Founded in 1916, Jacobi Carbons has transformed over the past 20 years from a distributor of activated carbon products to an industry leading manufacturer of activated carbon products for use in water, air, and process purification applications.  With production facilities in France, Germany, Italy, USA, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, and China, we offer a full range of activated carbon products based on coal, coconut shell, wood, and other raw materials, covering a wide breadth of known applications.   Today, we are the largest manufacturer of coconut-shell based activated carbons in the world.  In 2011, we acquired PICA, a division of Veolia Water focused on specialty activated carbon products, further expanding our product offering, manufacturing, and R&D capability.  Also, through our Resinex division, we provide hundreds of ion exchange resins and other specialty adsorbent media to complement our activated carbon offering.

In January of 2014, Jacobi Carbons was officially purchased by Osaka Gas Chemicals Co., Ltd. (“Osaka Gas Chemicals”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd (“Osaka Gas”). Osaka Gas Chemicals has a leading position in the activated carbon market in Japan through its subsidiary Japan EnviroChemicals, Ltd (“JEC”), who manufactures and distributes high-value-added activated carbons made from coconut shells and wood sawdust. The acquisition reinforces both companies’ existing strengths in the activated carbon industry and create a global leader across key end-market applications, delivering significant additional value for customers.


AquaSorb® Activated Carbon

AquaSorb® Activated Carbon

Granular, powdered and extruded activated carbons for the primary treatment of water, recovery and recirculation of process liquors, and treatment of waste liquid streams. The AquaSorb® range of activated process water treatment carbon is manufactured from coal, coconut shell and wood raw materials through steam or chemical activation. Jacobi Carbons offers a supply of AquaSorb® in a range of granular, extruded (pelletised) and ground powder forms, which are specifically designed for use in the liquid phase adsorption systems. From use in large municipal treatment facilities, to small domestic use cartridges, AquaSorb® is synonymous with high efficiency, extended life and cost-effective solutions.

EcoSorb® Activated Carbon

EcoSorb® Activated Carbon

The EcoSorb® range of activated carbons are proven gas phase adsorbents which are used extensively in solvent recovery, air treatment and process gas purification.  EcoSorb® coal based activated carbons are supplied as both cylindrical extruded pellets and irregular shaped granules, whereas coconut shell products are available in granular form only.

PetroSorb™ Activated Carbon

PetroSorb™ Activated Carbon

As refinery operations are forced to generate more product output from marginal raw material sources with aging equipment, the requirement to maintain an acceptable quality of processing chemicals becomes more difficult. Activated carbon used in a fixed bed can continuously treat process chemicals, either in full or in a partial treatment stream to restore their properties in line with virgin product. This greatly enhances the economy of the production process and permits the conversion of more heavily contaminated resources that were previously difficult to exploit.

Resinex Ion Exchange Resins

Resinex Ion Exchange Resins

In many water treatment and food purification applications, activated carbon is used in conjunction with ion exchange resins to provide an end-product of the desired quality and purity.

Green Coconut Shell Activated Carbon

Green Coconut Shell Activated Carbon

At Jacobi Carbons, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously.  We are the only coconut shell carbon manufacturer with the foresight to have attained ISO 14001, the only globally accepted standard for environmental management. With the commitment of our entire organization we have been able to achieve the delicate balance addressed by the standard of maintaining profitability while reducing environmental impact.

Activated Carbon for Emerging Pollutants

Activated Carbon for Emerging Pollutants

The presence of active pharmaceutical ingredients, radio-opaque substances and endocrine disrupting chemicals in raw water sources is a relatively new emerging issue in relation to drinking water quality. However, the in"uence of pollutants on health and general well-being is becoming apparent with the incidence of carcinoma increasing and fertility rates being affected. A solution for the ef#cient removal of these substances from water use by production sites is required.


Jacobi Carbons Inc.

432 McCormick Blvd.

Columbus, OH 43213


Phone: 215-546-3900

Contact: Andy McClure


  • EcoSorb/AddSorb Series

    Over the past several decades, activated carbon has proven to be a reliable, cost effective technology for the control of various odorous compounds (hydrogen sulfide, mercaptans, methyl sulfide compounds, and other VOC) at municipal wastewater treatment plants.

