Cabot Corp and joint venture partner Risun Chemicals Company have commenced construction on new carbon black manufacturing facility in Xingtai, China.

The new Xingtai facility will have a phase I manufacturing capacity of 130,000 metric tons of carbon black per year.

The $140m facility which is 60% owned by Cabot, is scheduled to be completed in mid-2013 and will help support tire and automotive growth in China.

The new site will use the advanced technologies for production of high performance carbon black materials, environmental protection and comprehensive utilization of energy recovery.

Cabot Corp subsidiary Cabot China and Risun Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Risun Coal Chemicals Group are the participating entities in the new site.

The facility will enable Cabot to increase its carbon black manufacturing capacity in China by 25%, the company claimed.

Carbon black is used in many automotive parts, including adhesives and sealants, battery materials, coatings, and more, Cabot said.