Kolkata, India – Phillips Carbon Black Ltd (PCBL) has inaugurated a “state-of-the-art” research and development centre at its sites in Palej, Gujarat, in eastern India.
Spread over a land area of 27,000 square feet, the Sushila Goenka centre is to facilitate the development of new products required by the tire sector and other industries, the carbon black producer said 18 July.
The facility includes laboratories for carbon & carbon Nano-structure; carbon functionalisation; feedstock research; ‘interface & colloidal dispersion as well as plastic applications.
In addition to developing new products and processes, the new centre will also work in partnership with clients for customised products, according to PCBL.
The facility will primarily focus on the development of new products in the speciality business, including ink, coatings & plastics, materbatches, as well as customised rubber grades.
The unit currently employs 80 people and is headed by an unnamed “renowned American expert,” according to the PCBL release.
Operational since 1960, Phillips Carbon Black Ltd has an installed capacity of 571 kilotonnes per annum.
The company operates four plants in Durgapur, Kochi, Mundra and Palej, India.