Clariant furthers China agenda
13. April 2021
Clariant has further expanded on several fronts in China in the past month, with the official opening of its One Clariant Campus in Shanghai followed swiftly by a new stabiliser facility in Cangzhou in the northern province of Hebei. China accounted for 10% of corporate sales from continuing operation in 2020, at CHF 402 million, and plans are for this to grow further.
The One Clariant Campus in Shanghai’s XinZhuang Industrial Park will house both the company’s Greater China operational headquarters and the innovation centre for China. It has 24,000 m2 of floor space, of which a little over half of this is given over to laboratories and the rest to office and conference space. About 350 employees will work there.
“This is an important milestone for our dedicated China strategy”, said CEO Conrad Keijzer. It will enable the two teams to innovate and exchange insights more freely and suppliers and customers will be able to co-locate there in order to step up co-operation with Clariant, he added.
The new process and light stabiliser facility is jointly owned with Beijing Tiangang Auxiliary and located at the Cangzhou National Coastal-Port Economy & Technology Development. It will supply mainly the local automotive, textiles and coatings industries. Clariant has also recently announced a new Catofin catalysts facility in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province.
In the other great Asian growth market, Clariant had a little earlier formed a strategic partnership to establish a 51-49% joint venture with India Glycols (IGL) in renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivatives, subject to regulatory approvals. U.S. Bhartia has been designated chairman of the JV, which will employ about 200 people in India.
IGL claims to be the world’s largest maker of ‘green EO’ from bioethanol. It will contribute its Bio-EO Derivative business to the JV, including a multi-purpose production facility with an alkoxylation plant at Kashipur, and has also agreed to a long-term EO supply agreement.
Clariant will contribute its local Industrial & Consumer Specialties business in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, plus an unspecified cash payment to make itself the majority owner and sole shareholder. The newly established will market all of the products of this business in these countries, while Clariant itself will serve all others.
The firm said that combining their production and distribution capacity will both enable the JV to became a major supplier of renewable materials to the growing consumer care market in South Asia and enable it to use EO derivatives across home care, personal care and industrial applications.
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