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A preview of the 2021 Agenda for Carbon Black World 2021!

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Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens
Conference Welcome
Session I: Global Market Overview
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
Presentation to be confirmed
World Carbon Black Feedstock Overview 2020
Presented by Tim Bart, Editor/Consultant and Mr. Vince Guercio, of CTC International, Publishers of the CBO Monitor, 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, trends and updates on CBFS post IMO-2020 implementation and how COVID-19 impacts the industry will be included.
Disruption in the Carbon Black Sector: Using History to Project Recovery
The Carbon Black industry has weathered a number of economic downturns in the last century.  In the current COVID-19 environment, what lessons can we draw from prior experience, and how might the recovery take shape?
Jeff Silveria | Global Segment Manager for Tire, Cabot Corporation
Networking Break and Coffee
Presentation to be confirmed
Session II: Carbon Black Production and the CO2 Footprint
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
Lunch Break
Session III: Regulations and Impact of IMO and Marpol 2020
The Feedstock Aftermath – the impact of IMO2020 and Covid19 on the world of Carbon Black Feedstocks
IMO2020 arrived with a long lead-in period while COVID-19 did not give us the benefit of an introductory period.  These two market disruptions had a profound impact on the Carbon Black Value Chain. IMO2020 was and is a cost of sulfur event while COVID19 was and still is a massive demand disruptor. The presentation will focus on the impact these two market disruptions had on the Feedstock markets from both a commercial and technical standpoint.
Shane Perl | Technical & Commercial Expert in the Global Carbon Black Feedstock Markets | Founder, Alpen Group LLC
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
Presentation to be confirmed
Networking Break
Session IV: Manufacturing
Presentation to be confirmed
Mission Possible – Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions with Advanced Process Control
Co-presented by Tiffany Tang, Control Performance Consultant of Emerson Automation Solutions and Roshan Ali, Director of Engineering of Tokai CB.

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. 
Session V: Increasing Application for Tires and Industrial Rubber Products
Presentation to be confirmed
Panel Discussion
More details coming soon!
Networking Reception
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
Virtual Presentation from Ford Motor Company - More Details Coming Soon
Novel Techologies - Who are Breaking the Rules of Standard CB Process
Lunch Break
Panel: Sustainable Operational Excellence
More details coming soon!

Confirmed Panelists Include:
  • Jeff Silveria, Global Segment Manager, Cabot Corporation
  • Amy Hickman, Sustainability Manager, Birla Group
Session VIII: Sustainability within the Carbon Black Industry
Presentation to be confirmed
Closing Remarks and Conclusion of Conference