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April 27, 2015

Solvay breaks ground on new silica plant in Korea

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Notch @ 10:21 pm

Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) today announced the construction of a new plant for highly dispersible silica in Gunsan, South Korea. The plant is expected on-stream in 2017 and will have 80,000 tons/year of capacity. Output is intended for energy saving passenger car and truck tire compounds. The facility, which is located in the Saemangeum zone, close to Gunsan in Jeollabuk-do province, will over time replace an important part of the current capacity at Solvay’s silica site in Incheon, which is located in area designated for future residential development.

“This new production platform will be dedicated to silica innovations for Asia. Together with the Silica research facility, part of Solvay’s new R&I Center at the Ehwa University Campus in Seoul, we are well placed to speed up innovations in close cooperation with our regional customers,” said An Nuyttens, President of Solvay’s Silica GBU.

April 21, 2015

Monolith Materials building new carbon black plant in Nebraska using natural gas feedstock

Filed under: Carbon Black — Tags: — Notch @ 11:25 am

A new company called Monolith Materials (Redwood City, CA) is building a carbon black plant in Hallam, Nebraska that will use a new, patented process to produce carbon black and by-product hydrogen from natural gas. The hydrogen will be used by the Nebraska Public Power District, Nebraska’s largest electric utility, to fire a new boiler at the company’s Sheldon Station plant, replacing an existing coal-fired boiler. The project is expected to break ground in 2016 and be completed in 2019.

Monolith is backed by KERN Partners, a leading energy sector private equity firm, and First Green Partners, a leading investment company focused on industrial technologies in energy, agriculture, and materials. Rob Hanson is the company’s co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer. Monolith’s leadership team also includes some big names from the carbon black world. William J. Brady, Jr. is the Executive Chairman at Monolith and a Member of the Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Brady was Executive Vice President of Cabot Corporation, where he spent 23 years. Another Cabot alum is Roscoe Taylor, who serves as Vice President of Engineering for Monolith. Mr. Taylor began his career at Cabot, where he worked in R&D developing improved production processes for carbon black, participated in the startup of new carbon black plants, and led the special blacks manufacturing team.

More information here. Additional articles here and here.

Here is the company’s promotional video.

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