The exciting programme for 2018 is now available below:
Shane Perl | Principal of The Alpen Group, USA
Procurement and purchasing executives are having to become increasingly creative to get their required volumes of feedstock and insulate themselves against quality and quantity variations.
IMO2020, changing refinery feedstocks and other factors are causing the carbon black industry to face an ever dynamic world of feedstocks. The goal of this workshop is to openly discuss the cause, effect and mitigation of each of these factors relative to sourcing carbon black feedstock on total value. Starting with a brief Feedstock 101, we will then review IMO2020, its impact on the fuel oil pricing indices and feedstock availability as competition for some traditional carbon black feedstocks will increase. It will also tie in other factors impacting feedstock availability, pricing and quality with an emphasis of sourcing on total value.
Led by: Shane Perl, Managing Director, ALPEN Group LLC
*To attend this workshop you need to be attending the main conference and purchase a separate ticket at €399*
Martin von Wolfersdorff | Principal Advisor of Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany
In 2018, carbon black shortages are observed in almost all regions in the world. Economic alternatives to carbon black are a hot topic. Recovered carbon black from tyre pyrolysis is one of these alternatives and the tyre pyrolysis industry has come a long way since the first commercialisations in the first oil crisis in the 70ies/8ies. Variable product consistency, volatile content, small scale and overpromising marketing are concerns that in the past have slowed down the commercialisation of recovered carbon black. Now, in 2018, the tyre pyrolysis industry is ready to capture the opportunity. A panel discussion group with industry all-stars will discuss the current status, success & application stories and future technology for recovered carbon black from tyre pyrolysis.
Led by: Martin von Wolfersdorff, Principal Advisor, Wolfersdorff Consulting
John Loudermilk | Chief Operating Officer of Birla Carbon, USA
Kevin Hocevar | Director of Northcoast Research, USA
Dr. Guido Hüffer | Managing Director of Goodyear Dunlop Handelssysteme GmbH, Germany
Roger Rothon | Founder of Rothon Consultants, UK
This presentation gives a preview of an upcoming Smithers Rapra report on what the change to electric propulsion will mean for the global tyre industry. It will focus on the potential impact on reinforcing filler markets.
Paul Ita | Principal of Notch Consulting, Inc., USA
Binghong Li | Professor PhD of China Carbon Black Institute, China
In the past ten years, the output, export and import volumes of CB in China have increased rapidly. At the same time, the variety and quality of CB have improved significantly. Great progress has also been made in the technology of CB production, energy conservation and environmental protection. At present, China CB industry faces some challenges. The author puts forward the efforts should be applied to deal with the challenges.
Tomasz Celka | Managing Director of Omsk Carbon Europe GmbH, Russia
Johan van Hamme | Procurement Director EMEA of A. Schulman International Services BVBA, Belgium
John Reese | Chief Commercial Officer of Monolith Materials, USA
Robert Hallam | Technical Superintendent of Sid Richardson Carbon and Energy Company, USA
Tyres are a complicated composite of materials that increasingly need improved performance to meet customer expectations and demands. One of the key areas of performance requiring enhancement is the overall rolling resistance of the tyre. Advanced carbon blacks will be discussed that can assist compounders and developers in meeting these demanding rolling resistance requirements and lead to better tyres for consumers of these products. Several compounding studies will be presented to highlight the potential advantages of using these carbon blacks.
Dr. Soumen Chakraborty | Carbon Black Division of Himadri Speciality Chemical Limited, India
With the of proliferation of different elastomers & polymers and ever increasing service demand of tyres, moulded goods, hoses, paints, fibres & engineering plastics, the classical approach of rubber reinforcement and pigmentation has undergone considerable change. The new approach of product specific blacks is slowly replacing more generic, near commodity ASTM blacks. A modern approach to polymer- filler is opening up more fundamental understanding of carbon black.
Yuki Kubota | Senior Researcher, Chita Laboratory of Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd , Japan
Carbon black for tires is required the fuel efficiency and abrasion resistance, but the mechanism is not clear yet. In this conference, we will explain the challenge and possible solutions.
Chung-Lin Ho | Technical Consultant of Jiangxi Black Cat Carbon Black, China
Pieter ter Haar | Head of R&D and QA of Pyrolyx AG, Germany and Martin von Wolfersdorff | Principal Advisor of Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany
This presentation will provide transparency on the status of the tyre pyrolysis industry as well as on real world opportunities for recovered carbon black, including joint opportunities with virgin carbon black producers.
