News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 12, 2018

Toyo ‘nano’ process could cut truck/bus tire rolling resistance

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tires — Notch @ 12:10 pm

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. is heralding an advancement in rubber compounding technology that it claims will yield measurable reductions in rolling resistance in truck tires.

The tire maker anticipates having a commercially viable truck/bus tire using the technology on the market within a year.

Although Toyo declined to quantify how much of a rolling resistance reduction it expects, it said the development related to its “nano balance” compounding technology, which yields a 20 percent reduction in energy loss at the point of deformation.

Toyo defines nano balance technology as one for developing ideal rubber materials with high precision through observation, prediction, function, creation and control of rubber materials at the molecular (nano) level. The firm first disclosed its work on nano balance in 2011 when it launched the NanoEnergy line of tires in Japan.

Technically speaking, the nano technology focuses on optimizing the dispersion of fillers in rubber.

Toyo’s process disintegrates carbon black in a special solution and disperses it at the molecular level in the initial compound creation process while stirring and coagulating natural rubber latex, the company said.

Improvements in the process over the past six years have yielded a processing method that achieves the “ideal state” of filler where it is uniformly and highly dispersed even in solid rubber like natural rubber.

Toyo already has released in Japan a truck tire using the technology, NanoEnergy M676, which it claims offers a 31-percent reduction in rolling resistance vs. an existing Toyo design.


April 10, 2018

Aditya Birla Group to supply carbon black to Linglong International Tire

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:41 am

Linglong International Tire Thailand and Indian Aditya Birla Group have signed a strategic cooperation agreement, in which Aditya Birla will supply Linglong with carbon black.

The agreement, Linglong said, was part of the company’s “internationalization” plans and is expected to improve the quality of its offerings.

“The cooperation with the Aditya Birla Group represents another important step of Linglong in material quality control and quality management. In the future, Linglong Tire will improve its global standards of product quality and service through continuous input in research.”

Read the full press release here.

March 21, 2018

Orion adding specialty black line in Italy

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:08 pm

On March 20, Orion Engineered Carbons announced that it will expand production capacity at its facility in Ravenna, Italy, with the construction of a new specialty Carbon Black line. The line will provide additional Specialty Carbon Blacks to supply the growing coatings, polymers, printing and specialty applications markets.

Jack Clem, Orion’s Chief Executive Officer, said in a press release, “After extensive review and analysis of opportunities, in addition to the ongoing conversion of existing rubber capacity to specialty, we are adding a new line to take advantage of the strong demand for Specialty Carbon Blacks and extend our successful penetration of the specialty segment. This investment continues Orion’s rapid realignment of our portfolio toward higher value added products.”

The new line is expected to begin production in the fourth quarter 2019. The company did not release capacity for the new line.

March 15, 2018

Himadri announces new specialty carbon black plant in India

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:50 pm

The Hindu Business Line reports that Himadri Specialty Chemicals plans to invest ₹1,000 crore ($154M) over five years to expand its carbon black business. The company plans to set up new carbon black lines at its existing integrated plant at Mahistikry, West Bengal, India to produce specialty carbon black.

According to Anurag Choudhary, CEO, Himadri currently has a capacity of 120,000 tons of carbon black per year and will add 200,000 tons of capacity over the next five years. “We will be investing close to ₹300-400 crore (out of the ₹1,000-crore) in the first phase to add close to 60,000 tonne capacity. Commercial production (from this expansion) is likely by April 2019,” Mr. Choudhary said at a press conference in Kolkata on Wednesday. Himadri plans to introduce close to 40 new grades of carbon black and expects to clock additional revenue of ₹2,500-3,000 crore from the new product lines once it is fully operational.

Specialty grades of carbon black find applications in racing tires, moulded rubber goods, wires, cables and fibers. Once the new capacity is fully operational, Himadri plans to supply the domestic India market for specialty carbon black and export up to 80% of its production to North America, Europe, Asia and West Asia. According to Mr. Choudhury, “There is hardly any big player in India in this segment. These speciality chemicals were being imported from the USA and Germany. Our products will be of import substitution by nature.”

