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June 20, 2018

Sid Richardson raising carbon black prices

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:12 pm

On June 18, Sid Richardson announced a price increase for all carbon black products effective for all shipments on or after August 1, 2018, or as contracts allow. Due to rising operating and logistic costs associated with carbon black production in North America, the increase is necessary to maintain the high service levels that our customers have come to expect, the company said in a press release. Invoice prices on all carbon blacks will increase by $110/MT.

Here is the press release.


June 11, 2018

Orion to raise carbon black prices in EMEA

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:56 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons has announced a price increase for carbon black sold in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, beginning Aug. 1, or as contracts permit. Prices will be adjusted between $82 and $107 per metric ton, according to the firm. According to Orion, the price increases are being implemented to offset operating expenses which continue to rise because of high utilization rates and the desire to continuously invest in its manufacturing network.

June 6, 2018

Cabot raises carbon black prices in EMEA

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 8:04 pm

On June 1, Cabot Corporation announced a price increase for all carbon black product in its Reinforcement Materials segment sold in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The increase will be effective as of July 1, 2018, or as customer contracts allow.

Cabot said that it is experiencing persistent rising costs associated with high utilization rates, increased operating and regulatory costs, and higher logistics expenses in the EMEA region. Despite ongoing efforts to offset these costs, Cabot will increase prices by 80 €/MT, in addition to any applicable index-related adjustments, for all rubber carbon black products including Black Pearls®, CRX™, Endure™, Propel®, Regal®, Vulcan®, Sterling® and Spheron® carbon black grades.

May 24, 2018

Enviro announces largest order from international tire company

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 11:18 am

Enviro has received a follow-up order on EnviroCB from an international tire manufacturer. The order is Enviro’s single largest so far, valued at over 100,000 SEK. Revenues are expected in Q2 2018.

The international tire manufacturer made the first order at the beginning of the year after thorough material tests. The delivered EnviroCB will be used for solid tires manufactured in Sri Lanka.

“Receiving a follow-up order of a much larger volume demonstrates both the quality of material and the market’s growing need for reclaimed carbon black. This is one of several major solid tire manufacturers where we see growing interest, in addition to the several tire manufacturers we have received positive feedback from,” says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.

May 21, 2018

Cabot announces 310 KT in carbon black expansions

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:20 am
Cabot Corporation today announced plans to add 310,000 tons of new carbon black capacity by 2021. The largest component of the plan involves adding 160,000 tons at Cabot’s facility in Cilegon, Indonesia. Cabot anticipates that product from this expansion will be available for sale starting in late 2020 or early 2021.

In addition to the expansion at Cilegon, Cabot is investing approximately $50 million in debottlenecking projects and operational improvements across 18 of its carbon black facilities. This program will provide an additional 150,000 metric tons of increased carbon black capacity which will be available for tire, industrial rubber and specialty carbon customers. To date, Cabot has completed approximately one-third of this capacity expansion, with full completion expected by 2021. These investments will increase Cabot’s global carbon black capacity to approximately 2.5 million metric tons.


May 14, 2018

CSRC plans to spin off carbon black unit, expand capacity in India

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 5:00 am

Taipei Times reports that China Synthetic Rubber Corp, the world’s fifth-largest carbon black supplier and the only producer in Taiwan, plans to spin off its carbon black and biotech units, as the 45-year-old company considers transforming into a holding firm.

The planned spin-off, intended to improve the company’s operating efficiency and raise its competitiveness, is scheduled to take effect on Sept. 30, CSRC said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Thursday last week.

CSRC, a major subsidiary of the nation’s largest cement maker, Taiwan Cement Corp (台灣水泥), said it would remain listed on the local bourse after the move and would rename itself International CSRC Investment Holdings Co Ltd (國際中橡投資控股).

The existing shareholders’ interests would not be affected by the restructuring, it added.

However, the plan still needs to be approved by shareholders at an annual meeting on June 26, the filing said.

CSRC also issued a separate filing last week with the Taiwan Stock Exchange that announced a plan to raise capital through the issuance of 180 million new shares in the near term to fund investments in India and the US.

