Orion Engineered Carbons has started up a new production line for specialty carbon blacks at its plant in Kalscheuren, Germany. Several million euros were invested in new production technology which commenced operation at the beginning of 2014. This investment scales up production capacity to enable Orion Engineered Carbons to serve the growing global market for carbon black specialty grades.
With XPB 538 and XPB 545, Orion Engineered Carbons offers two new grades for conductive applications. XPB 538 is an extra high conductive Specialty Carbon Black. In comparison with the widely-used PRINTEX XE 2B, it combines a very high specific surface area for maximum conductivity and an extremely high purity level, attributes which are rapidly becoming standard requirements in many different industries.
XPB 545 is a carbon back for conductive coatings; it offers a superior combination of properties ideal for anti-static and conductive properties, according to the company.