News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

May 21, 2015

Goodyear moves forward with rice husk ash silica

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 3:00 pm

Here’s an interesting article on Goodyear’s program to source some of its silica requirements from rice husk ash. Not sure about this sentence, though: “Silica currently make up 15 per cent of each tyre Goodyear makes.” I doubt silica content reaches 15% by weight in an ultrahigh performance tire (more likely half of that), let alone every tire Goodyear turns out.

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Pyrolyx moves forward with acquisition of carbon clean tech

Filed under: Tire Recycling — Notch @ 2:44 pm

On May 21, Pyrolyx AG (Munich, Germany) announced the signing of the notarial purchase contract for its previously announced acquisition of cct Stegelitz GmbH, with closing expected in the near future. Both companies are producers of rCB (recovered carbon black) from proprietary technology. cct Stegelitz GmbH will be fully integrated into Pyrolyx AG, which will continue to invest in cct’s production site in Stegelitz in the German region of Saxony-Anhalt.

The acquisition of cct will be financed by issuance of Pyrolyx AG convertible bonds and a cash capital increase with an issue price of EUR 103.00 per share. As part of the transaction, cct shareholders shall be issued 104,000 shares of Pyrolyx through a capital increase in kind, representing approximately 16% of the fully diluted and outstanding Pyrolyx shares at closing.

Pyrolyx AG intends to construct Pyrolyx production facilities in Stegelitz alongside the existing cct plant. Over the next 3 years, Pyrolyx AG plans to invest approximately EUR 30 million into the construction of production capacities to establish the world’s largest environmentally sustainable producer of recovered carbon black from end of life tires.

May 18, 2015

In Nashville this week for Traction 2015 conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 1:03 pm

Traction 2015 is a new conference on the tire industry being presented this week (May 19-21) in Nashville. There will be two days of papers from auto companies, tiremakers, raw material suppliers, and association representatives. Notch will be presenting a paper called “The Battle for Market Share in Tire Treads: Carbon Black vs. Silica.” It looks to be a great conference so I hope to see you there.

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