The new melody of the audible alarm echoes in Europe. After hearing the alarming bells due to the shortage of semiconductors, aluminum, steel, magnesium, basic raw materials for the production of AdBlue, and finally the cables used in the assembly of vehicles, we now have the announcement of a new drama. The news about the headache was transmitted by the German Spiegel.

The root is, of course, identical again, and it refers to the misfortune that befell and additionally burdened the world. Namely, due to the difficulties in procuring soot (carbon black – as the Anglo-Saxons call it), the Old Continent is threatened by a shortage of tires.

The outbreak of war in Ukraine indirectly led to this problem because it served the Western allies as a justification and foundation for strengthening the wall of sanctions against the Russian Federation, and as soot was obtained by processing fossil fuels, it becomes clearer where this new fear is hidden.

So, soot or soot is one of the vital raw materials in many industries, and it is important for our story because it plays a role in the production of batteries, accumulators and car tires. We can also mention a wide range of cosmetic products where it is important to include soot in the production cycle.

It turns out that about 60% of the soot consumed by the German economy originates from the Russian Federation. As trade exchange and economic cooperation between the two countries are slowly fading in the light of developments that have not brought happiness to anyone, so the deliveries of this raw material are interrupted, while at the same time the available supplies are thinning. The fact that China, India and Saudi Arabia can continue to jump into the story and supply Germany and other Western countries will hardly bring real peace to anyone, because it takes about a year to adequately adjust in the supply chain (which no one in not available to the modern economy).

The esteemed German publication therefore expects a shortage of tires on the market, primarily due to the shortage of carbon in the mentioned form, which will be felt in the next few months. This is especially evidenced by reports that European tire manufacturers are reducing their production plans for 2022.

There is still hope, and it is reflected in the end of the conflict and the re-establishment of the cycle of imports of refined oil and gas, from where, as we said, it encourages soot.

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