Orion Engineered Carbons announced began constructing its second plant in China for specialty and high-performance carbon black, expanding the chemical companys production capacity in one of the worlds fastest-growing markets. Carbon black, available as powder or beads, is commonly used in tires, textile fibers, coatings, batteries and numerous other everyday goods. It tints or colorizes as well as reinforces products, conducts electricity and provides UV protection, among many other uses across a wide range of applications and end markets. Orions new facility in Huaibei in the eastern province of Anhui is expected to be completed late next year and to begin operating in 2023. With a targeted initial production capacity of 65-70 kilotons per year, the plant will be able to make a variety of carbon black for specialty and high-end rubber grades. The new site complements Orions first Chinese plant, built in 1994 in Qingdao in the eastern province of Shandong, as well as Orions production site in Yeosu, South Korea.