Clariant, a notable leader in the sphere of specialty chemicals recently announced the official opening of two new additive facilities at Zhenjiang, China. The opening of the fully owned facilities completes a multi-million CHF investment that had been announced in 2017. Seemingly, the inauguration also places Clariant’s additive business in China in a position to expand its offering of high-end, customized solutions for ink, coatings and plastics industries. Christian Kohlpaintner, Clariant’s Executive Committee member, reportedly said at the opening ceremony for the facilities that the investment in the Zhenjiang Economic and Technological Development Zone adds to the commitment milestones achieved by Clariant in expanding capacity and capability in China which is one of the most strategic markets for the specialty chemical manufacturer. He added that Clariant is looking to reap the benefits of the investment and pursuing a strategy aimed at sharpening Clariant’s focus in China. The new facilities are committed to the production of AddWorks synergistic additive solutions and Ceridust micronized waxes. Both these additives are widely used in applications across ink, coatings and plastics industries. Apparently, Clariant Additive is recognized as a partner of choice among producers in these industries and with the additional local production facilitated by the units, Clariant will be able to provide better tailored solutions within shorter lead times. Sources claim that the tailored solution will act as key components for the continued expansion of Clariant’s China sales by fulfilling China’s demand for environmentally compatible and safe products as outlined in the 13th Five Year Plan. Clariant will also differentiate itself by confirming to industrial policy ‘Made in China 2025’ with the tailored products. Clariant’s Head of Business Unit Additives, Stephan Lynen reportedly stated that the production facilities will help complement Clariant’s long standing regional network of technical and commercial support for China and also for the whole of Asia. He further added that Clariant will continue to support the sustainable growth in the region.