News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

March 2, 2011

New speakers announced for Carbon Black Asia Pacific conference

Filed under: Carbon Black, General — Notch @ 2:04 pm

Klean Industries Inc. (Vancouver, Canada) has announced that its CEO, Jesse Klinkhamer, will be a keynote speaker at the Carbon Black Asia Pacific conference being held Singapore from 16th to 18th November 2011. Klean Industries is a privately-held corporation that converts “high calorific waste streams into valuable commodities.”

Notch Consulting is also delivering a keynote address at the Singapore conference, which is being organized by Sukhjeet Sekhon of Glencore. It promises to be a great event. Here is the conference website.

Note: In an earlier version of this post, Mr. Sekhon’s employer was listed incorrectly. I apologize for this error and for any confusion it caused.

India to lower import duties on carbon black feedstock

Filed under: Carbon Black, General — Notch @ 1:50 pm

According to proposed changes in the Union budget for FY 2011/12, India would reduce the customs duty on carbon black feedstock from 5% to 2.5%.

Exxon/SABIC choose site for new elastomers/carbon black complex

Filed under: Carbon Black, General — Notch @ 1:41 pm

On March 1, Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and ExxonMobil Chemical Co. announced that they had selected Jubail, Saudi Arabia as the location of a new joint venture plant that will produce EPDM rubber, thermoplastic elastomers (EPDM/TPE, TPO, Butyl, SBR/PBR) and carbon black. The project now moves fully into Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED). Total capacity of the plant will be some 400,000 tonnes/year, though individual capacities were not announced. The project also will include a vocational training institute and product application development and support center.

According to the announcement, the site was selected because of integration opportunities with Kemya Al-Jubail Petrochemical Co., a SABIC/ExxonMobil JV already located in Jubail.

Here is SABIC’s press release.

CSRC moves forward on Indian carbon black plant

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:22 pm

On Wednesday (March 2), Taiwan-based China Synthetic Rubber Corp. (CSRC) announced that it will invest NT$9.73 billion (US$330 million) to build a new carbon black manufacturing plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The first stage of production is expected to be completed within two years. Capacity figures were not released.

The announcement ceremony was held in Hyderabad and was attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, CSRC Chairman Leslie Koo, and Pan Kai-tien, chairman of the Continental Carbon India Ltd., which is CSRC’s subsidiary in India.

According to Focus Taiwan, Pan said the planned factory will create 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, and generate a revenue of around NT$17.69 billion (US$600 million) after the three-stage construction of the plant is completed.

Minister Reddy voiced his welcome for the investment and suggested Koo can soon consider expanding investment in his state.

CSRC is the fifth largest carbon black producer in the world, with 680 KTPY of capacity at seven plants (three in the US, two in China, one in India, and one in Taiwan).

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