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June 14, 2021

Scandinavian Enviro Systems plans tire recycling plant in Sweden

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:43 pm

Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB recently announced plans for the construction of a major waste tire recycling facility in Sweden that the company says can process half of the country’s annual end-of-life tires. The company said it was preparing consultation documentation regarding the construction of the plant in Lillesjoe, in Uddevalla Municipality, and expected to submit a permit application to local authorities by Q3 2021. The company did not disclose the financial details of the project.

The project will have the capacity to recycle a maximum of 60,000 metric tons of waste tires per year. The new facility will be in addition to the company’s existing wholly owned recycling plant at Åsensbruk, in Mellerud Municipality, with a permit for recycling a maximum of 15,000 tonnes of tyres per year. This plant has been in operation since 2013. Enviro said that the establishment of the plant will depend on several factors, such as securing access to end-of-life tires and agreements covering deliveries of recovered materials, the company said. Enviro tire recycling facilities employ a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil and steel from end-of-life vehicle tires.

Michelin introduces two sustainability products at Movin’On summit, including racing tire with 46% sustainable materials

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black, Tires — Notch @ 3:35 pm

At the 2021 Movin’On global sustainable mobility summit, Michelin introduced two innovations related to sustainability.

The first innovation is an automated, inflatable sail system, WISAMO (Wing Sail Mobility), designed to improve fuel usage in merchant ships and pleasure craft.

The second innovation is a new racing tire containing 46% sustainable materials, fitted to the GreenGT Mission H24 hydrogen-powered prototype developed for endurance racing. This very high percentage was achieved by increasing the tire’s natural rubber content and using recycled carbon black recovered from end-of-life tires. Other bio-sourced or recycled sustainable materials used in the tire include orange and lemon rind, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from tin cans. The recovered carbon black used in the racing tire is supplied by Scandinavian Enviro Systems. SES also provides the recovered carbon black used in a sustainable motorcycle racing tire for MotoE that Michelin introduced in April.

Michelin has focused on racing tires for its sustainability push to emphasize the fact that the use of sustainable materials need not compromise performance.

As a real-world technological laboratory, motorsports enable Michelin to develop and test new high-tech solutions in extreme usage conditions. With this innovative partnership, Michelin is showcasing its ability to incorporate an ever-higher proportion of sustainable materials into its products without compromising on their performance.

This year, Michelin announced its commitment to using 100% sustainable materials in all its tires by 2050. This commitment will reach an initial milestone in 2030, with a Group-wide target of having 40% sustainable materials in its tires.

Monolith Materials receives additional investments

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:23 am

Monolith Materials (Lincoln, NE) has announced new investments to support its growth in the areas of carbon black and clean hydrogen. The new investments come from a consortium of investors led by Korea’s SK Inc. and includes NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and Perry Creek Capital. This round also included additional investments from current Monolith funders Azimuth Capital Management, Cornell Capital, and Warburg Pincus. The additional funds will support Monolith’s further development of commercial-scale, clean hydrogen manufacturing technology. According to the company, Monolith Materials is the first U.S. manufacturer to produce “green hydrogen” on a commercial scale using its proprietary methane pyrolysis process. This allows the production of clean, economically sustainable hydrogen using 100% renewable energy. Monolith Materials plans to collaborate with SK on expanding global markets for green hydrogen while also working with NextEra Energy Resources on North America growth opportunities.

Monolith Materials is currently in the operating stage of its first commercial-scale carbon black production facility in Hallam, Nebraska. The new facility uses renewable electricity to convert natural gas into carbon black and hydrogen. Monolith also recently announced plans to produce clean ammonia at a second phase production facility nearby.

June 4, 2021

Cabot raising carbon black prices and adding feedstock surcharge

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:57 pm

On June 1, Cabot Corporation announced a price increase for all carbon black products sold by its Reinforcement Materials segment in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, effective July 1, 2021, or as customer contracts allow. All Black Pearls®, CRX®, Endure®, Propel®, Regal®, Sterling®, Spheron® and Vulcan® carbon black products will increase by €115 per metric ton, in addition to any applicable index-related adjustments. According to a press release announcing the move, the price increase is necessary to address rising costs associated with manufacturing, regulatory and environmental compliance, packaging, and logistics.

This increase in the EMEA region follows a previous announcement on May 12 that Cabot was raising prices by $0.06 per pound on all carbon black products sold by its Reinforcement Materials segment in North America, effective July 1, 2021, or as customer contracts allow. According to Cabot’s press release, this price increase is necessary to address the increasing costs to provide reliability and supply assurance to customers as the industry continues to rebound strongly from the COVID-19 crisis and experiences rising utilizations in line with long-term fundamentals. At the same time, Cabot is investing approximately $200 million in NOX and SO2 reduction projects to meet requirements related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national enforcement initiative to control air emissions from carbon black manufacturing facilities. Cabot’s operating costs are increasing substantially as these systems are put into service to meet industry deadlines in 2021 and 2022. In addition, Cabot is making significant investments in its manufacturing network to maintain and enhance equipment reliability to meet strong customer demand even at high plant utilizations.

