Carbon black makers in expansion mode

London –  Following plant closures by carbon black makers in the past few years, recent announcements suggest a reversal in the trend.

Birla Carbon, for instance, is opening a greenfield 120 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) carbon black production facility in Jining, Shandong province.

The company, which closed down a manufacturing plant in Germany and a production line in Alexandira, Egypt as recently as May 2016, said the Jining facility is set to expand to 240ktpa in phase 2, to “cater to the increasing requirements of top 4-5…

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