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Registration and refreshments
Welcome & Opening remarks
Session 1 : Global Market Overview for Carbon Black
Sustainability of Carbon Black and Future Outlook
  • Analysis of major sustainable carbon black types and their viability
  • The role of sustainable carbon black in current and future markets
  • Future market dynamics and regulatory outlook of sustainable carbon black

Joshua Guilliams | Vice President, Consulting Materials Science and Engineering, Smithers
Carbon Black Global Outlook
  • Major developments
  • Supply/demand forecast and capacity
  • Focus on Asia

Paul Ita | President, Notch Consulting,Inc.
Review of U.S. oil refining and trends in the U.S. CB Feedstock Market, 2019 - 2023.
  • Supply & demand for CBO
  • A historical review of premiums on U.S. CBO
  • Comparison to Chinese equivalents

Tim Bart | Principal, Carbon Management International
Networking break
Session 2 : End Uses and Applications of Carbon Blacks
Market Outlook of Specialty Carbon Black
  • The difference between specialty carbon black and rubber carbon black
  • Status quo of specialty carbon black industry
  • Layout of Anhui Black Cat Specialty Carbon Black
  • Vision and Outlook

Paul Zhou | Senior VP at Jiangxi Black Cat Carbon Black Inc., Ltd., Member of the Board、President, Anhui Black Cat Material Science Co., Ltd.
How Can Carbon Black Help End Users Drive Sustainability?
Big tire companies have successively proposed goals of sustainability with timelines. As one of the important raw materials of tire production, carbon black plays an important role in the approach to sustainability of tire companies. This session will discuss how carbon black can help promote sustainable development from the perspective of tire companies.
Sreepadaraj Karanam | Vice President, Sustainability & CSR , Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Networking lunch
From Black to Green - An Overview on Sustainable Carbon Blacks
Carbon black is becoming green with a number of alternative, sustainable products. The presentation will give an overview on recovered carbon blacks, methane pyrolysis carbon blacks, circular carbon blacks and renewable carbon blacks as well as highlight even more alternative carbon black variants. How green are these products, what is their supply volume, how well can they replace the established furnace carbon blacks and what is their relevance in the Chinese carbon black market.
Martin Von Wolfersdorff | Principal Advisor, Wolfersdorff Consulting
Application of low roll resistance carbon black W31 in tread formulation for passenger cars
  • Progress of roll resistance level of commercial passenger car tires and development means of tread formulation.
  • Low roll resistance carbon black W31 laboratory formulation and data analysis
  • Low roll resistance carbon black W31 was analyzed with CB/Silica formula and tire data
  • Practical application of low roll resistance carbon black W31 in a newly developed formula with low roll resistance

Jianjun Zhang | Senior Engineer & Section Chief, ZhongCe Rubber Group Company Limited.
Opportunities and Challenges for Specialty Carbon Blacks Innovation
Specialty carbon black products are widely used as high-performance black color pigments, ultraviolet (UV) stabilizers, and conductive fillers in plastics, paints, adhesives and sealants, inks, and energy systems. Highly conductive carbon blacks play important roles in lithium-ion batteries as conductive additives to produce robust electrical networks in the electrodes, maximizing the energy density and rate capability of the active materials. In comparison with other types of carbon additives, like carbon nanotubes, carbon fiber, and graphene, carbon black is the most cost-effective additive to make conductive compounds due to carbon black’s highly engineered process technology and easy dispersibility.
The fast-involving market and rapid growth of specialty application industries are driving the demand for innovation in specialty carbon blacks. In this presentation, we will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the specialty carbon black industry, with a focus on product innovation.
Key words: Specialty Carbon black, Product innovation, specialty application

