Swiss chemicals group Clariant has opened its new production plant for water-based pigment preparations in Mexico.
The new facility in Santa Clara has augmented Clariant's annual production capacity for water-based pigment preparations in the country.
It will enable Clariant to cater to the regions' current and emerging market segments, including decorative coatings, non-impact and flexo printing, industrial coatings, and specialties like home care, personal care and stationery.
The company began production at the new Santa Clara plant for water-based pigment preparations this year.
Clariant business unit pigments head said: "The new production plant in Santa Clara further improves access to growth markets in North, Central and South America.
"The new lines for water-based and solvent-based pigment preparations represent an important next step to extend the value we can create for our customers based on our strong formulation and dispersing know-how for many applications, our globally active technical service and vast production network.
"The strategic location in Mexico allows us to better tailor our offering to specific customer and application needs."
Pigment preparations are aqueous dispersions based on pigments.
This method offers a faster and more cost-efficient production along with a better dispersibility when compared to powder pigments.
In addition, they impart flexibility through the possibility of solutions tailored to customer specifications.
The company is also planning to open a new plant for solvent-based pigment preparations at the same site at the end of this year in order to complement the existing facility.
It is expected to produce high milling demand products for specialties market in the US.
Image: Clariant's new water-based pigment production site in Mexico. Photo: courtesy of Clariant.