News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

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.

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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.

April 7, 2017

Sentury Tire Coming to Georgia

Filed under: Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 10:36 am

Here’s a promo video for Qingdao Sentury’s new $500M tire plant being built in Lagrange, Georgia. Startup is scheduled for 2018.

Rami Helminen, CEO of Sentury Tire North America, visited the site with Scott Malone, president of the Development Authority of LaGrange.“This has enough premises to build even two factories. So after 10 years or so then we have a possibility to expand the operation here,” Helminen said.

April 6, 2017

Linglong Tire signs Aditya Birla Group as carbon black supplier

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 3:18 pm

At a ceremony on March 25, 2017, Linglong International Tire (Thailand) Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation agreement with India’s Aditya Birla Group in which Aditya Birla Group becomes Linglong Tire’s carbon black supplier. The company states that this strategic cooperation will “comprehensively improve the quality of Linglong’s products.”

April 2, 2017

INDSPEC closing Petrolia, PA plant, exiting resorcinol industry

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals, Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 6:42 pm

Last week INDSPEC Chemical, an affiliate of Occidental Chemical Corp., announced that it was immediately ceasing production of resorcinol and related products at its Petrolia, Pennsylvania plant and that the plant would be shut down permanently by July 31, 2017. INDSPEC sold the Penacolite resins business in 2016 and agreed to continue manufacturing that product at the Petrolia plant for the transition period, which will cease at the end of July. The plant was not cost effective compared to global competitors.

“Our workers have made a significant effort over the last several years to improve the viability of the plant. Nevertheless, the outlook for the business continues to be unfavorable due to a number of factors including a global oversupply of our main product, resorcinol, and because INDSPEC’s manufacturing process is not as efficient as that of global competitors,” said Plant Manager Andre Salameh.”

Resorcinol is a crucial component of adhesion promoters, which are used in tires (specifically the belt plies, bead, and bead apex) to improve adhesion between the rubber layers and textile or steel reinforcements. Resorcinol is also used in manufactured wood products and flame retardants.

The shut down has left customers scrambling to find supplies. Other suppliers of resorcinol for rubber markets include Isochem (Germany), Kolon Industries (Korea), Lanxess (Germany), SI Group (US), Shanghai Amino-Chem (China), Sino Legend (China), and Sumitomo Chemical (Japan)

January 23, 2017

Carbon black conference coming to Chennai in November

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 4:47 pm

The Carbon Black 2017 Perspective in Asia Pacific conference has released details on its global conference scheduled for November 7-9 in Chennai, India. The conference will be held at the Hotel Le Royal Meridien. Here is the preliminary program. Notch will be presenting a paper on global market conditions and outlook. This conference is held every two years and was most recently held in Yokohama, Japan in November 2015.

January 1, 2017

Wishing all a happy, safe, and prosperous new year

Filed under: Uncategorized — Notch @ 3:41 pm

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December 19, 2016

Evonik begins construction on US silica plant

Filed under: Silica, Uncategorized — Notch @ 6:30 am

Last week, Evonik Industries announced the location of its new precipitated silica plant in the United States. The $120M factory will be located in the Bushy Park industrial area near Charleston, South Carolina. Construction on the plant is expected to begin this month with completion by mid-2018. The company has not released the new plant’s capacity, but output will focus on highly dispersible grades of silica for use in passenger car tires, which can reduce rolling resistance and improve fuel economy. Here is the press release announcing the plant location. The company held a ground-breaking ceremony at the site last week.

Evonik acquires silica business of J.M. Huber for $630M

Filed under: Silica, Uncategorized — Notch @ 6:15 am

On December 9, 2016, Evonik Industries AG announced the acquisition of the silica business of J.M. Huber (Edison, NJ) for $630 million. The business operated as part of Huber Engineered Materials (Atlanta, GA) and had been part of Huber’s business line since the 1950s. The silica businesses of the two companies are complementary, as Evonik focuses on industrial applications, particularly tires and coatings, while Huber is a leader in dentifrice and consumer goods. For the 2016 financial year, Huber Silica is expected to achieve sales of close to $300 million, with an EBITDA of $60 million. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.

October 7, 2016

Cancarb adds distributor in Korea

Filed under: Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 2:22 pm

This week Cancarb Limited announced the appointment of Kangshin Industrial Co., Ltd. as Cancarb’s authorized distributor for Thermax thermal black in South Korea as of January 1, 2017. Cancarb is the world’s leading producer of thermal black and is a subsidiary of Tokai Carbon.

Here is the press release.

 

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