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Clariant to establish state-of-the-art catalyst research centre in Shanghai

27th June 2014

The research and development centre 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

Clariant to establish state-of-the-art catalyst research centre in Shanghai
Clariant has been serving the Chinese market through locally produced coal-to-methanol catalysts since 2011

The new catalyst research and development centre 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 research and development efforts and collaboration with its process technology partners.

For example, the world’s first two coal-to-propylene complexes started up with Clariant’s Methanol to Propylene (MTPROP) and methanol synthesis catalysts.

“The decision to create a major catalysts research and development centre in Shanghai reflects our dedication to the market,” said Stefan Heuser, senior vice-president and general manager of Clariant’s Business Unit Catalysts. “By delivering enhanced products and services that answer our customers’ needs, we aim to strengthen our partnerships and presence in the region.”

Clariant has been serving the Chinese market through locally produced coal-to-methanol catalysts since 2011. Clariant is also one of the leading suppliers of catalysts for coal-to-ammonia conversion.

The China research and development centre will also develop new catalysts for selected base metal hydrogenation applications for the fast growing specialty chemicals industry in China. Besides research and development and technical service, the centre will provide support to Clariant’s catalysts production sites in China.

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