News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

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.

May 18, 2017

Cabot Corporation to Increase Prices in EMEA for Rubber Carbon Black Products

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:03 am

Effective for all shipments made on or after June 12, 2017, or as customer contracts allow, Cabot Corporation is increasing prices on all carbon black products in its Reinforcement Materials segment sold in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Here is the full press release.

April 6, 2017

Linglong Tire signs Aditya Birla Group as carbon black supplier

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 3:18 pm

At a ceremony on March 25, 2017, Linglong International Tire (Thailand) Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement with India’s Aditya Birla Group in which Aditya Birla Group becomes Linglong Tire’s carbon black supplier. The company states that this strategic cooperation will “comprehensively improve the quality of Linglong’s products.”

April 4, 2017

Scandinavian Enviro Systems signs agreement with Guangzhou Vanlead Group for tire recycling plant in China

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 1:46 pm

Scandinavian Enviro Systems, a Swedish-based provider of tire recycling technology, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Guangzhou Vanlead Group, a Chinese state-owned tire manufacturer (through South China Tire & Rubber Co.). The agreement is the first step in a process to build a turn-key tire recycling plant in Guangdong province, China, construction of which is scheduled to start in 2017. The plant will have a capacity to process 30,000 tons per year of tires.

March 2, 2017

What does Nine Inch Nails have to do with carbon black?

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:25 pm

Rock band Nine Inch Nails caused a bit of a ruckus this week by sending fans envelopes with promotional materials covered with what the media describes as a “strange black powder” but sounds an awful lot like carbon black (most likely toner). Fans received the envelopes after purchasing the band’s new EP, which came with what the band’s website described as a “physical component.” The envelopes contain a warning sticker stating, “This will make a mess.” No word on which supplier’s carbon black is the culprit.

Twitter users were quick to post pictures of the results:
Lydia Munster:


Michael Davis:


See, folks, this is why the industry invented pelletizing.

Orion expanding carbon black capacity in Sweden

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:51 am

Orion Engineered Carbons has announced plans to expand carbon black capacity at its Norcarb Engineered Carbons AB plant in Malmö, Sweden. The project will debottleneck one line to provide additional specialty carbon black for fibers, wire & cable and adhesives & sealants markets.


February 14, 2017

Pyrolyx USA plans tire recycling plant in Indiana

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 7:49 pm

Pyrolyx USA, which is a new joint venture between Pyrolyx AG and ReKlaim, plans to build a new tire recycling plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. The 50,000-square-foot plant will be located in the Fort Harrison Business Park and, according to Pyrolyx USA’s CEO Tom Redd, will be identical Pyrolyx’s existing plant in Stegelitz, Germany. Tires will be shredded at other locations in Indiana and Illinois and shipped to Terre Haute by truck or rail. The Pyrolyx plant would generate 55 full-time jobs. Once all necessary approvals are granted, Pyrolyx expects to break ground in June and have the project up and running in summer 2018.


January 23, 2017

Carbon black conference coming to Chennai in November

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 4:47 pm

The Carbon Black 2017 Perspective in Asia Pacific conference has released details on its global conference scheduled for November 7-9 in Chennai, India. The conference will be held at the Hotel Le Royal Meridien. Here is the preliminary program. Notch will be presenting a paper on global market conditions and outlook. This conference is held every two years and was most recently held in Yokohama, Japan in November 2015.

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