Orion Announces Price Increases
Global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has recently announced that it will be increasing its prices for all rubber carbon black products manufactured in Europe and the Americas by 20%.
“This price adjustment reflects increased manufacturing costs, environmental control investments and operating costs, as well as continued investments to ensure reliable supply,” said Orion CEO Corning Painter.
“Given the increased cost of feedstocks, payment terms need to be reduced to acceptable working capital levels. This will enable us to continue to deliver stable and reliable supplies to our customers.”
Payment terms will be reduced by at least 50% to conform with updated standards across the different regions. The changes will be effective for all shipments on or after Aug. 1, 2022, or as contracts permit.
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In August 2021, Orion announced that it had partnered with researchers to develop and produce renewable carbon black.
The collaboration with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden reportedly represents a step toward more climate-neutral carbon black production by aiming to replace traditional carbon black feedstock with pyrolysis oil from biomass oil.
According to the company, it plans to convert the biomass oil into carbon black using its small-scale furnace reactor in Kalscheuren, Germany, and will explore ways to upscale the process to match market demands.
In addition, RISE will evaluate the use of electrofuels, such as plasma or hydrogen from electrolysis, as sustainable heat sources for the carbon black process, at its pilot-scale reactor at its site in Piteå, Sweden.
Orion’s project goal is to validate commercial products based on this research.
In 2018, the company announced that it had acquired Société du Noir d'Acétylène de l'Aubette, SAS (SN2A) from LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. and its French affiliate. The acetylene carbon black supplier was noted to be a perfect fit with Orion’s focus on Specialty Carbon Blacks.
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.