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CHINAPLAS 2021:Clariant's new Additives R&D Center in China supports local market
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:01.Apr.2021

Clariant’s Additives business continues to step up support for the needs of China’s growth industries, with new facilities to foster R&D and joint application technology developments at the One Clariant Campus (OCC).


Ahead of CHINAPLAS 2021, Clariant has shared a taster of bio-based additives available to advance resource-efficient innovation in local market segments and highlighted from its new sustainable solutions set for their regional debut.


The new Additives’ R&D Center will be integrated in the new Clariant Innovation Center China in Shanghai. It aims to bring faster lead times and more speed in development efforts for various application sectors including E&E, 5G, automotive, packaging, fibers & films, adhesives, coatings and inks.


It will offer customers opportunities for joint development and application testing at every step of the value chain, from polymerization to compounding and conversion, all the way to performance testing.


The new Additives R&D Center will foster agile collaboration with customers at every step of the value chain.

Francois Bleger, Head of Clariant Additives business, comments: “Our new Additives R&D Center creates the exciting opportunity to be more agile in our additive development and foster China-relevant innovation together, from the start of the creative process. In a nutshell, innovation for customers, with customers, at the heart of the main markets.”


Located right in the main markets for Polyamide (PA), Polyester (PET) fibers, engineering thermoplastics & thermosets, and increasingly biopolymers, the new facility will feature an advanced plastics processing and testing laboratory equipped with related technologies such as for polycondensation, compounding, injection molding and foaming, and establish relevant testing and analytical capabilities.


Clariant has successfully introduced solutions from its AddWorks PKG series in China to further improve the inherent properties of polyolefins for the packaging of highly demanding new applications.


This includes AddWorks PKG 113, designed for high speed Cast Polypropylene (CPP) and Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) resins providing good polymer melt protection and high film productivity, and AddWorks PKG 171 designed for vis-broken PP and for low discoloration PP applications.


Both products will feature at CHINAPLAS 2021 alongside more new sustainable solutions for key market segments and several new additives to the region from Clariant's EcoCircle initiative will also be introduced.


EcoCircle supports the transition from a one-way plastics value chain to a circular plastics economy by going beyond a simple product focus, looking at the entire value chain, and identifying the most sustainable and viable solutions. This includes the development of sustainable solutions for mechanical recycling and the use of certified renewable raw materials to produce high-performance additives.


New for the chinese market is the Exolit OP Terra range, renewable-based halogen-free flame retardants. A like-for-like drop in alternative to Clariant’s fossil based Exolit OP products, they achieve UL 94 V-0 rating with stable flame retardancy even after multiple recycling processes. Application areas include electronic and electrical equipment, and automotive components.


Licocare RBW VITA will be presented to customers in China for the first time, too. Clariant’s fully sustainable, practically 100% renewable, non-food competing bio-additives solutions offer multiple processing and end-product enhancements to biopolymers, such as Polylactic Acid (PLA).


And in doing so, Licocare RBW VITA opens up opportunities for brands to consider biopolymers as a viable, low carbon footprint alternative to fossil based-plastics.


Further, Clariant introduces Licocare RBW 330 VITA, a new renewable-based solution that nucleates polyamides, reducing the cooling time and shrink/warp, yielding faster cycles, and leading to better molding costs.



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