HOUSTON – Orion Engineered Carbons (NYSE: OEC) today announced the commercial launch of ECORAX® Nature, the first highly reinforcing carbon black for tires that is made from industrial-grade renewable plant-based oils.
The product, which can be used in critical tire tread construction, is being tested by customers and will go into high-volume manufacturing in the second half of 2022.
“This launch is an important milestone in our strategy to develop commercially viable carbon black products that drive sustainability across the value chain,” said Corning Painter, CEO at Orion. “This strategy – combined with our footprint, ability to innovate and deep customer relationships – makes Orion the right partner for a sustainable future.”
By exclusively using plant-based oils, ECORAX® Nature is a pathway to lowering the net CO2 emissions within the tire industry supply chain.
About Orion Engineered Carbons
Orion Engineered Carbons (NYSE: OEC) is a global supplier of carbon black products including high-performance specialty gas blacks, acetylene blacks, furnace blacks, lamp blacks, thermal blacks, and other carbon blacks that tint, colorize and enhance the performance of polymers, plastics, paints and coatings, inks and toners, textile fibers, adhesives and sealants, batteries, tires and mechanical rubber goods, such as automotive belts and hoses. The company has over 125 years of history providing customized solutions from a network of 14 global production sites and is dedicated to responsible business practices that emphasize reliability, innovation and sustainability. For more information, please visit orioncarbons.com.
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