Carbon Black Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Carbon Black in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Carbon Black Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


The carbon black market witnessed bearish sentiments for most of the first half of 2023. The major reason was slow, steady demands and decreased upstream costs. The inventory stocks were high and were easily able to cater to the existing limited demands, so the prices swung low for most of the said period. It was only in the latter half of the second quarter that some reverse fluctuations were observed as the inventories started depleting and the demands from downstream sectors started to grow, causing the carbon black prices to move upwards.


The price trends for carbon black observed fluctuating patterns throughout the first two quarters of 2023. In Q1, the prices were low as stocks were high and demands were steady. But the prices started picking up during the quarter shift owing to a rise in downstream demands and a decline in inventory supplies. The carbon black grade N550 price averaged around 995 USD/MT (FOB, Netherlands) in June’23.

North America

Suppliers in the North American market suffered from low inquiries for most of the period. The market had an almost stable start at the beginning of Q1, but the downstream demands declined sharply from mid-Q1 as the interest rates escalated after failing of two major banks, altering the purchasing sentiment for automobiles. Prices decreased and wavered on the lower end for most of the discussed period; it was only in later Q2 that the market showed signs of recovery, and the carbon black prices started normalizing again.

Analyst insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trends for carbon Black prices are expected to continue fluctuating in a similar manner given the market volatilities in demand and supply dynamics.

Carbon Black Price Trend for the Q4 of 2022


Q4 witnessed an almost complete revival of downstream demand in the Asia-Pacific region. As the government-mandated covid restrictions were uplifted in China, the operating rates grew substantially. In the wake of this new-found supply, the downstream demand grew equally, thereby, maintaining the market equilibrium. Hence, the prices of carbon black kept on the higher side of the scale during the last quarter of 2022.


The price trends for carbon black declined throughout the European region in the fourth quarter. Since Russia was the major exporter of carbon black to Europe, the Western sanctions against Russian exports hampered the market supply. Asian imports were called in, but the supply chain disturbances and freight mismanagement complicated the situation which eventually hampered the downstream demand. The dwindling demand aided the fall in the prices of carbon black, thus disturbing the pricing fundamentals.

North America

After the initial uproar in Q3, the production costs settled in the American region. The demand subsided amid the stabilizing feedstock supply and prices, thereby preserving the market equilibrium. The prices inclined but within reasonable limits maintaining a healthy outlook in the market.

Analyst insight

According to Procurement Resource, the carbon black markets are expected to stabilize further. As the international situation settles, the interplay between supply and demand will likely dictate the price trends for carbon black provided no unprecedented event occurs.

For the Q1, Q2 and Q3 of 2022


The price trends for carbon black had a sluggish start during the first quarter. There was a healthy equilibrium between supply and demand, hence the prices remained firm. However, the prices inclined towards the end of Q1 as the cost pressure from feedstock increased averaging 1520 USD/MT FOB.

The carbon black prices continuously increased as the second quarter started due to raised feedstock coal tar prices along with expensive logistics and stable demand from the tire industry. The prices declined towards the end of June averaging 10,100 RMB/MT as the market sentiment weakened given such inflated prices.

The market demand rebounded during Q3 especially from the automotive sector causing the prices to incline again. With the lack of new products from the manufacturers, a mismatch was created in the market supply and demand further raising the prices. The carbon black prices averaged 11,100 RMB/MT towards the end of September 2022.


Carbon black prices kept firm during the first quarter averaging 1710 USD/MT owing to stable market dynamics. However, the prices inclined drastically in Q2 owing to the economic downturn unleashed by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The raised feedstock prices among rising demand from the downstream sector caused the manufacturers to raise quotations to support their profits. With the western sanctions against Russian exports, Europe turned to importing carbon black from Asian nations at much higher prices. At the end of Q3, the price of carbon black Hard Grade N220 averaged 2732 USD/MT.

North America

During the first quarter, the price trend for carbon black was on the lower end of the scale owing to stable demand and healthy upstream cost pressure. However, the changing geopolitical climate heavily impacted the pricing pattern in the US domestic market.

With high feedstock prices, expensive logistics, labour shortages and robust demand, the prices inclined drastically in the second quarter. The same pricing patterns continued in Q3 owing to solid demand from the automotive and tire industries. The carbon black prices averaged 3395 USD/MT FOB Texas (Hard Grade N220) towards the end of Q3.

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Carbon black is a finely divided form of amorphous carbon usually obtained via the partial combustion of hydrocarbons. The carbon black particles are usually spherical and have a high surface area to volume ratio albeit lower than activated carbon. Carbon black varies widely in particle size depending on the process by which they are made. It is often used as a pigment and reinforcing agent primarily in the automotive and rubber industries.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Carbon Black
HS Code 280300
CAS Number 1333-86-4
Industrial Uses Pigments, Reinforcing Agents, Paints/Coatings, Rubber/Plastics, Printing Ink
Chemical Formula C
Synonyms Channel or impingement black, Furnace black, Thermal black, Lampblack, Acetylene black
Molecular Weight 12.011 g/mol
Supplier Database Orion Engineered Carbon, Birla Carbon, Phillips Carbon Black Limited, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Shandong Huadong Rubber Types Co., Ltd, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Process

Carbon black is produced via the reaction of a hydrocarbon fuel such as gas or oil with a limited supply of combustion air at high temperatures (1320 to 1540°C). The unburnt carbon is collected as extremely fine fluffy particles.


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