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Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens
Conference Welcome
Session I: Global Market Overview
>Session Description<
This session will discuss the supply/demand balance in 2020, 2021, and beyond. In addition to the supply/demand balance but also the demand outlook and the carbon black production capacity globally in all regions.
Carbon Black Global Outlook: The Year in Carbon Black 2020
An overview of global and North American carbon black supply and demand, trends, and developments. Of course, the focus this year will be the effect of COVID-19 on the tire, rubber, and carbon black industries.
Paul Ita | President, Notch Consulting Group, USA
An Improved Framework for Particle Analysis Based on ASTM D3849
ASTM D3849 is the only recognized standard method for the digital measurement of carbon black particle size statistics via transmission electron microscopy. The method makes use of fractal geometry to derive particle size statistics for both aggregates and primary particles using only measured values of aggregate perimeter and area.  Despite the sophistication of ASTM D3849, there has been discussion regarding its utility and reproducibility in the industry, especially with regards to smaller grades of carbon blacks. As a leader in third party testing within the rubber and tire industries, Smithers has recently developed an improved methodology based on ASTM D3849 that seeks to address these issues and improve identification of carbon black obtained from mixed rubber samples.
Dustin Jenkins, Ph.D | Chemistry Supervisor, Smithers
U.S. FCC Operations and World Carbon Black Feedstock Review 2021
As publishers of the CBO Monitor, Mr. Vince Guercio (CTC International) and Tim Bart, Editor/Consultant, will co-present on world carbon black feedstocks. The presentation will include trends in carbon black production and include emphasis on carbon black production capacity growth in India. In addition, we would include trends and updates on CBFS post IMO-2020 implementation and how COVID-19 impacts the industry.

Tim Bart | Editor/Consultant, CTC International
Vince Guercio | CTC International
North American Carbon Black Supply and Demand Dynamics
In addition to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are numerous factors currently affecting the carbon black market.  In this presentation we will explore a variety of themes on the supply and demand side of the value chain, and discuss the impact to the carbon black market both today and tomorrow.
Jeff Silveria | Global Segment Manager for Tire, Cabot Corporation
Networking Break and Coffee
Sponsored by SSOE
Session II: Carbon Black Production and the CO2 Footprint
>Session Description<
Technical solutions to overcome and environmental concerns associated with manufacturing carbon black, regulations and more. This session will focus on the main end uses for carbon black, the future outlook for the industry and a look into the supply and demand.
Catalytic Air Quality Control is Catalyzing Your Carbon Black Business - Getting the Greatest Value Out Of Your Carbon Black Production Facilities
Carbon black manufactures around the world are striving to meet public and governmental calls for a cleaner environment and a climate-friendly and sustainable production, while ensuring cost-efficient operations. As the emission and environmental regulations continue to get tighter, optimal handling of emission and waste is becoming increasingly important.

The Sustainable Air Quality Control Technology SNOXTM which removes up to 99% SO2 and SO3, 96% of NOx and practically all of the carbon particulates from flue gases even at a filter rupture. The SNOXTM technology avoids any secondary pollution while recovering the sulfur from the flue gas as commercial-grade -typically 98% w/w concentrated- sulfuric acid - the world’s second most needed commodity (after oil)- mainly in demand due to its role as fertilizer in increasing the worlds food output.
Kim Christensen | Director of SNOX Business, Haldor Topsoe A/S
Increasing Carbon Black Production and Decreasing CO2 Footprint
With R3-recover. reduce. reuse. concept SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK takes up the basic idea of our founders: Using energy as efficiently as possible to actively pursue decarbonisation and the energy transition. What does it mean for carbon black production processes?

In fuel-fired industrial heating processes, one of the most effective ways for improving efficiency and productivity is to preheat the combustion air which reaches the burners. High temperature air-preheaters in furnace carbon black process are essential components of a state-of-the-art production plant.

