Birla Carbon Announces 150kMT Capacity Expansions
Marietta, Georgia, USA and Mumbai, India – July 17, 2018 – Birla Carbon today announced expansions in multiple regions to support customers in the growing carbon black market.
Significant debottlenecking at Birla Carbon’s factories in Egypt and Italy before the end of Q3 2018; restarting a production line in Thailand by the end of Q4 2018; and installing of new production lines in India with a start date of Q4 2019 will enable it to raise its capacities considerably. In total, Birla Carbon will be adding 150kMT per annum of new capacity on line over the next 18 months. Furthermore, the company is prepared to expand at its newest plant in China by an additional 120kMT at the opportune time.
Comments Dr. Santrupt Misra, Chief Executive Officer, “Birla Carbon is committed to supporting our customers’ growing needs in all geographies. Implementation of these projects are underway after a series of development initiatives were identified to meet market requirements.” He further shares, “We have leveraged our latest technology to ensure the highest quality products and most reliable operations.”
Adds John Loudermilk, Chief Operating Officer, “The new capacities will enable us to serve a range of segments including production capability for high value, differentiated products in the tire, rubber goods, and specialty markets.”
Birla Carbon is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of high quality carbon black and a flagship business of the US$ 44.3 billion Aditya Birla Group. The Company’s footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities. Birla Carbon provides a complete portfolio of products across ASTM grades and specialty blacks to meet the specific end requirements across Tires, Rubber, Plastics, Coatings, Inks and other niche industries. The world’s leading companies are among its customers.