Rain Carbon begins commissioning process at new hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins facility in Germany

Rain Carbon, a global producer of carbon-based products, initiated the phased start-up of its hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins production facility in Castrop- Rauxel, Germany.

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Rain Carbon opens a production facility for hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins in Castrop-Rauxel -

Once operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, the state-of-the-art plant will have a permitted resins production capacity of up to 50,000 tons per year and will serve as the cornerstone of Rain Carbon’s Advanced Materials product segment.  “Today, we are continuing a traditional that began here in 1898, when the former Rütgers plant was producing raw materials for preserving railroad ties and later when it supported the growing Bakelite industry. Our 60 million Euro investment in this facility will enable Rain Carbon to produce advanced raw materials required to meet changing regulatory requirements and growing consumer demand for cleaner, faster and lighter products,” said Rain Carbon President Gerry Sweeney during the commissioning ceremony.

Expansion of the Advanced Materials product segment

“These developments are important – and not just for Rain Carbon,” Sweeney continued. “They are significant for the entire region, creating 21st-century jobs, including 30 new positions at Rain Carbon and another 45 contractor and regional jobs. In addition, this facility is bringing new products and technologies to the Ruhr Valley. Just as important is this plant’s potential to attract new customers to the region, since its strategic location in western Germany offers European customers a shorter and more cost-effective supply chain for water-white resins and other advanced materials previously imported from Asia.”

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