Air-Preheaters (APHs) are high-temperature heat exchangers which preheat the process air to temperatures of for example 800 °C, 900 °C.  Higher air temperature contributes significantly to the yield of CB production, energy balance of the process and subsequently reducing CO2 footprint.
For all future capacity extensions and revamp of the plant the advantages of higher air preheater temperature should be taken into account.
James F Geisler P.E. | Senior Product Manager, SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK
Lunch Break
Sponsored by Industrial Accessories Company (AIC)
Session III: Regulations and Impact of IMO and Marpol 2020
>Session Description<
This session will address the impact of the IMO 2020, emissions rules on the feedstock market, regulations, new formulae in light of Marpol 2020 and answer the question, “what political/social influence is expected on the carbon black industry and what actions might need to be taken?”
IMO 2020 and beyond in Carbon Black
The refining and petrochemical industries are facing a variety of opportunities and challenges with the implementation of IMO 2020. It will become more difficult to operate with opportunistic heavier crude slates. Historically Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and the increasingly desired technology of Resid Fluidized Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) have been the main process to upgrade low-value feedstocks to higher-value products. In the advanced refining industry today, technology invented over 50 years ago can be tailored by licensors to drive for higher propylene yields while meeting the requirements of IMO 2020.
Victor Scalco | Business Development Manager, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS)
Regulatory Updates in the Carbon Black Industry
The Carbon Black industry is faced with numerous regulatory challenges across the globe. This presentation will give an update on the current status of these challenges which will include REACH regulations in Europe and similar REACH type systems emerging in Asia; regulations regarding nanoforms and PAH content; greenhouse gas legislation; upcoming review of MACT standards in the US as well as progress regarding the recent US EPA 114  consent decrees.  The presentation will be given from the perspective of the ICBA (International Carbon Black Association) which is a scientific, non-profit corporation whose purpose is to sponsor, conduct, and participate in investigations, research, and analyses relating to the health, safety, and environmental aspects of the production and use of carbon black.
Dr. Wesley Wampler | Vice President of R&D , Tokai Carbon CB
Networking Break
Sponsored by SSOE
Session IV: Manufacturing
Greening - An opportunity for Carbon Black Industry
The presentation will discuss Strategies for Greening the Furnace process and innovative concepts for R&D.
CB energy recovery schemes of today and the future will be discussed, with emphasis on energy, water and utility efficiencies.
C.P. Natarajan | Technical Advisor, Doright Co., Ltd, GANPADS Consulting
Mission Possible – Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions with Advanced Process Control
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has received increased attentions by the Carbon Black Industry over the last decade to conserve energy consumptions and reduce carbon emissions. Traditional manual control of the carbon black formation process and the lack of online analyzers in the carbon black industry make the ambitious net-zero carbon emission goal almost impossible to achieve. Model Predictive Control (MPC) as an emerging technology provides an effective means to close the control loops in the carbon black manufacturing process and help to reduce off-spec products and minimize energy consumptions and emissions. Tokai Carbon has been working with Emerson to pilot the MPC approach in the carbon black formation reactor. A neural network-based inferential model was first developed to provide continuous predictions of the product quality – Iodine (I2) number, which will be used in the MPC framework as a control variable (CV). MPC will be then implemented to close the control loop on the carbon black reactor by manipulating the oil-to-air ratio to control the I2 number to meet the product specifications. This will be one of the first implementations of MPC in the carbon black industry. The results of the pilot study will be demonstrated in this presentation.

Roshan Ali | Director of Engineering, Tokai CB
Tiffany Tang | Control Performance Consultant, Emerson Automation
Modular System for Carbon Black Tail Gas Waste Heat Recovery
Author: Jinyan Chao (Ray Jin), DORIGHT

DORIGHT Modularized Tail gas Heat Recovery system facilitates
  • Maximized shop assembly with minimal field installation time
  • Fire tube boiler design for easier and faster field maintenance
  • Low NOx generation with DORIGHT LNB Tail gas burners
  • Complete oxidation of Tail gas combustible elements, with controlled O2
  • Flue gas recirculation and circular configuration adaptable to SNCR for further NOx reduction

C.P. Natarajan | Technical Advisor, Doright Co., Ltd, GANPADS Consulting
Session V: Increasing Application for Tires and Industrial Rubber Products
>Session Description<
The demand for carbon black is expected to rise from tire and industrial rubber products. This session will address additional applications of carbon black, the challenges and potential growth.
Tire Materials: Industry Trends And Challenges. How Can Carbon Black Help Us Drive Into The Future?
Carbon black has been an essential material for the tire industry for almost as long as tires have been produced. This will continue to be the case far into the future but there are some trends in the tire industry that require the proper attention from the carbon black industry. These trends do also offer significant opportunity for those who can take advantage. The advanced mobility revolution and increased need for sustainability are two trending focus areas which will be discussed in this presentation. This presentation will provide insight into these trends, how Goodyear is positioning itself to drive into the future, and how carbon black could play a key role in making it all possible.
Rob Dennis-Pelcher | Principal Scientist, Global Materials Science, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Evening Networking Reception
Sponsored by Monolith Materials
Registration and Exhibit Hall Opens
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session VI: Carbon Black Transportation/Logistics
Transportation Innovations in the Carbon Black Industry
This presentation reviews the innovations and trends smart shippers and receivers are taking advantage of to better manage carbon black inventories during a time of rising material costs and uncertain capacity.

