Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
The US demand for activated carbon, including virgin and reactivated products sold by activated carbon suppliers, is expected to grow 11.2% 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. Additionally, rising motor vehicle production, increased pharmaceutical output and improving economic conditions, will drive strong growth in several smaller applications, according to the report “Activated Carbon to 2017."
The new EPA mandate will be the main demand driver :
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 the activated carbon demand with powdered products forecast to 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 the EPA regulations will also boost the demand of activated carbon in water treatment applications. Demand is forecast to increase by over 50 million pounds through 2017 as the EPA’s DBP Rules go into full effect. While partial compliance with the DBP Rules has already been achieved by 2012, the final phase-in of the Rules will continue to promote growth. The majority of activated carbon used to address the 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 says the report @ http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/246890-activated-carbon-to-2017.html :
Among the smaller uses for activated carbon, motor vehicle applications, including emissions canisters and cabin air filters, will benefit from the rebounding US motor vehicle production. Increased pharmaceutical output will promote the 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 the demand for activated carbon in chemical purification and other industrial processes. Many of these smaller applications use higher value specialty products, such as activated carbon fiber or cloth and carbon monoliths, boosting the demand in value terms despite accounting for a small share of overall volume demand. On the other hand, the use of activated carbon in food and beverage processing and solvent recovery will remain stable.
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