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Birla Carbon's Greenfield facility in China commences operation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Jining, China - Birla Carbon’s largest engagement in China, its Greenfield 120,000 metric tons carbon black project in Jining, Shandong Province, was inaugurated last week at the hands of Dr. Santrupt Misra, chief executive officer, Birla Carbon. Senior Chinese dignitaries, media, Aditya Birla Group and Birla Carbon senior management representatives graced the occasion. The Jining plant, which currently has an installed capacity of 120,000 metric tons, will expand to 240,000 metric tons in phase 2. Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla Group, said, “While the Aditya Birla Group has always had a presence in China, we have not leveraged the potential that both we as a group and China as a market place had to offer. We are delighted to have finally taken the right step to invest in a meaningful way in this great country of culture, history, and civilization.” He further stated, “The Jining plant is well ahead of its time, whether it be the manufacturing processes involved or the environmental standards, it follows. Everything that we have learned over our 150 plus years of manufacturing carbon black around the world has been poured into this facility. It is, in a manner of speaking, our magnum opus.” Speaking at this memorable occasion, Dr. Santrupt Misra, stated, “China has been awe inspiring for the world for many years and has emerged as a global showcase of economic dynamism. The automotive market in China is a vibrant one with every global major working to succeed in this market.” He further added, “As a carbon black leader, Birla Carbon is committed to driving innovations that fulfill the needs of our customers. A strong presence in many parts of the world puts us in a good position to support our customers anywhere around the globe”. “China is an important market for Birla Carbon in Far East Asia. Many of our customers are based out of China with operations across the rest of Asia. With the Jining facility, we now have the opportunity to address the needs of our Chinese customers from within China,” commented Sanjeev Sood, president, southeast and far east Asia region, Birla Carbon, and country head, Aditya Birla Group Affairs, Thailand “The Jining facility will cater to the increasing requirements of the top four to five growing tire manufacturers and multinational tire manufacturers in the region,” averred Sood. China is one of the largest and fastest-growing markets for carbon black with a forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.0 percent by 2021. The new production plant will exclusively cater to the Chinese customer base and will accommodate the growing demands for superior quality, technical solutions, and performance. The Birla Carbon Jining plant will produce traditional ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) grades and specific Birla Carbon grades for customers in China. The ASTM grades will focus on the tire industry while many of the Birla Carbon grades will support mechanical rubber goods and other customer requirements. Birla Carbon Jining will be an ‘energy positive’ plant. The plant has its own energy management system. The cogen facility will generate high-pressure steam and electricity which will first cater to captive consumption and have surplus electricity exported to the state grid. The plant's replacement of state grid electricity will contribute in reducing fossil fuel usage and subsequently emissions. The Jining facility uses state-of-the-art De-SOx and De-NOx boilers. These ultra-modern emission control capabilities are aligned to the Chinese environment norms to be adopted by 2021. Keeping sustainability as part of its global priorities, the Jining plant has been designed based on Birla Carbon’s Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) approach. Technology has been used to ensure direct CO2 emissions per metric ton of carbon black produced is much lower than the industry benchmark. The plant will operate at maximum efficiency at all times. Health, safety and environment (HSE) are another important aspect of the Jining facility. From the moment feedstock enters the plant until the finished carbon black product is delivered to the customer, the plant ensures all material is handled in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. - * Email


The Month in Review - Past 30 Days

Monday, September 25, 2017
ISO issues new standards to determine bio-based content of rubber products
Bridgestone donates $1 million to American Red Cross for hurricane relief
Nishikawa Rubber agrees to settle class-action lawsuit for price fixing
Showa Denko completes construction of BMC plant in China
BASF agrees to acquire Solvay's polyamides business for €1.6 billion

Friday, September 22, 2017
Goodyear acquires Ventech Systems GmbH
Book of the day - Rubber Molding Principles
Silicone defoamer market in India forecast to reach $299 million by 2024
Birla Carbon awarded 10 students from Kennesaw State University with sponsored scholarships
ASTM International president emphasizes partnerships at the general assembly of the ISO

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Reminder - International Elastomer Conference housing closes September 22
Liquid silicone rubber market to grow due to enhanced adoption for diverse end-use applications
Goodyear and Case Western Reserve launch shared mobility innovation competition
Silicone Elastomers and Thermoplastic Elastomers World Summits to be held November 28-29 in Munich
Researcher use acrylic elastomers to create flexible water-proof solar cells

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Columbia University researchers developed a silicone based 3D-printable synthetic soft muscle
AdvantaPure introduces AdvantaSil High Pressure unreinforced silicone tubing
Engel opens MuCell Competence Center for structural foam in Stuttgart
Technavio announces top five leading vendors in the global silicone elastomers market from 2017-2021
Global rubber coated fabrics market forecast to reach $2 billion by 2022

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Bridgestone Corporation named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index two years in a row
Michelin Scorcher tires are original equipment on select Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Global silicone elastomers market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.52 percent
Continental employee at Lincoln, NE, plant celebrates 50-year anniversary
Davis-Standard acquires Maillefer International

