Polymers & Specalities Clariant Starts Up Production of AMPS–Polymers in Tarragona, Spain
After two years of construction and investments of 16 million, speciality chemicals company Clariant starts the production of AMPS-polymers at its facility in Tarragona, Spain. The new products come in–line with a focus on the market for mining chemicals, speakers explained.
Muttenz/Switzerland – “As Clariant continues to grow, we need to strike a balance between performance, people and planet,” says Michael Riedel, Head of Regional Business Line EMEA, BU ICS. “With our new AMPS polymers plant, we believe we have achieved a perfect harmony between these three key elements.”
Two separate lines will make a range of polymers for the Business Unit (BU) Industrial & Consumer Specialties (ICS) and BU Oil & Mining Services (OMS). These range from emulsifiers and rheology modifiers for use in face creams, to fluid loss control additives for well cements used in oil and gas drilling operations. The investment by OMS in Tarragona is part of its on-going expansion in global capacity for the mining sector, Clariant stated.
The new plant is the result of a two-year investment totaling around EUR 16 million, brought about through Clariant’s recently completed Global Asset Network Optimization (GANO) project. It has led to the creation of 32 new jobs at the site. Production commissioning and customer approvals have been taking place since early last year, leading up to the official opening of the plant on February 22.