February 16, 2018

Tire Technology Expo is coming next week to Hannover

Filed under: Carbon Black, Rubber Chemicals, Silica — Notch @ 4:11 pm

Next week is the annual Tire Technology Expo in Hannover. This is one of the best tire conferences in the world, with a huge trade show and a full 3 day conference of papers. Notch will present a paper during Stream 2, “Business Strategy” on Wednesday, February 21 at 11:00 am. The paper is entitled, “Outlook for Reinforcing Fillers and Rubber Chemicals,” and it covers carbon black, precipitated silica, and rubber chemicals (antidegradants, antioxidants, accelerators). See you there!

February 8, 2018

Orion increases price of specialty carbon black

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

Orion Engineered Carbons announced that it began implementing price increases on all Specialty Carbon Blacks worldwide beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The increases vary depending on the grade, the sales region, and the end market. These price increases support Orion’s ability to maintain the service levels and technical support required for high quality Specialty Carbon Blacks for its customers.

Himadri Specialty Chemicals to invest in carbon black capacity expansion

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:01 pm

According to the investor report, Himdari’s Q3 2018 sales were up 42 percent YoY mainly backed by pricing gains, partially offset by slightly lower volume. Though raw material costs surged, EBITDA/ton was sharply up by 84 percent YoY on account of better pricing trends for carbon black and CTP (Coal Tar Pitch).

EBITDA margins expanded by 156 bps YoY (204 bps QoQ) reflecting healthy operating leverage. Moderate increase in depreciation and other expenses helped net profit growth of 128% YoY.

While the company reiterated setting up 20,000 MT capacity for advanced carbon material in West Bengal, it revised its capacity expansion plan for carbon black. Instead of 30,000 MT capacity expansion earlier announced, it is now looking for 60,000 MT additional capacity. This would take its total carbon black capacity to 180,000 MT. For the new capacity expansion plans (carbon black & advanced carbon material), the funding requirement would be Rs780 crores.

Read the full press release here.

January 4, 2018

Doublestar to build smart rubber recycling plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 3:15 pm

In December, Doublestar broke ground on its smart plant for scrap rubber recycling in Zhumadian, China, in the city’s Runan County.

The plant covers 2.15 million square feet and will be able to handle 200,000 tons of scrap rubber annually when fully operational. The company has budgeted $92.7 million for the project.

The project contains two phases, with 100,000 tons of annual capacity each. Phase 1 is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2018, Doublestar said.

According to the press release, the site will be the world’s first Industry 4.0 site for scrap rubber recycling, with smart technology used in processes such as sorting, rinsing, drying, conveyance, pyrolysis and storage.

The plant also boasts zero emission using Doublestar’s waste treatment technology. With machinery developed by Doublestar, the site will be able to fully recycle scrap tire, generating primary oil, carbon black, steel wire, and gas, the last of which will be used to fuel the plant.

Read the full press release here.

International tire manufacturer places new order on Enviro’s recycled carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 2:41 pm

A leading tire manufacturer has placed a first order on Enviro’s recycled carbon black, EnviroCB, for immediate delivery.

“Initially the order volume is small, but is expected to increase significantly over time. The customer is a global manufacturer of tires and rubber applications and this order relates to industrial tires”, says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.

The order comes after completing thorough material tests.

The delivered EnviroCB will be used for industrial tires manufactured in Sri Lanka.

Read full press release here.

December 12, 2017

AkzoNobel and Black Bear team up to make powder coatings from old tires

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 8:15 am

Tires that have reached the end of the road are being harvested for carbon black and used to produce powder coatings in a new cooperation between AkzoNobel and Dutch company Black Bear.

The Cradle-to-Cradle certified carbon black supplied by Black Bear – which is obtained from end-of-life tires – is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. With this cooperation AkzoNobel not only uses carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower CO2 footprint, but also helps to solve the global waste tire problem.

“This partnership is a great example of how the supply chain can contribute to CO2 savings,” said André Veneman, AkzoNobel’s Director of Sustainability. “We encourage more suppliers to work with us and collectively contribute to develop more sustainable product solutions.”

Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product as they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and produce virtually no waste. The majority of products supplied through AkzoNobel’s market-leading Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium.

Read the full press release here.

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