PRIMED AND READY
The moves are part of a strategy to provide Clariant’s Care
Chemicals unit with a clear focus on highly attractive, high
margin, and low cyclicality segments backed by production
and R&D capacity that’s ready to serve the global market.
All told, the firm has 14 production sites and five R&D sites
scattered across the globe from Santa Clara, CA to Shizuoka,
Japan. And at the end of the October, the company plans to
inaugurate the Clariant Innovation Center in Frankfurt.
Clariant’s new amines joint venture, which will be the
global platform for production and sales of fatty amines and
selected amines derivatives, is slated to begin operations in
the third quarter 2013. The JV with Wilmar, along with other
recent acquisitions and partnerships, will serve as drivers for
future growth, according to company executives.
The firm is also leveraging technologies that have come
from its acquisition of CRM International, a manufacturer
of natural cosmetic ingredients such as emollients, actives,
butters and natural alternatives to silicones. For example,
Clariant now offers the Plantasens product range—a collection that includes plant-based actives, unique emulsifiers
and a broad selection of emollients ranging from vegetable
oils and natural butters to alternatives to silicones, petrolatum and lanolin.
Green Means Go
Speaking in New York, Michael Willome, who is global head of
business unit industrial and consumer specialties, pointed to key
drivers in the household and personal care space, such as efforts
by key customers to switch from oil-based to green chemistry.
He said that firms like P&G and Unilever are seeking“renewable
raw materials and want to change their portfolios—and Clariant
is very well positioned for this.”
Underlining the firm’s commitment to green, Clariant recent-
ly signed the UN Global Compact.
Key new technologies in Clariant’s personal care arsenal in-
clude Aristoflex Velvet polymer, which is billed as an advanced
new ingredient for skin care products that takes“moisturization
and cleansing beyond pure functionality to create a luxurious and
long-lasting sensory experience.”
The ethylene oxide (EO)-free and preservative-free ingredient—
which was a finalist in the Best New Ingredients category at In-
Cosmetics—adds a soft and smooth feel to skin care formulations
during application. Its innovative composition does not immediately
break on skin when applied, but instead gently melts to leave skin
feeling evenly soft and moisturized, according to Clariant.
Additional green chemistries are being explored in
Clariant’s R&D labs. For example, in the pipeline is a sugar-based surfactant that is expected to be out in mid 2014, according to company officials.
Clariant’s sees itself as a“solution provider” for regional, mid-size companies and an“innovation provider”to global businesses.
In addition, Clariant is now working directly with global key
accounts, noted Willome. The goal is to be on the ground where
they are with leading technologies.
Looking ahead, Clariant officials may seek out small bolt-on
acquisitions in the $10-50 million range to“improve its technology, not its footprint,” said Willome. “Our R&D and manufacturing global footprint is complete.”•
Above, chief executive officer Hariolf
Kottmann. At left, inside a Clariant
personal care lab in Brazil.