News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 15, 2018

Notch updates Silica Market Update report covering global precipitated silica industry

Filed under: Silica, Uncategorized — Notch @ 5:32 pm

Notch Consulting has updated the Silica Market Update, which provides a comprehensive overview of current conditions and future prospects for the global precipitated silica industry. The report provides tables detailing silica demand by region, market, and application, current pricing by application and region (US, EU, China), nameplate production capacity by company, plant, and country, and recent and proposed capacity expansion projects. This update includes a breakdown of annual precipitated silica sales for leading suppliers by region and major application. The report provides annual demand for all years 2007 through 2017, while forecasts are provided for all years from 2018 to 2022 as well as 2027. Average pricing is provided for various grades for the US, the European Union and China.

Market segments covered in the report include tires, non-tire rubber, dentifrice, nutrition/health (food, ag feed, pharma, and cosmetics), and industrial (paper, battery separators, paints/coatings, other applications).

Applications are reinforcing fillers, abrasives, thickeners, anticaking agents, carriers, extending fillers, battery separators, matting/flatting agents, antiblocking agents, and defoamers.

Companies discussed in this report include Allied Silica Ltd. (India); Evonik Industries (Germany); Glassven Yangzhong Silicas (China); Grace Silica (Germany); Iqesil S.A. (Spain); Madhu Silica (India); Oriental Silica Corp. (Taiwan); PPG Industries (US); PQ Corp. (UK); Quechen Silicon Chemical (China); Solvay S.A. (Belgium); Tosoh Corp. (Japan); Wuxi Hengcheng Silicon (China); Zhejiang Hengdian Group (China); and Zhuzhou Xinglong Chemical (China), among others.

The Silica Market Update is published twice per year. For more information or to order, please write to info@notchconsulting.com.

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April 8, 2018

Tata Chemicals to acquire Allied Silica

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 3:19 pm

On Sunday, April 8, Tata Chemicals (Mumbai, India) announced it had signed a pact with Allied Silica Limited (Chennai, India) to acquire its precipitated silica business for Rs123 crore (US$19M) on a slump sale basis.

The deal is expected to close within three months, the company said in a release. The acquisition is a part of the Rs295 crore investment approved by the board in February last year, towards this specialty business, the company said.

The business transfer agreement with Allied Silica includes the acquisition of an existing manufacturing site in Tamil Nadu, which will produce highly dispersible silica (HDS), the release said. The specialty chemical product represents a downstream value addition to Tata Chemicals soda ash business, where it ranks among the top manufacturers globally, it added.

“This acquisition is another step in our journey to build technologically enabled, differentiated businesses, with greater customer centricity, by leveraging our core strengths. “The manufacture of speciality and performance silicas is one such area. This is in line with our focus to grow our specialty business, along with our consumer business,” said Tata Chemicals managing director R. Mukundan.

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In related silica news, this week Notch Consulting will publish the latest issue of the Silica Market Update, which covers the global market for precipitated silica. The report provides data on demand, applications, market share, and pricing, as well as a discussion of the above-mentioned acquisition and other capacity developments. For more information, contact info @ notchconsulting.com

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!

January 18, 2018

Evonik launches new silica product

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 9:57 am

ULTRASIL® 7800 GR is a custom-tailored silica made by Evonik for use in particularly large SUV tires as well as high-mileage all-season tires. By developing ULTRASIL® 7800 GR, a silica with a customized surface area that meets the extreme demands of SUV and all-season tires, Evonik has now taken the next step in innovation.

“The challenge for SUV tires is to give the tires sufficient stiffness in spite of their size,” explains Dr. Hark-Oluf Asbahr, Marketing of Rubber Silica. “With ULTRASIL® 7800 GR, we managed to find the right mix to combine joy of driving, road safety, and resource efficiency in a single product.”

Since the United States is the largest sales market for SUVs, ULTRASIL® 7800 GR will be produced there for now. Evonik has responded to the rising demand for silica by building a new production facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The new silica plant is expected to become operational in mid-2018.

More information about the Silica/Silane technology of Evonik will be available at the stand of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH (Stand C 240) at the Tire Technology Expo in Hanover from February 20-22, 2018.

Read the full press release here.

November 11, 2017

Grace Announces 2018 Price Increase for Silica-Based Materials Technologies Products

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 4:52 pm

W. R. Grace & Co. has announced a six percent price increase for silica-based and molecular sieve products sold through its Grace Materials Technologies, effective January 1, 2018.

This pricing action will enable Grace to sustain investment in the best-in-class manufacturing capabilities, increasing regulatory compliance requirements, and R&D demanded by customers across the broad spectrum of industries the company serves.

Read the press release here for a full list of affected products.