Dr. Jerry Lai, Director, Specialty Product Design and Development, Birla Carbon
Eco Zhong, Technical Service Manager, Birla Carbon China
Networking break
Session 3: Global Regulation and Standard Updates and Impacts
China's carbon black industry under the "3060" double carbon target
Realizing carbon peaking in 2030 and carbon neutrality in 2060, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and controlling climate warming are related to the common destiny of all mankind, which is the solemn commitment of the Chinese government to the world. This paper analyzes and discusses the situation and development prospects faced by the carbon black industry under the national "3060" dual-carbon goals; Discuss the direction of green development; put forward a visionary roadmap for the industry's "14th Five-Year Plan" and the work goals from 2030 to 2060; and work in four aspects to achieve the goals: legal construction, industrial layout, technological innovation and coordinated carbon reduction. It is hoped that industry associations and enterprises will pay attention to the "3060" dual carbon goals and put them into action.
Key words: dual carbon goals; carbon black industry situation; energy conservation and emission reduction achievements; carbon emission reduction outlook; roadmap
Jiagui Wang | Executive Director, Party Committee Secretary and General Manager, China Carbon Black Institute
ASTM Standards for Carbon Black and Recovered Carbon Black
The ASTM Committee on Carbon Black (D24) has been developing standards since 1956. These standards have an important role in the marketplace to ensure consistency to the customer. This presentation reviews the role of D24, as well as D36 on Recovered Carbon Black, and the latest activities.
• History of D24 on Carbon Black and D36 on Recovered Carbon Black (rCB)
• Latest Standards and Revisions
• Sustainability Definitions
Dr. Rafael Vargas | Lead Scientist, Birla Carbon
Operational insight in worlds-first three sustainable air quality control systems, implemented in USA, in line with US EPA’s National Enforcement Initiative to control Air Emissions from Carbon Black manufacturing sites.
Topsoe equipped three sites with state of the art sustainable Air Quality Control based on its catalytic SNOX and WSA technologies.
Carbon black manufactures around the world are looking towards the experience in the USA as, country-by-country is introducing similar stricter emission regulations, not only focusing on the stack emissions, but also a general cleaner environment with a climate-friendly and sustainable production, while at the same time ensuring cost-efficient manufacturing. As the emission and environmental regulations continue to get tighter and the manufacturing companies stive towards a higher degree of sustainability, the optimal handling of emission together with the lowest possible consumption of reagents and zero waste production are going hand-in-hand and is becoming increasingly important.
The Sustainable Air Quality Control Technology SNOXTM which removes up to 99% SO2, SO3, NOx and even oxidizes all Ammonia slip and “escaped” carbon black particulates from flue gases, even at a filter rupture, securing cleanest stack emission. 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 and even production of car tires.
The extraction of energy from the flue gasses and the additional energy generated in the exothermal catalytic processes, provide a valuable thermal efficiency contribution to the carbon black manufacturing plant, keeping energy cost at a minimum and as a “side effect” the SNOXTM technology even reduces emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, compared to other more traditional technologies.
Kim Christensen | Director of SNOXTM Business, TOPSOE
End of Day one
Registration and refreshments
Welcome & Opening remarks
Panel Discussion: Collaboration throughout the carbon black value chain with the context of the "3060" dual carbon targets.
Panel moderator
  • Ma Zhong, Director of Standards and Regulations APAC, Continental Tires China
 Panelists include
      Panelist from Association
      Wang Hong, General Manager, Qingdao Black Cat
      Weng Ji, Vice General Manager, RISUN
Session 4 : Carbon Black Manufacturing and Greening Feedstock and Materials
Keynotes from Black Cat Carbon Black
Carbon Black Technical History in China and Developing Forecast in the Future
1. Carbon Black Technical History in China
2. Developing Forecast in the Future
The application of carbon/rubber nano-composite master in tyres
40phr and 50phr carbon/rubber nano-composite master were made by N121/N234/N326 and N660 respectively, which were compared with same phr common mixing rubber. The results showed: the  carbon/rubber nano-composite master can improve or maintain wear resistance, and reduce hysteresis loss drastically, meanwhile which can improve tensile strength and elongation. The affect of storage period in master was also studied, the results showed: when the storage period is less than 30 days, the storage period has no effect on the Mooney and mechanical properties of compound.
Bullet points: carbon/rubber nano-composite master, hysteresis loss, storage period

