Editorial: Asia, India rising rapidly as carbon black powerhouses

ERJ staff report (R&PN)

Akron, Ohio — A change in ownership of a carbon black company shows the increasing importance of Asia and, in particular, India, to the global rubber industry.

Aditya Birla Group’s agreement to buy Columbian Chemicals Co. will make a carbon black giant that much larger. The Indian company ranks as the world’s fourth-largest black producer, and Columbian is the third biggest.

The up-and-coming power in this supply field may not be done yet.

Evonik Industries A.G. has been shopping its carbon black business-the former Degussa…

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