Birla Carbon, a part of the Aditya Birla Group, is at present the fourth-largest manufacturer of carbon black with a total projected capacity of one billion tonnes per annum. The company has carbon black plants at six locations around the globe. These include Hitech Carbon in India (with plants in Gummidipoondi, Renukoot and Patalganga), Thai Carbon Black (with a plant in Angthong), Alexandria Carbon Black in Egypt and Liaoning Birla Carbon Company in China.
The Carbon Black Research Laboratory aims to serve the Birla Carbon business globally at all stages of the value chain. Its charter follows from the company's vision to be a world-class, global green fillers business, that is to:
The Carbon Black Research Laboratory is located at the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company (ABSTC)'s premises at Taloja in Navi Mumbai.
The team's focus can be broken into five core areas impacting different parts of the business:
The Applications Laboratory will test customer formulations of rubber, plastics and dispersions using carbon black, especially when developing new grades. The upcoming pilot plant at Patalganga will be used to develop new processes to produce specialty grades of carbon black.
The R&D team will make extensive use of technology management tools such as the Stage Gate Process and Six Sigma methodology to deliver high quality products and processes to the Birla Carbon business and its customers.
A US $40 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. It is anchored by an extraordinary force of over 136,000 employees, belonging to 42 different nationalities.
The sunny side of human nature
The Dalai Lama's teachings focus on the Buddha dharma as an instrument that helps one keep the mind always in a good frame, writes Mrs Rajashree Birla in The Speaking Tree