60 seconds with John Reese from Monolith Materials

Ahead of his presentation at this next month’s Carbon Black World, we spoke with John Reese, Chief Commercial Officer at Monolith Materials, to get his view on next generation carbon black production, challenges faced by the carbon black industry and more about his experience at Monolith Materials. 

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1. Please can you introduce yourself and your company

My name is John Reese and I am the Chief Commercial Officer for Monolith Materials.  I have been with the company for over one and a half years and am excited to be working to bring this new technology to market.  I have over 15 years in the carbon black industry and close to 30 years in the rubber products segment of the market place.  I have previously been with Cabot, 3M Dyneon and Goodyear.

Monolith Materials is a next generation technology carbon black manufacturer.  We are coming to market with a process to make carbon black and hydrogen from a natural gas feedstock.  Our facility will come on line in 2019 to provide carbon black for the North American market.  As we grow, we will have the opportunity to source global markets and provide hydrogen for the generation of electricity.   Following the second phase of our facility, we will have reduced CO2 emissions by 1,000,000 MT per year in Nebraska by replacing coal with hydrogen for electricity generation

2. What will you be discussing at Carbon Black World 2018 and why is this important?

We will be discussing the Monolith Materials process and resultant market entry plans.  The Monolith process will allow us to make very clean carbon black products with a very favourable environmental footprint.  We believe our technology will allow Monolith to become a major player in the carbon black marketplace.  Our ability to deliver competitive products with a favorable environmental footprint will provide us with a unique opportunity to serve the carbon black marketplace

3. What challenges do you see industry facing at the moment?

Environmental regulations and the availability of cost effective hydrocarbon feedstocks will continue to be a challenge for the carbon black industry.  Between the need to improve the environmental performance of carbon black facilities in the areas of CO2, SOx and NOx  emissions, plus the challenges on the feedstock side, carbon black manufacturers will need to be innovative to address these challenges in a way that meets the markets economic needs.