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November 28, 2019

PolyOne introduces new color concentrate using recovered carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 11:25 pm

Plastics News has a writeup on PolyOne’s latest product introductions based on sustainable materials, including the following:

OnColor-brand Recovered Carbon Environmental Black. A new color concentrate derived from end-of-life tires, which officials said is a sustainable alternative to those based on virgin carbon black. The material creates a smaller carbon footprint than virgin carbon black because it uses 90 percent less water and 61 percent less electricity while emitting 90 percent less carbon dioxide in its manufacturing process, officials said.

November 26, 2019

Bridgestone brings first at-scale use of recovered carbon black to tire market

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black, Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 1:49 am

On November 20, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced the industry’s first at-scale use of recovered carbon black (rCB) in the tire market as part of its long-standing partnership with Delta-Energy Group, LLC.

The move to at-scale commercialization of D-E Black®, Delta-Energy Group’s proprietary rCB product recovered from EOL tires, marks a significant milestone in achieving Bridgestone Group’s long-term environmental vision of targeting 100% sustainable materials – and contributing to a reduction of over 50% CO2 emissions – by the year 2050 and beyond. The process by Delta-Energy Group to extract materials produces 81% less COper ton as compared to virgin carbon black. The investment also serves Bridgestone’s larger mission to drive toward a circular economy that eliminates waste through the continual use of resources, according to the company.

Bridgestone began evaluating Delta-Energy’s materials in 2007 and became an equity partner in late 2014. Since that time, the use of D-E Black as a partial replacement for vCB in new tires has undergone extensive testing to ensure compliance with the high standards and superior quality and performance for which Bridgestone tires are known. To date, Bridgestone has purchased approximately 235 metric tons of rCB, the equivalent of more than 70,000 EOL tires, resulting in the reduction of approximately 765,000 pounds of COemissions, compared to using vCB. By the end of 2020, Bridgestone plans to increase the use of D-E Black to 6,800 metric tons, equivalent to about 2 million EOL tires and a reduction of about 24 million pounds of carbon emissions.

Bob Genovese, Delta-Energy CEO, said in the press release that Delta-Energy has plans to build several more plants in North America over the next few years to produce D-E Black. Bridgestone is using D-E Black in high-quality tires for agriculture and passenger applications across multiple plants in the Americas, including the Bridgestone Des Moines Agriculture Tire Plant, Aiken County Passenger Tire Plant, and the Bridgestone Cuernavaca Tire Plant. The company is currently evaluating new opportunities to expand its usage of D-E Black into additional plants and product lines.

November 18, 2019

Birla Carbon and CHASM Advanced Materials announce carbon nanomaterials joint development agreement

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 11:03 pm

On November 18, Birla Carbon (Mumbai, India & Marietta, GA) and CHASM Advanced Materials Inc. (Canton, MA) announced a new joint development agreement focused on the development of novel nanomaterials to benefit various market segments including high-performance tires, novel coatings and next-generation batteries. CHASM Advanced Materials is a producer of printed electronics materials and battery materials based on proprietary carbon nanotube and ink/coating technologies. 

Through this joint development agreement, the two companies will share research and engineering resources to develop and manufacture hybrid nanomaterials based on carbon substrates and carbon nanotubes. These hybrid nanomaterials will combine CHASM’s nanotube enhanced carbon (NTeC) technology with Birla Carbon’s expertise in commercialization and manufacturing. In so doing, the companies anticipate jointly developing novel carbon nanomaterials tailored for performance in a wide variety of demanding applications.

Here is the press release.

September 18, 2019

Impact of Saudi drone attack on downstream markets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 11:27 am

Rubber & Plastics News has a useful article on the potential impact of the drone attack on Aramco’s facilities in Saudi Arabia on downstream markets, particularly polyolefins.

Over the weekend, a number of companies announced feedstock supply disruptions as a result of the Sept. 14 attacks, which forced Aramco to reduce crude supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day, or about 50 percent of its total production.

Key producers, including Saudi Basic Industries Corp.; Sahara International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem); Advanced Petrochemical Co.; National Industrialisation Co. (Tasnee); Yanbu National Petrochemical Co. (Yansab); and Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co., all disclosed “curtailment” of feedstock supply, ranging between 30 percent to 50 percent.

November 6, 2018

Orion acquires French acetylene black producer

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 6:20 pm

On November 1, 2018, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire acetylene carbon black manufacturer Société du Noir d’Acétylène de l’Aubette, SAS [SN2A] from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. SN2A was founded in 1987 and is headquartered at Berre l’Etang, near Marseille, France.

Acetylene black is an ultra-pure premium specialty carbon black distinguished by its high electrical and thermal conductivity. Lithium-ion batteries and high-end electrical cables are key applications for this material.

“SN2A brings us a skilled team, proven technology and an operating plant. With this platform we are going to significantly strengthen our capabilities in the lithium-ion battery market and broaden our position in other attractive markets,” said Corning F. Painter, Chief Executive Officer of Orion Engineered Carbons. “This bolt-on acquisition is a perfect fit with Orion’s focus on Specialty Carbon Blacks. We look forward to welcoming the SN2A team to Orion and bringing Acetylene Black into our portfolio.”

The agreement with LyondellBasell includes provisions for a secured long-term feedstock supply. Orion plans to strengthen production capabilities at the Berre l’Etang facility.

The transaction closed on October 31, 2018.

July 10, 2018

Birla Carbon raises carbon black prices in EMEA

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 5:32 pm

On June 26, Birla Carbon (Hannover, Germany) announced a price increase for carbon black for all non-contract customers in the Europe and Africa region. All shipments of rubber grades made on or after August 1, 2018 in the Europe and Africa region are subject to €94/MT price increase, net of price monthly variation.

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 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.

April 26, 2017

Cheng Shin to open two plants this year

Filed under: Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 11:52 am

Cheng Shin Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. is ready to start production this year at its new plants in India and Indonesia. The two plants represent $720 million in investment.

Located in Gujarat province, the Indian plant has 20,000 unit daily capacity for motorcycle tires and tubes in phase one.

The Deltamas, Indonesia, plant for passenger car and motorcycle tires will begin operation later this year, as “construction was delayed due to the country’s excessive rainfall last year,” said Lo Yung Li, Cheng Shin’s assistance vice president.

The new plants bring Cheng Shin to sixteen factories, with capacity totals of over one million tires a day: six in Taiwan; eight in China; one each in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

April 19, 2017

Klean Industries’ pyrolysis plant receives C2C certification

Filed under: Tire Recycling, Uncategorized — Notch @ 7:38 am

Following a 12-month study by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry LLC of Canada-based Klean Industries’ production process and the end uses of the recycled carbon and oil products that derive from it, one of Klean Industries’ facilities has become the world’s first tire pyrolysis plant to receive Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification.

“We are extremely pleased that beyond the traditional certifications, our team has exceeded all expectations and has achieved the highest environmental standard for the quality of products produced from any tire pyrolysis facility on the planet today,” said Jesse Klinkhamer, chief executive officer of Klean Industries.

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