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CSRC partners with SHEICO to establish largest eco-friendly carbon black plant in North America

The board of directors of CSRC group approved a plan to partner with Eco Infinic Co., Ltd., a Thailand subsidiary of SHEICO group. The partnership aims to invest in the recovered carbon black (rCB) business at the original site of Continental Carbon Company (CCC) Phenix plant, jointly developing the North American market for recovered carbon black. This new plant is scheduled to commence production in 2026, and expected to become one of the largest recovered carbon black plants in North America.

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Harvard researchers increase fatigue threshold of reinforced rubber

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have increased the fatigue threshold of particle-reinforced rubber, developing a new, multiscale approach that allows the material to bear high loads and resist crack growth over repeated use. This approach could not only increase the longevity of rubber products such as tires but also reduce the amount of pollution from rubber particles shed during use.

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Cabot Corporation launches PROPEL E8 engineered reinforcing carbon black

Cabot Corporation announced the global launch of its new PROPEL® E8 engineered reinforcing carbon black designed to provide superior tread durability at low rolling resistance for high-performance tire tread applications. This new product addresses the unique challenges posed by the heavier weight and higher torque of electric vehicles (EVs) compared to traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The PROPEL E8 grade complements Cabot’s existing solutions within the PROPEL E series, which are also suitable for use in high-performance tires.

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Bringing circularity at scale to the rubber industry with sustainable carbonaceous material

Pyrolysis has been used as a means of recycling end-of-life tires or other post-industrial and/or consumer rubber products for several years. This process produces several valuable secondary raw materials that support the circular economy. One such material, sustainable carbonaceous material (SCM), can be used as a sustainable alternative to carbon black in many applications where traditional virgin carbon black is used. Although traditionally seen as suitable only for low value applications, recent advances allow the use of SCM in a wider range of higher value products. These advances are helping compounders and OEMs meet their sustainability targets by allowing the use of a higher percentage of sustainable materials in their formulations with minimal adjustments or loss in performance.

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Chloramine devulcanization: Setting new standards in carbon black and rubber recovery from end-of-life tires

A constantly developing automotive industry and the growing number of vehicles generate massive tire demand. The worldwide demand is expected to reach more than 3 billion units by 2025, with an indicated rise of 4% and an estimated sales forecast of $258 billion. Further management and recycling of end-of-life tires (ELTs) is still a critical challenge globally which needs to be overcome, since it produces severe land, water and air pollution. The development of low cost, environmentally benign and industrial scale tire recycling methods is gaining more attention, garnering much ongoing research to address the problem. However, due to the complex and heterogeneous three-dimensional structure of the tire, the development of efficient, industrial scale devulcanization technologies that can electively recover the main components of the tire, such as carbon black and rubber, is rare.

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Carbon black specifically designed for tires and rubber goods in the EV market

The concept of an electric vehicle developed nearly 200 years ago, with European and U.S. inventors at the forefront. However, as the electric vehicle was sought after, so too was the gasoline powered vehicle, which had an improved internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles were favored, though, as they were rendered quiet and did not emit odorous gases like the other vehicle types. The ease of driving made it very popular among urban residents. Such advantages propelled vehicle sales in the early 1900s; although, despite such early popularity, electric vehicles just about faded by 1935, as gas became cheap and ever more abundant. Decades ensued, and it was not until global environmental concerns and the rise in oil prices that more research and development was dedicated to the electric vehicle.

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Naugard Bio-XL bio-sourced rubber curing ultra-accelerator for tire and technical rubber goods applications

Some products offered to the tire industry involve replacing existing technology with a renewable source-derived substitute. Tire companies themselves are also innovating new sustainable tire materials, such as the new sources of latex rubber under development by Continental and Bridgestone. Replacing reactive products, such as antioxidants, antiozonants and accelerators, may be considered more challenging, as this task involves inventing a new molecule versus replicating an existing structure with a renewable raw material source. The vulcanization process is a particularly challenging area for creating sustainable alternatives, since the reactivity of this chemical system is critical both to the manufacturing needs and to the performance of the rubber system.

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Birla Carbon to build new carbon black facilities in India and Thailand

Each of the new facilities will have an initial capacity of 120 kMT operational in 2025 with plans to expand to 240 kMT in the future. These two new greenfield sites will be prioritized based on their locations, demand dynamics in the region, and specific customer needs. Previously announced brownfield expansion plans in Hungary, as well as, the post treatment facility expanding Specialty capacity at Patalganga, India, are progressing on plan.

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