SAO PAULO, Brazil (Feb. 20)—Cabot Corp. will expand annual carbon black capacity 60 percent to 120,000 metric tons at its Maua, Brazil, facility by late 2005 by building a third production unit at its complex near Sao Paulo.
Cabot Brasil Industria e Comericio Ltda. will spend $25 million on the project, which is being undertaken to meet growing demand for carbon black throughout South America. Planning for the construction of the new unit, including the process to obtain necessary government and other approvals, is under way, said Bill Brady, executive vice president and general manager of carbon black.
This is Cabot's second major expansion in Brazil in less than three years. It built a $30 million, 40,000-metric-ton-per-year carbon black unit at Maua in 2001-02.