Jacobi Carbons AB

Jacobi Carbons is fully committed to a total quality approach, starting from the first phone call going all the way through to making sure that the delivered product meets and exceeds the specified requirements. Jacobi Carbons is an accredited organization meeting the rigid international ISO-9000 standards with local accreditations in the production, distribution and administration points. Our strict quality assurance procedures ensure you get a quality product with leading industry product packaging, excellent customer service, each and every time.

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Slojdaregatan 1 , Kalmar , SE-393 53 SE-393 53 Sweden

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1916

For the past decade, our mission statement has been a simple one:
We seek to be the lowest cost / highest quality carbon manufacturer in the business, with technical support and customer service that are second to none.

But how do we live this mission statement? From the CEO level all the way to the production floor, we follow several basic tenets to our everyday business life:

Listen intently – the key to our foundation. By listening to our customers, our suppliers, our employees, and our business partners, we constantly get ideas to improve.

Respond quickly – if you want to be a customer service leader in your market, if you can not respond fast, then someone else surely will take your place.

Be proactive – by solving problems before they occur, customers see value in our company without even realizing it!

Seek value – low cost never means low price. The Jacobi team aims for business relationships where this feeling is mutual.

Strive for efficiency – by understanding that everything we do costs money, we constantly look for ways to do things better. In the end, these savings wind up with our customers.

Take time to THINK – probably the most important of our everyday tenets. By taking time to think everyday, our employees are able to create - and when innovative companies can create something new, everyone benefits!

From its humble beginning in Stockholm back in 1916, Jacobi Carbons has grown into a significant leader in the activated carbon marketplace. A testament to our success is an average annual growth rate of over 30% in the last decade.  But how did it happen? Like any company, your search for the answer begins with our roots.

Our founder, Ferdinand Adolph Wilhelm Jacobi built his business model on hard work, attention to detail, superior customer service, and by investing his profits back into the company. Since then, from his son to his grandson, the Jacobi family used the same business values and entrepreneurial spirit to meet the demands of a growing market in Scandinavia.

However, at turn of the 21st century, the company witnessed a more major turning point. After an MBO of the Jacobi Group, the company literally exploded on the world market landscape, and has shocked the carbon world since.

With headquarters in Kalmar, Sweden, we now serve markets in 100 countries and continue to look for better and innovative ways to serve our customers.

But at the core? We remain the same company we were in 1916 – we start by listening and responding to our customers, and then working diligently and efficiently to meet their needs.

Ferdinand wouldn’t have it any other way!

Jacobi Carbons is fully committed to a total quality approach, starting from the first phone call going all the way through to making sure that the delivered product meets and exceeds the specified requirements.

Jacobi Carbons is an accredited organization meeting the rigid international ISO-9000 standards with local accreditations in the production, distribution and administration points.

Our strict quality assurance procedures ensure you get a quality product with leading industry product packaging, excellent customer service, each and every time.

Sustainability

The use of the Earth’s natural resources is a significant consideration in the design of all Jacobi Carbons’ manufacturing facilities. The production of activated carbon has environmental impacts that can be mitigated by the careful management of process, selection of sustainable raw materials and the re-use of by-products. Each Jacobi facility operates modern, efficient processing equipment. The re-use of heat generated and water consumed is undertaken at every possible opportunity. Any surplus energy generated is returned to the local networks.

Social and Ethical Responsibility

Jacobi Carbons is very much aware of the responsibilities that a large corporation has in the welfare and rights of its employees and stakeholders alike. In addition, the location of many of the company’s manufacturing facilities in the developing world places further onus on us to ensure that the social impact of our operations are positive and not to the detriment of the regions in which we operate. Jacobi fully subscribe to the fundamental premise of organizations such as SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) that require investors to safeguard all employees and their families; will not exploit young or vulnerable persons, and actively contribute to the local community. Jacobi Carbons does not employ child labour, nor does it contravene regulations relating to minimum pay or working conditions.

Standard

The purity of air on our planet is of vital importance to us all. The EcoSorb range of activated carbons has been developed to remove volatile organic compounds from air and gas. Applications include the recovery of solvents used in rotogravure printing, viscose production and the manufacture of magnetic films, air treatment in airports, cigarette filter tips, range hoods, gas purification in the petrochemical industry, natural gas production and brewing industry.

