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- Using recovered carbon black in new tire production reduces CO2 emissions by up to 85% compared to virgin materials
- Recovered carbon black is at technology readiness level 7 (demonstration and full-scale engineering) while renewable carbon black is at technology readiness level 6 (pilot trials)
- Less than 1% of all carbon black used globally in new tire production comes from recycle ELTs.
What does the report cover?
- Details of the unprecedented interest in sustainable carbon black and its current role in the market
- The sustainability agenda of global tire producers and their use of sustainable carbon black
- Examination of alternative rubber fillers with improved carbon footprint from recycled or biobased feedstocks
- Current production methods of sustainable carbon black, the regulatory landscape and the future outlook of the market.
Standard furnace carbon blacks and their production from fossil feedstocks are in conflict with tire producers that have defined objectives for recycled and biobased content in their products. The resulting higher interest in alternative fillers as replacement for furnace carbons is covered in this report. Recovered carbon black can reduce the tire industry’s reliance on petrochemicals by replacing a portion of traditional carbon black with a sustainable and circular alternative without introducing performance trade-offs. This report details the new sustainable market entrants that are produced with advanced process technology. The details of how global carbon black markets are being impacted by supply disruptions in Europe and the US are also covered.
What will you discover?
The Smithers methodology
- Development status of alternative carbon blacks for use in making tires and other goods
- Analysis of major sustainable carbon black types and their viability
- The role of sustainable carbon black in current and future markets
- Market leaders in traditional and sustainable carbon black production and capacities
- Future market dynamics and regulatory outlook of sustainable carbon black to 2041.
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
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About the author
- Tire makers
- Non-tire rubber goods makers
- Producers of tire materials
- Equipment suppliers to the tire industry
- Participants in the tire markets value chain
- Industry analysts and researchers
Martin von Wolfersdorff, principal advisor of Wolfersdorff Consulting, is an expert in tire derived carbon black. Martin describes himself as a recovered carbon black evangelist and boutique consultant & coach for the chemicals, materials and automotive industries with specialisation in recovered carbon black, decarbonisation, carbon capture, methane pyrolysis and circular economy due diligence, green carbon blacks and carbon black industry intelligence.