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Notch publishes new Carbon Black World Data Book

Notch Consulting is proud to announce the publication of the 2012 edition of the Carbon Black World Data Book, which has been fully updated and expanded. Published annually, the Carbon Black World Data Book is an essential resource for anyone involved in the carbon black industry, whether as a producer, customer, supplier, or investor. The report provides extensive data on carbon black capacity, capacity utilization, production, imports, exports, apparent consumption, demand by market (passenger tires, truck tires, other tires, non-tire rubber goods, and specialty) and demand by grade (tread, carcass, and other), as well as market value and average pricing. This truly is the most comprehensive and up-to-date report available on the carbon black industry.

With its prospects tied inextricably to those of the motor vehicle and tire industries, the carbon black industry has emerged from the global economic downturn in solid shape. Global demand grew 15% in 2010 and is projected to grow another 5.8% in 2011, reaching record volumes of nearly eleven million tonnes. Gains are being driven by rising demand in all major markets (tires, non-tire rubber, specialty applications), with production of radial passenger tires and large off-road tires remaining key drivers of market expansion. Future demand for carbon black will directly benefit from the more than $18 billion that the tire industry is scheduled to invest in new tire production capacity from 2011 through 2017. )The latest edition of the Carbon Black World Data Book includes a comprehensive list of these projects and their expected affect on carbon black demand.) After bottoming out at 70% in 2009, capacity utilization rates (i.e., production as a share of nameplate capacity) are expected to average 77% in 2011, a substantial improvement considering that the industry added some 1.3 million tonnes/year of new capacity from year-end 2009 to year-end 2011. If China is excluded from figures, utilization averaged a very healthy 88% in 2011.

Purchase of the Carbon Black World Data Book 2012 also incluees three issues of the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter, to be published April 2012, July 2012, and October 2012. These quarterly reports provide quarterly and monthly contract prices for major carbon black grades for the United States, the European Union, and Brazil, and monthly spot prices for China. The quarterly report also includes updated supply/demand data, including year-to-date quarterly figures and full-year forecasts for the current year. It also provides industry news and the latest information on capacity expansions and utilization. Note that the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter can also be purchased separately, either on a single issue or on an annual subscription basis.

For more information or to order this report, write to info AT or call Notch Consulting at 413-253-3371.

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