Carbon Black is an essential ingredient in many of society’s essential products: tires, non-tire rubber goods, and specialty uses. In rubber products, Carbon Black positively impacts tear-strength, abrasion-resistance, elasticity, and resilience. It is one of the primary reasons that modern tires last as long as they do.
Increasing environmental costs, especially in the USA, have resulted in the more environmentally inefficient plants being closed and prohibited the commissioning of new plants in the USA, placing the industry and society in a dilemma.
Given its necessity, it is important that we find environmentally-friendly ways to manufacture Carbon Black. Currently, traditional manufacturing involves the incomplete combustion of heavy aromatic oils such as residual fuel oil (common in the US), raw coal tar (common in China), or cracked ethylene tar (common in Europe). Each of these releases an inordinate amount of emissions and harmful byproducts into the environment.