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November 2, 2021

Cabot introduces new carbon black with low PAH content

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:17 pm

On Oct. 27, Cabot Corporation announced the launch of VULCAN® 3-LP carbon black, a new low polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) product for rubber applications. VULCAN 3-LP carbon black is the fourth product in the Cabot LP carbon black series, providing customers with a full suite of carbon black products for the use in applications that require a controlled, very low PAH content, such as consumer rubber goods as well as food and potable water contact applications.

VULCAN 3-LP is a pelletized reinforcing carbon black that is engineered for end-use rubber products that need a higher reinforcement, strength, abrasion and tearing resistance level than semi-reinforcing carbon blacks. The full Cabot LP carbon black series, including VULCAN 3-LP carbon black, is manufactured through a special process to yield a consistent, very low level of PAH that comply with the increasing regulatory requirements and quality certifications across the globe that limit the content of PAH in certain rubber applications and the carbon black used to prepare them.

Key application uses include:

  • Consumer rubber applications, such as toys and childcare items, sporting equipment, housing items, tools, clothing and accessories
  • Rubber products intended to be taken in the mouth or with foreseeable long and repeated short-term skin contact
  • Rubber components that have direct contact with drinking water, including hoses and liners in drinking water systems and pipes and tanks
  • Rubber products that have contact with food, such as gaskets, o-rings, seals and food transportation belts

Cabot raising specialty black prices globally

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

On October 26, Cabot Corporation announced a global price increase for carbon black product sold by its specialty carbons business. The increase is effective for all shipments on or after December 1, 2021, or as contracts allow. The company said in a press release that the price increase was necessitated by the significant rise in prime raw material costs across regions.

In addition, effective for all shipments on or after November 1, 2021, or as contracts allow, Cabot will apply a surcharge on specialty carbon black products produced in Europe. This surcharge is necessary to address the unprecedented and rapid increase in natural gas costs.

On November 1, Orion Engineered Carbons announced a global price increase for its specialty blacks.

Orion raising specialty black prices globally

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:54 pm

On November 1, Orion Engineered Carbons announced it will raise prices for all specialty carbon black customers. The increase, which will be communicated individually, will vary depending on the product, manufacturing process and location.

“Sharply rising raw material, energy and supply chain costs have made the price adjustment necessary. It will enable us to continue to deliver reliable and sustainable solutions to our customers,” said Corning Painter, CEO of Orion Engineered Carbons.

The increased pricing will be effective for all shipments beginning December 1, 2021, or as contracts allow.

On October 26, Cabot Corporation announced a global price increase for its specialty black products.

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