Gcc Activated Carbon Market

GCC Market Study on Activated Carbon: Fostering Adoption in Environmental Purification Procedures Assists Growth

GCC Activated Carbon Market Segmented By Granular, Powdered, Pelletized Form in Liquid and Gas phase Application


Increasing demand for activated carbon in water treatment and air purification procedures is enabling the activated carbon market to proliferate in the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) region.

Activated carbon possesses higher benefits over the existing products for water and air filtration. Its highly porous elemental characteristics make it a highly preferred choice in the oil & gas industry for applications such as spill clean-up, pilot testing, and groundwater remediation.

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  • Cabot Corporation
  • Donau Carbon GmbH
  • Calgon Carbon Corporation
  • Fujairah Chemical
  • NTC Dubai
  • DUBI CHEM Marine International
  • Veolia Water SA
  • Carbon Activated Corporation

Increasing Demand in Water Filtration and Air Purification Applications to Boost Market Growth

Water filtration processes across GCC are expected to take advantage of activated carbon’s natural characteristics and employ it to eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and chlorine from drinking water. Favorable government initiatives regarding awareness about health hazards of impure water are significantly contributing towards market growth.

Additionally, stringent regulations are demanding more efficient air filtration processes. Activated carbon, being a competent element in removing VOCs, is gaining traction in air filtration procedures, thereby driving the market during the forecast period.

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KSA and UAE to Dominate the Activated Carbon Market

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) collectively hold over 60% revenue share in the GCC activated carbon market. Stringent regulations regarding pollution are increasing demand for activated carbon in medical & pharmaceuticals applications in UAE, and carbon emission regulations are fueling demand in the KSA’s automotive industry.

Invigorated by this necessity, KSA and UAE are projected to witness a rise in market value at robust CAGRs throughout the projection period. Backed by surging applications in automotive & transportation industry, Kuwait is projected to remain a highly lucrative regional market for activated carbon manufacturers.

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Liquid Phase Accounts for 2/3rd of Applications

Activated carbon in liquid phase accounts for 2/3rd of the activated carbon applications. While water filtration persists being a significant end-use area, activated carbon is finding applications in food & beverages, and pharmaceuticals as well. In food & beverage industry, activated carbon is being used for processes ranging from de-coloration of liquid syrups to purification of edible oils.

Likewise, in pharmaceuticals industry, the liquid phase activated carbon will witness growth owing to incorporation in pharmaceuticals preparations, and purifying feed water. Whereas, activated carbon in gas phase is finding applications in automotive & transportation, solvent recovery, and industrial air purification.

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Competitive Landscape of Activated Carbon Market

The GCC activated carbon market is fairly fragmented with all the leading, prominent, and emerging players sharing the market in near-to-equal proportions. While the top nine players collectively account for 38% of the market value, other domestic players have captured the remaining market. To sustain the positive growth trajectory of market, players are striving to provide high-quality products in collaboration with other industries.

In March 2020, Fujairah Chemical, a leading player has initiated manufacturing and supply of highly porous and adsorptive activated alumina balls. On the merger front, Donau Carbon GmbH, acquired Standard Purification, a producer of activated carbon products for its U.S. activities.

Analyst’s viewpoint

Growing concern over environmental purification procedures is playing a catalyst in increasing the demand for activated carbon and driving the associated industries to seek economic and effective methodologies. Exploring various effective and low-cost activated carbon variants may contribute to environmental sustainability and offer benefits for commercial as well as industrial applications in future.

Key Segments of GCC Activated Carbon Market

PMR’s study on the GCC activated carbon market is divided into four significant segments- form, application and country. This report offers comprehensive data and information about the important market dynamics and growth parameters related to these categories.

By Form

  • Granular
  • Powdered
  • Pelletized
  • Others

By Application

  • Liquid Phase
    • Food & beverage
    • Water Treatment
    • Medical & Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining
    • Petrochemical
  • Gas Phase
    • Industrial air purification
    • Automotive & Transportation
    • Solvent Recovery
    • Others (Gold metal, Catalyst)

By Country

  • KSA
  • UAE
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Bahrain

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • How much is the GCC activated carbon market worth?

    GCC activated carbon market is poised to be worth US$ 400 Mn by the year 2031.

  • What will be the demand outlook?

    GCC activated carbon market is slated to witness a CAGR of 8.5% between 2021 and 2031.

  • What was the last 5 year market CAGR?

    GCC activated carbon market witnessed a CAGR of 7% between 2015 and 2020.

  • What are the key trends for GCC activated carbon market?

    The ongoing trend is that of key players inking agreements with various entities all across the US for supplying their DARCO Hg products, so as to do away with mercury from coal-fired power plants’ flue gas.

  • What is driving the demand for GCC activated carbon?

    The fact that water is being increasingly used for various industrial processes is driving the demand for GCC activated carbon.

  • What is the market share of top 5 players?

    The top 5 players including Siemens Water Technologies, Donau Chemie Group, CECA, Haycarb PLC, and Calgon hold more than 55% of the market share.

  • What are the top 2 countries driving demand?

    Saudi Arabia and Qatar are driving the demand.

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