News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

July 19, 2017

Omsk Carbon to start production at Belarus plant next year

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:23 pm

Russian carbon black manufacturer Omsk Carbon aims to start production at its Mogilev plant by the second quarter 2018—about 18 months behind the original schedule.

Omsk Carbon Group chairman Valeriy Kaplunat explained that the delay was in order to secure better technology for Omsk Carbon’s third production site.

“We are doing our best to make our Mogilev plant the world’s most advanced facility in terms of process equipment in our industry,” Kapulant said. “Changing the launch date has enabled the company to ensure excellent performance indicators for the future facility and compliance with 100 percent of the environmental requirements.”

The $109.9 million Mogilev site is designed to produce both tread and carcass grades of carbon black with the capacity of 160,000 metric tons per year.

The company plans to comission the first of the plant’s four production lines during the first quarter of 2018. Production is expected by second quarter of 2018 and should reach full capacity by 2020.

Read more here.

July 4, 2017

Black Bear Carbon receives Cradle to Cradle certification

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:06 pm

Black Bear announces that Black Bear’s carbon black has received an official Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Bronze Certificate, assessed by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). This is the first time that any carbon black in the market has received this certification.

Michael Braungart, founder and CEO of EPEA and co-author of the lauded book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, praised the product, saying:

“The Black Bear Carbon upcycled product is a game-changer in the field of carbon black. It is ‘upcycled’ because the output material is of higher quality than the input material (furnace black in car tires). Its extremely low content of PAH means that it is of such good quality that I am happy to recommend its use in all kinds of applications, including those involving a lot of skin contact, such as bicycle handlebars, stroller handles, wheelchairs, and of course, in car and bike tires, where abrasion and inhalation of carcinogenic PAH-containing particles can be hazardous. The use of a high-quality product like Black Bear’s carbon black has the potential to positively impact on the health and wellbeing of many people, and it is therefore a beneficial Cradle to Cradle product.”

Read the full press release here.

June 29, 2017

Russia’s Yaroslavl Carbon Black announces carbon black price increase

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:56 pm

Russia’s Yaroslavl Carbon Black (JSC Yaroslavskiy Tekhnicheskiy Uglerod), announced changes to its prices for all grades of carbon black starting 1 July.

In a letter to customers, Yaroslavl explained that the company’s pricing policy is affected by low oil prices and external pressure on carbon black feedstock prices:

“The price pressure has clearly shown that carbon black pricing formulas based solely on 1% fuel oil index are no longer valid and do not cover both fixed and variable costs of production in the long term.”

Read more here (subscription required).

June 28, 2017

Birla Carbon releases its fifth Sustainability Report ‘Our Progress on the Path to Sustainable Business’

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:17 am

Birla Carbon has released its 2017 Sustainability Report, Our Progress on the Path to Sustainable Business.

Dr Santrupt Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon writes:

Birla Carbon has come a long way as a business – from its origins as a regional carbon black supplier to the present, where it now stands as a global leader in the industry. Its benchmark standards, across all operational areas, have also grown in line with the business’ growth.

Joe Gaynor, Chief Legal, Sustainability and Risk Officer, Birla Carbon adds:

At Birla Carbon, Sustainability is a forward-looking exercise. We continue to explore our future, our long term aspirations and what it means for us to be available for our customers as the preferred supplier.

This is the fifth consecutive report Birla Carbon has published since it began reporting on its Sustainability progress back in 2012. You can read the full report here.

June 23, 2017

Castleton Commodities invests in Delta-Energy

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:41 pm

Castleton Commodities International L.L.C. has bought majority ownership of Delta-Energy Group L.L.C., a resource recovery company providing recycling solutions to the tire industry, including a patented process to recover carbon black and marketable liquid chemicals from used tires.

Bridgestone Americas, which is considered an “early-stage investor” in Delta-Energy dating back to 2014, will continue to be an active, but minority, investor, Castleton said.

Proceeds from the investment will be used to develop a commercial-scale plant in Natchez, Miss., with an estimated daily processing capacity of 100 tons of end-of-use-tires. Delta-Energy’s commercial plant will recover carbon black and other basic materials for reuse in tire production and other rubber-related manufacturing processes, as well as liquid solvents and fuels. The investment will further expand CCI’s activities in the renewables sector, which today include nearly 20 biomass electric generation facilities, emissions trading and biofuels marketing.

Read the full press release here.

Quoted article here.

June 22, 2017

Citing new environmental investments, Continental Carbon announces carbon black price increase for US

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:53 pm

Continental Carbon (Houston, TX) has announced a carbon black price increase of $0.05/lb for all grades and all customers effective August 1, 2017 or as contracts allow. In a letter announcing the increase, Darryl Huntley, VP Sales and Marketing for Continental Carbon, provided several factors behind the move:

Our plants are in need of reinvestment income at the same time that we are implementing pollution control programs resulting from our extensive financial commitment to keep carbon black supply in the US. Obviously we cannot bear the costs for this commitment and improve our plant’s operational capabilities without passing along a portion of those costs to the customer base for whom the commitment was made.

Mr. Huntley goes on to note that,

This increase will initiate the recovery of a portion of the initial costs for our pollution control equipment installation and re-investment dollars for our facilities. This will not cover any of the current or future operational costs for the pollution control equipment.

Finally, the price increase announcement cites the fact that feedstock markets in the US continue to see an unfavorable differential between the HSFO indicator and the actual cost of delivered feedstock.

In addition to initial pollution control design and engineering costs, Phenix City continues to experience highly unfavorable oil costs as premiums to the HSFO indicator persist on the delivered costs of oil to that facility.

There are currently five carbon black producers in the United States. Among these, Cabot and Continental Carbon have reached consent agreements with the EPA regarding new pollution control measures for their US carbon black plants. Continental Carbon also recently announced a $60 million investment in cogen projects for its US plants. The three other carbon black producers in the US remain in talks with the EPA to resolve issues related to emission levels and scrubber technology for their US plants.

June 14, 2017

Monolith Materials features innovative solutions at Movin’On

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 5:51 pm

Monolith Materials, Inc., a next-generation manufacturer of natural gas-based carbon black, will illustrate how its process technology is revolutionizing the tire industry during the technology showcase at Movin’On by Michelin on June 14, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec.

May 25, 2017

Orion Engineered Carbons to Increase Prices for Rubber Carbon Blacks in EMEA

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:44 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH announced today that effective with shipments beginning July 1, 2017, Orion is increasing prices for all Rubber Carbon Black grades sold in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Here’s the full press release.

May 24, 2017

Birla Carbon increasing its carbon black prices in Europe and Africa region.

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 5:04 pm

Effective July 1st, 2017, Birla Carbon will increase carbon black prices in Europe and Africa region by EUR 70/MT, net of price monthly variation.

Here’s the full press release.

Pyrolyx AG Forges Ahead

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:06 pm

Pyrolyx AG, the Munich-based global leader in the extraction of rCB (recovered carbon black) from end-of-life tires, has signed an extended multi-year supply agreement in the US with one of the world’s leading masterbatch manufacturers. Under this agreement, Pyrolyx will supply rCB for the manufacturer of colorants, special effects and additives.


Pyrolyx has also signed a ten-year feedstock supply contract for end-of-life tires in the US which is a key step for the Company’s recently announced construction of a state-of-the-art rCB plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. This end-of-life tire supply contract provides approximately 40,000 metric tons per year of input material to the Pyrolyx process, and most importantly results in some 4 million waste tires being recycled each year.

Here’s the full press release.

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