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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Activated Carbon
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Activated Carbon?

What is the average price of Activated Carbon?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Activated Carbon. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Activated Carbon been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Activated Carbon yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Activated Carbon?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Activated Carbon with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The activated carbon market exhibits a moderate degree of concentration, with four of the market's roughly 1,400 vendors accounting for less than 50.0% of market revenue in 2021. Four vendors, Ploeger Oxbo, Cabot Corporation, Evoqua and Ingevity, collectively account for over 40.0% of the market's total revenue. These companies have... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?


Could you provide a list of your domestic and international distribution facilities?

Do you allow clients to use their own shipping, transportation or delivery method?

What logistical systems do you have in place to manage outgoing shipments?

How do you ensure timely and accurate shipping?


How do you win and retain business?

How long have you provided products to your longest-tenured client?

What is your reputation like among competitors and customers and how have you developed it?

Do you offer any value-added products or services that your competitors do not?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased/reduced demand?

Supply Chain

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your product over the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases for biological sources?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto customers?

Do you source materials with a high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Business Relationships

Have you faced problems with your supply chain in the past? How did you overcome these issues?

Do you have a supplier rating system to measure supplier quality and delivery performance? How frequently are ratings reviewed?

What inputs from the supply chain are delivered by third parties? Who are the third parties involved?

What external research do you conduct to stay up to date with market risks or opportunities?

Vendor Financial Risk

Has your company ever been at risk of bankruptcy?

How much of your revenue comes from your five largest customers? What impact on your profitability would there be if you lost a big customer?

How does your company stay profitable during economic downturns?

How are your other divisions performing? What impact does their performance have on this division?

Quality Control

What is your acceptable margin of purity for activated carbon?

What is the typical inspection process that your product undergoes? What internal testing procedures do you use to ensure product quality?

Do you have quality control benchmarks that you report to clients? How do you measure quality?

How many employees do you have in production roles and how many in quality control roles?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should provide an upper budgetary limit, where appropriate.

Buyers should either stipulate how and when payment is made, or request that vendors provide that information in their proposals.

Buyers should indicate preferred pricing for any goods and services required beyond the activated carbon requests in the RFP.

Buyers should indicate whether there will be renewal opportunities, and where appropriate, the total budgetary amount for the entire renewal period.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should weigh vendors with extensive experience providing activated carbon highly.

Buyers should consider whether the pricing proposal is competitive and weigh up each vendor's prices against the others.

Buyers should consider the financial health of the supplier to ensure there will not be delays in the delivery of the activated carbon.

Buyers should consider whether the vendor has demonstrated a capacity to provide the activated carbon and other related goods and services.

Project Schedule

Buyers should stipulate the due date for questions and proposals.

Buyers should advise vendors when the contract is expected to start and finish.

Buyers should state whether there will be any review or probationary periods and whether this affects renewal.

Buyers should state the deadlines of each delivery expected throughout the length of the contract.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

Activated carbon manufacturers exhibit a moderate level of supply chain risk, which inhibits buyer power. Moderate supply chain risk indicates buyers are at greater risk of price spikes or order disruptions stemming from vulnerabilities in suppliers' supply chains. The greatest risk comes from coal mines, which provide many vendors with... Subscribe to learn more.