Pieter ter Haar, Head of R&D and QA, Pyrolyx AG, Germany and Martin von Wolfersdorff, Principal Advisor, Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany
Victor M Scalco III | Global Commercial Strategic Business Development Manager-Gulftronic Electrostatic Separators of General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Group (GA-EMS), USA
Refineries today are looking for a more positive return on capital investments. Successful refineries are characterised by their ability to respond to market demand and by their capacity to implement the technologies required after the Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) to meet that demand. The arrival of discounted opportunistic crudes, combined with refinery fluidised catalytic cracking flexibility, has created an opportunity to increase profitability in a downturn market.
Monique Lempereur | Managing Director of Continental Carbon Company Europe, Belgium
Continental Carbon will provide their analysis on the feedstock supply and its impact on the carbon black market, particularly in China where we face a revolution from steel to carbon black.
Brett Wehmann | Director, Global Feedstock Supply of Cabot Corporation, USA
Vince Guercio | President of CTC International, USA
Low and high sulphur decant oils provide about 90% of the CBFS used in the Americas. Europe on the other hand prefers low-sulphur feedstocks and uses nearly equal amounts of decant oil, anthracene oil and ethylene tar. US decant oil exports used to account for 40% of European supply but that has diminished to 15% of a lower total amount. Future supply changes will be discussed.
Igor Leverberg | CEO of MAKROchem SA, Poland
François Terrade | Founder of PRO2ACT MANAGEMENT, France
Reviewing the progress of the carbon black industry regarding its impact on the environment and discussing new methods of improvement to deliver much greener products, including alternative raw CB materials and bio-raw materials.
Dr. Yufanyi Ngiewih | Toxicologist of Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH, Germany
Cuddalore Natarajan | Consultant of Ganpads Consulting, USA
The CB industry is burdened with SOx, NOx and particulate emissions and abatement of these emissions has become the prime mover for the survival of the industry. The presentation will describe pre and post processing de-sulphurisation methods, including wet and dry processes. Selective Catalytic reduction (SCR) and Selective Non Catalystic reduction (SNCR) to control NOx emissions will be discussed. Methods to minimize particulate emissions will be highlighted.
Karsten Poulsen | Global Technical Adviser of FLSmidth A/S, Airtech, Germany
Emission regulation worldwide is getting more stringent and limits for dust and gaseous components are driven down. During production of CB both particulate and gaseous emissions are created. Since the beginning of 2016 both SO₂ and particulate are being removed from the flue gas of a CB plant in Thailand and this presentation will describe the latest performance results.
Saeid Eshaghi | Technical Manager of Carbon Simorgh Co., Iran
Discussing how OEE tools might be re-defined and customised to fit the individual needs of the CB industry by broadening it to an effectiveness metric that covers the entire plant, and leads to define a special metric: Overall Carbon Black Plant Effectiveness. Following the original OEE concept, the main losses in a CB plant are to be identified and the new formulation is derived accordingly. The possibility of defining a world-class OPE in the CB industry will be discussed.
Ray Jin | Vice Manager R&D Department of Doright Co Ltd, China
With stricter environmental policies being adopted globally, environmental solutions are key for CB production lines. For most of the current dryer combustors, the purpose of burner is only to burn out the CB tail gas and get heat value for drying CB pellets. The exhaust gas is directly vented to atmosphere or treated by de-NOx and de-SOx process. The presentation describes a new low NOx burner developed specially for CB tail gas combustion, designed to adapt low-heat-value CB tail gas, with very stable burning and low operating costs. The low NOx burner can achieve 50% NOx emission of traditional burners, and 20% exhaust gas recycling.
Axel Kindgen | Chief Information Officer, Chief Digital Officer of ARVOS GmbH, SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK, Germany
This presentation discusses an IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) solution, set-up and smart data results and describes further applications along with an overview of inspections and continuous maintenance of air preheaters. It makes use of machine learning algorithms in order to allow predictions for different parameters and how those smart data will be used to generate regular operation and health reports for the process heat exchanger.
Vijay Garikipati | Applications Engineering of WL Gore, USA
Filter bags are one of the top three costs in CB production. This paper discusses an innovative low drag ePTFE filter media that positively influences the top and bottom line without any capital expense. The case studies show benefits of >15% reduced pressure drop, reduced energy consumption, and longer filter life. These improvements were achieved with superior air quality compliance, which improves efficiency of heat recovery units. Economic & technical aspects are also explored.
Dr Valeriy Martynenko | Director of Ukrainian Research Institute of Refractories, Ukraine
Discussing the wide range of advanced alumina and alumina chrome oxide unshaped and shaped fired refractories that have been developed and produced. To enable further temperature increases up to 2400 °С, unshaped and shaped refractories from zirconia stabilized with Y2O3, СаО, MgO have been deployed. The special shapes from zirconia rammed mix were used in the reactor combustion chamber and choke lining at one of carbon black producers at average temperature ~1950 °С, lifetime is 1.5–2 years.