Without carbon black there would be no road traffic: A large amount of carbon black is needed for tire manufacturing. In a variety of other rubber goods, it serves mainly as a filler. Carbon black is used as a pigment for plastics, paints and coatings as well as for printing inks. 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.
Strongest Increase in Demand for Pigments
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, roofing foils, etc. 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.
Dominating Sales Market: Asia-Pacific
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 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. More detailed profiles are given for 59 manufacturers including Aditya Birla Group, Bridgestone Group, Cabot Corporation, China Synthetic Rubber Corporation, Hebei Daguangming Industry Group Company Limited, Jiangxi Black Cat Carbon Black Co., Ltd., OCI Company Ltd., Omsk Carbon Group OOO, Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH, Phillips Carbon Black Limited, Sid Richardson Carbon Co., Tatneft JSC, and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd.
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