Press Release

Tipton Reactivation Plant Opening


  • Drinking water and food-grade reactivation facility has capacity of 10,000 tons per year
  • Reactivating carbon represents an approximate savings of 80% in CO2 emissions versus virgin activated carbon, and reduces the need and cost of carbon disposal
  • Customer-base includes drinking water facilities and the food industry


Chemviron Carbon, the European operating group of Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE: CCC), held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to celebrate the grand opening of its new reactivation plant. Steve Schott, the company’s Executive Vice President of Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Equipment, accompanied by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob O’Brien, and Reinier Keijzer, Vice President Europe, welcomed local dignitaries and officials including Mayor Steve Waltho and the Mayoress Jayne Waltho, Councillor Melvyn Mottram, Councillor Clem Baugh, and Tony Bray, Area Director of the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills, to the new facility located in Dudley Borough.

“It’s a privilege to welcome Chemviron Carbon to the West Midlands area,” said Dudley Borough Mayor, Steve Waltho. “We have a proud heritage here in Dudley, and I am celebrating this major industrial investment in our borough.”

Chemviron Carbon acquired the facility in Tipton in 2011 from Grafham Carbons and invested £6.7million to upgrade the site to industry standards. The plant, which is dedicated to the reactivation of spent carbon used in drinking water and food grade applications, underwent a major upgrade to increase its capacity and efficiency from 5,800 to 10,000 tons per year of reactivated carbon.

Reactivation, a method of recycling or reheating “spent” (or used) carbon, offers a number of benefits versus the use of virgin (or new) activated carbon. The reactivation of spent activated carbon represents a saving of 80% in CO2 emissions versus the manufacture of virgin activated carbon, as well as reducing the need for the disposal of spent material, which can be hard on the environment.

“We supply to a significant number of the leading drinking water utilities in the United Kingdom as well as food industries,” said Steve Schott, Executive Vice President of Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Equipment for Calgon Carbon. “The completion of the Tipton renovation further strengthens our position as one of the largest carbon reactivators in the UK.”

Contact: Amanda Mushrush


Pure Water. Clean Air. Better World.

Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) is a global leader in innovative solutions, high quality products and reliable services designed to protect human health and the environment from harmful contaminants in water, and air. As a leading manufacturer of activated carbon, with broad capabilities in ultraviolet light disinfection, the Company provides purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies more than 100 types of activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for more than 700 distinct applications. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon Corporation employs more than 1,100 people at 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon. The company also has more than 27 sales and service centers throughout the world.

For more information about Calgon Carbon’s leading activated carbon and ultraviolet technology solutions for municipalities and industries, visit

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