Origin Materials and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Partner to Develop Advanced Carbon-Negative Materials for Tires

29 April 2022

Origin Materials, Inc., the world’s leading carbon negative materials company with a mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials, and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group (“MCHG”), Japan’s leading diversified chemicals and advanced materials producer, today announced a partnership to develop advanced chemicals and materials built on Origin Materials’ patented technology platform.

As part of the strategic partnership, MCHG will convert hydrothermal carbon (HTC) produced by Origin into high-performance analogs of specialty carbon black materials. These materials will be tested and further developed with one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. The partnership will leverage MCHG’s global supply chain strength, access to Japanese and international markets, and technical innovation capabilities.

The global market for carbon black is projected to reach $26 billion by 2025, expanding at 6% CAGR, according to Grand View Research, Inc. Approximately 70% of the world’s carbon black is used as a reinforcing filler in tires.

Origin’s patented technology platform, which turns the carbon found in sustainable wood residues into useful materials, can help revolutionize tire manufacturing by significantly reducing the products’ carbon footprint as compared to tires made with fossil-based carbon black.

The partnership includes a joint development agreement (JDA) between Origin, and the Carbon Materials business unit of MCHG. The partnership reflects MCHG’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by utilizing biomass in the development of materials while attaining sustainable growth.

Origin Materials Commentary:

“We look forward to partnering with Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group to develop new, better materials for making tires while dramatically reducing carbon emissions,” said Origin Materials Co-CEO Rich Riley. “Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group’s deep manufacturing capabilities, technical expertise, and global customer network can enable broad adoption of Origin’s technology and help drive the ‘once in a planet’ shift to sustainable materials taking place in the automotive industry.”

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group Commentary:

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group’s carbon black is a tech-based and innovative industry-leading product used for prestige tires, paints, and LCDs. MCHG holds a policy toward carbon neutrality by 2050. MCHG already put carbon black from plant oil into the market in 2012. Joint Development with Origin Materials will further accelerate MCHG’s efforts toward carbon neutrality and sustainable growth.

About Origin Materials
Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world's leading carbon negative materials company. Origin’s mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials. For over a decade, Origin has developed a platform for turning the carbon found in inexpensive, plentiful, non-food biomass such as sustainable wood residues into useful materials while capturing carbon in the process. Origin’s patented technology platform can help revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market. In addition, Origin’s technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues. Origin’s patented drop-in core technology, economics and carbon impact are supported by a growing list of major global customers and investors.

For more information, visit www.originmaterials.com.

About Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group seeks to provide solutions to environmental and social issues and to contribute to the sustainable development of people, society and the Earth through its businesses built on a foundation of chemistry. In this way, we aim to realize KAITEKI – a condition that contributes to sustainable development that is optimal for people, society, and the Earth.

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