Carbon black is a black-colored colloidal particle produced by the thermal decomposition or incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon-rich sources such as natural gas, petroleum oil and coal gas. Furnace black process, channel process and acetylene process are among the major processes used in the production of carbon black. Carbon black is primarily used as a dyeing agent in synthetic textile fibers such as polyester, nylon and acrylic. The revenue generated by carbon black market for textile fibers was USD 597.2 million in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 964.4 million by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2013 to 2019.
The carbon black market for textile fibers is divided into four product segments: polyester, nylon, acrylic and others (including olefins). Polyester fiber dominates the global demand in the carbon black market for textile fibers. The carbon black market for polyester textile fibers accounted for over 55% share of total revenue generated in 2012. Based on end-use, the carbon black market has been segregated into three segments: apparels, home textiles and others including automotive, agriculture and protective clothing. The apparel segment is the largest end-user in the carbon black market for textile fibers and accounted for over 53% share of total revenue generated in 2012. Besides apparel, home textiles, which comprise carpets, bedding and sheeting applications, was the major end-user of carbon black at the end of 2012.
Textile fiber is a niche application for carbon black and exhibits a low market share of all the applications for the material. Nearly all carbon blacks produced globally are employed in other applications, primarily in tires and rubber. Carbon black is used as a dyeing agent in textile fibers in order to impart color to the fibers. High cost, low tensile strength and increasing demand for arable land for other profitable crops has led to decline in demand for cotton. This trend is anticipated to continue in the near future. The decrease in cotton consumption has subsequently led to an increase in demand for synthetic fibers. This is one of the major growth drivers for the carbon black market for textile fibers. Polyester is the most widely used synthetic fiber in the textiles industry and the demand for polyester is expected to grow at a better pace in the near future. Moreover, polyester is also among the dominant product segments of carbon black. Therefore, increasing demand for polyester is likely to boost demand for carbon black for textile fibers during the forecast period.
Major raw materials used in the production of carbon black are derivatives of crude oil. Therefore, the market is characterized by volatility in prices of raw materials. This has led to uncertain profitability in the industry. The volatility in raw material prices is a major restraint for the carbon black market for textile fibers. Furthermore, several hazardous gases, including carbon monoxide, are released during the production of carbon black. Carbon black being predominantly a derivative of carbon, exhibits a high carbon footprint. Environmental and health hazards associated with carbon black have led to an increase in the number of stringent government regulations to control the production of carbon black. Thus, environmental and health hazards associated with carbon black are some of the major restraints for the carbon black market for textile fibers. There has been an increase in the number of research and development activities to produce carbon black from bio-based sources. Bio-based carbon black is anticipated to offer high-growth opportunities for the carbon black market for textile fibers in the coming years.
Asia Pacific, followed by Europe, dominates the global carbon black market for textile fibers and this trend is likely to continue in the near future. High GDP growth rate and increasing disposable income in emerging economies of India and China are projected to drive the demand for carbon blacks in textile fiber applications in Asia Pacific. Higher demand for synthetic fibers in South America and the Middle East is estimated to drive demand for carbon blacks for textile fibers in RoW. RoW is expected to be the fastest growing geographic segment during the forecast period. Major companies in the carbon black market for textile fibers include Cabot Corporation, Phillips Carbon Black ltd., Birla Carbon, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Orion Engineered Carbons among others.
Carbon black is a finely divided black colored powder produced by thermal decomposition or incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons such as natural gas, coal gas and petroleum oil. It is produced as black-colored colloidal particles through processes such as furnace black process, channel process and acetylene process. Carbon black is primarily used as a dyeing agent in the textile industry.
This report comprises in-depth analysis and forecast of the carbon black market for textile fibers on a global as well as regional level. It includes forecast for the period from 2013 to 2019 in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for the regional and global markets. The study also analyzes various factors driving and restraining the growth of the carbon black market for textile fibers. A detailed analysis of the impact of these drivers and restraints on the growth of the market during the forecast period has been included. Furthermore, the report analyzes the opportunities available in the market during the forecast period at the global and regional level.
The report includes a value chain analysis to understand the industry. The value chain analysis comprises detailed evaluation of the roles of various players involved in the carbon black market for textile fibers, from raw material suppliers to end-users. Porter’s Five Forces model has been used to determine the degree of competition in the industry during the forecast period. Furthermore, a market attractiveness analysis has been conducted to analyze the end-user segments that are expected to be lucrative during the forecast period based on their market size and growth rate.
The carbon black market for textile fibers has been segmented based on products. These include polyester, nylon, acrylic and others such as olefins. Based on end-users, the carbon black market for textile fibers has been segmented into apparels, home textiles and others including protective clothing, automobile, agriculture, etc. Detailed analysis for all the segments in the regional and global markets, and forecast based on current and future trends of the industry in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million) have been included in the report. The average price of carbon black is varied according to regions and countries. However, it is kept constant for different product segments and end-users as numerous grades of carbon black with different price points are used in almost all product segments and end-users. This report covers the data pertaining to the carbon black market for synthetic textile fibers only and the market data pertaining to natural textile fibers such as cotton, wool, etc. have not been considered in this report.
Inflation is not a part of pricing in this report. Prices of carbon black market for textile fibers vary in each region and country. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region and country. The average price for each product segment and end-user has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the global, regional and country basis. This report provides the market size of carbon black market for textile fibers for 2011 and 2012, and forecast for the next six years. The global carbon black market for textile fibers market size is given in terms of both volume as well as revenue. Market volumes are defined in kilo tons and market revenue is in USD million. Market numbers are estimated based on various product segments of carbon black market for textile fibers and key end-user markets. Market size and forecast for each major product segment and end-user is provided in the context of the global, regional and country level market.
Regionally, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Demand for carbon black for textile fibers has been analyzed and forecast for a period of six years. The report also covers profiles of leading companies in the carbon black market for textile fibers. Companies profiled in the report include Cabot Corporation, Philips Caron Black Ltd., Birla Carbon and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. Various attributes of these companies such as company overview, SWOT analysis, business strategies and recent developments form the core of the company profiles section.
The report segments the global carbon black market for textile fibers as follows:
Carbon Black Market for Textile Fibers - Product Segment Analysis
- Filament Fiber
- Staple Fiber
- Others (Including tow, fiberfill, etc)
- Others (Including olefin, etc.)
Carbon Black Market for Textile Fibers - End-user Analysis
- Home Textiles
- Others (Including automotive, agriculture, protective clothing, etc.)
Carbon Black Market for Textile Fibers - Regional Analysis
- North America
- Greater China
- South East Asia
- RoW (South America, Africa and the Middle East)