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Columbian Chemicals expanding carbon black capacity & adding cogen at Hamilton, Ontario

Columbian Chemicals, a division of Birla Carbon, today announced an expansion for its carbon black plant in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The company will begin the necessary permitting processes along with front end engineering in the first quarter of 2012 to confirm feasibility of new production capacity along with a state of the art energy center.

Phase 1 of the investment will include an estimated 45kMT of new carbon black production capacity along with an energy center designed to leverage efficiencies of the plant to supply electricity for both internal and external uses. The announcement did not include a completion date.

“Birla Carbon is committed to supporting our customers’ growth plans,” says John Loudermilk, Columbian’s President, North America, in a press release. “The Hamilton Plant’s outstanding history of producing world class products, the proximity to our customer base, and the excellent talent pool in the Ontario region position us well to provide that support.”

Columbian Chemicals is part of Birla Carbon, the world leading carbon black business of the Aditya Birla Group, a $35B global conglomerate.

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