Brimac CHAR

What do we manufacture?

We are the only source for BRIMAC®. This is the original premium grade bone charcoal, which has many proven applications from water filtration to sugar purification. We have been producing Brimac material for over 190 years and are sole suppliers worldwide.

What is Charcoal?

Charcoal is a porous black solid material, consisting of an amorphous form of carbon, obtained as a residue when wood, bone, or other organic matter is heated in the absence of air. This process removes water and volatile chemicals from the material. The carbonised product possesses different chemical properties, depending on the source material.

Uses of Charcoal

Charcoal has historically been used as a fuel, writing material and pigment, and also as filtration media, for centuries. Its efficacy as filter media is due to the structure of the product after processing. The material is very porous, providing a large surface area, thereby enabling the capture of many unwanted contaminants. This occurs via adsorption, through which the undesired substances stick to the surface of the filtration material.

Brimac® Bone Char

Brimac® Bone Char is a unique form of activated carbon, due to the nature of the raw material, and the kilning process. The carbonised product possesses great mechanical strength due to its chemical composition and improved adsorption of many unwanted chemicals and heavy metals such as fluorine, chlorine, chloramine, lead and mercury.  Its main use for many years has been in sugar refining, where it has been used to decolourise solvent sugar and remove other mineral impurities. Brimac® Bone Char is also a very effective water filter media, as its ability to remove many heavy metals is greater than standard activated carbon. Most of these heavy metals are neurotoxins which pose significant hazards to human health and are therefore to be avoided.


During the manufacturing process nothing is added to Brimac® Bone Char, it’s a wholly natural product.

Many other filter media contain a high percentage of plastic; our technology does not rely on plastic and would not be subject to punitive 'micro plastic' legislation currently being proposed.

We also minimise the use of plastic in our processes and where possible will use recyclable packaging materials.