Pigment Production Doubles

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant has opened a new plant that will ultimately benefit the coatings, printing, special applications and plastics industries.

The Muttenz, Switzerland-based manufacturer announced Thursday (June 24) that it has officially launched production of water-based pigment preparations at a facility in Santa Clara, Mexico.

The new plant effectively doubles Clariant's annual production capacity for these aqueous dispersions based on pigments, enhancing its ability to serve customers across North and Latin America, it said.

"The new production plant in Santa Clara further improves access to growth markets in North, Central and South America,” Michael Grosskopf, Head of Business Unit Pigments, explains.

“The strategic location in Mexico allows us to better tailor our offering to specific customer and application needs."

Pigment Preparation Production

According to the manufacturer, pigment preparations offer faster and more cost-efficient production and better dispersibility when compared to powder pigments. They also provide more flexibility through the possibility of tailor-made solutions, it notes.

Production of the water-based pigment preparations at the Santa Clara facility began in Q2 2016.

The new site brings a capacity increase that Clariant says will enable it to improve its support for the regions' current and emerging market segments, including decorative coatings, non-impact and flexo printing, industrial coatings, and specialties like home care, personal care and stationery.

To complement this capacity increase, the manufacturer is also scheduled to open a new plant for solvent-based pigment preparations at the same site in Q4 2016.

This will produce high milling demand products for the U.S. specialties market, it explains.

According to Grosskopf: “The new lines for water-based and solvent-based pigment preparations represent an important next step to extend the value we can create for our customers based on our strong formulation and dispersing know-how for many applications, our globally active technical service and vast production network.”

About the Company

Formed in 1995 as a spin-off from chemical company Sandoz, Clariant’s business focus centers on four areas: care chemicals (consumer and industrial); catalysis; natural resources (oil and mining, minerals); and plastics and coatings.

As of 2015, it employed 17,213 at 110 companies in 53 countries. It has major manufacturing sites in Europe, North America, South America, China and India. It reported sales of CHF 5.807 billion (almost $6 billion) in 2015.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business operations; Clariant; Coating chemistry; Coating Materials; Coatings raw materials manufacturers; Coatings Technology; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Pigments

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