July 1, 2022: Carbon additives company Birla Carbon announced on May 31 it was investing in a combined production capacity expansion of 200 kilotonnes across key markets.
Birla said the expansion would cover markets in Europe, India, and China in support of rubber and speciality applications. The expansions should be finished by 2024.
The expansion plans follow the company’s May 16 announcement that its prices for all carbon black products manufactured in North America would increase by 15% from July 1.
Group director Santrupt Misra said the unspecified investment marked “another milestone in the transformational journey” of the company.
“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.”
“The availability of our unique products to customers 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 speciality applications, security of supply, or consistent quality… the new capacity will enable us to sustainably serve growth in a range of segments including tyres, rubber goods, plastics, coatings, and other speciality markets.”