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April 5, 2011

Quake-Hit Factories Flicker Back To Life

Filed under: Carbon Black, General — Notch @ 2:35 pm has an update on some Japanese factories affected by the quake.

Production facilities damaged by last month’s disaster that struck northeastern Japan have begun to come back online, with Nippon Paper Group Inc. and Nippon Kasei Chemical Co. among those announcing Monday plans to resume operations.

Nippon Kasei says that it will restart production of a sealant additive used for solar cells at its Iwaki plant this week. The company supplies 90% of global demand for this material.

Nippon Kasei Chemical also operates a carbon black plant at Iwaki, but the plant was not specifically mentioned in the article.

Tokai Carbon issues quake update

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:52 pm

On March 29, Tokai Carbon, which operates three carbon black plants in Japan, issued an update on the impact of the massive Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 on its employees and operations.

The company reported that the Sendai Factory of Tokai Konetsu Kogyo Co., Ltd., which is a subsidiary company producing industrial furnaces, refractories, and heating elements, conducted a series of detailed inspections and confirmed that there was no substantial damage to its buildings and facilities. The factory resumed nearly normal production operations on March 28th, and it is expected that a regular supply of raw materials, etc., can be ensured.

Tokai Carbon’s carbon black plant in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, which is situated about 100 km from earthquake’s epicenter, was extensively damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. Operations at this plant are suspended, and a more detailed grasp of the extent of the damage situation is required.

The company concludes, “The impact from the earthquake and tsunami on our company‚Äôs business performance is currently unclear, but information will be disclosed promptly once details emerge.”

Here is the release.

Evonik raises precipitated silica prices

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 11:44 am

Evonik Industries announced today that it would raise prices for precipitated silica by up to 10%, or as contracts allow. The increase will begin May 1, 2011.

Here is the press release.

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