Birla Carbon Brazil ‘Shares the Strength’ with the local community

In October 2022, the Camaçari Plant at Birla Carbon Brazil donated around 30 office chairs to a local entity. The action was an initiative from the unit with the support of the COFIC - Camaçari Industrial Promotion Committee to the ‘Moradores do Entroncamento de Dias D’Avila Association’ which works with the neighborhood population of Dias D’Avila city, closer to the Plant.

Birla Carbon Italy partners with La Cometa to ‘Share the Strength’

In October 2022, Birla Carbon Italy (BCI) joined hands with La Cometa. This local association provides help to people with disabilities or those who live in difficult social and economic conditions. The association offers jobs that help people earn their daily bread and live with dignity.

Birla Carbon Germany sponsors table tennis teams

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Birla Carbon Germany sponsored a table tennis team. In October 2022, Cedric Lindner, Finance, Hannover office, Birla Carbon, volunteered to train the team in his spare time. (present in the center of the photograph here). The kids were divided into four teams for full and better participation from the club.

Birla Carbon Spain supports local football club in Spain

On June 3, 2022, a large representation of the Pontejos Football Club visited the Birla Carbon Spain facility and thanked the team for their support to the club, which has been at the risk of closing due to Covid-19 since 2020.

Employees of Birla Carbon Hungary donate to Ukrainian refugees

Birla Carbon Hungary is located 148 kms from the Ukrainian border. With Ukraine engulfed in the war for more than a month, the employees of Birla Carbon Hungary came forward to donate essential items to the refugees of Ukraine throughout the month of March 2022.

Birla Carbon Italy employees donate to Ukraine’s hospitals

On March 15, 2022, Birla Carbon Italy collected certain items from its employees for donating to the hospitals in Ukraine. Engulfed in war, many lives have been lost, and many more have been severely affected due to the ongoing tensions in the country. The hospitals in Ukraine are in need of medical devices to cater to those in need of medical attention.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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. 


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