Market Study: Carbon Black Carbon Black for Tire Manufacturing Strongly Demanded

Editor: Tobias Hüser

Carbon black is used for tire manufacturing, as a pigment for plastics, paints and coatings. In the currently released second issue of the Market Study Carbon Black, Ceresana's market researchers forecast a dynamic growth of global demand for Carbon Black. By 2022, its volume is expected to rise to more than 15 million tonnes.

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Black figures: Ceresana's new market study about the world market for Carbon Black
Black figures: Ceresana's new market study about the world market for Carbon Black
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Constance/Germany – The most important application area for Carbon Black are tires made of SBR (styrene butadiene rubber), BR (butadiene rubber) as well as natural rubber. This segment accounted for around 70 % of the overall demand in 2014. The production of rubber goods for the segment Industry and Construction ranked second.

Carbon Black is processed in a wide range of products that are used in the chemical industry, mechanical engineering, the construction industry as well as the electrical and electronics industry. Products include conveyer belts, roll coverings, tubes, profiles, seals, cables, moldings and roofing foils. The highest Carbon Black demand was recorded for the elastomer types SBR, BR, NBR, and EPDM. The proportion of Carbon Black used as a black pigment in printing inks, plastics as well as paints and coatings represented less than 10 % of the total market volume in 2014. However, these application areas are experiencing the strongest growth rates of 2.9 % to 4.5 % p.a.

In 2014, more than 60 % of Carbon Black were processed in the Asia-Pacific region. North America ranked second at a considerable distance, followed by Eastern Europe. As capacities will be increased by almost 2 million tonnes, export surplus in Asia will augment further despite rising local requirements. Production plants will be expanded above all in China and India.

The study in brief

Chapter 1 of the Ceresana study provides a presentation and analysis of the global market for Carbon Black including forecasts up to 2022. Development of revenues, demand, production, and capacities are analyzed for each individual region. Chapter 2 offers a detailed analysis of the Carbon Black market in the 22 major countries. Data on demand, revenues, production, and producers of Carbon Black as well as import and export is provided. Demand will be analyzed in detail for the segments Tires, Rubber - Automotive, Rubber - Industry and Construction, Rubber - Others, Plastics, Printing Inks, and Paints and Coatings.

Chapter 3 gives an in-depth analysis of sales markets for Carbon Black as well as of influences of various application areas. Data on demand development is analyzed in the regions Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East / Africa. Chapter 4 provides profiles of the largest manufacturers of Carbon Black, clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, capacities, and profile summary.

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