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You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about the super-food activated almonds, the true benefits of which still remain somewhat of a mystery, but there is a new activated ingredient in town: carbon. Well, it’s not new at all really, and has been used for multiple purposes for many years – some of which may surprise you.

If you aren’t familiar with activated carbon, it is perhaps better known as activated charcoal, a form of carbon processed to have small pores that increase the surface for absorption. ASX-listed company, Carbonxt (ASX:CG1), has been manufacturing the material for many years now.

It’s estimated that one gram of activated charcoal has a surface area of 3,000 square metres, which is the same as three Olympic swimming pools. It is produced from burning materials such as wood, coconut husk, coal, bamboo and peat.

It has had a lot of prominence as a magical product for the beauty industry, as a solution for clogged pores, teeth whitening and detoxifying hair. This has caused an explosion of products including charcoal toothpaste and charcoal face masks.

However, it is not a new invention and has been used in waste water treatment, the medical industry, the food and beverage market, and industrial pollution for many years.

In the medical industry, it is used to treat poisonings and overdoses via a tablet or capsule. In industrials, it is used in gas purification to remove odorous smells. It is even used in wine production to remove impurities and brown pigments in white wine.

Carbonxt has been supplying the product for air purification at coal-fired power stations in the United States for a number of years. The activated carbon is used to remove toxins, in particular mercury, from the emissions.

It has also expanded beyond the air purification market, into the municipal potable water market. In drinking water filtration, activated carbon is used to remove pollutants and toxins too. For example, your filtered tap water will have been purified using activated carbon.

Carbonxt’s product is highly suited to this market as its product also does not contain bromine, that eliminates corrosion to equipment (important in coal-fired power stations and other industrials) and also prevents bromine contamination of the water supply.

Carbonxt’s initial market was air purification at coal-fired power stations. Since it listed in early 2018, it has expanded into the municipal potable water market and into industrials including cement.

The Company plans to continue the growth in these markets throughout 2019, and following an expansion to its manufacturing capacity at the end of 2018, it is well positioned to increase supply to meet demand.


This content is produced by Star Investing in commercial partnership with Carbonxt. This article does not constitute financial product advice. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any financial decisions.