Founded in 1918, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon is the world's largest and most experienced producer of activated carbon. In July 2012, Norit was acquired by Cabot Corp., a leading global specialty chemicals and performance materials company based in Boston, Mass., USA. Both companies have long, rich histories in market leadership based on product performance that delivers greater value to our customers, communities and shareholders.
Cabot Norit Activated Carbon products are used to remove pollutants, contaminants and other impurities from water, air, food and beverages, pharmaceutical products and other liquids and gases in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Our activated carbon solutions are also used as colorants, carriers or catalysts in industrial processes.
We are a global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and sale of high-grade activated carbons used in a growing range of environmental, health, safety and industrial applications. Building on our nearly 100-year history of innovation in manufacturing and product development, we produce a diverse array of products from a wide range of raw materials including lignite, peat, bituminous coal, coconut and wood.
Cabot's history of innovation in purification allows us to develop the right product solution to meet each customer's needs. We have created more than 150 different grades of activated carbon so that our customers get precise solutions that fit their applications and work better than an "off the shelf" product. In addition to our unparalleled product portfolio, Cabot offers a full range of activated carbon services including system design, carbon reactivation, bulk delivery and change-out, carbon evaluation, as well as technical service and support to help our customers cost effectively meet their specific purification needs.
Our global base of over 3,000 customers includes manufacturers, municipalities and utilities that use our products in a wide range of end markets, including gas and air, water treatment, pharmaceuticals (also in activated carbon based pharmaceutical products), food and beverage, chemicals, industrial catalysts, energy, power and mining. Our products are sold globally into over 100 countries principally through our sales offices, as well as through a network of regional agents and distributors.
Cabot has facilities in seven countries, and a network of sales and service centers, business partners, and distributors serving customers in more than 100 countries around the world.