Press Release

Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (Kemya) and Continental Carbon Company annouce Start-up of a Carbon Black Plant in Saudi Arabia

Brussels, March 2016 – Kemya, a joint venture between Sabic and ExxonMobil, and Continental Carbon Company are pleased to announce the start-up of a new carbon black plant located in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The Kemya facility has a capacity of 50,000 mt and will primarily serve the tire industry.

Continental Carbon has licensed its well-recognized and approved carbon black production technology. Continental Carbon has incorporated the latest technical advances to this facility. The products will be commercialized by Continental Carbon Europe, under the Continex tradename.

Monique Lempereur, Managing Director of Continental Carbon Europe commented: ‘This new plant represents a unique opportunity for Continental Carbon to develop and expand its presence not only in Europe, Middle East, and Africa but also in the Asia Pacific region. The new organization, headquartered in Belgium, south of Brussels, will offer its customers with a premier customer care support combined with a complete supply chain service. The license to Kemya is also bringing to the market a new competitive source of carbon black produced by a large and reputable joint venture.’ 

About Continental Carbon Company:
Continental Carbon is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of carbon blacks used in tire, rubber, and other specialty applications. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Continental Carbon operates production facilities in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company has been in continuous operation since 1936 when it opened its first plant. Throughout the years, Continental Carbon has been at the forefront of carbon black technology development, and its technology is licensed to various third party end users globally. More information is available on the company website


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