Specialty chemicals group Clariant plans to establish a new
research center in Shanghai, China, the company
announced on Wednesday.
The R&D center is expected to begin operation by
2015, with the goal of developing catalytic solutions
tailored to Chinese market requirements and enhancing
technical service support to Chinese customers.
The new catalyst R&D center in Shanghai will further
strengthen Clariant´s technology
portfolio and service
offerings for coal-to-chemicals applications and provide a
complete range of solutions for the market.
Clariant has already established an excellent technology
position on catalysts
for coal-to-chemicals applications through decades of R&D
efforts and collaboration with its process technology
partners, according to
company officials. For example, the worlds first two
coal-to-propylene complexes started up with Clariants
methanol-to-propylene (MTPROP) and methanol
Clariant has been serving the Chinese market through locally
catalysts since 2011.
Clariant is also one of the leading suppliers of catalysts
for coal-to-ammonia conversion.
The China R&D center will also develop new catalysts
for selected base metal hydrogenation applications for the
fast growing specialty chemicals industry in China. Besides
R&D and technical service, the center will provide
support to Clariants catalysts production sites in
The decision to create a major catalysts R&D
center in Shanghai reflects our dedication to the
market," said Stefan Heuser, senior vice president with
Clariant. "By delivering enhanced products and services that
answer our customers needs, we aim to strengthen our
partnerships and presence in the region."