Speciality Chemicals Clariant Opens a New Leather Excellence Center in India

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Clariant opened a new Leather Excellence Center in Ranipet, Chennai. It is a major investment by the company in its leather business, and a strong indication that the company’s Leather Business Unit sees great opportunities for continued growth in the Indian leather manufacturing sector.

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Mumbai/India – “We are totally committed to the long term development of our services and products for India’s leather sector,” statedHead of Clariant’s global Leather Business Unit, Oliver Kinkel. “We see the country’s leatherrelated businesses growing and we expect to see above average growth for our products and services. We are looking for double-digit growth of the business in India.”

The company already has major production sites in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, and in Roha, Maharashtra, both situated close to major leather processing zones. Ranipet, Chennai, was chosen for the development of the new Leather Excellence Center as it is perfectly positioned to enable the firm to provide a central application laboratory and technical services for the whole country and especially for all the key accounts across southern India.

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At Clariant Chemicals (India) Limited (CCIL), Head of the Leather Services Business Unit India, R Kumaresanhas described the new laboratory as an excellent interpretation of Clariant’s ‘global technology, locally tailor-made solutions’ concept. The new laboratory and excellence center will house the entire technical and marketing team and will improve the BU’s efficiency and its ability to provide customized solutions for the development of leather articles. The well-equipped laboratory, with the most up-to-date machinery from many major Italian companies, can process leather from beamhouse through to finishing, and also includes a new testing facility for water-repellent leathers.

“We have a product range for all stages of leather production. The new laboratory will be instrumental in bringing Clariant’s latest technologies and systems to our customers at an even faster pace than before,” Kumaresan states. “It shows our commitment to the specialty chemicals business in offering innovative and personalized solutions for our customers. It will also help in getting information to them more speedily about important European fashion trends. Clariant works in close collaboration with Modeurope, as well as with CLRI, India’s Central Leather Research Institute.”