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18. May 2017 | Raw materials

Clariant to invest in new additives’ facilities in China

Clariant underscores its commitment to Asia with a multi-million CHF investment by its additives business to ensure local manufacturing in China of high-end solutions for the coatings & inks industries.

Head of Clariant BU Additives, Stephan Lynen and Xue Feng, Director ZETDZ shaking hands after agreeing on plans to expand production facilities in Zhenjiang. Source: Clariant

With this investment, Business Unit (BU) Additives adds its first two fully-owned production facilities to the company’s regional network of commercial and technical support.

Operational start-up in 2018

This provides BU Additives increased ability to respond to the strongly growing demand for innovative and sustainable solutions in Asia. For example, the water-based coatings market in Asia Pacific region is estimated to grow from US$15bn in 2015 to US$19bn by 2020. The expansion of its manufacturing footprint will also enable Clariant to shorten supply lead times and deliver customised high-tech solutions more rapidly in this region. The new facilities at Clariant’s site in Zhenjiang, China, are expected to come on stream in 2018.

Solutions for packaging and waxes

The production units will focus on offering performance additive solutions for packaging, automotive and micronised waxes for various coatings & inks applications. These sustainable solutions can improve end product properties, extend energy conservation or have higher recyclability. They will fill unmet needs of new products with stronger sustainable characteristics and improved performance for customers especially in China. According to China’s 13th Five Year Plan and the industrial policy ‘Made in China 2025’, the demand for environmentally-compatible and safe products is highly emphasised.

Better position to benefit from growth

"This investment is another proof point of our commitment to strengthen Clariant’s position in China, where the future of our company is going to be decided. Local production in China puts us in a better position to benefit from the growth perspectives of the Asia region, and especially of China. Being closer to our customers enables us to better cooperate and tailor our solutions to their needs as well as gain valuable market insights,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, Clariant's Executive Committee Member.

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