The data illustrated and discussed here is supported by independent market research, as well as personally verified statistics to provide a truly transparent look at the logistics of our industry. Conference attendees will gain a more comprehensive understanding of transportation options and strategies to both streamline their supply chain and reduce their total delivered cost per pound of raw materials.
Ryan Berry | President and Chief Executive Officer, TSD Logistics
Session VII: Sustainability With Materials within the Carbon Black Industry
Addressing Material Flow Problems with Carbon Black
Whether you are a producer of carbon black or user, whether you are dealing with carbon black powder or pellets, chances are high that you have come across material flow related issues with carbon black. Carbon black powder is often challenging to handle - sometimes it does not flow at all and sometimes it flows too much, almost flooding the equipment! Carbon black pellets undergo breakage during handling and generate fines which cause product quality and dust issues.
In this presentation, we will review the basics of material flow behavior. We will talk about various flow problems associated with carbon black powder as well as carbon black pellets. We will also explain why these problems occur and how to prevent them. The information will be presented in an audience-friendly manner, using lot of pictures.
Dr. Jayant Khambekar | Senior Consultant, Jenike & Johanson
Networking Break
Sponsored by Greif-Velox
Driving Sustainability in Automotive Polymer Composites
The automotive industry uses large amounts of materials giving it the unique opportunity to drive the development of more sustainable alternatives and turn around existing manufacturing practices in response to global environmental concerns. Ford Motor company has a legacy as a pioneer in the use of sustainable materials and has announced its aspirational goals to utilize only recycled or renewable plastics in our vehicles and to achieve zero waste to landfilled across all our operations. Our company has already demonstrated the commercial viability of utilizing multiple recycled and renewable content in vehicles. Yet, there are still multiple challenges for large scale use of sustainable materials including ensuring a consistent feedstock and that the new materials reduce the life cycle impact while providing equivalent or superior performance. This talk review several successes related to sustainable materials while highlighting the case study of recycled carbon black as an example of the technical challenges and steps required to implement an alternative material in the automotive industry.
Cindy Barrera | Research Engineer, Ford Motor Company
Automatic Systems with Vacuum Technology for Clean Filling
Based on the market requirements for smaller grain sizes in combination with an increased demand for bags and FIBCs instead of bulk silo transports, Greif-Velox has developed the world’s first fully automatic system to use vacuum technology for the clean filling to ultra-light powders in ‘big bags’.
Marko Wittich | CEO, Greif-Velox
Methane Pyrolysis: The Future of Carbon Black Manufacturing
With the first patents filed over 100 years ago, Monolith has finally made commercial-scale methane pyrolysis a reality. Monolith’s methane pyrolysis process takes a natural gas feedstock and superheats it, breaking the bonds in the natural gas molecules and separating them into hydrogen and carbon. Monolith then converts that cleanly-made carbon into high-value carbon black. The process creates virtually zero local emissions with traditional natural gas. When renewable natural gas is used, the resulting emissions are carbon-negative.

We’ll provide an overview of our process and how this clean, highly efficient, environmentally responsible approach will forever change the story for tire, mechanical rubber goods and specialty products.
Chris Cornille | Chief Commercial & Supply Chain Officer, Monolith Materials
Lunch Break
Sponsored by Enjet
Sustainability in Rubber Products and Carbon Black’s Role In It
At Cabot, we believe that long-term success requires a commitment to sustainability in its broadest form. Sustainable processes and actions help us avoid the depletion of natural resources, maintain an ecological balance and improve quality of life. In this presentation we share how carbon black plays an important role in improving daily life, and how Cabot is relentlessly pursuing solutions to the sustainability challenges of our customers, our communities and our world. We also talk about Cabot’s progress with its mindset of continuous improvement in carbon black production and which innovations will fuel the future of sustainable carbon blacks.
Aatif Misbah | VP, Global Marketing & Strategy, Reinforcement Materials, Cabot Corporation
Panel: Sustainable Operational Excellence
More details coming soon!

Confirmed Panelists Include:
  • Jay Spears | Director of Standards and Regulation, The Americas, Continental Tire
  • Amy Hickman | Sustainability Manager, Birla Group
Particulate Measurement Solution in Carbon Black Applications
The ENVEA presentation will focus on informing and giving examples of ENVEA’s continuing expertise in providing process improvement monitoring solutions to Carbon Black producers and users. The presentation sets out some of the key technology differentiators that enable producers and users to increase yield and reduce maintenance. 
Dean Kotecki | North American Manager Sales & Manager/Center of Excellence; Electrodynamic & Process Sensors, Envea Inc.
Closing Remarks & Conclusion of Conference