News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 5, 2019

Construction of Nokian’s Tennessee tire factory on schedule

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:34 am

Eighteen months after breaking ground on its first North American tire facility, Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is on schedule to begin producing tires commercially by early 2020.

“It’s amazing to see what the construction team has accomplished in such a short time,” said Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory Operations Director Peter Chia. “Our rapid progress is a result of tremendous collaboration between several important partners.”

“When we were recruiting this project, our goal was to strengthen the community and our economic base,” said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. “It has exceeded our expectations with how quickly we have seen economic growth as a result. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Four hundred workers at the Dayton Factory will produce approximately four million tires per year once the facility reaches full capacity. The company expects to hire as many as 200 of them by the end of the year.

Read the full press release here.

Prinx Chengshan breaks ground for Thailand factory

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:03 am

Chinese tire company Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd. has broken ground for its new manufacturing plant in Thailand. Production is projected to begin in mid-2020.

The tire maker is investing nearly US$300 million in infrastructure and production equipment for the first stage of production. The plant will adopt leading tire industry design philosophy and be set up according to artificial intelligence manufacturing standards. When the facility’s first stage is completed, it will be capable of producing 4 million passenger car tires and 800,000 all-steel truck and bus radials per year.

Prinx Chengshan expects the new facility to consolidate and expand its global production capacity, boost its international competitiveness, and better meet the needs of overseas customers.

“The establishment of the first overseas production base in WHA ESIE 3 in Thailand is a major step for the expansion of Prinx Chengshan,” said Che Hong Zhi, chairman of the board of directors of Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holdings Co. Ltd. and chairman of the board of Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd. He said investment in Thailand, “is an important step in forging Prinx Chengshan’s internationalized brand. It is also a favorable exploration to deepen the good-neighborly and friendly relations between China and Thailand, and promote the friendly economic exchanges between China and Thailand.”

April 4, 2019

Cabot increases prices for specialty carbon blacks in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:07 pm

Effective May 2, 2019, or as contracts allow, Cabot Corporation will increase prices for specialty carbon black products by up to 8 percent in North America.

This price increase is necessary to offset rising raw material costs and invest in technology to enhance supply reliability and comply with environmental regulations.

Read the full press release here.

March 25, 2019

Birla announces carbon black price increase for North America

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:16 am

On March 22, Birla Carbon announced that effective May 1, 2019 it will increase base prices for all carbon black products in North America by $170/MT. All shipments made on or after this date are subject to the price increase. Adjustments for customers with supply agreements will be implemented as agreements are renewed. According to the company, this increase is made necessary by capital requirements and increased operating cost associated with meeting emission limits in the United States and the increasing cost of compliance elsewhere in North America.

Here is the announcement.

March 22, 2019

New Danish pyrolysis plant will recycle 30,000 tons of tires a year

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:05 pm

The Danish company Elysium Nordic is building its first pyrolysis plant in Nyborg, Denmark, and it will be operational by 2021. The plant will be able to recover more than 9,000 tons of carbon black from 30,000 tons of ELT.

“We want to help create a more circular and thus far more sustainable and economically sound approach to the management of waste tires. With this facility we have taken the first step,” says Jens Elton Andersen, CEO of WindSpace, the team behind Elysium Nordic.

Read the full press release here (original in Danish).

March 21, 2019

Birla Carbon to launch new product at 2019 European Coatings show

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:41 pm

Birla Carbon has announced that it will be adding a new product to their family of Raven® carbon black products.

The new solution, called Raven 5100 Ultra®, will help customers achieve unseen jetness levels in waterborne systems, superior performance, and improved formulation costs.

“Our new Raven 5100 Ultra is the result of the transformative energy we’re experiencing at Birla Carbon. We’re constantly innovating to drive new ideas into market, so we can ultimately deliver better customer experiences,” said Todd Cottrell, President of Birla Carbon’s Specialty Blacks business. “This is just the beginning, and with our expanding global footprint, we look forward to serving more customers with our expertly crafted solutions.”

The company plans to launch the new offering at the upcoming European Coatings show in Nuremberg, Germany in March. The European Coatings show focuses on trends and technologies across all aspects of the production of paints, coatings, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives.

Read the full press release here.

Toyota to recall 3,643 cars in China for safety concern over run-flat tires

Filed under: Run-flats — Notch @ 12:24 pm

Japanese automaker Toyota will recall 3,643 cars in China for safety concern over run-flat tires, according to the country’s market regulator.

In accordance with a recall plan Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co Ltd filed with the State Administration for Market Regulation, the move will involve 2,396 imported Lexus LS500h manufactured between June 14, 2017 to July 18, 2018, and 1,247 imported Lexus LS350 produced between Nov 23, 2017 to July 18, 2018.

The affected vehicles were equipped with run-flat tires, which were not installed on the wheel hubs properly. This may lead to abnormal noise or vibration of the vehicles, the Japanese automaker said.

The company will replace the defective tires free of charge.

Enviro sees growth potential in North America

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:08 pm

Recovered carbon black manufacturer Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B. has its sights set on North America, a region where it sees great potential for growth as it moves forward with joint venture initiatives.

With joint venture projects with EE TDF Cleveland L.L.C of Cleveland, Texas, and Treadcraft Ltd., near Buffalo, N.Y., progressing as planned, Enviro is seeking a third U.S.-based opportunity in Maryland.

In Canada, Enviro has signed a memorandum of understanding with Regina, Saskatchewan-based ArticCan Energy Services Inc.

The Swedish recycling company believes there is more room for growth in both countries.

“There are several reasons why we are more active than ever in North America. The market’s need for carbon black is expected to increase as the establishment of virgin production is becoming increasingly difficult due to stricter regulations and penalties, implemented to overcome the environmental problems created by the existing carbon black production”, says Thomas Sörensson.

Read the full press release here.

Cabot to implement feedstock surcharge for carbon black products

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:55 am

Cabot Corp. will begin applying a feedstock surcharge of 1 cent per pound to all carbon black products sold in North America as of April 1.

According to a recent press release, the move comes in response to “significant carbon black feedstock costs, which are not fully reflected in fuel oil price indices.”

The surcharge will enable Cabot to “remain a reliable supplier of high-quality carbon black products and meet growing demand in the region.”

Read the full press release here.

Updated EU tire label to include snow and ice grip information

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:42 am

The EU is updating its rules on the energy performance labeling of tires and extending its scope to tires for heavy-duty vehicles. The labels will be displayed more visibly for consumers and include information on snow and ice grip.

“The new rules will benefit customers, who can make an informed choice on the safety and fuel efficiency of their tires. They will also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the road sector and thereby help the EU meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement,” said Anton Anton, Minister for Energy of Romania and chair of the Council.

Read the full press release here.

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