Published December 2020
Carbon black is a form of carbon generally produced by the incomplete combustion or thermal decomposition of hydrocarbons under controlled conditions. It is used to improve certain properties of the materials to which it is added, primarily as a reinforcement agent, light stabilizer, and black pigment for rubber in tires and other rubber products; as a pigment in coatings, printing inks, and plastics; and for conductive properties in polymers and resins. Production economics are very dependent on the specific feedstock for carbon black manufacturing, which varies widely by region.
The growth of carbon black is closely tied to the automotive industry and the production of tires. With the global automobile industry moving east to mainland China, India, and Central and Eastern Europe, the tire industry has followed, and with it the carbon black producers. The availability of natural rubber in Southeast Asia is also a factor in the tire industry’s investment pattern.
The following chart shows world consumption of carbon black:
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