Clariant opens bleaching earth production facility in Indonesia

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant has opened a new bleaching earth production facility for its Business Unit Functional Minerals in Gresik, near Surabaya, Indonesia.

The new facility bolsters Clariant's existing manufacturing capacity and expands its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region.

Clariant executive committee member Christian Kohlpaintner said: "We firmly believe that the future of Clariant will be decided in Asia and this investment further strengthens our position there. The new site in Gresik will be a key regional manufacturing hub from where we can better serve the emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific Region and benefit from their good growth perspectives."

The Business Unit Functional Minerals supplies specialty products that are based on bentonite.

After the success of its Tonsil bleaching earths, the firm commenced capacity expansion plan on a global scale.

In addition to the site in Indonesia, extra production capacity will commence in Turkey in April this year, while bleaching earth production has begun in Mexico in April, 2016.

"This new site increases our regional production capacity for bleaching earth by 35%."

Business Unit Functional Minerals head Sven Schultheis said: "We invested in capacity expansion in order to support market development and growth by our customers.

"This new site increases our regional production capacity for bleaching earth by 35%, allows us to offer a broader range of Tonsil bleaching earths based on different customer requirements and has dedicated laboratory facilities to deliver faster technical support to customers in the Asia-Pacific Region."

Clariant's new site is located in the Java Integrated Industrial & Port Estate (JIIPE), which is the first fully integrated industrial estate established in Indonesia.

BU Functional Minerals Region  SEAP head Gustavo Rodriguez said: "Our new site's excellent infrastructure facilities makes it possible to provide more added value to customers through shorter lead times. The first-rate silo truck loading stations can handle over ten trucks per day, allowing us to fulfill the increased requirements of the market for bulk deliveries."