  • The Many Faces Of Carbon — A Versatile Treatment Solution
    The Many Faces Of Carbon — A Versatile Treatment Solution

    What concerns drinking water municipalities the most? Is it regulations, emerging contaminants, or a crisp, clear product? To a degree, it’s all of the above. Jim Knepper of Jacobi Carbons explains.

  • Raw Water Treatment For Drinking Water Production
    Raw Water Treatment For Drinking Water Production

    Water is an essential element of life: it accounts for 70% to 80% of the weight of a human being. The quality of water is an important parameter that affects all aspects of the well-being of ecosystems and mankind, from human health, to food production, economic activities and biodiversity.

  • Hydrogen Sulfide Removal From Water Using AquaSorb® CX-MCA
    Hydrogen Sulfide Removal From Water Using AquaSorb® CX-MCA

    The “rotten egg” odor in some water supplies is caused by sulfide in water. Sulfide can be treated using oxidation techniques, the goal being to convert the sulfide to high oxidation state species such as sulfate to eliminate the taste and odor concerns. Traditional oxidation techniques such as ozone and chlorine can be used, but can be expensive due to the equipment required to add and monitor the oxidant, and can lead to by-products such as trihalomethanes (THMs), which are regulated in drinking water supplies.

  • Activated Carbon And Adsorption Of Trichloroethylene (TCE) And Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)
    Activated Carbon And Adsorption Of Trichloroethylene (TCE) And Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) are two of the most common solvents that contaminate groundwater supplies in the United States. Both solvents see frequent use in the extraction of fat, in the textile industry, in the production of various pharmaceutical and chemical products. TCE is also used as a degreaser from fabricated metal parts, and PCE serves as a component of aerosol dry-cleaning solvents.

  • Removal Of PFCs With Activated Carbon
    Removal Of PFCs With Activated Carbon

    In recent years, various perflorinated chemicals (PFCs) have come under increasing scrutiny due to their presence in the environment, in animals, and in human blood samples. There are two major classes of PFCs: perfluoroalkyl sulfonates such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and long chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylates such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).

  • Removal Of DBPs With Activated Carbon
    Removal Of DBPs With Activated Carbon

    In order to reduce the formation of harmful disinfection byproducts in drinking water, alternative disinfectant use has become increasingly widespread. Monochloramine is a leading alternative disinfectant that offers advantages for municipal water. This tech brief details the removal of monochloramine using activated carbon.

  • Activated Carbon Product Quality Video
    Activated Carbon Product Quality Video

    Jacobi Carbons obtained ISO 9000 certification in the early 90s and meets ISO 14001 environmental quality standards. This video focuses on Jacobi Carbon's worldwide quality assurance practices and philosophy.

  • How Coconut Shell Activated Carbon Is Made
    How Coconut Shell Activated Carbon Is Made

    From the first step of harvesting coconuts to the final, factory-finished product, Jacobi Carbon's process of manufacturing coconut shell activated carbon is multifaceted. In this video, watch a step-by-step account of how raw material import, quality assurance, and particle separation culminate in carbon types that are applicable for the municipal water treatment, home water filter, and groundwater remediation industries.

  • Innovations In Activated Carbon
    Innovations In Activated Carbon

    With specialty production facilities in Sri-Lanka and China, Jacobi Carbons annually produces over 60,000 metric tons of carbon made of coconut shell, coal, and wood for use in over 100 countries worldwide. This video presents customer perspectives of the company’s dedication to innovation, customer service, and consistent, high-quality products for applications in drinking water filtration.

  • Ion Exchange Resins Reduce Pollution From Refineries
    Ion Exchange Resins Reduce Pollution From Refineries

    A single operational oil and gas refinery produces millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater a year, leading to environmental pollution concerns. Ion exchange resins are a metal- and ion-removal solution to help clean this wastewater for plant reuse or safe disposal. This application guide explains how resins can be used to demineralize refinery water in process, boiler, and cooling water applications.

  • Ion Exchange Resins And Activated Carbons For Better-Tasting Water
    Ion Exchange Resins And Activated Carbons For Better-Tasting Water

    For many, access to good-tasting tap water is limited, and buying bottled water can be expensive. Simple pour-through jug filters offer a low-cost and effective alternative. Activated carbons, in conjunction with ion exchange products, produce drinking water that is absent of all industrial pesticides and contaminants.