Clariant announces a new collaborative innovation center to support North America’s paints and coatings industry in meeting the challenges of emerging trends, increasing performance requirements, and meeting sustainability needs.

Clariant’s new state-of-the-art laboratory will bring together its research and technical experts in specialty formulation ingredients and additives to foster collaborative product development across all formulation aspects.

“Delivering industry-targeted, sustainable innovation to advance our customers’ evolution is at Clariant’s core. We are excited to expand our footprint in North America with an additional regional innovation center,” said Gene Mueller, head of Region North America at Clariant.

“There is so much more to modern paints and coatings than just color, they’re incredibly complex,” added Andy Michael, technical manager of industrial applications, BU Industrial & Consumer Specialties. “With our Additives colleagues alongside us in this new innovation center, we’ll be able to take a more universal approach to solving these challenges, working on the best technology and multifunctional solutions to address customer needs.”

The investment will strengthen R&D support for customers across the industrial space of paints, coatings, inks, adhesives and elastomers. Existing capabilities at the location, which includes research laboratories and a pilot plant currently used by the technical teams of Clariant Industrial and Consumer Specialties, will be upgraded and expanded with an additional 5000 square feet of new laboratories and office space.

New equipment has been included that will promote faster throughput screening, improved rheological testing, a spray booth and accelerated weathering chambers.

“Clariant has a long-standing customer-centric approach to supporting the paints and coatings industry. We firmly believe that collaborative partnerships built on performance, innovation and sustainability are key to our customers’ success. They gain the differentiation to drive forward in the market introducing new solutions faster,” said Ray Gonzales, newly appointed head of sales North America, Clariant BU Additives.

Construction of the new Mount Holly West Innovation Center will begin in August 2021 and is scheduled for completion in Q1 2022. Clariant’s latest regional innovation center for North America follows the opening of the Consumer Care Innovation Center in New Providence, NJ in September 2019.

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