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Adsorbents Market Research Report Information by Type (Activated Carbon, Molecular Sieve, Activated Alumina, Clay, Silica Gel), by Application (Petroleum Refining, Chemicals/Petrochemicals, Gas Refining, Water Treatment, Air Separation, and Drying, Packaging, Others) And By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest Of The World) – Market Forecast Till 2030.


ID: MRFR/CnM/3833-HCR | 138 Pages | Author: Chitranshi Jaiswal| June 2024

Global Adsorbents Market Overview


The Adsorbents Market Size was valued at USD 3.9 Billion in 2022. The Adsorbents market industry is projected to grow from USD 3.89 Billion in 2023 to USD 8.2 Billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4% during the forecast period (2023 - 2030). Adsorbents are mostly in demand for their capacity to treat water since water treatment has been one of the various issues that industries usually face. Recent technology in the market for adsorbents was developed for developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents that can be used to remove toxic materials, anions, and other hazardous substances from industrial wastewater and convert them into freshwater. Though this technology is not in full use, it provides for the development of such techniques for the future, which can be easily used for the treatment of wastewater.                            Adsorbents Market OverviewSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Adsorbents Market Trends




  • Properties like high thermal stability and abrasion resistance would ensure better adsorbent entry into industries.




The new generation adsorbents have been specifically used for water treatment which has been one of the key drivers of the adsorbents market. The deterioration of water quality has been one of the major issues faced by the industries for which the market is focussed to develop low-cost adsorbents for the treatment of wastewater which has been very beneficial for the industries. The rising demand for air-conditioners and refrigerators has also boosted the adsorbents market revenue since the adsorbents are the key concentrators that are used in such industries and have thus gained significance in this market too. Though the covid 19 ly decreased the adsorbent market share, however the rising demand for oxygen concentrators in countries like India gained momentum, and gradually the demand for adsorbents increased since the adsorbents provide the advantage of segregation of oxygen from the air and concentrating it for medical purposes only.


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Additionally, The adsorbents market has been experiencing continuous growth in terms of its usage and application in a variety of industries. However, the adsorbing materials are themselves a form of recent technology that has been developed to fulfill basic industrial needs. The adsorbents market works on denitrogenation technology in the refining of petrochemicals and removing sulfur and nitrogen compounds present in liquid fuels.


Adsorbents Market Segment Insights


Adsorbents Type Insights


The Adsorbents market segmentation, based on Type, includes Activated Carbon, Molecular Sieve, Activated Alumina, Clay, and Silica Gel. Silica gel is one of the most widely used adsorbents mainly in the packaging industry. Silica gel exhibits good adsorption characteristics, which prevent the formation of moisture in electrical and electronic goods. Asia Pacific is one of the leading consumers and producers of adsorbents. Owing to the growth of major end-use industries in the region, major adsorbent manufacturers have been focusing on shifting and opening up their manufacturing bases in Asia Pacific countries. Countries such as India and China not only provide the participants with an attractive demand center but also helps in achieving cost efficiency during the production of adsorbents owing to cheap labor and government support in terms of tax benefits and tax holidays.


Adsorbents Application Insights


Based on Application, the Adsorbents market segmentation includes Petroleum Refining, Chemicals/Petrochemicals, Gas Refining, Water Treatment, Air Separation and Drying, Packaging, and Others. Adsorbents are heavily used in the petroleum refining industry. Sulfur naturally occurs with most hydrocarbons, and the high-activity catalysts are incredibly susceptible to sulfur poisoning. Sulfur can cause corrosive damage to equipment and piping. Sulfur in streams can lead to the deactivation of the catalyst, which promotes desired chemical reactions in the streams. The adsorbents used are to limit deteriorating factors such as sulfur, oxygenates, mercury, fluoride, chloride, and arsine in refineries. Petrochemicals also have a considerable usage capacity for adsorbents. Adsorbents are used in the dehydration and purification of ethane/NGL/propane feed. The adsorbents are used to remove water, carbon dioxide, methyl alcohol, other oxygenates, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and mercury from ethylene, propylene, butylene, various solvents, and co-monomers.


Figure 2: Adsorbents Market, by Type, 2023 & 2030 (USD Billion)Adsorbents Market, by TypeSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Adsorbents Regional Insights


By region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. North America leads the adsorbents market in terms of value and volume. Its dominance is expected in the forecast period. The large petroleum refining industry warrants the use of adsorbents. The countries are expecting an increase in the use of adsorbents in water treatment plants. After the exploration of crude and natural gas, the first step is to remove water content, which is observed, and extensive use of zeolite molecular sieves. The technological advancement of hydrofracking in oil production was a revelation in the oil and gas industry. This has shifted the oil and gas market towards the U.S.; this will garner a massive demand for adsorbents in the region and will be responsible for much of the market growth.


Figure 3: ADSORBENTS MARKET SHARE BY REGION 2023 (%)ADSORBENTS MARKET SHARE BY REGIONSource: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Asia Pacific region will grow at a very attractive CAGR; this is due to the immense increase in the imports and exports of India and China to cater to their energy requirement. The petrochemical sector in this region will help the market grow tremendously. The Asia Pacific is reported to have the world’s 30% of disposable income, with the full application of Adsorbents in the consumer goods sector. The rise of these segments in the APAC region will boost the growth of the adsorbents market.