Impregnated

Inorganic compounds in the vapour phase are often corrosive or toxic and due to their chemical properties they are difficult to adsorb onto base activated carbon. The AddSorb range of activated carbons consists of specially impregnated adsorbents, designed to remove these compounds by chemisorption. AddSorb acid gas removal products are used for adsorbing odorous sulphur compounds in sewage pumping stations and for the removal of corrosive gases from air intake systems in electronics manufacturing facilities, museums and libraries. AddSorb mercury removal products are used to purify hydrogen generated in chloralkali cells, to prevent corrosion of heat exchangers in natural gas production and to prevent atmospheric contamination when recycling fluorescent lamps. AddSorb activated carbons are also supplied for the adsorption of special gases and for use in respirators for personal protection.

The removal of color bodies in the production of food, oils, pharmaceutical, and chemical products is a well established application for activated carbon. Jacobi’s top quality ColorSorb product line is made from select grades of raw material, which maximize the meso and macro pore volume of the final product. This effectively enables end users to effectively remove these color contaminants from the final products. Specific applications include the purification of:

  • sweeteners (fructose, glucose, dextrose syrups)
  • edible oils
  • glycerine
  • wine and juices
  • organic and inorganic acids (including adipic, citric, lactic and phosphoric)
  • pharmaceutical intermediates

In addition to the direct purification of foodstuffs, activated carbons are extremely effective in the preparation of materials used in the production of beverages ('soft' and alcoholic drinks). Decolorising of sugar syrup, the removal of disinfection agents from towns water, treatment of bore-hole sources containing VOC, purification of carbon dioxide from fermentation steps and correction off-specification products (beers, wines and spirits), are all possible using activated carbon from the Jacobi AquaSorb, ColorSorb and EcoSorb ranges.

Water covers three quarters of the earth's surface and is the essential substance which brings life to plants, animals and the entire population of the globe. The AquaSorb range of activated carbons has been specially developed to remove dissolved organic contaminants from water and to revitalize its natural purity. Applications include municipal water treatment (removal of taste & odor), process water treatment in beverage production, point of use water filters, semiconductor manufacture, groundwater remediation, and treatment of landfill leachate.

Throughout industrial processes, a wide variety of intermediate and processing aid liquors are utilized or generated. In many instances, these liquors become contaminated or tainted preventing their downstream use or re-utilisation in the process. By undertaking treatment with activated carbon, process liquors such as amine solutions, glycols, acid streams, condensates and produced waters may be purified and made fit for use or recovery.

Inorganic compounds in the vapor phase are often corrosive or toxic and due to their chemical properties they are difficult to adsorb onto base activated carbon. The AddSorb range of activated carbons consists of specially impregnated adsorbents, designed to remove these compounds by chemisorption. AddSorb acid gas removal products are used for adsorbing odorous sulphur compounds in sewage pumping stations and for the removal of corrosive gases from air intake systems in electronics manufacturing facilities, museums and libraries. AddSorb mercury removal products are used to purify hydrogen generated in chloralkali cells, to prevent corrosion of heat exchangers in natural gas production and to prevent atmospheric contamination when recycling fluorescent lamps. AddSorb activated carbons are also supplied for the adsorption of special gases and for use in respirators for personal protection.

The days when gold prospectors could extract nuggets from the hillside with picks and shovels are long gone. Advanced chemical processing techniques are now required to recover the minute traces of gold which remain in the earth's crust. Ore is extracted, milled and treated with sodium cyanide to leach the gold into solution. GoldSorb activated carbons are used to adsorb the gold complex which is formed in carbon-in-leach (CIL), carbon-in-pulp (CIP) and heap leach/carbon-in-column (CIC) circuits. The gold loaded activated carbon is eluted and the gold is recovered using zinc precipitation or electrowinning techniques.

Now more than ever, selecting the correct activated carbon is vital to the economics of the entire process since carbon losses in these circuits remove gold with them. Maximizing the efficiency of the activated carbon in this process has led numerous customers to GoldSorb products as the most valuable product in the mines!

Standard

The purity of air on our planet is of vital importance to us all. The EcoSorb range of activated carbons has been developed to remove volatile organic compounds from air and gas. Typical applications include general air treatment, fugitive emissions from chemical plants and refineries, range hoods, cigarette smoke removal, natural gas purification, carbon dioxide purification, and charcoal filtered cigarette tips.

Impregnated

Inorganic compounds in the vapor phase are often corrosive or toxic and due to their chemical properties they are difficult to adsorb onto base activated carbon. The AddSorb range of activated carbons consists of specially impregnated adsorbents, designed to remove these compounds by chemisorption. AddSorb acid gas removal products are used for adsorbing odorous sulphur compounds in sewage pumping stations and for the removal of corrosive gases from air intake systems in electronics manufacturing facilities, museums and libraries. AddSorb mercury removal products are used to purify hydrogen generated in chloralkali cells, to prevent corrosion of heat exchangers in natural gas production and to prevent atmospheric contamination when recycling fluorescent lamps. AddSorb activated carbons are also supplied for the adsorption of special gases and for use in respirators for personal protection.

