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China’s Black Cat to build carbon black research institute

ERJ reports that China’s largest carbon black maker Black Cat is planning to break ground on a research institute in Qingdao, Shandong province by the end of this year.

The company told ERJ that it plans to invest $23 million (156 million yuan) into the Black Cat New Materials Institute specializing in nanocarbon composite materials and carbon nanocubes.

The new site is located in Qingdao’s Sino-German Ecopark with a roughly 290,600-sq.-ft. area. Phase one of the project includes a research lab and pilot trial plant; Phase two includes another pilot trial plant and an office building.

According to the company, each pilot trial plant has 5,000 metric ton annual capacity. The project is expected to fully come on stream in 2019.

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