Phillips Carbon Black, established in 1960 and a part of the RPG Group pioneered the carbon black industry in India. It is now the leading producer of carbon black in the country.
PCBL started production from December 1962 by the oil furnace technology; the most widely accepted manufacturing process of carbon black patented by its then collaborator and world carbon black leader, Phillips Petroleum company, USA. The collaboration ended in 1978. However, PCBL continued its progress by virtue of the ingenuity of its technologists, engineers and sustained R&D activities. In 1988 PCBL entered into a technical agreement with Columbian Chemicals Company, USA, and acquired access to the modern state-of-the-art Carbon Black technology. This resulted in the company gaining flexibility, product range, production capacity and energy conservation.
RPG Group recognizing the major turnaround achieved during the last two years and the growth path PCBL has embarked upon to capture the opportunities in Carbon Black business has made Carbon Black an independent Business Sector with effect from August 1, 2008.The company’s present installed capacity is 270,000 MTPA. The company is not only the largest exporter of Carbon Black from India but is also one of the largest in Asia in its field.
The company has taken advantage of the newly introduced Electricity Act of 2003 to set–up a 12 MW co-generation power plant at its Baroda plant using the offgas. After meeting the internal demand for production of carbon black, the surplus power of around 7 MW – 7.5 MW is being sold to the GEB Grid from end March, 05. State of the art Enterprise Resource Planning system SAP was implemented in conjunction with the internationally renowned consultants, M/S Accenture as the implementing partner. SAP is functioning satisfactorily.
PCBL acquired Gujarat Carbon & Industries Limited (GCIL) Baroda in November 1996 and Carbon and Chemicals India Limited (CACIL) was merged with PCBL with effect from 1st April 1997 with the twin objectives of increasing volumes and proximity to certain key customers. A capacity expansion was undertaken in 2004 to take the plant capacity at Baroda to 90000 MT/Annum.
The rubber industry uses a total of 95% of carbon black production while the rest is consumed by plastics, paints and dry cells. In domestic market, the company is regular supplier to all the major tyre manufacturers and has an overall domestic share of around 40%. PCBL continues to be the the undisputed leader in the field of carbon black in India.
Encouraged by the success of the Baroda co-generation power plant, the company is setting up a 30 MW co-generation power plant at its Durgapur plant utilizing the offgas for generation of power. The internal consumption would be around 6 MW and the surplus power would be sold to interested consumers.PCBL has three manufacturing units located in Durgapur, Cochin (Southern India) and Baroda (Western India). The production capacity of the three units put together is almost 47% of the total installed carbon black capacity in India; that of Durgapur unit alone accounts for 24%.
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The company designs, manufacturers and markets carbon black. The major market for Carbon Black is Tyre Industry. Carbon Black is also required by Non-Tyre rubber based application industry as well as the plastic industry.
PCBL has capability & flexibility to produce any ASTM grade in addition to the grades mentioned above. Besides ASTM grades, PCBL also manufactures customized product specific to a customer.
The company is the largest manufacturer and supplier of carbon black in the country catering to the needs of elastomer, plastic, paints and ink manufacturing industries.It also manufacture Special Black for non-rubber applications
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