Through innovation and collaboration, Share the Future is a roadmap to results, driving forward our actions to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We seek to reduce our impact beyond direct operations by supporting, and collaborating with, customers and suppliers to achieve similar sustainable progress.
By focusing on our people, products, and processes, we have made significant progress toward circularity.
A complete range from BC to Specialty and ASTM carbon blacks; High quality and excellent performance that exceeds customer requirements; Considerable production and supply capacity; Customer engagement and support.
Birla Carbon is the world’s leading sustainable manufacturer and supplier of carbon black additives. Our global presence ensures that our carbon black is of the highest quality worldwide, delivering a consistent product wherever our customers are. Whether an established formulation or a custom solution, Birla Carbon is the right partner with the right product for superior performance in any application for tires, specialty blacks and mechanical rubber goods.
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Our line of patented carbon blacks has been designed to improve treadwear and rolling resistance while maintaining traction, in addition to lowering the hysteresis of non-tread compounds. Applications include racing and ultra-high performance tires, passenger and truck treads, and non-tread tire compounds.
Our specialty black solutions provide black pigment for exceptional color and properties including UV protection, viscosity and conductivity that dramatically improve form and function in plastics, coatings, inks and niche applications.
We offer high-quality rubber black options that give you the ideal combination of enhanced performance and cost-effectiveness. Applications include sealing systems, belts, hoses, gaskets, and molded parts.
GLOBAL CAPABILITIES, GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
As the world’s largest producer and supplier of carbon black, Birla Carbon delivers effective solutions anywhere and anytime you need to help you succeed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Without carbon black, a rubber tire wouldn’t last more than 100 km.
Birla Carbon, a global leader in the production of high-quality carbon black solutions, will participate in The Battery Show Europe 2023, to be held from May 23 – 25, 2023, at Messe Stuttgart, Germany. Birla Carbon will exhibit at Booth 8-G63.
Birla Carbon has revealed that its plant in Italy has been granted International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). This will enable the manufacturer and supplier of carbon black to supply its sustainable materials globally.
Carbon black refers to engineered carbon nanoparticles that are fused together to form unique 3-dimensional aggregates. Carbon black, in its pure form, is a fine black powder. It is produced by partial burning and pyrolysis of oil residues or natural gas at high temperatures under controlled process conditions. Carbon black is different from charcoal. Carbon black has a complex particulate structure that is formed in a gas phase produced from fully pyrolyzed hydrocarbons at high temperatures. Charcoal is produced by the pyrolysis of wood or other carbonaceous materials at lower temperatures and is in bulk or milled powder form. Due to their structural and morphological differences, they have distinctly different performances.
Carbon black is usually made from hydrocarbon oils, e.g., refined coal tar or heavy petroleum oil, or natural gas. Hydrocarbons derived from recycled tires, and biomass, e.g., wood, etc., are gaining increasing attention as sustainable sources of feedstock.
Carbon black is a vital component in making many of the products we use every day strong, appealing, durable and safe. Some of these solutions include tires, automotive weatherstrip and belts, plastic parts, coatings, inks and sealants. For example, tires without reinforcing carbon black would not run over 100 miles. As a pigment, carbon black offers desired color strength for applications ranging from electronic enclosures to automotive coatings, and household appliances. Carbon black imparts UV durability to rubber and plastic goods to ensure their service life for a few decades. As an electrically conductive additive, carbon black renders insulative rubber and plastic materials antistatic, electrodissipative or conductive to provide safety and protection, and thereby reliability for mining, electronic packaging, and wire and cable applications, to name a few.
In principle, carbon black can be stored for many years in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated location. According to ATM D 8043 Standard Guide for Carbon Black — Shelf Life, “the shelf life of carbon black is defined as indefinite when stored in a manner that protects it from liquid water or high humidity environments. The only two properties of carbon black known to change over time are moisture and Iodine number. The moisture content can change over the short-term (weeks or months), depending on the ambient humidity and the surface area of the carbon black. Iodine number can change over an extended period (years) due to a slow increase in the oxygen content on the surface of the carbon black.” However, “the slight change in Iodine Number over an extended period does not affect actual surface area properties and in-rubber performance of the carbon black.”
Detailed guidelines may be found in carbon black’s safety datasheet (SDS) provided by the manufacturer or supplier, or in Carbon Black User’s Guide provided by ICBA (International Carbon Black Association).
Below are a few examples: 1) Avoid dust formation; do not breathe dust; provide appropriate local exhaust to minimize dust formation; do not use compressed air; 2) Take precautionary measures against static discharges; 3) Maintain safe work practices, including the elimination of potential ignition sources in proximity to carbon black dust, good housekeeping to minimize accumulation of dust, and appropriate exhaust ventilation design and maintenance to control airborne dust levels, etc.; 4) Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practices.5) Use process enclosures and/or exhaust ventilation to keep airborne dust concentrations 6) Wear appropriate PPEs. e.g., respirators, masks, safety glasses or goggles, protective glove, and clothing, etc.
The industry has made tremendous progress in recovering carbon black for re-usage. One of the examples is to reclaim carbon black from post-consumer tires and reuse it for tires or other applications. After years of extensive research and development, Birla Carbon has introduced ContinuaTM Sustainable Carbonaceous Material (SCM) to make circularity a reality. Please visit https://www.birlacarbon.com/continua/ or contact a Birla Carbon representative for details.
The certificate of analysis (COA) provided by the manufacturer or supplier summarizes a carbon black product’s key properties, including iodine or nitrogen surface area, structure (OAN), cleanliness (sieve residue). that the COA may be used as a starting point to assess if the product meets quality requirements. Please contact a Birla Carbon representative for assistance.