HOLDEN, MASS.-Clariant Interna-tional Ltd. is set to sell pigments, additives and colorant masterbatches in almost every part of the world, yet it still is planning expansions and acquisitions. Clariant recently acquired Zipperling Kessler & Co., a colorant producer based in Ger-many. Also, Clariant's color and masterbatch producing company, ReedSpectrum of Holden, has extended its U.S. operations through a new plant in Phoenix.
Victor Sana-huja, a member of the board for Clariant Interna-tional Ltd.'s Pig-ment/Additives and Master-batches Division, said his company expects to complete its global expansions in the next five years, by investing $50 million a year in expansions, acquisitions, joint ventures and new products and technologies.
``At present, we are 80 percent covered in regions of the world where we want to be,'' Sanahuja said in an Aug. 14 interview at ReedSpectrum.
He said Clariant is satisfied with its position in Europe, but is considering expansions in the Far East, including a research and development center there. Clariant now has three R&D centers in North America and four in Europe.
In South America, the company has small operations in Brazil and Venezuela, and imports specialty products as needed from Europe. Clariant company is planning a production operation in Mexico City, where it now has a sales office.
One facet of Clariant's drive to improve its market position in plastics was its acquisition in May of Bay Resins, which was made part of the Performance Plastics sector of Clariant Corp. of Charlotte, N.C. Clariant also wants to expand as a supplier of colorants for fibers, Sanahuja said.
Clariant recently reorganized its business units into divisions to produce uniformity among its 27 production operations and 14 sales offices.
The company's far-flung operations are connected, he said, through a computerized, electronic data transmission system developed by Clariant.
The system, based on spectrometry and computer-based color matching technology, captures formulas for colorants and masterbatches, and soon will be able to transmit them to any Clariant operation in the world, he said.
Clariant is a year-old, $2-billion company formed from the chemicals division of Sandoz Chemical Co. Plastics products make up about 26 percent of the Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant's corporate sales.