stainless Steel Shell
  • Carbon Steel Shell

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Activated Carbon Filters Industry – Regional Synopsis

Asia Pacific Market Statistics

The activated carbon filters market in the Asia Pacific region is expected to witness the highest market revenue growing at a CAGR of 34% in the estimated time period. The market growth can be mainly ascribed to the back of the rapid growth of the personal care industries where activated carbon is widely used, and the expansion of other industries driving the demand for activated carbon filters in the region. For instance, Asian beauty and personal care sector revenue is estimated to be around USD 200 billion in 2023, with online sales accounting for nearly 30% of total revenue. Therefore, this is the factor expected to have a positive impact on the growth of the market in this region during the predicted period. 

North American Market Forecasts

In North America, the activated carbon filters market is predicted to expand substantially in the time period between 2023 – 2035. The growth of this market can be attributed on account of several factors such as escalating old population, the constantly growing automobile sector, and increasing concerns about the environment in the region. Moreover, the increasing need for water and gas purification treatment in the region is also behind the market expansion of activated carbon filters in this region.

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Companies Dominating the Activated Carbon Filters Market

    • TIGG LLC.
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Puragen Activated Carbons
    • General Carbon Corporation
    • WesTech Engineering, LLC.
    • Lenntech USA LLC
    • Donau Carbon GmbH
    • SERECO S.r.l
    • Carbtrol Corporation
    • Oxbow Activated Carbon
    • Cabot Corporation


In The News

  • Cabot Corporation has successfully acquired Tokai Carbon (Tianjin) Co., Ltd from TOW Carbon Group. The acquisition expands the company's manufacturing capacity while continuing to serve existing carbon black customers. The annual production rate of carbon black at the Site was evaluated to be around 50,000 metric tons. Cabot also planning to invest in the site to Increase production capabilities.
  • WesTech Engineering, LLC. has announced that the WWETCO FlexFilter has been conditionally accepted as an alternative filtration technology by the State of California under Its Water Recycling Criteria (Title 22), Section 60320.5.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 4399
  • Published Date: Feb 27, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the activated carbon filters market?

Ans: The growing focus on proper industrial waste discharge and expansion of the food and beverage sector are some of the major factors anticipated to drive the growth of the activated carbon filter.

2) What would be the CAGR of the activated carbon filters market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) Who are the major players dominating the activated carbon filters market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Puragen Activated Carbons, Kuraray Co. Ltd, General Carbon Corporation, Cabot Corporation, WesTech Engineering, LLC., Lenntech USA LLC, Donau Carbon GmbH, and others.

4) Which segment captures the largest market size in application in the activated carbon filters market?

Ans: The industrial water pollution treatment segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

5) Which region will provide more business opportunities for the growth of the activated carbon filters market in the future?

Ans: The market in Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

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