News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

May 25, 2021

Birla Carbon and Circtec team up to introduce new carbon black line based on recovered material

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:36 am

On May 25, Birla Carbon (Mumbai, India & Marietta, GA) and Circtec, a leader in pyrolysis technology based in the UK, signed a long-term supply agreement for a new line of “sustainable carbonaceous materials” made from recycled tires. The new product line will be called Continua.

To support the venture, Circtec is setting up a new flagship production plant in the Netherlands based on the company’s proprietary production process. According to the company, this will be the largest, most sustainable and most efficient pyrolysis plant in Europe. It is expected to begin production by the end of 2022. While putting millions of tires through the pyrolysis recycling process, the Circtec plant will have a total annual production capacity of 73,000 tons of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials by 2026, making it the largest single source of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials and also of product-grade renewable fuels from the pyrolysis of end-of-life tires.

Commenting on the association, Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon, said in a press release, “Our commitment to sustainability over the last decade has seen Birla Carbon bring more and more innovation-focused solutions to our customers. This partnership with Circtec is a big step towards product circularity in our value chain and bringing our customers’ sustainability aspirations closer to reality. Through our collaboration with Circtec, we will become the largest suppliers of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials in the world, weaving together technology expertise and customized solutions”.

Allen Timpany, co-founder and CEO of Circtec, said in the press release, “Our long-term alliance with Birla Carbon is instrumental to our objective to build a leading global business in the low-carbon circular economy.”

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Circtec’s process, conducted according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, demonstrates that, at full capacity, 228,000 tonnes of direct and indirect CO2 emissions will be eliminated on an annual basis when compared to the conventional carbon black process.

May 20, 2021

Tire industry group launches sustainability roadmap

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:13 pm

On May 18, the Tire Industry Project (TIP), a consortium of 11 leading tire companies, announced a roadmap to address the tire industry’s sustainability goals through 2030. The project is part of the Sustainability Development Goals (SGDs), which were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and societal issues by 2030.

The new report, Sustainability Driven: Accelerating Impact with the Tire Sector SDG Roadmap, was produced by the 11 member companies of TIP in consultation with value-chain stakeholders. The members of the Tire Industry Project (in alphabetical order) are, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper Tire, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho Tire, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo Rubber, Toyo Tires, and Yokohama Rubber.

The Roadmap identifies how the tire value chain interacts with the Sustainability Development Goals, as well as the areas where the tire sector can have the most significant impact and the key actions to scale and accelerate the tire industry’s contribution to the SDGs. The Roadmap was produced in consultation with a range of global stakeholders including industry associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and subject matter experts, along with support from consultancy firm ERM.

May 18, 2021

Orion raising specialty black prices

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:21 pm

Last week, Orion Engineered Carbons announced it will raise pricing for its specialty carbon black products by up to 20 percent globally, effective July 1, 2021, or as soon as individual contracts allow, for all shipments on or after that date. The company said that the price increase is necessary due to continuous higher demand for its specialty products, as well as sharply rising global raw material and supply chain costs.

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