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April 22, 2016

Silica Market Update covers global precipitated silica industry

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 6:00 am

Notch Consulting has updated the Silica Market Update, which provides a comprehensive overview of current conditions and future prospects for the global precipitated silica industry. The report provides tables detailing silica demand by region, market, and application, current pricing by application and region (US, EU, China), nameplate production capacity by company, plant, and country, and recent and proposed capacity expansion projects. This update includes a breakdown of annual precipitated silica sales for leading suppliers by region and major application. The report provides annual demand for all years 2007 through 2015, while forecasts are provided for all years from 2016 to 2020 as well as 2025. Market segments covered in the report include tires, non-tire rubber, dentifrice, nutrition/health (food, ag feed, pharma, and cosmetics), and industrial (paper, battery separators, paints/coatings, other applications). Applications are reinforcing fillers, abrasives, thickeners, anticaking agents, carriers, extending fillers, battery separators, matting/flatting agents, antiblocking agents, and defoamers. Average pricing is provided for various grades for the US, the European Union and ChinaAs always, the report includes a separate Excel spreadsheet providing extensive supplemental data.

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April 6, 2016

Poland’s MAKROchem opening carbon black distribution center in South Carolina

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:09 pm

MAKROchem, a carbon black distributor based in Lublin, Poland, is investing $7.5 million on its first distribution center in the United States, which will be located in an existing building in Lancaster, South Carolina. The 183,000-square-foot facility is expected to be operational this year, and the company will begin hiring up to 20 employees for the site in May. Jacek Niemczyk, MAKROchem’s North American project coordinator, has said that the new trans-loading station will supply North American customers with carbon black for tire and non-tire rubber markets. MAKROchem is a leading distributor of carbon black in Europe.

According to sources at MAKROchem, the new operation will import carbon black primarily through Charleston, as well as Norfolk, Baltimore, Greer Inland Port, and the Charlotte Inland Terminal. The site will offer 12,000 tons of warehousing capacity for supersacks, as well as up to 2,000 tons in bulk rail cars. The site will provide delivery of carbon black in bulk silo trucks and supersacks, with railcar delivery to be added by the end of 2016.


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