Tokai Carbon building new carbon black plant in Thailand
7 Sep 2022
Manufacturer to relocate existing production operations to Rayong site by April 2025
Bangkok – Thai Tokai Carbon Product Co., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based graphite products manufacturer Tokai Carbon, has announced plans to build a new carbon black production facility in Rayong, southern Thailand.
The company is set to start construction on the THB9.9 billion (€270 million) plant by July 2023 and complete the project by April 2025, said Tokai in a statement 6 Sept.
Once completed, Tokai will relocate operations from its existing 180 kilotonne-per-annum (ktpa) plant in Sriracha, to the facility which will be located at the LK Rubber industrial city hub.
Spanning an area of over 200,000 square metres, the new manufacturing plant will also have the capacity to produce 180ktpa of rubber blacks.
Tokai has been operational in Thailand since 1989 and manufactures carbon black for tire and rubber reinforcement.
In its latest statement, the supplier said demand for its carbon black products had increased “significantly” in the region in recent years due to the expansion of the automotive industry.
Tokai currently has a long-term lease agreement for its existing plant site in Thailand but has decided to establish a “more sustainable” supply platform by relocating to a new land owned by the company.
The new facility, Tokai said, will be equipped with “cutting-edge technologies” to achieve higher productivity and quality with lower environmental impact.