Monday, September 18, 2017
Tire manufacturers communicate industry contributions, key issues to congress
Bridgestone launches training program for data scientists
Toyo Tire unveils airless concept tire
International Rubber Study Group adds two new members
Chicago Rubber Group fall technical meeting planned
Apollo Tyres named official tire partner by the Crystal Palace Football Club

Friday, September 15, 2017
Global natural rubber industry output increased to 12.4 million tons in 2016
Bluestar Silicones will officially take the name Elkem Silicones
Book of the Day - Resistance and Stability of Polymers
Hexpol TPE to showcase thermoplastic elastomers for a safe and healthy environment at Fakuma 2017
Rubber Consultants updates key analytical instrument

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Global tractor tires market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.06 percent through 2022
Goodyear announces plans to create new Luxembourg facility for premium tires
Michigan Rubber Group announces November 1 technical meeting
Rubber Consultants scientists to present papers at International Elastomer Conference
Continental presents two tire technology concepts for greater safety and comfort

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Continental to introduce two new tire technology concepts at Frankfort Motor Show
DowDuPont revises its break-up plan
Troester appoints new CEO of its U.S. subsidiary
Global silicone market forecast to reach $20 billion by 2021
Bernal Industrial to represent Davis-Standard in Mexico

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
ZC Rubber expands into Europe with new offices in Germany
Birla Carbon's Greenfield facility in China commences operation
Malaysia to discuss the stability of rubber prices at International Rubber Tripartite Conference
Momentive Performance Materials files for $100 million initial public offering
Medical adhesive tapes market forecast to reach $8.76 billion by 2022

Monday, September 11, 2017
Teknor Apex to highlight Halguard for compliance with CPR at IWCS 2017
Yokohama has begun supplying Geolandar tires as original equipment for the new Jeep Compass
Goodyear announces intelligent tire trials and expands semi-autonomous fleet management solutions
ChemSpec to exhibit at the International Elastomer Conference
Michelin launches Pilot Sport 4 tires for India

Friday, September 08, 2017
Continental expands its agricultural tire business with technology and two new radial tires
Book of the day - Fatigue, Stress and Strain of Rubber Components, by Judson Bauman
Goodyear announces new senior leadership roles
Safic-Alcan expands partnership with Orion Engineered Carbons for European distribution
Nexen Tire to launch Hello Kitty tires in Japan

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Wacker Brazil celebrates 40th anniversary of its South American headquarters
ChemSpec now distributes Dow Walsroder nitrocellulose products in the U.S.
VMI opens new manufacturing facility in Poland
Apollo Tyres growing in European OE market
Fort Wayne Rubber Group technical meeting planned for September 14

Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Vystar expands product line and R&D development for deproteinized natural rubber
H.B. Fuller to acquire Royal Adhesives & Sealants for $1.575 billion
BASF increases prices for diols and derivatives in North America
New development extruder installed at Davis-Standard’s Pawcatuck lab
Bridgestone and JFE Steel develop vibration control device for building construction

Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Global rubber molding market forecast at CAGR of 5.3 percent through 2022
Roof coating market forecast to reach $1.94 billion by 2022
Bridgestone reminds parents to check tires for Baby Safety Month
4th Europe Rubber Processing Week 2017 to be held in Amsterdam
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. promotes Roy Bromfield to president and CEO
Goodyear expands innovation network to Silicon Valley

Monday, September 04, 2017
Toyoda Gosei to build new plant in Vietnam
Huber closes $630 million sale of silica business to Evonik Industries
The Emirate of Sharjah builds 1.3 km rubber walkway on beach
Liquid silicone rubber market forecast to reach $3.82 billion by 2026
CKR Carbon to provide Aukam graphite for testing in high performance tires in Europe

Friday, September 01, 2017
Explosions and smoke reported at Arkema's flooded facility north of Houston
BASF to increase the price of neopentylglycol in North America
Minnesota Rubber and Plastics announces website launch
Shin-Etsu to invest $21.8 million to expand silicone production capacity of Akron plant

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Rubber Division offering 20 percent off upcoming September training courses
Global EPDM market forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.36 percent through 2021
European specialty silicone supplier CHT Group acquires Michigan based ICM Silicones
Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers names Hexpol Compounding a 2017 Safety Award Winner.
Gluco announces new partnership with Multiplas

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Goodyear uses soybean oil-based rubber in tires
Smithers tire testing expert provides training to Chinese tire industry
Birla Carbon awarded gold rating by EcoVadis for second consecutive year
Sumitomo Rubber to merge with Dunlop Sports
Alliance Rubber partners with University of Sussex to infuse graphene into rubber

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Birla Carbon announces appointment of Mark Bass as regional president
Tire Industry Association 2017 board of directors election deadline is September 1
Sumitomo accelerates its development of specialized tires for electric vehicles
ExxonMobil purchases former Lion Copolymer SBR site in Baton Rouge, LA
Continental's Marysville conveyor belt plant celebrates 50th anniversary

Monday, August 28, 2017
Goodyear and United Steelworkers sign five-year contract
Yokohama Europe celebrates anniversary with a microsite of company's history
Nagase America acquires Fitz Chemical
Indonesia to trade rubber for Russian jets
Continental’s Halstead, KS, conveyor belt plant receives national safety award
Center for the Polyurethanes Industry announces finalists for 2017 polyurethane innovation award




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