News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 16, 2019

Pyrolyx working to secure 5-year supply deal with Continental

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:20 am

Recovered carbon black producer Pyrolyx A.G. has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Continental A.G. to set up a supply agreement for its recycled product.

The value of the contract, which calls for the supply of up to 15,000 metric tons per year of Pyrolyx’s rCB over five years to Conti, was not disclosed. Conti did not comment independently on Pyrolyx’s news release.

Pyrolyx’s USA CEO, Thomas Redd, said: “This LOI is an extremely positive development for Pyrolyx and validates Pyrolyx’s process and products. Pyrolyx is a world leader in assisting the carbon black industry to decrease its environmental footprint and this agreement, once implemented, will eliminate the need to burn or dump four million scrap tires annually and reduce CO2 emissions by over 32,000 tons annually, as compared to current carbon black manufacturing techniques.”

Read the full press release here.

Munich-based Pyrolyx A.G. is in the process of moving its headquarters to the U.S., into facilities under construction in Terre Haute, Indiana.

April 4, 2019

Cabot increases prices for specialty carbon blacks in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:07 pm

Effective May 2, 2019, or as contracts allow, Cabot Corporation will increase prices for specialty carbon black products by up to 8 percent in North America.

This price increase is necessary to offset rising raw material costs and invest in technology to enhance supply reliability and comply with environmental regulations.

Read the full press release here.

March 25, 2019

Birla announces carbon black price increase for North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:16 am

On March 22, Birla Carbon announced that effective May 1, 2019 it will increase base prices for all carbon black products in North America by $170/MT. All shipments made on or after this date are subject to the price increase. Adjustments for customers with supply agreements will be implemented as agreements are renewed. According to the company, this increase is made necessary by capital requirements and increased operating cost associated with meeting emission limits in the United States and the increasing cost of compliance elsewhere in North America.

Here is the announcement.

March 22, 2019

New Danish pyrolysis plant will recycle 30,000 tons of tires a year

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:05 pm

The Danish company Elysium Nordic is building its first pyrolysis plant in Nyborg, Denmark, and it will be operational by 2021. The plant will be able to recover more than 9,000 tons of carbon black from 30,000 tons of ELT.

“We want to help create a more circular and thus far more sustainable and economically sound approach to the management of waste tires. With this facility we have taken the first step,” says Jens Elton Andersen, CEO of WindSpace, the team behind Elysium Nordic.

Read the full press release here (original in Danish).

March 21, 2019

Birla Carbon to launch new product at 2019 European Coatings show

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:41 pm

Birla Carbon has announced that it will be adding a new product to their family of Raven® carbon black products.

The new solution, called Raven 5100 Ultra®, will help customers achieve unseen jetness levels in waterborne systems, superior performance, and improved formulation costs.

“Our new Raven 5100 Ultra is the result of the transformative energy we’re experiencing at Birla Carbon. We’re constantly innovating to drive new ideas into market, so we can ultimately deliver better customer experiences,” said Todd Cottrell, President of Birla Carbon’s Specialty Blacks business. “This is just the beginning, and with our expanding global footprint, we look forward to serving more customers with our expertly crafted solutions.”

The company plans to launch the new offering at the upcoming European Coatings show in Nuremberg, Germany in March. The European Coatings show focuses on trends and technologies across all aspects of the production of paints, coatings, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives.

Read the full press release here.

Enviro sees growth potential in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:08 pm

Recovered carbon black manufacturer Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B. has its sights set on North America, a region where it sees great potential for growth as it moves forward with joint venture initiatives.

With joint venture projects with EE TDF Cleveland L.L.C of Cleveland, Texas, and Treadcraft Ltd., near Buffalo, N.Y., progressing as planned, Enviro is seeking a third U.S.-based opportunity in Maryland.

In Canada, Enviro has signed a memorandum of understanding with Regina, Saskatchewan-based ArticCan Energy Services Inc.

The Swedish recycling company believes there is more room for growth in both countries.

“There are several reasons why we are more active than ever in North America. The market’s need for carbon black is expected to increase as the establishment of virgin production is becoming increasingly difficult due to stricter regulations and penalties, implemented to overcome the environmental problems created by the existing carbon black production”, says Thomas Sörensson.

Read the full press release here.

Cabot to implement feedstock surcharge for carbon black products

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:55 am

Cabot Corp. will begin applying a feedstock surcharge of 1 cent per pound to all carbon black products sold in North America as of April 1.

According to a recent press release, the move comes in response to “significant carbon black feedstock costs, which are not fully reflected in fuel oil price indices.”

The surcharge will enable Cabot to “remain a reliable supplier of high-quality carbon black products and meet growing demand in the region.”

Read the full press release here.

March 7, 2019

ASTM finalizes recovered carbon black standard

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:21 pm

ASTM International’s committee on recovered carbon black (rCB) has approved its first standard. The new standard, known as D8178, defines terms in the recovered carbon black industry.

ASTM International member Bill Cole notes that recovered carbon black is a relatively new, sustainable raw material product, produced by a new and growing industry, for use in rubber, plastics, and pigment applications.

“At this early stage, the industry needs a set of common terminology to effectively communicate to product users and to each other,” says Cole, director of product management at Delta-Energy Group. “Unique industry terms are defined in the new standard. As new standards are developed for recovered carbon black, we will be adding new terms to the terminology standard.”

“Having common terms provides a strong basis from which to clearly distinguish the value of rCB from char products. It also allows us to discuss performance within proposed applications,” says Cole. “Manufacturers of rCB will find the nomenclature and new methods quite useful when communicating product performance.”

Read the full press release here.

January 22, 2019

Dates announced for Carbon Black Asia Pacific conference

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:23 pm

The organizing committee for Carbon Black ’19 Perspective in Asia-Pacific have announced that the conference will be held November 5-7, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The venue for the conference has not yet been decided. This conference is held every other year in Asia; the previous conference was held in November 2017 in Chennai, India.

January 17, 2019

Recovered Carbon Black conference coming to Berlin in May

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:44 am

Smithers Rapra along with Wolfersdorff Consulting have announced a new conference, the Recovered Carbon Black Congress, to be held May 21-22, 2019 in Berlin. The new conference is an extension of Smithers Rapra’s successful Carbon Black World conference, which is held every other year (most recently in Dusseldorf, Germany in September 2018). The Recovered Carbon Black Congress will address the commercial challenges and long-term potential for recovered carbon black, which is material recovered from scrap tires.  The  conference will include a range of technical discussions to provide a platform for the recovered carbon black supply chain to identify the challenges and solutions to drive forward this process. Notch Consulting will be delivering a paper during this conference covering the long-term commercial prospects for rCB.

 

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