February 10, 2015
Birla Carbon, part of the Aditya Birla Group, is one of the largest producers of carbon black globally with 17 plants. With the goal of continuing to grow its business, Birla Carbon proposes to establish a greenfield carbon black production plant, Columbian Chemicals (Jining), 5 km to the north of Jining City, Shandong province, China.
The plant will be constructed in two phases i.e., phase 1 with a capacity of 120,000 ton per year expected to become operational in the middle of 2016, and phase 2 with an incremental capacity of 120,000 tons expected to come into operation 2-3 years after completion of phase 1.
The plant will adopt established technology from Columbian Chemicals (USA), which is also a subsidiary of Birla Carbon.
Columbian Chemicals (Jining) will be built within an existing chemical industrial park in Jining, adjacent to an existing coal tar distillation plant of the Jining Carbon Group which will supply most of the raw materials for Columbian Chemicals (Jining).
Project plans are in the advanced stages. Construction of the facility is contingent upon receiving final internal and regulatory approvals and the finalization of the joint venture between Birla Carbon, Jining Carbon and International Finance Corporation (IFC).