News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

September 23, 2016

Goodyear continues to invest in HVA tire capacity expansions

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:51 am

Rubber & Plastics News has details on Goodyear’s recently detailed plans to expand its capacity for high-value added tires around the world. The program is budgeted at nearly $800 million through 2019 and involves projects at plants in the US, Mexico, South Africa, China, and India.

September 18, 2016

Recent Tire Plant Capacity Developments

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 7:30 am

There have been several significant tire plant capacity expansions announced over the last few weeks, as well as one plant closure. Here are details and links for more info.

Bridgestone has completed its new in Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia and expects to start the plant by year-end 2016, with ramp-up through 2018 to 12K units/day of winter passenger car tires. (Tire Business)

Goodyear is considering investing in Topeka, Kansas. (Rubber & Plastics News)

Sumitomo is investing $87M to double capacity for car and light truck tires to 10K u/d at Tonawanda, NY. (Rubber & Plastics News)

Qingdao Sentury will spend $530M to build a new PC/LT tire plant in Lagrange, Georgia. Another huge new project for the growing US tire industry. (Modern Tire Dealer)

Goodyear is adding capacity for aircraft tires at its car and truck tire plant in Bangkok, Thailand in a project valued at $162M. (Rubber & Plastics News)

Finally, Sameer Africa Ltd., which is the former Firestone East Africa Ltd., will shut down its 47-year-old factory in Nairobi, Kenya and will outsource production to China and India. This was Kenya’s only tire plant, producing car, light truck, truck/bus, agricultural, and off-road tires. (Rubber & Plastics News)

September 9, 2016

Cancarb adds R.D. Abbott as distributor in US/Canada

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 7:57 am

Cancarb Limited today announced the appointment of R.D. Abbott Company, Inc. (Cerritos, CA) as Cancarb’s agent for Thermax brand thermal black to the rubber industry in the US and Canada, effective January 1, 2017.

Cancarb Limited, a subsidiary of Tokai Carbon, is the world’s leading producer of medium thermal black. R.D. Abbott is a US-based supplier to the rubber industry.

Here is the press release.

OCI completes Chinese carbon black plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 7:30 am

The Investor reports that OCI has completed its joint venture carbon black plant in Shandong, China, which will operate as OCI Jianyang Carbon Black Company. OCI’s partner in the venture is Zaozhuang Mining Group (Shandong Energy). The new factory has 80,000 tons of annual capacity.

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