JAMES CUMMING & SONS

Australian Manufacture and Supply of

Premium Australian Coal,
Activated Carbon &
Filter Media

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History meets
innovation

We are a family-owned and operated manufacturer and supplier with over 110 years of expertise in pioneering the use of Australian coal for industry.

Since the 1980s, we have been market leaders in utilising bituminous coal for eco-friendly water filtration and wastewater purification, and activated carbon for air, water and soil decontamination.

Our products enable millions of people in Australia and throughout the world to enjoy clean, safe water every day.

Our product range

Activated Carbon

Granular & Powdered Forms
  • High internal surface area
  • Rapid diffusion kinetics
  • Greater loading capacity
  • Optimal mesh sizing
  • Made to premium standards

Support Filter Media

Silica & Garnet Gravels
  • Ideal specific gravity
  • Low acid solubility
  • Optimal hardness
  • Consistent particle sizing
  • Select raw material bodies

Graded Coal

Glass Colourisation
  • Consistent particle sizing
  • Reliable fixed carbon content
  • Strict quality control
  • Low inherent moisture
  • Cost effective glass colourisation

Coal Dust

Iron Foundries
  • Thermal and calorific properties
  • Consistent volatiles content
  • No foreign impurities
  • Very low sulphur
  • Creates a fine lustrous iron cast

Australian Zeolite

Ammonia Removal
  • Naturally occurring mineral body
  • Turbidity and ammonia removal
  • Heavy metal removal
  • Clinoptilolite largest component
  • Wide range of applications

Australian Filter Coal

C&S Brand
  • Superior durability
  • Optimal uniformity coefficient
  • Consistent particle sizing
  • Low specific gravity
  • Ideal filtration quality

Australian filter coal or anthracite

At James Cumming & Sons, we’ve identified a local bituminous coal that outperforms imported anthracite coal, meeting or even exceeding the AWWA B100 standard.

The two key factors for filtering suitability are coal hardness and acid solubility. Our extensively tested Australian filter coal, with a proven track record in thousands of treatment plants, is your ideal choice for potable, wastewater or pretreatment desalination. Anthracite coal is not essential.

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Australian
manufacturing
capability

We use only the highest grades of Australian coal, ensuring uncompromising quality. Our integrated systems and end-to-end processing ensure premier products that are fit for purpose, packaged reliably and delivered safely and cleanly.

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Grade

Quality raw materials selection and critical trademarked mineral preparation.

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Crush

Ensuring product is fit for purpose, whether granulating or pulverising.

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Screen

Specialist equipment for compliance and exact sizing requirement.

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Logistics

On time delivery, robust packaging, national and international freight.

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Projects

Sydney Desalination
Plant

In response to declining water levels, Sydney Water obtained approval for a Seawater Desalination Plant. Pilot testing favoured coarse dual-media filtration. We supplied C & S Brand Australian filter coal, on time and to exact specification.

Qurayyat Desalination
Plant

This plant is in operation to address water shortages in Muscat, Oman and surrounds. We supplied 2,210 cubic metres of C & S Brand Australian filter coal, delivered on time, to exact specifications.

Dungog WTP

This was the first contact filtration plant in Australia to use large effective size media, after pilot plant work by the Hunter Water Corporation. It was also the first to use C & S Brand filter coal and remains an industry frontrunner with long-term results, durability and stability.

 

Barangaroo Lendlease
Grand Casino

We supplied premium C&S Brand Australian activated carbon while transforming a former gas works into a modern casino and hotel, effectively eliminating odours and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and adding to the evolving skyline.

Mt Crosby
Eastbank

This refurbishment project included converting 20 mono-media sand filters to dual-media filters with C&S Brand Australian filter coal. It extended filter run times, reduced backwashing frequency and improved plant performance, surpassing client expectations.

Articles

Filter Media & Filter Coal Glossary

Filter coal terminology can seem like a language of its own. However, our comprehensive Australian filter coal glossary can simplify the complexities of these terms.

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Managing PFAS contamination with activated carbon for wastewater & soil remediation

In soil remediation, managing PFAS contamination with activated carbon is an effective solution for addressing environmental challenges and minimising potential risks.

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Comparing C&S Brand Australian filter coal with mono-media sand

The selection of filter media influences water quality, providing grounds for comparing the performance of C&S Brand Australian filter coal and mono-media sand.

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