September 5, 2017

Evonik closes purchase of Huber’s silica business

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 8:02 am

The J.M. Huber Corporation has completed the sale of the Silica business unit of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) to Evonik Industries AG, a global specialty chemicals company. The $630 million transaction, completed after approvals from the European Commission and other global regulatory bodies, transfers ownership of the HEM Silica facilities in North America, Europe and Asia to Evonik, effective 1 September 2017.

Strategically, the transfer of the Silica business is advantageous for both companies. Proceeds from the sale will enable Huber to invest and expand its product portfolio in other areas, including potential future acquisitions of specialty chemicals or materials businesses. For Evonik, bringing together the two diverse Silica businesses will further improve the company’s value proposition as an integrated global provider, better positioned to serve a broader base of customer needs, particularly in North America and Asia.

Read the full press releases from Huber here and Evonik here.

August 29, 2017

Grace agrees to acquire Evonik dental silica and Huber defoamer product lines

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 11:55 pm

On August 28, W. R. Grace & Co. announced a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets from Evonik Industries AG on September 5, 2017, following the close of Evonik’s acquisition of J.M. Huber Corporation’s silicas business. The assets to be acquired by Grace include trademarks and licenses to produce and sell Evonik’s SIDENT® dental precipitated silica product range and J.M. Huber Corporation’s defoamer and anti-caking product ranges, branded in the European Economic Area as Zeofoam™ and Zeoflo®, with worldwide product sales rights. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction will not change Grace’s 2017 outlook as of July 27, 2017.

“Grace has long been a leader in both the supply of dental silicas and the supply of additives to a variety of industries. The precipitated silica products and technologies will enable Grace to deliver more value to our leading global consumer products customers with some of the world’s most recognized toothpaste brands. The defoamer precursors and anti-caking agents are a great addition to our strong silica product portfolio,” said Sandra Wisniewski, President, Grace Materials Technologies.

June 27, 2017

European Commission approves acquisition of Huber Silica by Evonik, subject to conditions

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 12:06 pm

Brussels, 22 June 2017

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation Evonik’s acquisition of Huber Silica. The decision is conditional on the divestment of some of both companies’ activities related to precipitated silica, a chemical used in tires, toothpaste, defoamers, paints and coatings.

JM Huber Corp. is among the largest privately held companies in the United States, a global company with approximately 4,000 employees in more than 20 countries, with a broad product portfolio ranging from specialty chemicals to the forestry sector.

Based in Germany, Evonik is a global specialty chemical company that’s active in more than 100 countries with 33,500 employees and nearly $14.2 billion in sales. The firm said it has a leading position as a supplier of silica for tire manufacturers and the paint and coatings industry. Evonik’s silica products also are being applied as flow additives and carriers for the manufacture of foodstuffs, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and silicones.

Read the full European Commission press release here.

April 1, 2017

A look inside a silica plant expansion project

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 2:06 pm

A Dutch engineering firm, Tebodin B.V., put together the short video below, which is a look inside PPG’s expansion project for its precipitated silica plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. According to PPG, the expansion added more than 15,000 tons of new capacity. The project was completed in 2016.

Tebodin B.V. described the project in a recent post:

PPG Industries Chemicals in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, specializes in the piloting and commercial production of silica products for clients in sectors such as food and rubber. When PPG wanted to upscale its current production capacity and add a new production line for Agilon®, a patented modified silica for the tire industry, it asked Tebodin to provide engineering services and coordinate the multidisciplinary project team. This has resulted in an expansion of the production capacity and a fully integrated and highly innovative second production line within the existing plant, which has begun production several months ahead of schedule.

The latest edition of Notch Consulting’s biannual report on the global precipitated silica industry, The Silica Market Update, will be published next week. For subscription details, contact Notch at info @ notchonsulting.com.

February 14, 2017

Evonik introduces Polyvest ST, an additive to improve silica/silane/rubber interaction

Filed under: Silica — Notch @ 8:23 pm

This week at the Tire Tech Expo in Hannover, Germany, Evonik Industries introduced a new product called Polyvest ST that is designed to improve the compatibility between silica, silane, and rubber in tire formulations. Green tire technology, which uses precipitated silicas and rubber silanes like Si 69, already reduces rolling resistance by up to 30 percent relative to carbon-black-filled tires. According to Evonik, the special feature of the new development is this: according to a fundamental principle in the tire industry, known as the magic triangle, any improvement in one of the core properties of a tire— rolling resistance, wet grip, and abrasion resistance—is always at the expense of at least one of the others. Evonik’s new development further improves the compatibility of silica and rubber in combination with Si 69® or Si 266®, thus pushing out the boundaries of the triangle. The press release does not give details on Polyvest ST, but Evonik Polyvest product range consists of a range of “stereospecific, low viscous and unsaponifiable liquid polybutadienes of different chemical compositions,” according to the company’s website.

Here is the press release.

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