Donau Carbon GmbH & Co. KG

Donau Carbon GmbH & Co. KG

We are one of the leading companies in Activated Carbon business, looking back on a company history of more than 90 years. We use our experience gained throughout this time to meet our customers` needs and to fulfil their requirements. Our Activated Carbon portfolio comprises a wide spectrum of powdered, granular and extruded activated carbon grades manufactured from raw materials like coal, lignite, coconut shell and wood by all the customary activation processes. This enables us to serve the most diverse needs of our customers, using Activated Carbon for odor control, natural gas treatment, solvent recovery, waste water treatment, in food & beverages industry and many other applications. We operate on a world-wide scale. Global sourcing taking into account our customers requirements is quite natural to us.

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GwinnerstraƟe 27-33 , Frankfurt am Main , Hessen 60388 Germany
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Water Treatment
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Activated Carbon is in the focus of attention, as a lot of processes in industry and municipalities require it for cleaning purposes - within a great variety of applications ranging from exhaust air and (waste) gas cleanup via water and liquid treatment through to solvent recovery and many more, Activated Carbon is applied to save the environment.

In connection with environmental protection, reactivation of spent Activated Carbon and its further re-use is an interesting option. Activated Carbon is an environmental-friendly and recyclable product, which we reactivate at our two thermal reactivation sites in Germany and Austria whenever possible, offering our customers an attractive reuse option and hence, an environment-friendly and cost-saving alternative to disposal and/or fresh carbon.

Drawing on decades of experience in application technology, we have the know-how and expertise to deliver solutions for your gas and liquid streams.
We are your competent partner throughout your project from the design via construction through to the commissioning of your activated carbon adsorption system. All adsorber types offered by us are available either for sale or for rental. Our standard adsorber vessels can normally be delivered within a few days. Upon request, we also supply custom-designed vessels to your specification. 

Whether full-scale adsorption systems for industrial applications or mobile service equipment for temporary projects, we offer you logistics and replacement concepts tailored to your specific needs to help you save labour and operating cost.

Donau Carbon GmbH can look back on an eventful history of over 90 years which is closely linked with that of the renowned industrial plant engineering contractor Lurgi and its parent, Metallgesellschaft AG. As far back as 1915, Metallgesellschaft AG built Europe’s first activated carbon production plant. Lurgi marketed the activated carbon products and even back then, operated its own Adsorption Technology Laboratory.

In 1922, Metallgesellschaft AG formed Lurgi-Gesellschaft für Wärmetechnik which also had an activated carbon department – the forebear of our company.

The twenties saw the construction of the first solvent recovery plant using activated carbon as the adsorbent.

In the years to follow, activated carbon was to gain great importance in the fields of gasoline recovery from natural gas, in the removal of fine and sub-micron particulates from synthesis gas and the recovery of low-boilers in conjunction with the coal-to-gasoline synthesis process.

After World War II, the activated carbon technology activities were extended to include fine gas de-dusting, gas de-sulphurization and the removal/recovery of other readily decomposable solvents.

Our activities in the fields of drinking water purification and waste water treatment also have their origins in the 1920's.

From 1928 until the end of World War II, Metallgesellschaft AG was a member of the so-called Carbon-Norit-Union founded together with other activated carbon producers like Bayer, Degussa, Norit, Ceca and Aussiger Verein. In the wake of this cooperation, Lurgi marketed activated carbon on behalf of Bayer and Degussa from 1948, which at the beginning of the fifties led to the so-called “Triple Joint Venture Partnership” existing until 1990.

In 1992, Lurgi Aktivkohle GmbH – our direct legal predecessor – was established as a subsidiary of Lurgi. With this move, the activated carbon technology activities in the plant engineering sector were complemented by an application-oriented activated carbon sales business and an in-house reactivation facility as well as a dedicated research and development laboratory.

In the course of the restructuring of the Lurgi group in the late nineties, all activated carbon activities – in both the product business and the plant engineering sector were pooled in Lurgi Aktivkohle GmbH which was divested in 1999 to our current parent company Donau Chemie AG based in Vienna.

Following the renaming to Donau Carbon GmbH & Co. KG in 2000, Donau Carbon took on its current shape. Since then we have founded our US subsidiary Donau Carbon Corp. based in Springfield, New Jersey and acquired the Italian Siri S.p.A., our (meanwhile former) plant engineering affiliate now operating globally under the name of Donau Carbon Technologies s.r.l. with the focus on the Mediterranean markets.

Since 2002 we have been operating our second reactivation facility at Donau Chemie-Werk Pischelsdorf (Austria) as well as our own activated carbon production plant, producing impregnated activated carbon for special applications.

In 2011, we have opened our first production facility outside Europe, our own production plant in the Philippines.

As of October 1st, 2015, and as a result of some corporate restructuring, the Company was remaned to Donau Carbon GmbH.