STAMFORD, Conn.—Rain Carbon Inc. began the phased start-up of its hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins production facility in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany.
The facility, which will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2019, will have a permitted resins production capacity of up to 50,000 metric tons per year, according to a company news release. It also will serve as the cornerstone of Rain Carbon's advanced materials product segment.
Rain Carbon, a producer of carbon-based products, invested about $66.9 million in the environmentally friendly facility, which will allow production of advanced raw materials to meet regulatory requirements and consumer demand, said Rain Carbon President Gerry Sweeney. The location will support 30 new positions at Rain Carbon and another 45 contractor and regional jobs.
The facility's products will include Novares pure resins, a "water-white" resin with applications in food packaging and hygiene products, Sweeney said.
Messer Group GmbH signed a 15-year hydrogen supply contract with Rutgers Germany, a subsidiary of Rain Carbon, to invest about $10 million in a hydrogen production facility on the site, according to a Messer Group news release. The hydrogen plant is Messer Group's first constructed and installed in Germany.
Rain Carbon operates in both carbon and advanced materials segments. Its carbon-based products are raw materials for industries such as aluminum, graphite electrode and carbon black. Its advanced materials business develops carbon products for applications such as specialty chemicals, coatings, construction and automotive.