Specialty Carbon Black Market Report

Specialty Carbon Black Market Analysis By Grade (Conductive (Conductive Polymers, Paints & Coatings, Battery Electrodes, Printing Inks), Fiber (Polyester Fiber, PP Masterbatches, Nylon Textiles), Food (Packaging, Film & Sheet, Consumer Molded Parts)) And Segment Forecasts To 2024

  • Published Date: Sep, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-121-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2013-2015
  • Number of Pages: 260

Strong demand for fiber grade carbon black to drive growth

The global specialty carbon black market size was USD 1.64 billion in 2015. Increasing consumption across end-use industries such as packaging, automotive, paints & coatings, and textile is expected to drive growth.

Increasing demand from the plastics industry for various products such as pipes, extruded profiles, hoses, and belts is anticipated to drive demand. The growth of the polymer industry in emerging economies of Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to remain a key driving factor for market growth over the next eight years.

U.S. specialty carbon black market revenue by grade, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)

U.S. specialty carbon black market

Specialty grades such as conductive, fiber, and food cater to end-use industries such as conductive polymers, paints & coatings, battery electrodes, printing inks, polyester fiber, PP masterbatches, specialty packaging, film & sheets, and consumer molded parts.

They possess superior conductive properties, low ash, sulfur & metal content, and provide protection from UV radiations. In addition, Specialty carbon blacks provide pigmentation, UV protection, and conductivity to various coating applications including automotive (primer basecoats and clearcoats), marine, aerospace, wood, and industrial coatings.

Specialty carbon black is majorly obtained through high-end refining process by scorching of hydrocarbons with four major processes such as lampblack, furnace black, acetylene black, and thermal black. It is the unadulterated form with a minimum content of ash and other metals.

It finds vast utilization in the non-rubber automotive application and plays a vital to produce lightweight and fuel-efficient passenger’s cars. Due to its extensive usage in non-rubber applications, it remains unaffected from cyclical nature of the rubber & tire industry.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set regulations that mandate GHG reporting in the U.S. These regulations provided the impetus for the development of a new ASTM International standard, ASTM D7633, which is the only test method for assessing carbon content.

Opportunities for specialty blacks in paints & coatings include electrically conductive coatings which can be used in nanotubes. They can be further used to increase the speed of thermosetting resins.

Conductive was the leading grade segment for specialty carbon black

Conductive emerged as the dominant grade segment owing to increasing demand conductive polymers in various end-use industries such as automotive and consumer goods. They further find wide application scope in organic transistors, sensors, antistatic packaging, textiles and solar cells. Technological developments in the paint & coatings industry to widen application scope is expected to fuel conductive carbon black consumption over the forecast period.

Fiber grade is expected to witness significant growth owing to increasing demand from textile industry for applications such as polyester fiber, PP masterbatches, and other synthetic fibers. The segment is expected to grow at an estimated CAGR of over 5% from 2016 to 2024.

It is extensively used in the textile industry owing to high reproducible characteristics, low environment impact, strong light fastness, and minimal colorant migration. They can be used for polyester, nylon, polypropylene, and other synthetic fibers.

Food contact grade is expected to witness prolific growth over the next eight years owing to increasing convenience food consumption in emerging economies of Asia Pacific and Latin America such as India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, and Argentina. Packaging is expected to emerge as the leading application for the food-grade segment.

Asia Pacific was the leading specialty carbon black market followed by North America

Asia Pacific market accounted for over 40% of the global volume share in 2015. Increasing automotive sales along with rising polymer demand from consumer goods industry are anticipated to drive regional market growth over the next eight years.

The region has been successful in manufacturing low-cost carbon black which has compelled manufacturers in Europe and North America to shut down their production lines. Major manufacturers have shifted their production base towards Asia Pacific to cut on their manufacturing cost and gain competitive advantage.

Economic recovery in the U.S. and expanding automotive and commercial building activities are likely to foster product demand in wires & cables, molded plastics, and paints & coatings. There is significant demand for food-grade specialty black in the region owing to the growth of the packaged food and beverage industry.

Recovery of the automotive and construction industries in Europe is another recent development expected to fuel demand in the region. Technological advancements have paved the way for innovative packaging options in processed foods across various categories, thus driving growth in the region.

The specialty carbon black market is fragmented in nature

The specialty black market is fragmented with few companies accounting for a majority share in the market. Major industry participants include Orion Engineered Carbon, Aditya Birla, Philips Carbon Black Limited, and Cabot Corporation. Other prominent players operating in the global market include OMSK Group, Sid Richardson, Tokai Co. Ltd., Atlas Organic Pvt. Ltd., Continental Carbon Co., Cabot Corporation, China Synthetic Rubber Corporation (CSRC), Himadri Companies & Industries Ltd. (HCIL).

Specialty Carbon Black Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2019

USD2.44 billion

Revenue forecast in 2024

USD3.82 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 9.7% from 2019 to 2024

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2024

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2019 to 2024

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Grade, fiber, food

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Germany; France, UK, Italy, Russia, China; India, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia,UAE, South Africa

Key companies profiled

Orion Engineered Carbon, Aditya Birla, Philips Carbon Black Limited, Cabot Corporation, OMSK Group, Sid Richardson, Tokai Co. Ltd., Continental Carbon Co., and China Synthetic Rubber Corporation (CSRC).

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