Clariant opens new mining chemicals lab in India

Specialty chemicals company Clariant held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its new India Mining Lab complex, located in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra. 

The new Clariant lab offers the capabilities of evaluating the performance of Clariant Mining Solutions chemistry, designed specifically to suit the unique requirements of Indian ores and address the challenges operators face in the recovery of fine mineral grains at various grades.

“Roha is a strategic site for Clariant’s operations in India, and our recent investments are a testimony of this commitment,” said Dr. Deepak Parikh, vice-chairman and managing director for Clariant India. “This new laboratory will accelerate our business growth and support research and development to cater to the evolving customer demands locally. It further reflects Clariant’s commitment to support India’s mining growth.”

The changing mineral processing environment in India is creating opportunities for flotation and adjacent technologies as well as the need for technical services at both the laboratory and plant scale, according to Clariant officials. 

The new lab is capable of receiving the run of mine (ROM) ore from mining operations throughout India to cost-effectively evaluate the performance of Clariant chemical agents developed to boost mineral grade and recovery. The lab is well equipped with all the standard equipment required in the performance evaluation of Clariant’s chemical agents, including a feed preparation (size reduction equipment), floation cells and drying and final product preparation.

“The new laboratory will showcase how Clariant Mining Solutions can add value and product relevance for our customers in a timely fashion, while also proving to be a model for cost-effective investment in innovation,” said Jason Wang, head of the Asia-Pacific North region for Clariant Mining Solutions. “We are excited to offer long-term solutions to meet the needs of the changing mineral processing environment in India and look forward to a deeper partnership with our customers to help generate significant revenues for their operations.”

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