CSRC said it plans to inject US$155 million into Continental Carbon India Ltd, which would be used to expand manufacturing capacity of carbon black at the unit’s plants in India’s Gujarat State.

As for the US investment, CSRC proposed a capital injection of US$52 million to Continental Carbon Co, headquartered in Houston, Texas, to replenish its operating capital, the filing showed.

May 6, 2018

PCBL chooses Tamil Nadu for new carbon black plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 10:30 pm

Phillips Carbon Black Ltd., India’s largest carbon black producer, plans to build a new 150,000 tons/year carbon black plant at Ennore, Tamil Nadu, India. PCBL announced the new plant late last year but was deciding between two locations in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, both in southeastern India. The new factory is budgeted at Rs 600 crore. PCBL is also spending Rs 300 crore to debottleneck its four existing plants in Durgapur (West Bengal), Mundra (Gujarat), Kochi (Kerala), and Palej (Gujarat). Altogether, the projects will raise PCBL’s capacity to 700,000 tons/year by December 2020.

April 26, 2018

Cabot expands black masterbatch business

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

Last week, Cabot announced the completion of two projects — an acquisition and an expansion — that will extend its global footprint in black masterbatch and compounds and increase manufacturing capacity for these materials.

Cabot recently completed the acquisition of Tech Blend, a leading North American producer of black masterbatches, which will now operate as Cabot Plastics Canada, LP a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cabot Corporation within Cabot’s global Specialty Compounds business.

Cabot’s Specialty Compounds business has completed the installation of a new line at its manufacturing facility in Pepinster, Belgium. This strategic investment will increase capacity and enhance production capabilities for plastic formulations, including conductive and engineering thermoplastics formulations. With this additional capacity, the Pepinster site is now the largest masterbatch and compounds manufacturing facility in Cabot’s network.

Cabot and Orion raising carbon black prices in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:02 pm

Last week, Cabot Corporation announced a price increase for carbon black products sold by its Reinforcement Materials segment in North America, effective June 1, 2018, or as customer contracts allow. Cabot Corporation is increasing prices for all Vulcan, Sterling, Regal, Spheron, and Propel carbon black products by $0.045/lb except for Vulcan XC-72, Vulcan XC-72 R and Sterling C carbon blacks. In addition, prices will increase by 4% for Black Pearls, Monarch, CRX, Vulcan XC-72, Vulcan XC-72 R and Sterling C carbon black products. Cabot said that the price increase is necessary to address persistently rising costs associated with the manufacturing of quality products, regulatory and environmental compliance, packaging, and logistics.

This week, Orion Engineered Carbons announced it is raising prices for rubber blacks in North America effective June 1. Invoice prices for rubber carbon blacks will be adjusted by an average of $121 per metric ton, as contracts permit. The company pointed to “increasing operating and logistic expenses and the costs required to maintain service levels” as the main factors driving the price hike. The firm also noted that the price changes would support “substantial investments” in its North American rubber carbon black production.

April 20, 2018

Haldor’s SNOX picked for Orion’s carbon black plant in US

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:37 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has signed a contract with Haldor Topsoe to install Topsoe’s sustainable emissions control technology, SNOX, in its carbon black production plant in Ivanhoe, Louisiana.

Prior to selecting the technology, Orion carried out in-depth analyses of the technology since 2014, including visiting the existing Haldor Topsoe plants and testing the concept at one of its manufacturing facilities.

“Orion is committed to environmentally friendly operation of its facilities,” said Jack Clem, CEO of Orion. “Our extensive research determined that the Haldor Topsoe SNOX system, suitably adapted by our technical teams over the last several years, was the most dependable and cost effective means of meeting or exceeding the requirements we now face.”

Under the agreement, Haldor Topsoe will be responsible for offering engineering, license, proprietary equipment, spare parts, catalyst, and future supervision tasks at the time of commissioning and start-up.

Orion’s SNOX plant is set to become fully operational by April 2021.

Read the full press release here.

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