Pelletized Activated Carbon Market Size & Share, by Type (Wood, Paddy Husk, Coconut Shell, Coal, Bamboo, Lignite); Application (Metal Recovery, Water & Wastewater Treatment, Filter, Air & Gas Treatment, Mercury Removal, Catalyst); End-user (Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture, Mining, Oil & Gas, Chemical, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Jul 20, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market size is set to cross USD 8 Billion by the end of 2035, expanding at a CAGR of approximately 6% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of pelletized activated carbon was around USD 5 Billion. The market growth is mainly driven by growing levels of air pollution. Despite advances in some locations, global urban air pollution levels climbed by 8%, according to the World Health Organization.  Low- and middle-income nations in WHO's Eastern Mediterranean and South-East Asia Regions have the greatest levels of urban air pollution, with annual mean levels frequently exceeding 5-10 times WHO standards. Pelletized activated carbon is a versatile material widely used for controlling air pollution due to its exceptional adsorption properties.

Besides this, growing initiatives from government and regulatory bodies have a positive impact on the pelletized activated carbon market. These programs often involve the installation of air purification systems and filters in industrial facilities, vehicles, and power plants. These all are usually equipped with activated carbon filters for absorbing air pollutants.

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Pelletized Activated Carbon Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Expansion of Industrialization– In 2021, global industrial output increased by 7.2%, approaching pre-pandemic levels. The worldwide manufacturing value-added proportion of total GDP grew from 16.2% in 2015 to 16.9% in 2021. Industrialization significantly contributes to the generation of air pollutants, industries such as chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, power generation, and waste treatment facilities require effective solutions to control emissions.
  • Growing Initiatives for Mercury Removal– The Clean Air Mercury Rule was based on the EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) to significantly lower emissions from coal-fired power plants in the United States. The purpose of these mercury standards was to bring down utility mercury emissions from 48 tonnes per year to 15 tonnes, an improvement of roughly 70%. Pelletized activated carbon has a high surface area, porosity, and adsorption capabilities. Owing to all these properties, they attract and hold mercury onto their surface.
  • Rising Use of Fuel Cell Technology– Amazon used more than 15,000 fuel cells to power 70 of its campuses as of 2022. As of January 2022, Walmart operated 10,000 fuel cell at 41 hydrogen fuel sites spread throughout distribution centers. By purifying the fuel and oxidant, the carbon pellets help enhance the efficiency and longevity of the fuel cell.


  • Concerns Associated with Safe Disposal and Regeneration- After reaching its adsorption capacity, pelletized activated carbon need to be replaced or regenerated. Proper disposal of spent carbon can be challenging, as it may contain adsorbed contaminants that need to be handled and disposed of properly to avoid environmental impact. Regeneration of spent carbon can also be a complex and energy-intensive process, requiring specialized facilities and expertise.
  • Limitation in Adsorption Capacity
  • Challenge from an Alternative Technology

Pelletized Activated Carbon Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 5 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 8 Billion

Regional Scope

  • 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)
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Pelletized Activated Carbon Segmentation

Application (Metal Recovery, Water & Wastewater Treatment, Filter, Air & Gas Treatment, Mercury Removal, Catalyst)

The water & wastewater segment is slated to account for 37% share of the global pelletized activated carbon market in 2035. Moreover, it will show tremendous growth at a significant CAGR over the projected period. Shortage of fresh drinking water and the growing need for treating unhealthy water is expected to augment the segment’s growth. In 2020, 56% of home wastewater flows were properly treated globally. Furthermore, by 2030, the global state of wastewater treatment and acceleration must reach target 6.3. Moreover, 2 billion people do not have clean drinking water at home. Around 1 1.2 billion of them lack a reliable supply of safe drinking water. Rural areas are home to eight out of ten people who continue to lack access to safe drinking water. Activated carbon can remove unpleasant odors and tastes from water caused by chemicals, chlorine, algae, or their organic matter. The carbon pellets adsorb and trap these compounds, resulting in cleaner and better-tasting water.

End User (Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture, Mining, Oil & Gas, Chemical, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing)

In the year 2035, the automotive segment in the pelletized activated carbon market is predicted to have a major share of roughly 40%. Higher emission of polluted chemicals from the transportation sectors is the primary driving factor for the segment’s growth. Transportation GHG emissions account for approximately 29 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions, making it the greatest contributor to air pollution. Activated carbon pellets can be integrated into the emissions control systems of automobiles. They are utilized in canister filters to trap and absorb fuel vapors emitted from the fuel tank, preventing them from being released into the atmosphere and contributing to pollution.

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


  • Wood
  • Paddy Husk
  • Coconut Shell
  • Coal
  • Bamboo
  • Lignite


  • Metal Recovery
  • Water & Wastewater Treatment
  • Filter
  • Air & Gas Treatment
  • Mercury Removal
  • Catalyst

     End User

  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemical
  • Food & Beverage
  • Manufacturing

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Pelletized Activated Carbon Market - Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

Pelletized activated carbon market in the Asia Pacific is expected to hold 36% of the revenue share by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the rising air pollution in the region, followed by government initiatives to control air pollution. India is one of the most polluted countries in the world, with 21 of the world's 30 cities having the worst air pollution. The capital, New Delhi, has the worst air quality of any capital city in the world. Particulate matter (PM2.5) levels in New Delhi are nearly ten folds higher than the standards fixed by WHO. Furthermore, India has launched an aggressive National Clean Air Programme to reduce airborne particulate matter by around 30% by the end of 2024.

North American Market Statistics

The pelletized activated carbon market in North America is expected to hold a significant market share of around 24% by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed to rising practices of water and wastewater treatment. More than 238 million people are served by an estimated 14,748 publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) for wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal. Moreover, California recycled more than 1.5 million acre-feet per year by 2020, with lofty targets of increasing water recycling to 2.5 million acre-feet per year by 2030.

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Companies Dominating the Pelletized Activated Carbon Market

    • Kuraray Co. Ltd.
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    • Donau Chemie AG
    • Haycarb Plc
    • Jacobi Carbons GmbH
    • Kureha Corporation
    • Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
    • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    • Ingevity Corporation
    • CarbPure Technologies
    • Cabot Corporation


In The News

  • Ingevity Corporation announced the expansion of its activated carbon capacity in its facility located in Zhuhai, China. The plant renovations successfully increased capacity by 15% to 20%, allowing Ingevity to meet the demands from the worldwide market for its premium, high-capacity pelletized carbon products.
  • Evoqua Water Technologies announced the acquisition of industrial wastewater treatment in Texas, which was formerly controlled by Bob Johnson & Associated from Kemco Systems. This acquisition will strengthen the expansion of Evoqua’s water treatment solution in the Texas market.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5093
  • Published Date: Jul 20, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing pollution levels in the air, growing demand for water treatment, and growing adoption of fuel cells are the major factors driving the market growth.

Activated carbon molding into cylindrical pellets ranging in diameter from 0.8 to 5 mm forms pelletized activated carbon.

The market size of pelletized activated carbon is anticipated to attain a CAGR of approximately 6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 � 2035.

The pHPZC values for commercial powdered activated carbons range from 6.50 to 7.33.

The major players in the market are Donau Chemie AG, Haycarb Plc, Jacobi Carbons GmbH, Kureha Corporation, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Ingevity Corporation, CarbPure Technologies, Cabot Corporation, and Kuraray Co Ltd.
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