Sustainable carbon black solutions provider Birla Carbon has revealed it will carry out a 200kMT capacity expansion across key global markets. The expansion is estimated to be complete in 2024.
Based on customer feedback and demand, Birla Carbon’s expansion will support rubber and specialty applications and will cover markets in Europe, India and China.
The expansion will consist of a further 80kMT in India, 40kMT in Hungary and 80kMT in China, all of which are aligned with customer growth plans. Furthermore, Birla will add capacity for surface treatment of high-value specialty materials in India.
“This investment marks yet another milestone in the transformational journey of Birla Carbon in recent times,” said Dr Santrupt Misra, group director, Birla Carbon. “From sustainability to circularity and finally, to its net zero carbon emissions aspiration, Birla Carbon has led changes in the industry, creating new benchmarks in line with customer and industry expectations.
“Birla Carbon will continue to focus on building new capabilities and enhancing the availability of carbon black across key regions, further consolidating its global leadership.”
“We have been listening to our customers expressing their desire to grow around the world,” said John Loudermilk, chief executive officer, Birla Carbon. “The availability of our unique products is a critical component of their growth plans as we all seek to simplify and secure supply chains. Whether it is unique, highly specialized processes to tailor materials for specialty applications, security of supply, or consistent quality, Birla Carbon aims to achieve a seamless availability of our world-class products and services for customers. The new capacity will enable us to sustainably serve growth in a range of segments including tire, rubber goods, plastics, coatings, and other specialty markets.”
The company states it will continue to evaluate additional expansions in other locations in line with its Share the Strength vision.