In addition to the price increase, effective for all shipments made on or after July 1, 2021, to the extent allowed under customer contracts, Cabot will apply a feedstock surcharge of $0.05 per pound to all carbon black products sold by its Reinforcement Materials segment in North America. This replaces the previously announced feedstock surcharge of $0.03 per pound that was effective as of October 1, 2019. According to Cabot, the increased feedstock surcharge is necessary to address the rising premiums for rubber carbon black feedstock relative to fuel oil indices in North America. These premiums are being driven by changes in the crude oil refining industry, which in turn has been affected by the IMO 2020 regulations, reduced demand for gasoline since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, and several severe weather events.

June 3, 2021

Birla Carbon raising carbon black prices in Americas

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 8:05 am

On June 3, Birla Carbon (Marietta, GA) announced a price increase for all products produced in the Americas by US$170/ton. All shipments made on or after this date are subject to the increase. In a press release, Birla Carbon said that the increase is attributable to increasing costs in freight, logistics, and overall operations, as well as investments required to meet environmental regulations and ensuring sustainable operation of our facilities.

June 2, 2021

European Carbon Black Summit postponed until 2022

Filed under: Carbon Black, Conferences — Notch @ 10:38 pm

The European Carbon Black Summit scheduled for June 23-24, 2021 in Frankfurt, Germany has been postponed until June 2022 due to continuing travel restrictions associated with COVID-19. Final dates and additional details as they are announced.

May 25, 2021

Birla Carbon and Circtec team up to introduce new carbon black line based on recovered material

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:36 am

On May 25, Birla Carbon (Mumbai, India & Marietta, GA) and Circtec, a leader in pyrolysis technology based in the UK, signed a long-term supply agreement for a new line of “sustainable carbonaceous materials” made from recycled tires. The new product line will be called Continua.

To support the venture, Circtec is setting up a new flagship production plant in the Netherlands based on the company’s proprietary production process. According to the company, this will be the largest, most sustainable and most efficient pyrolysis plant in Europe. It is expected to begin production by the end of 2022. While putting millions of tires through the pyrolysis recycling process, the Circtec plant will have a total annual production capacity of 73,000 tons of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials by 2026, making it the largest single source of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials and also of product-grade renewable fuels from the pyrolysis of end-of-life tires.

Commenting on the association, Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon, said in a press release, “Our commitment to sustainability over the last decade has seen Birla Carbon bring more and more innovation-focused solutions to our customers. This partnership with Circtec is a big step towards product circularity in our value chain and bringing our customers’ sustainability aspirations closer to reality. Through our collaboration with Circtec, we will become the largest suppliers of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials in the world, weaving together technology expertise and customized solutions”.

Allen Timpany, co-founder and CEO of Circtec, said in the press release, “Our long-term alliance with Birla Carbon is instrumental to our objective to build a leading global business in the low-carbon circular economy.”

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Circtec’s process, conducted according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, demonstrates that, at full capacity, 228,000 tonnes of direct and indirect CO2 emissions will be eliminated on an annual basis when compared to the conventional carbon black process.

May 20, 2021

Tire industry group launches sustainability roadmap

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:13 pm

On May 18, the Tire Industry Project (TIP), a consortium of 11 leading tire companies, announced a roadmap to address the tire industry’s sustainability goals through 2030. The project is part of the Sustainability Development Goals (SGDs), which were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and societal issues by 2030.

The new report, Sustainability Driven: Accelerating Impact with the Tire Sector SDG Roadmap, was produced by the 11 member companies of TIP in consultation with value-chain stakeholders. The members of the Tire Industry Project (in alphabetical order) are, Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper Tire, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho Tire, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo Rubber, Toyo Tires, and Yokohama Rubber.

The Roadmap identifies how the tire value chain interacts with the Sustainability Development Goals, as well as the areas where the tire sector can have the most significant impact and the key actions to scale and accelerate the tire industry’s contribution to the SDGs. The Roadmap was produced in consultation with a range of global stakeholders including industry associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and subject matter experts, along with support from consultancy firm ERM.

May 18, 2021

Orion raising specialty black prices

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:21 pm

Last week, Orion Engineered Carbons announced it will raise pricing for its specialty carbon black products by up to 20 percent globally, effective July 1, 2021, or as soon as individual contracts allow, for all shipments on or after that date. The company said that the price increase is necessary due to continuous higher demand for its specialty products, as well as sharply rising global raw material and supply chain costs.

April 26, 2021

Carbon Black Asia Pacific conference postponed until 2022

Filed under: Carbon Black, Conferences — Notch @ 9:36 pm

The Carbon Black: Perspective in Asia Pacific conference originally scheduled to be held in Singapore from October 27-29, 2021 has been postponed until November 9-11, 2022. The location will remain Singapore. Organizers made the difficult decision due to travel restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those entering Singapore.

The Carbon Black World conference, which is organized by Smithers, will be held September 14-15, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This conference was delayed from fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

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