Frankfurt-based carbon black producer Orion Engineered Carbons L.L.C. has launched a new Innovation Team that will work with its technical marketing teams to boost its product offerings for both tire and non-tire markets. The new team, which is based at an Orion Applied Technology Laboratory in Germany, will focus on ensuring that the company’s efforts are aligned with customer needs. The team’s activities include both improvements to the manufacturing process as well as the development of new grades. Rubber News has details on the activities of the new team.