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Carbon Blacks to tint, colour & enhance the Performance of Plastics

Orion Engineered Carbons is one of the world's leading suppliers of Carbon Black. We offer standard and high-performance products in Rubber, Coatings, Printing Inks, Polymer Systems and other applications.

We were founded in 2011, deriving from Degussa and Evonik. While we are a new and innovative organization, we benefit from more than a 100 years of profound experience in the Carbon Black Industry.

Headquartered near Frankfurt, Germany, we employ more than 1600 people in 14 production sites. With 1.4 million tons production capacity p.a. we offer world-wide services in more than 100 countries.Orion Engineered Carbons generates long-term benefits for stakeholders, while remaining committed to responsible business practices with focus on team culture, reliability and sustainability.

Leading suppliers of Carbon Black

Carbon black is marketed in the forms of powder and pellets. Our high-quality gas blacks, furnace blacks Anda Specialty Carbon Blacks tint, colorize and enhance the performance of plastics, paints and coatings, inks and toners, adhesives and sealants, tires and manufactured rubber goods such as automotive belts and hoses.

Specialty Carbon Black

Specialty Carbon Blacks play a crucial role in a range of products including Plastics, Printing Inks, Adhesives and Sealants, Paints and Coatings. Beyond tinting and color, furnace black, gas black and lamp black can also impart other desired performance properties such as UV protection, conductivity and special effects. Among the specialty applications for Specialty Carbon Blacks are: lithium-ion batteries, non-impact printing, paper, PVC pipe, non-woven fabrics and metallurgy.

  • Specialty Carbon Blacks advantages compared to black organic dyes :
  • Color stability
  • Solvent resistance
  • Acid and alkaline resistance
  • Thermal stability
  • High hiding power
  • Specialty Carbon Blacks are widely used in the industries of :
  • Printing Inks
  • Paints and Coatings
  • Plastics
  • Fibre
  • Paper
  • Construction

Overview of Major Carbon Black Applications

Specialty Carbon Black






Pigmentation, UV protection

Wire & Cables

Conductivity of low, medium, high, extra high voltage cable (polypropylene, polyethylene)

Adhesives & Sealants

Reinforcement, rheology, anti-sagging

Synthetic Fibers

Pigmentation, UV protection (nylon, polyethyleneterephthalate (PET), polyamide)

Engineering Plastics

Pigmentation and UV protection for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate

Thermal Insulation

Thermal conductivity and heat resistance expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS)


Pigmentation, UV protection

Rubber Carbon Black

Carbon Black has been produced by Orion's predecessors since 1862. It plays a crucial role in the rubber industry. When used in tires Carbon Black ensures a high resistance to abrasion, good road handling and ageing resistance. Carbon Black is also an important ingredient in the production of a multitude of other rubber goods like profiles, hoses and anti-vibration systems.

Carbon Black is nearly pure carbon. Today the most common method for producing Carbon Black is the Furnace Black Process. A liquid hydrocarbon feedstock is injected into a flame, which is generated by the combustion of a gaseous or liquid fuel in combination with preheated air. Under these conditions the feedstock decomposes and Carbon Black particles are formed. After separation of the process gas/Carbon Black mixture in filter systems, the Carbon Black powder is pelletized in order to improve handling properties. Alternative production processes working according to the same physico-chemical principle are the Lamp Black Process and the Degussa Gas Black Process, which provide Carbon Blacks with a unique combination of properties.






Reinforcement of tires for passenger cars, heavy and medium trucks, agricultural vehicles, airplanes, etc.


Anti-vibration & Molded

Reinforced anti-vibration parts for automotive, agricultural, industrial applications, dampers, metal rubber bonded parts

Buildings, Mats & Floor

Reinforced building profiles, roofing, car mats


Compounds for other rubber manufacturers


Reinforcement of conveyor belts for mining industry, automotive


Reinforced hoses for automotive applications, off-shore, general industrial hoses

Precision Sealing Systems

Reinforced seals for automotive, domestic application, households and other industries

Solid & Bicycle Tires & Rollers

Reinforcement of solid tires for fork-lift trucks, bicycle tires, rice rollers and printing rollers

Rubber Cables

Reinforced power cables, insulation and jacketing

Rubber Food & Pharmaceutical

Reinforced hoses and seals for food contact, drinking water applications, medicine articles

Our Vision

We are the premium supplier of Carbon Black. We generate long-term benefits for stakeholders while remaining committed to responsible business practices with focus on team culture, reliability and sustainability.

Brands Supplied

Carbon Black Brands - Arosperse, Corax and Durex
Carbon Black Brands - Printex, Purex and Panther
Carbon Black Brands - Colour Black, Lamp Black and Special Black
Carbon Black Brands - Ecorax, Hiblack and Nerox

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Sales Manager Sub Saharan Africa
Business Line Rubber & Specialty

Prudence Masuku

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+27 (0) 41 402-4176

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John Tallant Road, Port Elizabeth, 6000, South Africa


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