Cabot Corporation Breaks Ground on Indonesian Carbon Black Expansion Project. The new project will add 80,000 metric tons of carbon black capacity to the existing Cilegon manufacturing site
Carbon Black Capacity Increased by Cabot
Cabot Corporation has marked the groundbreaking of its previously announced carbon black capacity expansion project in Cilegon, Indonesia. This phase of the project will add approximately 80,000 metric tons of additional annual production capacity and is expected to be completed in 2021.
The new capacity from this project will provide a reliable, local, high-quality supply to serve the increasing carbon black demand in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, which is growing at four to five per cent per year.
“As the largest player in the global carbon black market, we are uniquely positioned to expand our global footprint to serve the needs of our customers around the world better,” said Bart Kalkstein, Senior Vice President and President, Reinforcement Materials. “We are pleased with the progress we have made in our capacity expansion programme to date. We are looking forward to completing this additional investment of Cabot’s latest technology, which will enable us to continue providing a reliable source of high-quality carbon black to meet the ever-growing needs of our customers in the Southeast Asia market.”
The expansion in Cilegon is part of a more extensive global capacity expansion and debottlenecking project announced in May 2018. Cabot has made significant progress towards its stated goal of expanding global carbon black manufacturing capacity by 300,000 metric tons and will have reached this goal upon commissioning of this new capacity. This capacity increase is enabling Cabot to support the growth of its tyre, industrial rubber and speciality carbons customers worldwide.