Carbon Black Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Carbon Black Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Against the backdrop of continued global recession in the automobile industry, the Asian Carbon Black industry registered substantial gains compared to its Q2 performance. Sharp pick-up in demand for replacement tires seemed potentially significant to negate the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on the automotive supply chain. The demand for Rubber Carbon Black & Specialty Carbon Black in China has recently gained traction because the COVID recovery rate in China turned in favor. Producers reported considerable benefits from a sudden consumer shift towards personal mobility as economies opened to lift lockdown restrictions. With ASEAN and China being important markets in terms of tires and Carbon Black trading, Carbon Black prices picked up in India to assess around USD 1250 per MT CFR.
North America
The North American Carbon Black markets witnessed back-to-back increment in the product prices during Q3 FY20. The uptrend seemed strongly supported by increasing cost of operations, labor, and tightening environmental regulations in line with the revision of sustainable manufacturing standards. Cabot announced upwards revision in the Carbon Black pricing in mid-August equivalent to USD 66 per tonne, amid better capacity utilization on the back of recovering rubber tire manufacturing in the US. In addition, Tokai Carbon – the largest carbon black producer in North America, announced rise in prices for all its Carbon Black products in the US by USD 40-50 per tonne during the quarter. This was primarily due to tighter regulations imposed on the bunker fuel oil Sulphur content by international Marine Organization (IMO). On the demand front, manufacturers observed that demand for Carbon Black recovered rather well in Q3, versus the historic plunge experienced during the second quarter.

The European Carbon Black market was struggling to maintain its margins as the economy battled to stand against the COVID-led headwinds. The third quarter outlook however, seemed to gain strength from the tyre applications as driving remained the preferred mode of transportation with people preferring to maintain stringent physical distancing amid surging cases. Demand for Carbon Black for manufacturing ink for printed materials remained an area of weakness, keeping the specialty Carbon Black sales largely pressured. 

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Carbon Black manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international markets, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of the company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence the Global Carbon Black market.
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.

Finally, region-specific markets for Carbon Black are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Carbon black is composed of fine particles of carbon. It is produced from incomplete combustion of natural gas or petroleum, primarily residual heavy fuel oil from petroleum refining, coal tar distillation and Ethylene at temperatures above 2000 deg Fahrenheit. The characteristics of Carbon Black vary with the manufacturing process involved. Based upon variations in particle size, structure and purity, and the method of production, Carbon Black can be categorized into lampblack, furnace black, bone black, channel black, acetylene and thermal black. Furnace black dominates the global market, holding about 90% of global Carbon Black output with thermal black making up the remaining volume. Lampblack, bone black and acetylene black are the specialty products. Carbon Black is used as a reinforcing, pigmenting, UV stabilizing or conductive agent, mainly in rubber applications. More than 60% of the world’s Carbon Black is consumed in the tyre industry. Non-tyre rubber applications such as car hoses, tubes, belts and gaskets account for nearly 25% of the total demand, while the rest is consumed in specialty blacks used in paints and coatings, printing inks, plastics & toners.