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September 14, 2011

Jiangxi Black Cat expands into precipitated silica production

Filed under: Carbon Black, Silica — Notch @ 11:41 am

Free Paper reports that Jiangxi Black Cat recently completed a new 20,000 tonne/year production line for precipitated silica in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China. According to the article, this is the first phase of a project that will eventually add 60,000 tonnes/year of precipitated silica capacity at the site, which the company expects to generate annual sales revenue of approximately RMB 1 billion (~$150 million).

Over the last five years or so, Jiangxi Black Cat has emerged as one of China’s largest carbon black producers based on an aggressive expansion program. The site at Jingdezhen already supports one of the company’s carbon black plants.

Bridgestone announces tire technology for determining road conditions

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 8:02 am

In a September 13 press release, Bridgestone Tokyo announced that it has developed technology to provide real time road surface condition information to the driver by way of the tires. The technology, based on a concept called Contact Area Information Sensing (CAIS), will be on display at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt September 13-15 Sept 2011. The technology includes alerting the drive to dangerous driving conditions, such as ice, snow, and rain. The information is transmitted directly to the driver through an in-car display.

Having divested its carbon black business, Evonik postpones IPO

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 7:43 am

Reuters reports that the German specialty chemicals manufacturer, Evonik, has postponed its IPO to spring of 2012.  In August 2011, Evonik divested its carbon black business to focus on specialty chemicals.

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