Clariant opened a new research and development (R&D)
laboratory in Brazil for catalysts for the chemicals and oil
and gas industries, the company said on Tuesday.
Located in Suzano, Brazil -- the companys
largest manufacturing plant in Latin America -- the
laboratory begins operations with a complete infrastructure,
top equipment and a well-qualified team of researchers
dedicated to develop new generations of catalysts as well as
providing technical support to customers in the region.
The projected growth of the gas industry
in Brazil is very impressive and Clariant will contribute to
that growth, said Stefan Heuser, senior vice
president and head of BU Catalysts.
With this important investment we follow our strategy to
provide strong support to our local business partners," he
added. "Here in Brazil we will jointly develop new and
innovative solutions with our catalysts and adsorbents."
Brazilian gas supplies are poised to soar, and domestic
production will triple from current level of 65 million cubic
meters/day to around 180 million in 2020 with significant
portion from off-shore platforms, according to Clariant
Brazil oil production is about 25% of the global deep water
production in 2011, and pre-salt exploration could increase this
percentage significantly. According to ONIP (National Petroleum
Industry Organization), demand for goods and services for the
oil and gas industries should at least reach $400
billion through 2020.
Clariants adsorbents can be used to purify natural
gas, which comes out of the well with impurities such as
sulfur, mercury, arsine and other compounds harmful to the
environment and the plant equipment. The ActiSorb
GP Series adsorbents remove those contaminants before feeding
the gas into the pipeline to meet the mandatory
After more than 60 years providing solutions for the removal of
contaminants from natural
gas and other hydrocarbon chains, Clariant said
it sees the increase in production from the pre-salt
reserves and large potential of shale gas as a platform for
growth in Latin America and worldwide.
In addition, tightening of fuel specifications in South
America and the necessity of processing more challenging feedstocks are driving hydrogen
Clariants catalysts business is one of the market leaders
in hydrogen catalysts, with optimization of high-performance
catalysts representing a critical tool to increase
hydrogen supply in refineries. The catalyst business also
offers a number of sulfur-removal products, including a
gasoline desulfurization catalyst that is being used in more
than a dozen new units worldwide.
We will provide a complete range of solutions for the
catalysts market with the support of our applied research and
technical support infrastructure, said Harald
Dialer, head of syngas catalysts for Clariant.
Fully operational in June, the new R&D laboratory was
established from the acquisition of relevant catalysts assets
of the Brazilian company Oxiteno in mid-2012, which included
patents and research labs.
With the transfer of assets to the Suzano industrial park and
the installation of the new unit, Clariant noted that
it has invested additional resources to improve its
infrastructure and the services offered to its customers, as
well as identify opportunities to develop tailor-made solutions
for the regional market.
The Suzano lab is part of a global network of 11 R&D facilities.
The new research group further strengthens
Clariant´s technology portfolio in gas
purification and syngas-related applications," said Marvin
Estenfelder, head of catalysts R&D for Clariant.