Clariant plans China FR plant
Clariant is to build its first Chinese production facility for Exolit OP range of aluminum diethyl-phosphinate flame retardants. This will supply the electrical and electronic equipment industries, in particular e-mobility, 5G communications technology and transportation in China and other Asian markets.
Costing CHF 60 million and due to open in 2023, this will be located at the existing Clariant site at Daya Bay in Huizhou, Guangdong province. This site is home to the company’s first ethoxylation plant in Asia, which services local pharmaceutical, personal care, home care and general industrial markets.
Clariant said that this is in line with its “dedicated growth strategy for China, in which footprint enlargement plays a vital role, alongside customer experience and innovation to support the country’s drive towards sustainability transformation”. The company is allocating about 35% of growth capex to China going forward and expects China to account for about 14% of its sales by 2025 up from 10% in 2020.
Clariant has also opened its Eastern Hemisphere Technical Centre, a commercial hub and oil services facility at the Dubai Science Park, UAE. This will serve Africa, Southeast Asia, the CIS states, Europe the North Sea and the Middle East. It will focus on corrosion, scale and flow assurance, with equipment, including autonomous application testing facilities.