Clariant doubles masterbatch and pigment capacity in Indonesia
Swiss speciality chemicals firm Clariant has inaugurated enhancements to its production facility in Indonesia, at its Tangerang site. The significant increase in production capacity and upgrading of local facilities has been undertaken to “better support the strong growth in demand for pigments, masterbatches, personal care, home care and industrial care ingredients in local and overseas markets.” Last year, the Southeast Asian market accounted for 30% of Clariant’s sales in Asia and 7% of global sales.
The investments by the Business Units Industrial & Consumer Specialties, Masterbatches and Pigments are said to highlight Clariant’s commitment to strengthen its long-term provision of value added services to customers in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Clariant is represented in eight locations in Indonesia, with approximately 800 employees across its six production sites and three application and technical centres. The company says it is one of the leaders in Indonesia and Southeast Asia in the areas of pigments, plastics, oil & gas, catalysts and edible oil refinery.
Clariant’s extension of its production and service capabilities at Tangerang includes:
- doubling of existing production capacity and an enlarged application development laboratory to enhance support for customers in the personal care and industrial care sectors. The upgraded facilities have been awarded ISO 22716 Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification.
- a new plant for masterbatches, doubling production capacity with the option for further increases. The investment extends the variety and availability of Clariant’s products to meet local demand for masterbatches from a wide range of end-industries, including packaging and consumer goods.
- a new pigment preparations plant, doubling capacity to support the growth in demand for high quality, low volatile organic compounds (VOC) pigment preparations complying with eco labelling schemes such as blue angel and equivalent schemes in other regions.
- certification of the Tangerang site with ISO 50001 Energy Management System. This benchmark certification promotes systematic energy savings and better environmental performance.
Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, said,
“The future of Clariant will be decided in Asia, and we see Indonesia as a focal point for our sustainable growth in the Southeast Asia region. The investments in production capacity, product range and service enhancements demonstrate our belief in Indonesia’s potential and its market growth, and our commitment to better support the strong demand in local and overseas markets.”