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25. Sep 2019 | Raw materials

Clariant expands catalyst production in China

Specialty chemicals company Clariant has announced a significant expansion of its catalyst production facility in Panjin, Liaoning Province in northeastern China.

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MA is an important component of polymers and coatings for the construction, automotive, shipbuilding and energy industries. Source: ra2 studio – stock.adobe.com.

A double-digit million euro investment will further optimise the existing plant and enable the installation of a production line for Clariant's maleic anhydride (MA) production catalysts. Production is expected to increase from 1.75 million tonnes in 2018 to 2.07 million tonnes in 2022. MA is an important component of polymers and coatings for the construction, automotive, shipbuilding and energy industries.

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Clariant has been producing catalysts for MA production in Panjin since 2007 as part of a joint venture with North Huajin Chemical Industries Group Corporation, one of China's leading petrochemical companies. At the site, more than 140 employees produce catalysts and adsorbents for the production of butane-based maleic anhydride, ammonia, hydrogen and methanol and other applications.

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