News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

March 21, 2019

Birla Carbon to launch new product at 2019 European Coatings show

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:41 pm

Birla Carbon has announced that it will be adding a new product to their family of Raven® carbon black products.

The new solution, called Raven 5100 Ultra®, will help customers achieve unseen jetness levels in waterborne systems, superior performance, and improved formulation costs.

“Our new Raven 5100 Ultra is the result of the transformative energy we’re experiencing at Birla Carbon. We’re constantly innovating to drive new ideas into market, so we can ultimately deliver better customer experiences,” said Todd Cottrell, President of Birla Carbon’s Specialty Blacks business. “This is just the beginning, and with our expanding global footprint, we look forward to serving more customers with our expertly crafted solutions.”

The company plans to launch the new offering at the upcoming European Coatings show in Nuremberg, Germany in March. The European Coatings show focuses on trends and technologies across all aspects of the production of paints, coatings, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives.

Read the full press release here.

Toyota to recall 3,643 cars in China for safety concern over run-flat tires

Filed under: Run-flats — Notch @ 12:24 pm

Japanese automaker Toyota will recall 3,643 cars in China for safety concern over run-flat tires, according to the country’s market regulator.

In accordance with a recall plan Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co Ltd filed with the State Administration for Market Regulation, the move will involve 2,396 imported Lexus LS500h manufactured between June 14, 2017 to July 18, 2018, and 1,247 imported Lexus LS350 produced between Nov 23, 2017 to July 18, 2018.

The affected vehicles were equipped with run-flat tires, which were not installed on the wheel hubs properly. This may lead to abnormal noise or vibration of the vehicles, the Japanese automaker said.

The company will replace the defective tires free of charge.

Enviro sees growth potential in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:08 pm

Recovered carbon black manufacturer Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B. has its sights set on North America, a region where it sees great potential for growth as it moves forward with joint venture initiatives.

With joint venture projects with EE TDF Cleveland L.L.C of Cleveland, Texas, and Treadcraft Ltd., near Buffalo, N.Y., progressing as planned, Enviro is seeking a third U.S.-based opportunity in Maryland.

In Canada, Enviro has signed a memorandum of understanding with Regina, Saskatchewan-based ArticCan Energy Services Inc.

The Swedish recycling company believes there is more room for growth in both countries.

“There are several reasons why we are more active than ever in North America. The market’s need for carbon black is expected to increase as the establishment of virgin production is becoming increasingly difficult due to stricter regulations and penalties, implemented to overcome the environmental problems created by the existing carbon black production”, says Thomas Sörensson.

Read the full press release here.

Cabot to implement feedstock surcharge for carbon black products

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:55 am

Cabot Corp. will begin applying a feedstock surcharge of 1 cent per pound to all carbon black products sold in North America as of April 1.

According to a recent press release, the move comes in response to “significant carbon black feedstock costs, which are not fully reflected in fuel oil price indices.”

The surcharge will enable Cabot to “remain a reliable supplier of high-quality carbon black products and meet growing demand in the region.”

Read the full press release here.

Updated EU tire label to include snow and ice grip information

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:42 am

The EU is updating its rules on the energy performance labeling of tires and extending its scope to tires for heavy-duty vehicles. The labels will be displayed more visibly for consumers and include information on snow and ice grip.

“The new rules will benefit customers, who can make an informed choice on the safety and fuel efficiency of their tires. They will also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the road sector and thereby help the EU meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement,” said Anton Anton, Minister for Energy of Romania and chair of the Council.

Read the full press release here.

Michelin Selfseal tires OE on new Ford Explorer

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:34 am

Ford Motor Company will equip the new Ford Explorer with Michelin Selfseal tires. The 2020 Explorer is the first SUV to offer Michelin Selfseal tires, according to Ford.

The company claims the tires seal 90 percent of tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter and help drivers avoid potentially dangerous side-of-the-road repairs, lost time, and loss of vehicle control.

Selfseal tires are standard on Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models, and optional on Explorer Limited two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

Read the full press release here.

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