MEDICINE HAT, Alberta—Behind the blue-and-white moniker of carbon black maker Cancarb Ltd. are definite shades of green. Shades that Brad Thompson, general manager of global sales and marketing, says are getting deeper and richer with each passing year as the company continues to make sustainability a priority.
This year is no different for Cancarb, which recently rolled out a new product in its Thermax N990 line of thermal carbon blacks. Dubbed Thermax N990CG, the medium thermal carbon black product demonstrates low levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)—compounds created from an organic material during the combustion process, forming from fused aromatic rings.
"PAH are listed as carcinogens. So especially in the EU, and even in the U.S. with the FDA, there are different regulations being brought in for low-PAH products, especially those that are involving consumer goods," Thompson said. "The handle on your power tools or golf grip made of rubber or your Apple Watch band—anything that touches people's skin, they want to make sure that those products are low in PAH concentration because, potentially, there could be risk there."