MOSCOW (MRC) -- Cabot Corporation (Boston, Massachusetts) announces the groundbreaking of a new specialty compounds facility in Cilegon, Indonesia, according to SpecialChem.
The new facility is co-located with Cabot’s existing carbon black manufacturing site and will add 20,000 metric tons of annual global capacity for specialty compounds, including black masterbatch and conductive compounds.
It is expected that the facility will be operational at the end of 2022. The new capacity will provide a reliable, local supply to support the increasing need for specialty compounds in the rapidly growing masterbatch and conductive compounds market in Southeast Asia and globally.
The specialty compounds facility will incorporate Cabot’s latest technology advances into the plant design and operations. Additionally, being co-located with Cabot’s existing carbon black facility will enable Cabot to utilize integrated site economics through manufacturing efficiencies and reduced waste, including the use of recovered waste-heat energy from the carbon black facility.
This demand is driven by economic growth in the region as well as the evolving mobility landscape, increases in sustainable infrastructure developments and a rise in the production of electrical devices to support global connectivity needs.
This will reduce the environmental impact of the project in alignment with Cabot’s recently announced ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
“As a global leader in black masterbatch and conductive compounds, we are pleased to break ground on this new facility to expand our global reach and better serve our customers in the region and around the world,” said Aaron Johnson, senior vice president and president, formulated solutions.
“This new facility will enable us to meet the growing needs of our customers for innovative solutions that improve performance of their products and support their sustainability needs. Furthermore, we are proud that this facility will incorporate state-of-the-art technologies and energy reuse to help us achieve our sustainability goals and net zero ambitions,” added Johnson.
As MRC reported earlier, in December 2016, Cabot Corporation announced a planned investment in new capacity to enhance its production capabilities for plastic formulations specifically for conductive compounds and masterbatches for engineering thermoplastic applications. The strategic investment at its manufacturing facility in Pepinster, Belgium was to support continued growth of Cabot’s Specialty Compounds business which aligns with Cabot’s broader strategy to drive application innovation and develop in the area of formulation solutions.
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Cabot Corporation is an American specialty chemicals and performance materials company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company operates in over 20 countries with 36 manufacturing plants, eight research and development facilities and 28 sales offices.