Complex processing steps that may introduce an off-color are often used in the manufacture of food products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Decolorisation is undertaken using ColorSorb activated carbon. Applications in the decolorization of food products include the processing of glucose and dextrose syrups, sugar refining, edible oil processing and wine treatment. Organic and inorganic acids including adipic, citric, lactic and phosphoric acid are often decolorized. In the pharmaceutical industry specialist applications exist requiring high purity activated carbons.

The ability of activated carbon to efficiently trap toxic gas compounds allows its application for a number of highly critical uses, none more so than the direct protection of individuals, groups or populations.

Toxic gases arising from the industrial application of chemicals, or those deployed during episodes of civil unrest often necessitate the protection of individuals that unavoidably come into contact with them. The key concern is the protection of the respiratory tract and the use of both impregnated and non-impregnated activated carbons from Jacobi is widespread in all types of gas mask, and powered breathing system available today.

In recent years, as concern has increased over levels of ambient pollution the same principle of respiratory protection has been made available to the wider population in the form of carbon impregnated cloth masks, mobile phone radiation controls and domestic air filtration devices.

Similarly, high specification products from Jacobi are used in the protection of military personnel, who now, more than ever before, are at risk of attack from airborne toxins. Activated carbon can be incorporated directly into the lining of combat suits, tents and temporary enclosures to minimize the exposure of troops in the field. In addition, multiple impregnated activated carbons can be fitted to filtration devices on vehicles, ships and aircraft, or shelters (military and civilian) to protect against the threat of nuclear, biological and chemical contamination.

Indeed, the use of specially impregnated activated carbons is widespread throughout the world in nuclear power generation and test facilities. Products from Jacobi Carbons meeting the exacting standards for ANSI standards and k-value requirements for a range of particle sizes and gas streams.

Often the protection afforded by activated carbon from toxins is an important contributor, not only to safety, but also the well-being of the individual concerned. In the case of cigarettes and other tobacco products, the use of activated carbon in the filtration of inhaled smoke, has been shown to reduce the levels of potential exposure to harmful gases associated with burning tobacco. In other areas, the incorporation of activated carbon into pharmaceutical preparations, and the Jacobi range of high purity wood and coconut shell based products provide full compliance with EU and US Phamacoaeia standards.

One of the key characteristics of activated carbon is not only the high surface area available relative to their mass, but also the ability to act as a substrate for other materials. Internal surface area in the range of 850-2000m2/g allows the concentrated loading of highly specialized reagents (for example platinum and rhodium for hydrogenation processes) to the carbon surface that can be used in synthesis and catalysis applications across a range of industries. Activated carbons from Jacobi Carbons are carefully engineered to have the correct physical properties to optimize their use in this duty, manufactured from coconut shell, coal or wood bases.

Similarly, the unique reactive nature of the internal surface of activated carbon means that there is an inherent ability for the promotion of reactions between gases and liquids that would either proceed too slowly or generate uneconomic yields of final product. This is achieved without the need for the addition of a chemical reagent to the activated carbon and often true catalysis proceeds, without degradation of the surface or adsorbent.

Products manufactured by Jacobi Carbons are engineered with specific characteristics making them ideally suited to use in all sectors of the catalysis market.

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. It is for this reason that Jacobi has developed the Resinex range of high performance ion exchange resins to provide our customers with complementary technologies from a single provider.

Resinex products are used for the softening demineralization and purification of water, the ‘de-ashing’ of liquid foodstuffs and the manufacture of ultra-pure water for use in the production of semi-conductors and energy generation.

For more information on the Resinex range of high performance ion exchange resins, click the link.

… a wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas Chemicals Co., Ltd. (OGC).  OGC acquired Jacobi in 2014 to add us to their existing activated carbon business in Japan (Japan EnviroChemicals, Inc., or JEC)

… one of the world’s three largest activated carbon companies (combined operations of Jacobi and JEC), shipping over 100,000 metric tones of activated carbon per year.

… the world’s largest manufacturer of coconut shell-based activated carbon, with over double the capacity of any other manufacturer.

… a global manufacturing organization, with 20 carbon manufacturing facilities and five carbon reactivation plants worldwide.

… a supplier of the broadest array of activated carbons in the industry, including carbons based on coconut shell, bituminous coal, lignite, and wood, offered in powdered, granular, extruded, spherical, and felt cloth.

… a global leader in activated carbon technology, with our industry leading R&D group headquartered in Japan.

… over 1400 dedicated, professional employees.

… committed to one simple mission:  to be the lowest cost / highest quality carbon manufacturer in the business, with technical support and customer service that are second to none.