The Car­bon Black mar­ket reflects a con­tra­dic­tion of seve­ral aspects.

A high vola­ti­le oil mar­ket, with a signi­fi­cant drop of the oil pri­ce in Novem­ber 2018 with as con­tro­ver­si­on an increase of car­bon black feedstock pri­ces, which forces pro­du­cers to increase car­bon black base prices.

The cor­re­la­ti­on of inde­xed pri­ces, com­pared to a indi­vi­du­al fixed index and the car­bon black feedstocks show a big­ger spread.

On the con­tro­ver­se of incre­asing car­bon black feedstock pri­ces we have a signi­fi­cant slow­down of the eco­no­my dri­ven by the auto­mo­ti­ve indus­try. Auto­mo­bi­le manu­fac­tu­r­ers are facing dif­fi­cul­ties with vehic­le regis­tra­ti­ons due to the World­wi­de Har­mo­nis­ed Light Vehic­le Test Pro­ce­du­re (WLTP), which clas­si­fies emis­si­ons and fuel con­sump­ti­on. Addi­tiona­ly the upgo­ing trend for elec­tric cars might influence the con­sump­ti­on of car­bon black.

Ano­ther fac­tor which might start influen­cing Car­bon Black pri­ces in 2019 is MARPOL (Inter­na­tio­nal Con­ven­ti­on for the Pre­ven­ti­on of Pol­lu­ti­on from Ships), which limits sul­fur con­tent in mari­ne fuels and might result in limi­t­ed avai­la­bi­li­ty of Low Sul­fur Fuel Oil 1%, which is also used to pro­du­ce Car­bon Black.

We expect 2019 to be full of oppor­tu­ni­ties and challenges.

Alt­hough the dyna­mic chan­ges in the mar­ket are a big chall­enge for all play­ers, Pen­ta­Car­bon GmbH is loo­king for­ward exten­ding suc­cessful part­ner­ships with its’ customers.

If you have any ques­ti­ons or inqui­ries, plea­se do not hesi­ta­te to cont­act us.


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Pen­ta­Car­bon GmbH
Anna­berg­stra­ße 168
45721 Hal­tern am See