Plant Engineering Cabot Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Specialty Compounds Facility in Indonesia
Cabot Corporation will be developing a new specialty compounds facility in Cilegon, Indonesia to expand its global production capacity in the background of growing demand. The unit will make use of cutting-edge technologies and reuse energy to help the firm achieve its net zero goal.
Boston/USA – Cabot Corporation has announced the groundbreaking of a new specialty compounds facility in Cilegon, Indonesia. The new facility is co-located with Cabot’s existing carbon black manufacturing site and will add 20,000 metric tons of annual global capacity for specialty compounds, including black masterbatch and conductive compounds. It is expected that the facility will be operational at the end of 2022.
The new capacity will provide a reliable, local supply to support the increasing need for specialty compounds in the rapidly growing masterbatch and conductive compounds market in Southeast Asia and globally. This demand is driven by economic growth in the region as well as the evolving mobility landscape, increases in sustainable infrastructure developments and a rise in the production of electrical devices to support global connectivity needs.
The specialty compounds facility will incorporate Cabot’s latest technology advances into the plant design and operations. Additionally, being co-located with Cabot’s existing carbon black facility will enable Cabot to utilize integrated site economics through manufacturing efficiencies and reduced waste, including the use of recovered waste-heat energy from the carbon black facility. This will reduce the environmental impact of the project in alignment with the company’s recently announced ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions globally by 2050.
“As a global leader in black masterbatch and conductive compounds, we are pleased to break ground on this new facility to expand our global reach and better serve our customers in the region and around the world,” said Aaron Johnson, senior vice president and president, Formulated Solutions. “This new facility will enable us to meet the growing needs of our customers for innovative solutions that improve performance of their products and support their sustainability needs. Furthermore, we are proud that this facility will incorporate state-of-the-art technologies and energy reuse to help us achieve our sustainability goals and net zero ambitions.”