What is Carbon Black?

Carbon black is a valuable commodity material that exists in everyday items and has many applications.


The Everyday Particle



Tires and Industrial Rubber Products

Carbon black has a special interaction with rubber that is called reinforcement. Carbon black enables rubber to become high performance tires through wet traction enhancement, reduction of wear by abrasion, stiffness improvement, and many other performance advantages that arise when rubber and carbon black are intimately mixed together. The combination of rubber and carbon black has been coined “The marriage of the century” by experts in the rubber and carbon black industries. From rubber hoses, to tires, to door seals, roofing components, and many, many more rubber based products carbon black incorporated into rubber makes for great products.


Carbon black in the plastics industry is first and foremost used as a pigment. However, carbon black enhanced plastics also provide improved UV resistance, increased strength, and additionally a very deep black with tunable blue or brown undertones. From electrical cables, to trash bags, to plastic forks, carbon black has the properties that make everyday plastics products useful.

High Performance Coatings & Adhesives

Carbon blacks enhance UV protection and durability for coatings used in the automotive marine and aerospace industries. These coatings and adhesives enable products to last longer, provide reliability, and resist corrosion.

Toners and Printing Ink

Carbon blacks are an ideal black pigment based particle for inkjet and toner applications. Carbon black provides a much more black lustrous color when compared to iron oxide based black or dye based black color. Additionally, the longevity of the deep black color provided by carbon black is far superior to competitive products in the industry.

Batteries and Conductive Inks

In addition to all of the other attractive properties listed here, carbon black also conducts electricity. Carbon black is found in everyday batteries from Nickel Metal Hydride to Lead Acid to rechargeable Li ion batteries. Carbon black provides the right amount of conductivity to the active component of these battery systems. Carbon black is found in the batteries of all mobile phones, everyday electronics, disposable Li ion batteries and many other electronic battery based devices. This same conductivity enables carbon black to be an essential part of conductive inks that can be used for consumer electronics, RFID tags and any other system where transition metal based conductive inks cannot be used.