News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

November 8, 2011

Carbon Black 2011 conference coming to Singapore

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:16 pm

The Carbon Black 2011 Asia Pacific Conference will be held next week in Singapore. Anyone interested in the $14 billion global carbon black industry is well advised to attend this comprehensive two day conference, which covers all aspects of supply/demand, feedstocks, manufacturing, and product developments. The conference will be held November 16-18 at the Hilton Singapore.

Sukhjeet Sekhon of Glencore is the conference chair, and Dr. Santrupt Misra of the Aditya Birla Group will deliver the first keynote address. Notch Consulting will present a second keynote on the topic of Carbon Black Global Supply/Demand Trends. Day 1 also includes a session dedicated to regional overviews of the Asia Pacific market, including Ashok Goyal of Phillips Carbon Black on South Asia; Sanjeev Sood of Thai Carbon Black on South-East Asia; Igor Levenberg of Makrochem on Russia & CIS; Liu Min of the China Carbon Black Institute on China; and Midori Hajikano of Tokai Carbon on Japan. Day 2 sees the popular session on carbon black feedstocks, which will feature a keynote address from David Tauber of Tauber Oil, as well as talks by Vince Guercio of CTC International and Dr. Soumen Chakraborty of Himadri Chemicals.

Other speakers include Alberto De Amicis of Eurotecnica, William Brown of Hosokawa Micron, Jesse Klinkhamer of Klean Industries, Vinod Taneja of Phillips Carbon Black, A Riaz Bismilla of Sid Richardson, Silke Jagusch of Alstom, Okiteru Fukuda of Asahi Carbon, Dr. Ole Petzoldt of WL Gore, Lars Gunnarsson of Elkstrom & Sons, Ciu Jianbo of Doright, Shigemi Toda of Tokai Carbon, CP Natarajan of Ganpads USA, and Ranjan Dey of Carborundum Universal.

November 2, 2011

Precipitated silica market seeing solid growth, driven by green tires

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 1:43 pm

The precipitated silica market will see healthy growth in 2011, with global volumes forecast to expand 6.4% to 2.0 million tonnes. This performance follows double-digit volume growth in 2010 as the market recovered from 2009’s recessionary lows. Based on feedback from suppliers and leading customers, 2012 is expected to be another solid growth year, while long-term gains (2010 to 2015) are forecast at 5.7% per year.

Green tires, where highly dispersible silica is used in tread compounds to reduce rolling resistance or improve handling, are a key driver of future growth, and non-tire rubber and battery separator markets also have seen strong recovery after being hard-hit during the downturn. Oral care markets continue to benefit from new consumers in the developing world, as well as expanded market share for silica at the expense of less effective fillers.

These forecasts are the conclusions of a new report, the Silica Market Update, published this week by Notch Consulting. The Silica Market Update is a bi-annual (twice yearly) report on current conditions and future prospects for the global precipitated silica industry. The October 2011 issue is 23 pages with 12 tables, and includes a special section providing precipitated silica market share by company (including total precipitated silica sales in US dollars, as well as market share by company for major markets and regions). The report also covers demand by region, current expansion projects, and capacity by company. The report provides annual demand for 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, as well as forecasts for 2011, 2012, and 2015. Average pricing is provided for various grades of precipitated silica (dental, food, highly dispersible and conventional rubber grades) for the United States, the European Union and China.

Silica pricing has benefited from solid demand and very tight supplies, allowing suppliers to offset rising feedstock costs through price increases. Tight supplies and solid long-term forecasts have also prompted leading suppliers to invest in new capacity; the Silica Market Update provides details of recent and current projects by Evonik Industries, Rhodia, Huber Engineered Materials, PPG Industries, OSC Group, Madhu Silica, and PQ Corporation, among others.

Here is an overview of the new report (PDF).

November 1, 2011

Down Due to Storm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 6:02 pm

Due to the lingering effects of an especially severe winter storm, the offices of Notch Consulting have been without power (including phone and internet) since Saturday night. The power companies and maintenance crews are working diligently to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers throughout New England, but power was still out as of Tuesday evening. So please allow additional time for a response to emails or phone calls this week.

Update: Power back on Wednesday. Slowly catching up.


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