We are continually committed to maintaining excellence in all of our business operations, making a positive and lasting impact on our community, and setting an industry standard for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) performance.
Located on the north side of Ravenna’s chemical district, our plant manufactures carbon black for a variety of applications, including industrial rubber products and tires. Safety is our number one priority, and we are committed to excellence in SH&E for the protection of our employees, contractors, visitors and neighbors. Operating as a responsible corporate citizen, we maintain the most stringent SH&E standards throughout our facility and have adopted a variety of measures to reduce our environmental impact.
Improved Safety Program
We worked diligently to improve our safety program over the last three years. Implementation of the Cabot Life Critical Safety Standards was a key focus area and in particular the safe work permit (SWP) system.
The joint team developed a plan to help resolve communication challenges by implementing a site-specific SWP system. The SWP procedure helps ensure all affected workers review the job steps in advance and collaborate on the most effective risk reduction measures to ensure it is done safely before beginning work. This process allows the team to better track work progress, maintain effective communication and ensure safer operations.
Minimal Impact on the Environment
We recycle wastewater, reprocess off-quality product, and control our air emissions through continuous monitoring in order to minimize our plant's environmental impact.
Best Available Technology (BAT) Guidelines
The plant is operated according to European BAT guidelines for the carbon black industry, limiting our pollutant discharges in adherence with the "best available" technologies and standards.
We have committed to a number of voluntary agreements with provincial and municipal authorities to help us achieve our SH&E goals and improve the environment of our surrounding community.
Additionally, we have developed systems for monitoring air quality and groundwater, and as a member of our local association of chemical companies, we have obtained ISO 14001 certification as a first step toward obtaining the association's registration under the European Union Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).
We reduce our emissions by recovering energy from previously burned gases, and our high performance power station donates all surplus electricity to the national grid.
In 2015, we received the Chairman's Award, which is given to manufacturing sites that have demonstrated excellence in all areas of SH&E by achieving zero recordable incidents, environmental non-conformances or significant process safety events over the past four years. This award honors the continual effort and dedication of our entire team to upholding the highest SH&E standards through strong leadership, personal accountability and teamwork.
We are committed to excellence in safety, health and the environment for the protection of our employees, contractors, visitors and neighbors. We manage our site and operational processes according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 50001:2011.Certifications & Declarations
Community Outreach & Social Responsibility
In 2015, we made a donation to the Liceo Scientifico A. Oriani public school to support its goal of publishing digital textbooks to help promote an interactive learning environment and significantly advance the learning process.
In addition, every year we invite a student to spend five weeks as a “summer trainee” in our labs. We also host class visits for tours of our facility and give interactive lectures at the school.
Supporting Local Students
In partnership with Bologna University's chemical engineering department, we host university students to assist with the preparation of their degree thesis and help facilitate their professional development.