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ADDITIVES | CARBON BLACK


Above: Bolder industries plans to expand rCB capacity at its facility at


Maryville in the US by 200%


products is said to stretch well beyond its planned capacity, with interest from as far as Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. The company says its product can be found in more 300 plastic and rubber products, with use split roughly 50/50. It cites existing applications in wearables, indoor and outdoor gear, accessories, instruments, and furniture and says it has more than 100 additional product evaluations underway.


M&A activity


Also looking to be making progress in rCB is Canadian company Klean Industries. In 2018, it acquired a shuttered pyrolysis facility at Boardman, in Oregon in the US, that was previously owned by ReKlaim (a joint venture partner of Pyrolyx). It plans to use the facility to prove its own technology on an industrial scale. Last November, Klean Industries acquired


Right: The market is “curious” to explore opportunities for circular recycled


carbon black products, says Ampacet


Carbon Resources Recovery (CRR), which is based in Berlin in Germany. According to Wolfersdorff Consulting, CRR operates a series of rotary kilns at Bukowno in Poland, supplying local masterbatch companies with rCB. The company says these are running in 24 hour operation 365 days a year. Klean says the combination of the two compa-


nies makes it a world leading tyre pyrolysis technol- ogy company with a combined IP portfolio that is “second to none in the tire pyrolysis recycling sector.” It says that CRR already had the largest fully continuous, commercial scale facility operating in Europe. Now branded as part of Klean’s technol- ogy portfolio, it says that means the company now has plants in operation in Asia, South America and Europe. Klean says it also plans to start up a number of additional facilities in the US. Traditional carbon black suppliers are also taking a close look at what can be done in the rCB sector. Orion Engineered Carbons, for example, is involved in the EU BlackCycle project.


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Masterbatch interest Some leading supplies of black masterbatch for plastics have already dipped their toes into the rCB waters.Avient (formerly PolyOne) has been taking material from Bolder Industries for several months and Ampacet and Modern Dispersions are also among the early adopters: Ampacet introduced its Rec-O-Black 216 masterbatch — which uses not only carbon black from recycled rubber products at a level of 40% but also recycled polyethylene for the carrier resin — in 2016; Modern Dispersions launched its EcoBlack product the same year. Last year,Cabot launched its TechBlak 85 masterbatches, which are made from post-industrial carbon black and recycled polymers. And Brazilian company Cromex said it is using rCB from tyre recycler Polimix Ambiental to produce masterbatches in a range of carriers. Commenting on its introduction of the Rec-O-


Black product line, Ampacet Strategic Business Manager François Thibeau says: “The market is very curious about this kind of development as it responds to needs of the circular economy: re-use, repair and recycling…Rec-O-Black provides very good opacity in finished articles. Opacity data may slightly vary upon the nature and quality of the feedstock used to generate the recycled black pigment but overall there is no compromise in terms of quality.”


Bolder Industries has also integrated into masterbatch production, according to Wolfersdorff Consulting. “Kylos is a new brand we are working with that was created by a customer. It is a brand dedicated to sustainability and all of its products contain BolderBlack and use recycled resin. Kylos also allows us to provide sustainable masterbatch solutions to plastic compounders and other plastic manufacturers who reach out,” says Bolder CEO Tony Wibbeler.


Wibbeler says the Kylos brand has not yet been


IMAGE: BOLDER INDUSTRIES


IMAGE: AMPACET


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