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Clariant Announces New Innovation Center in NC

Monday, July 19, 2021

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Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announced last week a new collaborative innovation center that’s aiming to support the company’s research in North America, meeting the challenges of emerging trends, increased performance requirements and sustainability needs.

According to the company, the laboratory, which will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, will bring together its research and technical experts in specialty formulation ingredients and additives “to foster collaborative product development across all formulation aspects.”

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Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announced last week a new collaborative innovation center that’s aiming to support the company’s research in North America, meeting the challenges of emerging trends, increased performance requirements and sustainability needs.

“There is so much more to modern paints and coatings than just color, they’re incredibly complex,” commented Andy Michael, Technical Manager of Industrial Applications, BU Industrial & Consumer Specialties. “With our Additives colleagues alongside us in this new innovation center, we’ll be able to take a more universal approach to solving these challenges, working on the best technology and multifunctional solutions to address customer needs.”

The company says that the investment will strengthen research and development of paints, coatings, inks, adhesives and elastomers.

The emphasis will be on innovating new ingredients, formulating, applying and testing. This will include onsite application testing capabilities, with the ability to test a paint formulation on performance, such as scrub, sag, levelling and color acceptance, with industry draw down methods. Further research will be performed in the areas of examining solutions for dispersing and wetting, emulsification, open time, durability and formulation optimization.

“Clariant has a long-standing customer-centric approach to supporting the paints and coatings industry. We firmly believe that collaborative partnerships built on performance, innovation and sustainability are key to our customers’ success. They gain the differentiation to drive forward in the market introducing new solutions faster,” said Ray Gonzales, newly appointed Head of Sales North America, Clariant BU Additives. “We’re excited about the expansion at Mount Holly and what this means in providing the technical service and solutions for the development of new formulations.”

Construction of the new innovation center is slated to begin in August and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of next year.

   

Tagged categories: Business matters; Clariant; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Research and development

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