- Asia-Pacific accounts for 59% of the world’s carbon black manufactured for the tire industry and this will grow to 61% in 2027
- Asia-Pacific is the largest manufacturer of highly dispersible silica for the tire industry, accounting for around 35% of total production
- The use of highly dispersable silica in tires will grow at a rate of almost 8% for 2021–27 while carbon black use will increase at a rate of 3.5%.
Sustainability in tire manufacturing is one factor that is determining the use of either carbon black or silica. Technology developments, cost and performance are also at play. This report examines the outlook for the tire industry to 2027, along with an in-depth analysis of silica and carbon black. The report explores the properties and uses of these materials, including volume and value growth by global region and tire type. It discusses tire industry sustainability and the subsequent demands placed on carbon black and silica suppliers. The use of more sustainable raw materials in tire formulations with sustainable carbon blacks and silicas and related technologies are highlighted.
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What will you discover?
- Sustainability has become a major commitment from all major tire manufacturers. The silica and carbon black industries have responded to this by developing new silica and carbon black products based on alternative renewable or recycled feedstocks
- This report looks at initiatives by major tire companies and suppliers of silica and carbon black, including growth trends. The key relationship between sustainability, fillers, tire wear particles and 6PPD will be discussed
- Major carbon black and silica suppliers are discussed along with their environmental objectives, products, and related technologies.
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- Carbon black vs silica in the tire industry’s drive for sustainability
- New silica and carbon black products based on natural or recycled raw materials
- The tire industry’s role in improving vehicle fuel economy through tire design and materials
- The importance of wear properties in fillers and environmental considerations
- The regulatory outlook of carbon black and silica to 2027.
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
Howard Colvin has many years of experience in the tire industry with 22 years at Goodyear and 12 years with Cooper. At Cooper he worked in the Advanced Technology group and led Cooper’s consortium of academia, industry and government to develop a guayule concept tire. Howard is the 2021 Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology award winner for exhibiting exceptional technical competency in rubber science and technology.