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Cancarb expands Medicine Hat plant

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Cancarb is investing $40 million in a plant expansion.

Dec. 12, 2018

Cancarb’s Medicine Hat plant will see an increase in production capacity and storage of its product, thermal carbon black.

The company says the $40.1 million expansion project will begin immediately.

“We are pleased to make this additional investment in Cancarb’s thermal carbon black capacity so as to serve the growing needs of Cancarb’s customers,” says Takashi Masaki, General Manager of the Carbon Black Division of Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.

“This investment reaffirms our commitment to this special grade of carbon black and to the many specialty markets and applications that Cancarb serves.”

Since 1973, Cancarb has been producing thermal carbon black in Medicine Hat. The product is used to make goods such as rubber, high temperature insulation, plastics and cement products.

The company exports 95% of its product outside of Canada to customers in over 40 countries.

Cancarb’s Medicine Hat plant has expanded capacity three times, in 1985, 1996 and 2000.

Currently, the plant has five thermal carbon black units, with a total capacity of 45,000 metric tonnes. When completed, the new production unit will add 9,000 metric tonnes of capacity and produce Cancarb’s signature grades of Thermax® medium thermal carbon black.

The expansion project includes the refurbishment of a recently purchased warehouse on land adjacent to Cancarb’s current warehouse. The new warehouse will add 27,000 square feet of additional storage capacity, bringing Cancarb’s total warehouse space in Medicine Hat to 90,000 square feet.  

“This is great news for Medicine Hat. Cancarb’s expansion will result in new jobs in the community, which means more home sales and more support for local business,” says Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat. “They’ve been great corporate citizens, and we are so pleased with their continued commitment to Medicine Hat.”

The expansion is expected to be completed in 2020.