News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

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.

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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.

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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