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Carbon Black World

14-15 May 2024
Vienna, Austria

Smithers Carbon Black World to return in 2024

The Carbon Black World conference is back in Europe for its 19th year. With world events causing uncertainty and subsequent supply and demand issues this timely event will give an in-depth analysis of markets and legislation. Industry challenges will be addressed, sustainability challenges will be explored, new innovations and processes that will help shape the future of the industry will take centre stage to give you a full 360 degree view of the carbon black world.

This event regularly attracts an international delegation of producers, end-users, and equipment solution providers from across the tire, rubber, plastics, compounds and ink industries to make new connections, share strategic insights, and explore future opportunities in the marketplace with key influencers and decision makers from all aspects of the value chain!

Why Attend Carbon Black World?

  • Network with attendees from across the carbon black value chain
  • Hear from companies who are leaders in the market, with past speakers including representatives from Birla Carbon, Continental Carbon Company, Goodyear Dunlop Handelssysteme GmbH, Omsk Carbon Europe GmbH, Jiangxi Black Cat Carbon Black and many more
  • Gain a comprehensive overview of new technologies and global markets to help you make informed business decisions
  • Attend an exclusive networking evening drinks reception at the end of day one to meet up with peers and make new connections
"Carbon Black World is the preeminent opportunity to interact with experts from across the industry" Tokai Carbon CB Limited

"The event you should not miss if you want to be a global player in the Carbon Black World!" IMERYS Graphite & Carbon

"Networking paradise for Carbon Black industry" PCBL Limited
 


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Carbon Black Workshop - Pathways to Net Zero
Monday 13 May | 14:00 - 16:30 CEST | Vienna, Austria


Workshop Focus: 95% of the global carbon black production come from the furnace process. This is the most flexible process for producing a wide variety of carbon black grades with different specific surface areas and structures. The furnace process has been much improved over the last 8 decades, including, among many others, improvements to energy recovery, feedstock injection and type of the feedstock. As of 2024, all tier 1 carbon black producers have pledged for net zero by 2050 and we start to see new types of carbon blacks and carbon black blends with a lower carbon footprint in the market.

Why you should attend: This workshop explores potential pathways to net zero in three sessions. In session 1, we look at the status quo of carbon black manufacturing processes and carbon emissions. In session 2, we discuss process optimisations and alternative processes. In session 3, we sketch and discuss pathways to net zero.

Who should attend: The workshop is intended for technical and non-technical participants alike. We welcome questions and an open discussion about carbon emissions and net zero.
 

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2024 Agenda

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Monday 13th May: Carbon Black Workshop - Pathways to Net Zero
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Workshop end
Registration and welcome refreshments
Smithers Welcome
Chair’s opening remarks
Session 1: Market and business outlook – a changing world
Session 2: Feedstocks and materials
Session 2 continued: Carbon black feedstocks and materials
Session 3: Specialty carbon black and R & D focus
Chair’s summary and end of day one
Networking drinks reception
Registration and welcome refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Session 4: Sustainability challenges, solutions and the path to net zero
Session 5: Lower emissions and clean carbon black - process and technology focus
Session 6: Future based solutions, production and process improvements
Chair’s summary and close of conference
Hubert Hirschlag - Continental

Hubert Hirschlag

Head Raw Material Introduction, R & D Material Development at Continental
Rafael Vargas - Birla Carbon

Rafael Vargas

Lead Scientist at Birla Carbon
Martin O’Neil - Cabot

Martin O’Neil

Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, SH&E and Government Affairs at Cabot
Katie Tuttle - Cabot Corporation

Katie Tuttle

Associate Director, Marketing Reinforcement Materials at Cabot Corporation
Zachary A. Combs, PhD - Birla Carbon

Zachary A. Combs, PhD

Director, Energy Systems R&D at Birla Carbon
Randall B Smith - Seerstone Development LLC

Randall B Smith

CTO at Seerstone Development LLC

2024 Advisory Board

Joshua Guilliams - Smithers

Joshua Guilliams

Vice President, Consulting Materials Science and Engineering at Smithers
Paul Ita - Notch Consulting

Paul Ita

President at Notch Consulting
Martin Von Wolfersdorff - Wolfersdorff Consulting

Martin Von Wolfersdorff

Principal Advisor at Wolfersdorff Consulting
Dr. Jerry Lai - Birla Carbon

Dr. Jerry Lai

Director, Product Design & Development, Specialty Blacks at Birla Carbon
Theo Al - Cabot Corporation

Theo Al

Global Director Reinforcement Materials at Cabot Corporation
Shane Perl - Alpen Group LLC

Shane Perl

Managing Director at Alpen Group LLC

2024 Sponsors

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Doright Co., Ltd.
Fermintrade
Greif-Velox Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Continental Industrie
TEMA Process
W. L. Gore & Associates