Chung-Lin Ho, Consultant, Black Cat Carbon Black
An Lu, R&D Chief Engineer & Senior Engineer, Qingdao Black Cat
Carbon black full life cycle carbon emission analysis
The essay analyzed carbon black full life cycle by using the theory of product full life cycle. It also systematically analyzed the carbon dioxide emission and the key points generated in each stage of the full life cycle of carbon black. At the same time, relevant solutions are proposed.
Baoliang Ma | Professor of Engineering, VP and Member of the Board, Longxing Chemical Co., Ltd
Networking break
Upgrade and Application of CB Tail Gas Waste Heat Recovery Modular System
Carbon black tail gas is the main by-product in carbon black industry, and waste heat recovery and pollutant purification after tail gas combustion are of great significance for energy saving and emission reduction. In order to realize the efficient utilization of carbon black tail gas, a modular waste heat recovery system was designed. The system can efficiently recover the heat in the tail gas by low-nitrogen combustion of tail gas and waste heat recovery of multi-stage equipment, generate high-temperature superheated steam for industrial production and power generation, and effectively control the contents of oxygen, NOx and SOx. Compared with the traditional bulk boiler, the system adopts modular design, which is convenient for on-site installation and maintenance, and has strong interchangeability.
Zilong Zhu | Deputy Director, Design Department, Doright Co.,Ltd
Circular Economy to Help the Green and Sustainable Development of the Industry---Ecostar's Green Cracking Technology for Waste Tires and High Value Application of By-products
Waste tires are industrial solid waste with triple attributes of resources, environmental protection and economy. It is not only helpful to realize green,  resource-based and high-value recycling of waste tires to solve the environmental pollution and resource waste caused by waste tires, but also important to achieve the goal of "carbon peaking and carbon neutral".
 In the comprehensive utilization of waste tires, there are four main treatments: retreading, recycled rubber, rubber powder and thermal cracking. Among them, thermal cracking is the "ultimate methods" of all waste tire treatment, with wide applicability, low energy consumption, low environmental pollution and other characteristics. It is considered the most effective and promising recycling method worldwide. Ecostar has established a new pattern and new mode of green production, leading the development of the industry, creating a replicable Chinese solution and model.
 The whole process solution: the only enterprise in the industry integrates equipment R&D and manufacturing, plant construction, production operation, and R&D, sales and application of new environmental protection materials into one whole process.
Xiaoyan Chen | General Manager, Qingdao Ecostar Intelligent Equipment Co.,Ltd
Carbon black production is not a contradiction to sustainability: solutions and perspectives.
Sustainability takes a leading position in today´s global key issues with focus on raw material and energy consumption. Energy intensive industries such as the carbon black industry, have high potential to contribute to the long-term goals of low carbon economy by increasing production efficiency and subsequent CO2 emission reduction. Using a fossil-based feedstock puts special challenges to the carbon black process considering social acceptance as well as possible technical improvements.
The content of our presentation is focused on process optimization measures, increasing yield, energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions for current production plants. The evaluation of additional energy utilization using waste gases belong to the short-term opportunities for brown field applications, which will be discussed in detail. In addition, application of carbon capture and storage opens a long-term perspective for the existing processes to fulfill the requirements regarding CO2 footprint. The challenging requirements for key equipment for such state-of-the-art processes will be reviewed.
Furthermore, an overview for upcoming alternative processes is given, such as methane pyrolysis, based on natural gas as the method of carbon black production with highly desirable hydrogen as by-product with potential to replace traditional feedstock.

Juergen Lauer, Head of Sales & Tendering, SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK-ARVOS
Silke Jagusch, Product & Sales Manager, SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK-ARVOS
Networking lunch
Session 5 : Technical Breakthroughs and Opportunities in Carbon Black Value Chain
Strategic development of porous carbon structures for use in energy storage devices
Conventionally, converting environmental wastes into highly valuable materials is a promising and efficient recycling route to create sustainable carbon-based materials for diverse applications, such as water mediation, energy storage, and catalyst supports.

