News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

August 31, 2011

Asia Carbon Industries announce a U.S. roadshow

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 3:15 pm

Asia Carbon Industries, Inc. has announced that it is conducting a roadshow in the United States to meet with investors and members of the financial community. The company’s shares trade in the U.S. under the stock symbol ACRB.

To increase awareness of the Company and its operations, several members of Asia Carbon’s senior management team will be participating in the roadshow.

The Roadshow will commence September 7th in San Francisco and end in Los Angeles on September 15th, with visits to the following cities:

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 7,8 & 9 — San Francisco
Saturday, September 10 — Las Vegas
Monday and Tuesday, September 12 & 13 — New York City
Wednesday, September 14 — Orange County, CA (Newport Beach and Irvine)
Thursday, September 15 — Los Angeles

No. 2 Taiwanese tire maker, Kenda Rubber Industrial Co., expands car tire production capacity

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:18 am

Rubber News reports that Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd., Taiwan’s no. 2 tire maker,  has increased passenger tire capacity at its Taiwan headquarters’ site and will expand car tire capacity at its Shanghai and Tianjin facilities. The expanded consumer tire capacity will reach 15 million units/year by 2013. Most of the production is intended to satisfy domestic demand.

August 30, 2011

Cabot to divest its supermetals business to concentrate on core businesses

Filed under: Carbon Black, Silica — Notch @ 8:38 am

Cabot Corp, the US-based specialty chemical company, will sell its supermetals business to Australia’s Global Advanced Metals (GAM) for $400 million in cash in order to focus on its core businesses. Founded in 1882, Boston, Massachusetts-based Cabot is a global specialty chemical and performance materials company that makes products such as carbon black, fumed silica, and inkjet colorants.

Xingda proceeds with plans to build new tire cord factory despite recent lower profits

Filed under: Tire Cord — Notch @ 8:22 am

Xingda International Holdings Limited, a Chinese producer of steelcord for tires and other products, saw lower profits on increased sales for the six months of 2011. Construction of the Group’s No. 9 factory has continued according to schedule. Xingda also intends to build a new factory in China’s Shandong Province with a planned production capacity of 100,000 tons for radial tire cord, much of which will be used to manufacture truck tire cord. Construction of the Shandong factory is to be in parallel with the expansion of No. 9 factory. The total production capacity for radial tire cord of the Group will then exceed 600,000 tons by 2012, reaching 700,000 tons by 2013.

August 28, 2011

Schulman realignment will close Nashville plant

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 2:35 pm

A. Schulman, Inc. has announced a realignment in its North American Engineered Plastics business to meet the requirements of the high-value-added compounding market. Schulman will close its Nashville, TN plant and distribute manufacturing to production lines in Akron and Bellevue, Ohio.

Cabot Corporation to increase inkjet production in the United States

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:18 pm

Cabot Corporation will invest $10 million to increase production capacity at its inkjet facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts by the end of 2012. The expansion, which started earlier this year, will enable Cabot to increase the capacity of its CAB-JET color pigment dispersion and polymer product lines by 100 percent.

August 25, 2011

About Asia Carbon Industries Inc.

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:01 am

Asia Carbon Industries Inc. is an emerging, China-based producer of a series of high quality carbon black products under the brand name “Great Double Star.” The Company was established in 2003 in Shanxi, China’s highest coal-producing province. The Company is in the process of expanding its manufacturing capacity to meet growing demand for its products.

Ellsin Environmental turns scrap tires into energy and reusable goods

Filed under: Tire Recycling, Uncategorized — Notch @ 8:45 am

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario company, Ellsin Environmental (a subsidiary of Environmental Waste International), recycles scrap tires into steel, oil, and carbon black and produces enough energy to power the unit with the potential for selling the excess generated power on the grid. The TR900 pilot plant began operations in 2011 with the objective of demonstrating the technology and establishing the market for tire byproducts before expanding to other locations.

August 24, 2011

Kumho Tire told to relocate polluting Nanjing tire factory

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:00 am reports from China’s Economic Observer News that Kumho Tire has been notified by the Nanjing Environmental Protection Bureau to move its Gaoxin plant, located within the city, to a new site. Kumho is one of 173 companies to receive relocation instructions. The bureau identifies the Kumho facility as a major source of pollution. The plant has been ordered to stop production. A bureau representative said that Kumho Tires will set up a new plant outside of the city. Kumho representatives state that the manufacturer is complying  with government requests and is currently researching ways to cap its emissions.

August 23, 2011

Southeast Asia’s largest tire manufacturer, PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk, to increase tire production capacity

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 7:51 am

The Indonesian business paper Kontan reports that the largest tire manufacturer in Southeast Asia, PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk, will increase capital spending this year by $20-25 million USD to complete a series of expansion projects. Radial tire production capacity will increase from 40,000 to 45,000 units/day by late 2011. Motorcycle tire production will be increased from 75,000 to 105,000 units/day by early 2012.

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