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August 6, 2019

Cabot adding feedstock surcharge to specialty black sales in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:06 pm

Today, Cabot Corporation announced that it will implement a feedstock surcharge for all specialty carbon black products manufactured in North America. The decision is driven by new low sulfur fuel regulations. Cabot will institute a surcharge of $0.07/pound for all orders shipped on or after September 16, 2019, or as customer contracts allow, for all specialty carbon black products produced by its Performance Chemicals segment in North America.

Cabot’s specialty carbon blacks are produced from high quality, low sulfur feedstocks that are sourced from a similar pool as marine fuels. This market is undergoing significant change due to the 2020 International Maritime Organization (IMO 2020) fuel sulfur regulation, also known as MARPOL. Though the IMO 2020 regulation is set to be implemented in January 2020, changes in certain supply chains are already evident.

In a press release announcing the decision, Jay Doubman, Cabot’s senior vice president and president, Performance Additives said, “We recognize this new rule will bring long-term benefits to the environment and human health; it also presents disruption in the industry and comes with upfront costs to adapt. This change in industry structure will take time to stabilize, and we are committed to providing transparency and predictability to our customers.”

Cabot expects that once new lower sulfur indices are stabilized and fully adopted by the supply chain, it will transition to pricing and indices that appropriately represent the input costs of carbon black.

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