Herein, we develop a pore-size tunable and highly-pure porous carbon (PC) from environmental wastes, e.g. scrap tires, and several bio-mass wastes, with high specific-surface-area (1600-2500 m2 g-1) and large pore volume (> 1.00 m3 g-1). Most important, the pore structures of the as-prepared PC samples can be easily tuned. The mesopores/total-pore volume proportions (r) of the as-prepared samples are simply adjusted at desired temperatures (750–900 ºC) using physical activation with CO2. The as-prepared PC-based electrodes for symmetric electric double-layer capacitors (EDLC) were prepared using free-standing carbon films on a cellulose separator, not on Al or Cu foils, without adding any conductive additives. Interestingly, the AC2500-based electrode, a narrow mesopore-rich (mainly 2–4 nm) PC, presents a superior...

Keywords: Biomass, porous carbon, spent coffee grounds, electric double-layer capacitors
Jarrn-Horng Lin, Ph. D. | Professor &Chairman , Department of Materials Science, National University of Tainan (NUTN)
Novel Experimental Approach To Evaluate Silica-Polymer Interactions
Carbon black-rubber interaction is successfully evaluated by Kraus’ swelling method, which is not suitable for silica/silane filled vulcanization because crosslink density of rubber matrix is affected by increasing silica loading. It is of great challenge to accurately characterize polymer-filler interaction, or reaction degree of silane, in silica-filled vulcanizates. In this study, a new method was developed to calculate reaction degree of silane in silica-filled vulcanization. Hydrofluoric acid (HF) was applied to cut off chemical linkage between silica and polymer. Then polymer filler interaction was achieved by differences of crosslink density between before and after HF treatment. The result showed that silica was fully dissolved after HF treatment, and it also revealed that the polymer-filler interaction constructed by coupling agent bis[3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl]tetrasulfide (TESPT) was significantly greater than that of coupling agent bis[3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl]disulfide (TESPD).
Weijie Jia | Vice-President, EVE Rubber Institute
Interfacial manipulation and performance of rubber composites filled with carbon black
Networking tea break
Foundation of ultra-high Hardness on Carbon Black and its Effect on Rubber Reinforcement & Wear Resistance
Carbon black dispersed in rubber can significantly improve the reinforcement and wear resistance of rubber composites. The traditional reinforcement theory pays more attention to the bonded rubber around carbon black and the rubber polymer chain. The research on the analogy between the network formed by carbon black in rubber and the vulcanization cross-linking network is clear. But the explanation is insufficient for traditional reinforcement theory to improve the wear resistance. We found that carbon black particles protruded from the rubber surface in several accidental experiments. We have measured the hardness of these carbon black protruding from the rubber surface reached 40~80Gpa, these carbon black particles have ultra-high hardness similar to diamond, and believed that the carbon black particles contact the ground to support the whole tire, so that the tire has good wear resistance. Here, we propose a new bonded rubber reinforcement theory: The three elements of traditional carbon black reinforcement all promote the formation of bonded rubber around carbon black; The thickness of bonded rubber varies from 3 nm to 7 nm, it will change with the type of carbon black and increase with the reduction of original particle size of carbon black; The increase of the thickness of bonded rubber will cause increase of the wear resistance of rubber tire. In this paper, atomic force microscopy was used to measure the thickness of bonded rubber and nano-indentation method was used to determine the surface hardness of carbon black in natural rubber.

Keywords: carbon black; natural rubber; surface hardness;
Jian Chen | Professor, Sichuan University of Science & Engineering
Carbon Black vs. Silica
  • Analysis of silica and carbon black and properties and uses of these materials.
  • Tire industry sustainability and the subsequent demands placed on carbon black and silica suppliers.
  • The use of more sustainable raw materials in tire formulations with sustainable carbon blacks and silicas and related technologies

Ciaran Little | VP, Americas & Asia Pacific, Information Division, Smithers
How the development of EVs will affect the carbon black industry.
Electric vehicles have entered a stage of vigorous development. This session will discuss the opportunities and challenges that the development of electric vehicles will bring to the carbon black industry.
Speaker TBC: EV brand / Power battery manufacturer
End of Day Two
Networking Dinner
Cultural touring and sight viewing in Jingdezhen