Activated Carbon price February 2024 and outlook (see chart below)

  • North America:US$2.04/KG, -1% down
  • Europe:US$2.31/KG, 0.4% up
  • Northeast Asia:US$1.61/KG, unchanged
  • India:US$1.55/KG, unchanged
  • Australia:US$1.54/KG, -0.6% down
The chart below summarizes Activated charcoal price trend per region, as well as the outlook. It takes a moment to load.

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Activated charcoal price index

This post is a summary of the Activated charcoal price developments. The price developments of Activated charcoal are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Activated charcoal price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for Activated charcoal prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Activated charcoal prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of Activated charcoal
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of Activated charcoal prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Activated charcoal market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Activated charcoal price index

 

What is activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon that has been treated with oxygen to make it highly porous and highly adsorbent. This means that it has a large surface area and is able to adsorb, or bind to, a wide range of substances. Activated charcoal is commonly used in a variety of applications due to its ability to adsorb impurities and toxins from gases and liquids.

Activated charcoal is often used in water filtration systems to remove impurities from water. It is also used in air purification systems to remove impurities from the air. Activated charcoal is used in the medical field to treat poisoning and overdose, as it is able to absorb a wide range of toxins and chemicals. It is also used in the food industry as a food additive to improve the flavor and appearance of some products.

Activated charcoal is generally considered safe when used as directed, but it can cause side effects such as constipation and black stools. It is also important to note that activated charcoal should not be used in place of medical treatment for poisoning or overdose.

 

How is activated charcoal produced

Activated charcoal is produced through a process called activation, which involves heating carbon-rich materials, such as wood, coconut shells, or peat, to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. This process removes impurities and leaves behind a highly porous, highly adsorbent form of carbon.

After the carbon-rich material has been heated, it is treated with oxygen to increase its porosity and surface area. This process is known as activation, and it is what gives activated charcoal its unique properties.

Activated charcoal can be produced in a variety of forms, including powders, granules, and pellets. The specific form of activated charcoal produced depends on the intended use and the production process.

Overall, the production of activated charcoal involves a process of heating and treating carbon-rich materials to create a highly porous, highly adsorbent form of carbon.

 

What is activated charcoal used for

Activated charcoal is a versatile material that is used in a variety of applications due to its ability to adsorb impurities and toxins from gases and liquids. Some common uses of activated charcoal include:

Water filtration

Activated charcoal is used in water filtration systems to remove impurities from water.

Air purification

Activated charcoal is used in air purification systems to remove impurities from the air.

Medical treatment

Activated charcoal is used in the medical field to treat poisoning and overdose, as it is able to absorb a wide range of toxins and chemicals.

Food additive

Activated charcoal is used in the food industry as a food additive to improve the flavor and appearance of some products.

Personal care products

Activated charcoal is used in some personal care products, such as toothpaste and facial cleansers, due to its ability to absorb impurities.

Overall, activated charcoal has a wide range of uses due to its unique properties and ability to adsorb impurities.

 

How big is the activated charcoal market

It is difficult to estimate the size of the global activated charcoal market as a whole, as it is used in a variety of industries and applications. However, activated charcoal is a widely used material and is an important component in a number of products. According to some estimates, the global activated charcoal market was valued at around $1.6 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 6.5% from 2020 to 2025. The growth of the activated charcoal market is driven by factors such as increasing demand for activated charcoal in water and air filtration systems, as well as growing demand for activated charcoal in the medical and personal care industries.

According to https://oec.world/ :

Activated carbon are the world’s 1306th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Activated carbon were China ($397M), United States ($286M), India ($199M), Philippines ($122M), and Sri Lanka ($118M).

In 2020, the top importers of Activated carbon were United States ($191M), Germany ($152M), Japan ($131M), South Korea ($128M), and China ($125M).

 

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