HOUSTON – Carbon black supplier Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. will expand its production capacity for gas blacks at its plant in Cologne (Kalscheuren), Germany. 

Orion is responding to the growing global market for waterborne and solventborne coatings by debottlenecking its gas black production. Orion's gas blacks feature excellent fineness and a very narrow particle size distribution.

“The expansion of capacity in Cologne is one more step in the rapid realignment of Orion’s portfolio toward higher value-added carbon blacks for specialty and technical rubber applications,” said Corning Painter, Orion’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Sandra Niewiem, Vice President, Business Line Specialty Carbon Black, added, “Products from Cologne are shipped globally to customers in various high-end coatings and printing applications, including high-jet automotive OEM and refinish, antistatic coatings, as well as packaging and UV curing inks. This initiative reflects the high confidence of our customers in Orion’s products and technical support capabilities.”

For additional information, contact Niewiem at sandra.niewiem@orioncarbons.com, or Tilo Lindner, Head of Global Marketing, Business Line Specialty Carbon Black, at tilo.lindner@orioncarbons.com.