News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

May 14, 2019

Pyrolyx plans to add second U.S. recovered carbon black plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 9:30 am

Recovered carbon black producer Pyrolyx A.G. is progressing with plans for a second plant in the U.S., to be built adjacent to one under construction in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pyrolyx is also in the process of moving its headquarters from Munich to Terre Haute. Construction on the plant is expected to start in the third quarter.

The plant under construction has a rated annual capacity of nearly 13,000 metric tons of recovered carbon black, which translates to about 4 million tires recycled a year.

The company has raised $2.3 million from the sale of equity capital in Pyrolyx A.G. and has access to a $4.5 million loan facility from Pyrolyx USA Inc. for funding.

Pyrolyx recently disclosed a non-binding five-year agreement to supply up to 15,000 tons of rCB a year to tire maker Continental A.G. from its plants in Stegelitz, Germany, and Terre Haute.

Here’s the press release.

Black Bear and MMEC join forces

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 9:05 am

Clean tech company Black Bear has entered into a strategic partnership with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm MMEC Mannesmann (MMEC) to accelerate the roll-out of its breakthrough technology to produce recovered Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tires.

“To meet the growing demand for rCB and receive a substantial impact to meet the waste tire problem, we need to roll-out our proven technology,” explained Joost Raimond, Construction Director at Black Bear.

“Being in the EPC industry for many years, I know that the partnership with MMEC is a game-changer in our time-to-market as we now can offer real turn-key plant realization to clients who want to use our technology.”

The rCB is Cradle-to-CradleTM certified and is already used by major clients, including AkzoNobel.

The initial focus will be on already identified sites together with partners inside Europe. Given MMEC’s strong presence in the Middle East, this region will also see Black Bear facilities emerging in the future.

Read the full press release here.

Orion launches highest-jet carbon black at Eastern Coatings Show

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 6:25 am

Orion Engineered Carbons will launch COLOUR BLACK FW 310, the highest-jet carbon black available, at the Eastern Coatings Show 2019, which takes place May 14-15 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Available now for commercial use, COLOUR BLACK FW 310, a post-treated furnace black, is an excellent choice for automotive OEM basecoats, refinish coatings, as well as high-end industrial applications.

“COLOUR BLACK FW 310 is the most jet carbon black available today from any manufacturer, so it is breaking new ground,” said Jennifer Stroh, Ph.D., marketing manager, coatings, Americas. “It is going to help designers reach a new level of black that hasn’t been attainable before.

“The after-treatment makes COLOUR BLACK FW 310 a universal grade,” Dr. Stroh continued. “It is suitable for both water- and solvent-borne coatings, enabling coatings producers to purchase a single grade for both systems. In fact, it works well in applications, such as automotive OEM and refinish, that require different solvents.”

Orion’s testing in a waterborne one-component polyurethane system and a solvent-borne two-component polyurethane system shows COLOUR BLACK FW 310 has higher jetness (MY) values than the company’s previous premium product, COLOUR BLACK FW 255, which is roughly comparable to competitive premium carbon blacks. In systems tested, the jetness increased approximately 10 (MY) points depending on formulation. Equally important is it imparts the same bluish undertone, about 11.0 dM, as the previous leading high-jet grades.

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