Birla Carbon has been awarded a Platinum level rating by EcoVadis for sustainability. This recognition confirms Birla Carbon’s position as an industry leader in advanced sustainability practices and reporting and places it in the top 1 per cent of companies rated by EcoVadis. The rating was provided after reviewing Birla Carbon’s sustainability practices in its recently published ninth sustainability report, Driving Circularity.
On 17 December, Birla Carbon executed a US$750 million Sustainability Linked Loan (SLL) with a syndicate of more than 15 banks and intends to use the proceeds from the loan to refinance its existing debts. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) linked to the facility include: “direct CO2 intensity, bringing circular products to market, and an external rating of Sustainability”. The fund’s direct connection with “bringing circular products to market” could be interpreted as an indication that the company is willing to invest in technologies such as pyrolysis which seeks to recover carbon black from end-products such as tyres.
Following its recent entry into the energy systems market, Birla Carbon will present a portfolio of conductive carbon solutions with its Conductex i and Conductex e series of products, along with its upcoming carbon-based solutions for the battery industry, at The Battery Show Europe in Germany this week. The company says it’s participating in the event in order to expand its geographic presence in Europe and globally while addressing customer needs.
Birla Carbon, one of the leading manufacturers of carbon black, has announced a global price increase for all its Specialty Blacks products. These increases take effect 1 December 2021; all shipments made on or after this date are subject to the price increase.
Birla Carbon has announced its entry into the energy systems market with its participation at The Battery Show 2021 to be held in Novi, Michigan, USA from 14-16 September 2021. Key announcements include the presentation of a portfolio of conductive carbon solutions centring on the Conductex i and Conductex e range of products for lead acid and lithium battery applications.
Birla Carbon has announced an intent to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The carbon black manufacturer considers this goal a “natural progression in Birla Carbon’s leadership in the area of sustainability and circularity.” The company recently announced the availability of sustainable carbonaceous materials through the launch of its Continua brand.
Birla Carbon has appointed John Loudermilk as CEO Birla Carbon, effective 1 August 2021. In his previous role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Loudermilk is said to have played a key part in shaping the Vision of Birla Carbon. He is also said to have been “instrumental” in the launch of the company’s Continua brand of sustainable carbonaceous materials.
Madhavi Kanumoory has been appointed as Chief Digital & Information Officer at Birla Carbon. In this role, she will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s digital and information technology. Kanumoory will report to John Loudermilk, Chief Operating Officer, joining the company’s Senior Management Team and will be based at the Birla Carbon office in Mumbai.
Birla Carbon will increase prices on all products produced in the Americas by US$170 per metric tonne effective 1 July 2021. All shipments made on or after this date are subject to the price increase. Birla Carbon’s announcement follows a 97 euros per metric tonne EMEA price increase published on 24 May and effective 1 June 2021.
Global carbon black supplier Birla Carbon has introduced a new Sustainable Carbonaceous Material with the launch of Continua. Birla says the new product represents a “ground-breaking step forward in the availability and know-how of sustainable solutions in the carbon black industry.”
Birla Carbon will increase the price for all products produced in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region by 97 euros per metric tonne. All shipments made on or after 1 June 2021 are subject to the price increase.
Upstream suppliers to the tyre manufacturing industry Nynas, Cabot and Evonik have received some of the top ratings in the 2021 EcoVadis auditing process. Specifically, these three firms all ranked in the top 1 per cent of their peers, earning platinum status. Meanwhile, carbon black supplier Birla Carbon received the EcoVadis’ gold accreditation.
Birla Carbon has appointed Dr Ann Schoeb as chief research and development officer. Dr Schoeb will have full responsibility for research and development work at Birla Carbon and will join the company’s senior management team. She reports to John Loudermilk, chief operating officer.
Birla Carbon will increase its carbon black prices by up to 9 per cent. All shipments made on or after the implementation date are subject to the price increase. The price increase is set to take effect from 19 April 2021.
Birla Carbon, one of the world’s largest carbon black producers, has announced that all 16 of manufacturing facilities across the globe have received the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) certification. This makes Birla Carbon the first and only global carbon black manufacturer to achieve this certification.