News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

July 14, 2019

Tokai Carbon CB raising carbon black prices in US

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 8:51 pm

On July 11, Tokai Carbon CB (TCCB), the largest carbon black producer in the United States, announced that, effective August 1, 2019, or as contracts allow, the company will increase the price of carbon black products by $0.06 per pound. In addition, the EPA Consent Decree Surcharge will also increase from $0.03 to $0.04 per pound. According to the company, these price increases will provide the needed capital for reinvestment in operations and to complete mandated environmental compliance requirements.

Effective January 1, 2020, TCCB is also changing many of the Standard Packaging and Premium Charges. These charges are shown here: tokaicarboncb.com/pricing-and-terms. The website shows both the current and new charges until the new prices go into effect. Any new agreements concluded in 2019 will use the above pricing structure as well as TCCB’s actual corporate monthly average laid-in CBO cost as the feedstock reference price.

Here is the press release.

July 11, 2019

Black Bear named Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:35 am

Recovered carbon black producer Black Bear has been selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Technology Pioneers’ alongside 55 other innovators. Black Bear develops technology to recover valuable materials from waste tires.

Each year the World Economic Forum names early to growth-stage companies from around the world as Technology Pioneers. This year, companies from a diverse set of industries have been selected, including developers of AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain and biotechnology.

“We’re excited to welcome Black Bear to this year’s innovative class of technology pioneers. Black Bear and its fellow pioneers are leaders in using novel technologies to transform their industries. We see great potential for these next-generation companies to shape solutions to global challenges and improve society for years to come,” said Fulvia Montresor, head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum.

Black Bear’s CEO, Martijn Lopes Cardozo, commented, “It’s an absolute honor to be acknowledged as a pioneer by the World Economic Forum. It is a confirmation that our technology is unique and that it carries the potential to have a global impact on both environmental and societal levels. We’ve tackled the waste tire problem by following principles of the circular economy: we identified a waste stream and figured out how to recover these valuable materials as sustainably as possible. We believe that a worldwide transition to a circular economy is essential in solving the climate crisis. This makes it extra rewarding that we’ve been named a tech pioneer and we are looking forward to contributing to the Forum dialogues.”

Read the full press release here.

Omnova sold to Synthomer in $455 million deal

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 11:16 am

Synthomer will buy specialty chemical company Omnova Solutions Inc. in a deal worth about $455 million.

Synthomer will pay $10.15 a share in an all-cash transaction for Omnova, according to a news release. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year or in early 2020, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

“The offer price represents a premium of 52 percent over Omnova’s three-month weighted average share price of $6.67,” Omnova Chief Executive Officer Anne Noonan said in the release. “The transaction has been approved unanimously by the Omnova and Synthomer boards of directors. We are pleased that Synthomer recognizes the hard work of our employees in executing our multi-year transformation into a leading global specialty solutions provider.

“Omnova complements Synthomer culturally, geographically and by market, while Synthomer’s financial position provides for a very strong combined company that will be well positioned to accelerate growth. This transaction presents increased opportunities for the business and its employees to leverage the combined scale, grow more quickly and profitably, and enhance product innovation in ways that will benefit customers and employees.”

Read the full press release here.

July 8, 2019

Cabot announces carbon black price increase for North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:32 pm

On June 28, Cabot Corporation announced a price increase of $0.07 per pound for all carbon black shipments made in North America on or after August 1, 2019, or as customer contracts allow. In the press release, Cabot said:

This price increase is necessary to assure customers of continued supply reliability at a time of increasing demand from tire production in the region. Additionally, Cabot continues to make substantial investments and incur significant new costs to reduce air emissions and enhance the sustainability of its operations in the region. Cabot believes these actions will further augment its long-term value proposition to customers based on quality, reliability, and sustainability.

In the press release, Cabot also announced an update to the standard commercial policies for its Reinforcement Materials segment in North America, including changes to standard packaging, transportation, and warehousing premiums. These policies can be found in this PDF from the company.

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