Swiss speciality chemicals company, Clariant International Ltd. is building a new masterbatches plant in the greater Sydney area.
The company says that construction on the plant, which will serve the Australian market with a range of color and additive masterbatches, is currently underway, and set to open by the end of this year.
“Asia Pacific region is one of Clariant's focal areas for future development. The new Australian masterbatches plant will support our masterbatches business to grow and to increase its customer service focus in the region,” said Mathias Lütgendorf, member of the executive committee for Muttenz, Switzerland-based Clariant.
“Building a local masterbatches production plant is a key part of providing fast and reliable service to our Australian customer base, as well as to global and local brand owners,” said Heiner Mehrtens, head of RBL masterbatches for Clariant Asia Pacific.
In June Clariant expanded its production of masterbatches and pigments in Tagerang, Indonesia.
Meanwhile, in North America, bioplastics specialist FKuR Plastics Corp. expanded its distribution deal with Clariant, which will see Clariant market, sell and distribute its biodegradeable and bio-based materials in the U.S. and Canada.
FKuR, based in Willech, Germany, makes a range of materials for injection molding and film production.