The automotive industry is changing rapidly. Electrical drives have begun to replace the traditional combustion engine and fully autonomous driving may soon be the norm. Safety and best efficiency increasingly are key to consumers. Many Rain Carbon Inc. (RCI) group products are at the forefront of these trends

Automobile manufacturers worldwide are increasingly turning to aluminum as the key material in their vehicles and components in order to reduce weight, improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. RCI’s Coal Tar Pitch (CTP) and Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC) products are both essential materials required for the production of primary aluminum.

RCI companies have long been producers and suppliers of carbon black oils for conversion to carbon black used in truck and automobile tires, as well as for mechanical hoses. Our presence extends into the automotive end market with coumarone-indene resins produced in our RÜTGERS facilities, which are added to synthetic rubber formulations to improve their grip and reduce the rolling resistance of high performance tires. These resins, distributed under the brand name NOVARES®, improve the mechanical properties of car tires and contribute to safer and more energy efficient driving – especially under bad weather conditions.

RCI companies also provide components of the binder system necessary to produce advanced carbon-ceramic brake disks which weigh about 50 percent less than traditional brake disks, have better wear resistance, virtually eliminate brake dust emissions, and reduce the weight of the vehicle by up to 20kg, all while significantly improving response.

Our CTPs also are used in a variety of specialty automotive electrical applications. Electric vehicles depend on high performance lithium-ion batteries. In concert with other researchers, RCI group specialists have advanced the use of special pitches in the anode-grade graphite essential to in the manufacture of these batteries.

Carbon brushes used in electric engines utilize binders made from our CTPs, and the copper wire windings found in every electrical engine are insulated with cresol mixtures of which our companies are a leading provider worldwide.

Chemical feedstocks produced at RCI’s RÜTGERS facilities are also contribute to plastics in automobile manufacture. Our pure acetophenone serves as a basic material protecting PVC plastics from heat and ultraviolet light. Our naphthalene is processed into high-performance polymers used for the production of shock absorbers. Naphthalene derivatives ß-naphthol and H-acid contribute to a wide range of dyes used for coloring plastics such as those in the rear lights of cars.

Finally, several RCI company products improve automotive coatings including carbon black pigments for high optical density to ensure intensive colors, while Violet 23 produced from our carbazole increases the gloss and brightness of dark colors.