MUTTENZ, Switzerland – Clariant has inaugurated its new production plant for water-based pigment preparations in Mexico. The new plant, located in Santa Clara, doubles Clariant’s Mexico annual production capacity for water-based pigment preparations and enhances its ability to serve customers across North and Latin America.

The capacity increase for water-based pigment preparations will enable Clariant to improve its support for the region's current and emerging market segments including decorative coatings, non-impact and flexo printing, industrial coatings, and specialties like home care, personal care, and stationery.

Clariant began production at the new Santa Clara plant for water-based pigment preparations in the second quarter of 2016. To complement this capacity increase, Clariant is also scheduled to start up a new plant for solvent-based pigment preparations at the same site in the fourth quarter of 2016. This will produce high-milling-demand products for the U.S. specialties market.

Michael Grosskopf, Head of Business Unit Pigments, commented, “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.”