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Clariant enters JV with Tiangang for production of high-end polymer additives in China

By Gerald Ondrey |

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) announces the signing of a joint-venture (JV) contract with Tiangang Auxiliary Co., Ltd., a privately owned producer and leading supplier of ultraviolet (UV) light stabilizers in China. Subject to merger control clearance, the contract shall become effective. The multi-million Swiss franc investment of Clariant’s Performance Additives business and Tiangang will establish a world-class production facility in China to meet the growing local demand for process and light stabilizer additives in various growing industries such as textiles or automotive.

“The partnership with Tiangang is another successful step toward strengthening Clariant’s position in China. It provides us with a stronger local footprint to better position our innovative solutions in the growing Asia region, especially in China. Furthermore, by cooperating with a leading Chinese company like Tiangang, we can exchange best practices and valuable market insights in order to deliver ever-more tailored solutions to our customers,” says Christian Kohlpaintner, Clariant’s Executive Committee Member residing in China.

China is one of the key markets for high-end process and light stabilizers, which include the state-of- the-art Nylostab S-EED chemistry, invented by Clariant. To support the growing demand of customers in China, Clariant and Tiangang will jointly manufacture process and light stabilizers and plan to install a new production site in the Cangzhou National Coastal-Port Economy and Technology Development Zone, Hebei province. Production is scheduled to come on stream in the first half of 2019. The JV also plans to expand its offering of solutions for the automotive industry in the future.

Commenting on the joint venture, Stephan Lynen, head of Clariant BU Additives, says: “The production joint venture with Tiangang significantly strengthens our ability to serve the strongly growing demand for high-end additives solutions in Asia. Having local production with a well established and trusted partner improves proximity to our customers and to our raw material suppliers. This will enable us to accelerate response times and shorten supply lead times.”

Gang Liu, vice president, Tiangang comments: “Established in 1991, Tiangang has been a trusted supplier for the polymer industry with a complete range of light stabilizer products and solutions. By partnering with Clariant, a world-leading innovative pioneer in additives development, we look forward to combining the rich technology and production knowledge of both companies to provide the best value-adding solutions and products to the polymer industry with world-class quality and services.”

The JV with Tiangang is the latest move to expand the local footprint of Clariant’s Additives business in China. It follows the announcement in May 2017 of an investment in Zhenjiang, China which will create a state-of-the-art production facility for AddWorks, synergistic additive solutions and Ceridust, micronized waxes serving the plastics, coatings and inks industries. It is scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2018.

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