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Clariant highlights sustainable additive solutions for China

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Clariant’s Additives business aims to support the needs of China’s growth industries, with new facilities to foster research and development (R&D) and joint application technology developments at the One Clariant Campus (OCC). Ahead of Chinaplas 2021, Clariant has shared a taster of bio-based additives available to advance resource-efficient innovation in local market segments.

The new Additives' R&D centre will be integrated in the new Clariant Innovation Center China in Shanghai. It aims to bring faster lead times and more speed in development efforts for various application sectors including E&E, 5G, automotive, packaging, fibers & films, adhesives, coatings and inks. Supplementing Clariant’s additives’ production facilities in China, the R&D centre will offer customers unique, from-the-ground-up opportunities for joint development and application testing, at every step of the value chain from polymerisation to compounding and conversion, all the way to performance testing.

Francois Bleger, Head of Clariant Additives business, commented: “Demand for high-end additives is growing strongly in China. As local manufacturers develop more sophisticated processes, technologies and products to align with market needs and China’s environmental goals, sustainable additives can be key to boosting progress effectively and efficiently. Our new Additives R&D centre creates the exciting opportunity to be more agile in our additive development and foster China-relevant innovation together, from the start of the creative process.”

Located right in the main markets for polyamide (PA), polyester (PET) fibres, engineering thermoplastics & thermosets, and increasingly biopolymers, the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art plastics processing and testing laboratory equipped with related technologies such as for polycondensation, compounding, spinning, injection molding and foaming, and establish a broad range of relevant testing and analytical capabilities.

To support local manufacturers, Clariant has successfully introduced solutions from its AddWorks® PKG series in China to further improve the inherent properties of polyolefins for the packaging of highly demanding new applications. This includes AddWorks PKG 113, designed for high speed cast polypropylene (CPP) and biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) resins providing excellent polymer melt protection and high film productivity, and AddWorks PKG 171 designed for vis-broken PP and for low discoloration PP applications. Both products will feature at Chinaplas 2021 alongside more new sustainable additive solutions for key market segments.

For example, China’s ban on single use plastics will increase the country’s focus on recyclable plastics and bioplastics and promote the shift to a circular economy for plastics. At Chinaplas 2021, Clariant will introduce several new additives to the region from its EcoCircle initiative to support manufacturers in achieving these goals.

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