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November 12, 2018

BKT budgets $200 million to upgrade, expand capacities in India

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tires — Notch @ 12:02 pm

Off-highway tire maker Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) is budgeting more than $200 million to upgrade and expand capacity for tires and carbon black at plants in India.

The Mumbai-based company disclosed the plans, affecting its plants in Bhuj and Waluj, in an investors presentation for the firm’s fiscal 2019 second quarter.

The investments in India are in addition to the $100 million BKT is committing to build a tire plant in the U.S. and include upstream component supply that will impact the U.S. investment.

The company plans to invest $72.5 million to replace a 30-year-old farm/industrial/OTR tire plant in Waluj, Maharashtra, with an expanded factory on a 22-acre greenfield site nearby. The plant’s capacity will remain at roughly 30,000 metric tons per year but at a facility with its own co-generation power plant and warehousing. The current plant is size-restricted and operating at “sub-optimal” levels, BKT said.

They also plan to invest $72.5 million to add 5,000 metric tons of annual production capacity at the 5-year-old Bhuj, Gujarat, factory, in particular for larger sizes, along with a rubber mixing plant and additional warehousing. The investment includes the addition of building equipment for the larger-sized tires.

A third investment, of $61.6 million, is designated for the construction of a carbon black plant on the grounds of the Bhuj factory complex in northwest India. The new plant, rated at 140,000 metric tons a year at full capacity, will supply the new U.S. plant in addition to BKT’s Indian facilities, BKT said. The plant will start producing in March 2019 at an annualized rate of 60,000 tons and ramp up to full capacity by March 2021.

Read the full report here.

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BKT plans $100 million investment for U.S. tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:49 am

Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) is budgeting $100 million for the new tire plant it is planning to build in the U.S., the company disclosed this week.

The new factory will be BKT’s first factory outside of India and fifth tire plant overall. BKT is India’s fifth largest tire maker and thirty-ninth worldwide, based on fiscal 2017-18 sales of $692 million.

The company said it expects the new plant to open in the first half of 2021 with a capacity of 20,000 metric tons per year. That’s smaller than any of the company’s four plants in India. By comparison, the company’s newest factory, in Bhuj, Gujarat, is rated at 130,000 tons per year.

In a November investors presentation, BKT said the new plant would allow it to accelerate its business with North American equipment makers by being able to offer faster deliveries as well as enable it to export to neighboring countries “in a more competitive manner.”

BKT is represented in North America by BKT USA Inc. in Fairlawn, Ohio.

Read the full report here.

Black Bear secures $5.7 million to advance recovered carbon black technology

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 11:22 am

Dutch cleantech company Black Bear Carbon B.V. has raised $5.7 million from venture capital firms Capricorn Venture Partners and Particon. This funding, combined with the money it raised in early September, will support advancements in its recovered carbon black (rCB) technology as well as the global roll-out of its “cradle-to-cradle” system.

Black Bear has developed a “tire to carbon black” technology with a unique carbonization process to produce rCB from end-of-life tires.

Capricorn Venture Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in innovative European technology companies. It is based in Leuven, Belgium.

Particon is an independent venture capital firm in Limburg, Netherlands.

Read the full press release here.

November 6, 2018

Orion acquires French acetylene black producer

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 6:20 pm

On November 1, 2018, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire acetylene carbon black manufacturer Société du Noir d’Acétylène de l’Aubette, SAS [SN2A] from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. SN2A was founded in 1987 and is headquartered at Berre l’Etang, near Marseille, France.

Acetylene black is an ultra-pure premium specialty carbon black distinguished by its high electrical and thermal conductivity. Lithium-ion batteries and high-end electrical cables are key applications for this material.

“SN2A brings us a skilled team, proven technology and an operating plant. With this platform we are going to significantly strengthen our capabilities in the lithium-ion battery market and broaden our position in other attractive markets,” said Corning F. Painter, Chief Executive Officer of Orion Engineered Carbons. “This bolt-on acquisition is a perfect fit with Orion’s focus on Specialty Carbon Blacks. We look forward to welcoming the SN2A team to Orion and bringing Acetylene Black into our portfolio.”

The agreement with LyondellBasell includes provisions for a secured long-term feedstock supply. Orion plans to strengthen production capabilities at the Berre l’Etang facility.

The transaction closed on October 31, 2018.

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