Kingwood, Texas – Orion Engineered Carbons LLC and HB Chemical Corporation have signed a letter of intent to establish HB Chemical as a distributor for Orion Rubber Carbon Black products in North America.
According to an Orion announcement on 24 Nov, the companies expect to finalise the arrangement in 30 days.
Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, HB Chemical has warehouses throughout the US and in Toronto, Canada.
It will distribute the full line of Orion Carbon Blacks for the rubber market, including new Ecorax grades for truck tire carcass compounds and Sable products for manufactured rubber goods.
“HB Chemical has an exceptional reputation in the US rubber market,” said Jose Briones, Orion marketing manager ‒ Rubber.
“It is recognised in the industry for its knowledge of rubber technology and science, and understanding of the market.”
In addition to that, Briones said, HB Chemical sells many other chemicals and additives products that complement carbon black.
“Partnering with Orion allows us to offer customers a North American-made, high quality product rather than Asian material,” HB Chemical President Jeff Rand.
Rand added that Orion carbon blacks will be flagship items for the distributorship.