Cabot Corporation has held the groundbreaking for its carbon black capacity expansion project in Cilegon, Indonesia. The project will add around 80,000 metric tonnes to the existing production and is expected to be completed in 2021.
Upon completion, it will supply local, high-quality products to serve the increasing carbon black demand in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, which is growing at four to five percent per year. Through this expansion, Cabot wants to support the growth of its tyre, industrial rubber and speciality carbons customers worldwide.
“As the largest player in the global carbon black market, we are uniquely positioned to expand our global footprint to better serve the needs of our customers in every region around the world. We are pleased with the progress we have made in our capacity expansion program to date and look 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,” said Bart Kalkstein, Senior Vice President and President, Reinforcement Materials.
Cabot has a target to expand carbon black manufacturing capacity by 300,000 metric tonnes.
Dixy Olyviardy, Managing Director, Cabot Asia Pacific South and President, Cabot Indonesia said, “Cabot has been fortunate for the support and partnership of the Indonesian government throughout our 30 years of business in Indonesia. As a pioneer of the automotive and infrastructure industries in Indonesia, Cabot has made significant contributions to the country. Indonesia is determined to be one of the major economic power in the coming decade, and this investment demonstrates our confidence and commitment to that goal.”