News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

June 12, 2019

Orion expanding gas black capacity in Germany

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:48 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons announced today that it will expand its production capacity for Gas Blacks at its Cologne (Kalscheuren) plant, Germany through a debottlenecking project. Gas Blacks are a type of premium specialty carbon black used mainly in high-end coatings, including high jet automotive OEM and refinish paints, antistatic coatings, and packaging and UV curing inks. Orion’s press release pointed to greater demand for waterborne and solventborne coatings as the main driver for the expansion. According to Orion, Gas Blacks feature excellent fineness and a very narrow particle size distribution to provide the deepest blackness Specialty Carbon Blacks available on the market.

June 7, 2019

Orion announces change in fuel oil index for European carbon black pricing

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:52 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced today that it is adopting the Platts North West Europe 1% Sulfur fuel oil index (FO 1%S FOB NWE) for contract pricing in Europe replacing the 1% Sulfur Rotterdam fuel oil index (FO 1%S FOB ROT) in Europe as of July 1, 2019. According to the company’s press release, the 1% Sulfur Rotterdam fuel oil index is no longer functional, does not trade forward and does not track other 1% indices anymore. FO 1%S FOB NWE is currently functioning and therefore is the appropriate index at this time, according to Orion. The company said it uses low sulfur carbon black oil (CBO) grades in Europe.

“Orion values our European customers and strives to work with them in a highly transparent way,” said Erik Thiry, Senior Vice President Rubber Carbon Black, said in the press release. “Orion will continue to closely monitor CBO market changes with the upcoming IMO Marpol 2020 regulations. We will keep our customers updated if further required changes are needed due to changes in feedstock markets. We look forward to growing our customer relationships with the reliable supply of value-added carbon blacks.”

June 4, 2019

Clariant opens new black masterbatch facility in China

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:54 am

Clariant has launched a new facility in Guangzhou, China, dedicated to the manufacturing and supply of specialty black masterbatches, to address the fast-growing China market.

With Black PET/PA masterbatches for fiber developing into a sizable business in China and some other Asian countries, the new production facility in Guangzhou will supplement existing supply from Clariant’s facility in Taiwan, which has been fully utilized, to jointly deliver product and services in the Greater China Region.

“Since 2016, we’ve been increasing our investments in equipment upgrade and facilities expansion to boost capacities and capabilities of the Clariant plants in China, Singapore, and the US. The expanded new production line here in Guangzhou, with a CHF 5 million of investment volume, will enhance our full range service in supplying specialty black masterbatches products for the market of packaging, consumer goods, fiber, automotive, and E&E. It also allows us to better serve local expectations and continue our commitment to main local customers in the segments,” said Bernd Hoegemann, Clariant’s Head of Business Unit Masterbatches.

Read the full press release here.

May 14, 2019

Pyrolyx plans to add second U.S. recovered carbon black plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 9:30 am

Recovered carbon black producer Pyrolyx A.G. is progressing with plans for a second plant in the U.S., to be built adjacent to one under construction in Terre Haute, Indiana. Pyrolyx is also in the process of moving its headquarters from Munich to Terre Haute. Construction on the plant is expected to start in the third quarter.

The plant under construction has a rated annual capacity of nearly 13,000 metric tons of recovered carbon black, which translates to about 4 million tires recycled a year.

The company has raised $2.3 million from the sale of equity capital in Pyrolyx A.G. and has access to a $4.5 million loan facility from Pyrolyx USA Inc. for funding.

Pyrolyx recently disclosed a non-binding five-year agreement to supply up to 15,000 tons of rCB a year to tire maker Continental A.G. from its plants in Stegelitz, Germany, and Terre Haute.

Here’s the press release.

Black Bear and MMEC join forces

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 9:05 am

Clean tech company Black Bear has entered into a strategic partnership with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm MMEC Mannesmann (MMEC) to accelerate the roll-out of its breakthrough technology to produce recovered Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tires.

“To meet the growing demand for rCB and receive a substantial impact to meet the waste tire problem, we need to roll-out our proven technology,” explained Joost Raimond, Construction Director at Black Bear.

“Being in the EPC industry for many years, I know that the partnership with MMEC is a game-changer in our time-to-market as we now can offer real turn-key plant realization to clients who want to use our technology.”

The rCB is Cradle-to-CradleTM certified and is already used by major clients, including AkzoNobel.

The initial focus will be on already identified sites together with partners inside Europe. Given MMEC’s strong presence in the Middle East, this region will also see Black Bear facilities emerging in the future.

Read the full press release here.

Orion launches highest-jet carbon black at Eastern Coatings Show

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 6:25 am

Orion Engineered Carbons will launch COLOUR BLACK FW 310, the highest-jet carbon black available, at the Eastern Coatings Show 2019, which takes place May 14-15 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Available now for commercial use, COLOUR BLACK FW 310, a post-treated furnace black, is an excellent choice for automotive OEM basecoats, refinish coatings, as well as high-end industrial applications.

“COLOUR BLACK FW 310 is the most jet carbon black available today from any manufacturer, so it is breaking new ground,” said Jennifer Stroh, Ph.D., marketing manager, coatings, Americas. “It is going to help designers reach a new level of black that hasn’t been attainable before.

“The after-treatment makes COLOUR BLACK FW 310 a universal grade,” Dr. Stroh continued. “It is suitable for both water- and solvent-borne coatings, enabling coatings producers to purchase a single grade for both systems. In fact, it works well in applications, such as automotive OEM and refinish, that require different solvents.”

Orion’s testing in a waterborne one-component polyurethane system and a solvent-borne two-component polyurethane system shows COLOUR BLACK FW 310 has higher jetness (MY) values than the company’s previous premium product, COLOUR BLACK FW 255, which is roughly comparable to competitive premium carbon blacks. In systems tested, the jetness increased approximately 10 (MY) points depending on formulation. Equally important is it imparts the same bluish undertone, about 11.0 dM, as the previous leading high-jet grades.

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).

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