News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

July 4, 2017

Lanxess restructuring impacts Rhein Chemie unit

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 2:21 pm

Following the acquisition of U.S. firm Chemtura in April this year, specialty chemicals company Lanxess has revised its organizational structure. The two business lines Rubber Additives Business (RAB) and Colorant Additives Business (CAB) now both belong to the Rhein Chemie business unit.

Lanxess’s goal with this restructuring is to adopt a more targeted approach with an even stronger customer focus. The unit will in the future cover specialty business with active ingredient compounds, specialty chemicals and processing aids for the rubber, plastics and colorants industries.

Rhein Chemie will remain the umbrella brand for rubber and colorants business. Lubricant and flame retardant additives business has been transferred to Lanxess’s Additives business unit. The two units will form the Specialty Additives segment in the company.

Read the full press release here.

Black Bear Carbon receives Cradle to Cradle certification

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:06 pm

Black Bear announces that Black Bear’s carbon black has received an official Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Bronze Certificate, assessed by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This is the first time that any carbon black in the market has received this certification.

Michael Braungart, founder and CEO of EPEA and co-author of the lauded book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, praised the product, saying:

“The Black Bear Carbon upcycled product is a game-changer in the field of carbon black. It is ‘upcycled’ because the output material is of higher quality than the input material (furnace black in car tires). Its extremely low content of PAH means that it is of such good quality that I am happy to recommend its use in all kinds of applications, including those involving a lot of skin contact, such as bicycle handlebars, stroller handles, wheelchairs, and of course, in car and bike tires, where abrasion and inhalation of carcinogenic PAH-containing particles can be hazardous. The use of a high-quality product like Black Bear’s carbon black has the potential to positively impact on the health and wellbeing of many people, and it is therefore a beneficial Cradle to Cradle product.”

Read the full press release here.

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