The healthcare and petrochemical sectors mainly drive the European market. The developed food and beverage industry with significant growth in biopharmaceuticals will drive the growth of the European Region.


Adsorbents Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Major market players are spending a lot of money on R&D to increase their product lines, which will help the Adsorbents market grow even more. Market participants are also taking a range of strategic initiatives to grow their worldwide footprint, with key market developments such as new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations. Competitors in the Adsorbents industry must offer cost-effective items to expand and survive in an increasingly competitive and rising market environment.


The major market players are investing a lot of money in R&D to expand their product lines, which will spur further market growth for Adsorbents. With significant market development like new product releases, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, increased investments, and collaboration with other organizations, market participants are also undertaking various strategic activities to expand their presence. To grow and thrive in a market climate that is becoming more competitive and growing, competitors in the Adsorbents industry must offer affordable products.


Manufacturing locally to cut operating costs is one of the main business tactics manufacturers use in the Adsorbents industry to benefit customers and expand the market sector. The Adsorbents market has recently given medicine some of the most important advantages. Major Adsorbents market players, including Arkema S.A (France), BASF SE (Germany), W.R Grace and Company (U.S), Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S), Axens S.A (France), and others, are attempting to increase market demand by funding R&D initiatives.


Arkema is a producer of specialty chemicals, advanced materials, and coating solutions. It offers acrylics, hydrogen peroxide, rheology additives, biochemicals, coating resins, molecular sieves, specialty adhesives, fluorochemicals, oxygenated solvents, surfactants, additives, etc. The company caters to agriculture and food, packaging, 3D printing, chemical and plastic, pulp and paper, building and construction, and automotive.


Also, BASF is a company that provides petrochemicals, intermediates, performance materials, monomers, dispersions and pigments, performance chemicals, catalysts, coatings, and care chemicals. It conducts its operations through six business segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition and Care, and Agricultural Solutions.


Key Companies in the Adsorbents market include




  • Arkema S.A (France)




  • BASF SE (Germany)




  • W.R Grace and Company (U.S)




  • Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S)




  • Axens S.A (France)




  • The Dow Chemical Company (U.S)




  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan)




  • Cabot Corporation (U.S.)




  • Clariant (Switzerland)




  • W.R. Grace & Company (U.S.




  • others.




Adsorbents Industry Developments


The technology used in the adsorbent market is continuously improving where. Recently, a mercury removal adsorbent named Durasorb HG was launched which is a non-regenerable, mixed metal oxide adsorbent that is beneficial to be used in wet conditions.


Recent developments in coating technologies for adsorption heat pumps have been used in heating and cooling systems used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. Innovative adsorbent coating technologies have been dedicated to increasing the heating and cooling power density of refrigerants, which would ultimately lead to low electricity consumption and fewer environmental hazards.


The recent development of electrospun nanofibers has shown great potential for the removal of contaminants from various solutions. The adsorbents were initially used in the removal of toxic substances from wastewater, but the nanofiber technology is based on the incorporation of various nano-additives, which improves adsorption capacity and reduces environmental hazards.


Adsorbents Market Segmentation


Adsorbents Type Outlook




  • Activated Carbon




  • Molecular Sieve




  • Activated Alumina




  • Clay




  • Silica Gel




Adsorbents Application Outlook




  • Petroleum Refining




  • Chemicals/Petrochemicals




  • Gas Refining




  • Water Treatment




  • Air Separation and Drying




  • Packaging




  • Others




Adsorbents Regional Outlook




  • North America




    • US




    • Canada






  • Europe




    • Germany




    • France




    • UK




    • Italy




    • Spain




    • Rest of Europe






  • Asia-Pacific




    • China




    • Japan




    • India




    • Australia




    • South Korea




    • Australia




    • Rest of Asia-Pacific






  • Rest of the World




    • Middle East




    • Africa




    • Latin America





Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 3.9 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 3.89 Billion
Market Size 2030 USD 8.2 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 6.4% (2023-2030)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2018 & 2020
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, Application, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S, Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Arkema S.A (France), BASF SE (Germany), W.R Grace and Company (U.S), Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S), Axens S.A (France), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S), Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan) Cabot Corporation (U.S.), Clariant (Switzerland), and W.R. Grace & Company (U.S.), among others.
Key Market Opportunities Petroleum refining registers the highest growth and is expected to dominate the segment.
Key Market Dynamics Properties like high thermal stability and abrasion resistance would ensure better adsorbent entry into industries.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Adsorbents market size was valued at USD 3.9 Billion in 2022

The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period, 2023-2030

North America had the largest share of the Adsorbents market

The key players in the market are Arkema S.A (France), BASF SE (Germany), W.R Grace and Company (U.S), Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S), Axens S.A (France), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S), Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan) Cabot Corporation (U.S.), Clariant (Switzerland), and W.R. Grace & Company (U.S.), among others

The Silica Gel categories dominated the market in 2023

The Chemicals/Petrochemicals had the largest share in the market for Adsorbents

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