Carbon Black Research

Birla Carbon is the largest manufacturer and supplier of high quality Carbon Black additives globally and a flagship business of the US$40 billion Aditya Birla Group. Our current footprint extends across 12 countries with 17 manufacturing facilities with combined annual capacity of 2 million tonnes. The acquisition of Columbian Chemicals Co by the Carbon Black business of Aditya Birla Group and the subsequent integration led to the formation of Birla Carbon, the Global Carbon Black Leader. Now with manufacturing presence in each of the key markets of Asia, Europe and the Americas, Birla Carbon delivers uniform product quality and consistent experience worldwide


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, i.e., to:

  • Create a world-class R&D organisation that utilises and develops the most cost-effective technology for fulfilling the needs of customers.
  • Drive quality improvements in the product portfolio and develop innovative products that meet the customer's needs.

The Carbon Black Research Laboratory is located at the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Private Limited (ABSTCPL)'s premises at Taloja in Navi Mumbai.

The team's focus can be broken into five core areas impacting different parts of the business:

  • Process technology
  • Application development
  • Product development
  • Feedstock
  • Quality

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.

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