SULZBACH, Ts., Germany - On December 15, 2004, Clariant opened its new Technical Service Center in the Caohejing High Tech Park in Shanghai, adding another milestone to its presence in China. With the new center, Clariant is offering even more improved customer-oriented service in Asia.

The center consists of several units: Automotive Center, Textile Technical Center, Leather Testing Laboratory and related service installations. Customers receive comprehensive technical consulting for Clariant's products, as well as intensive support in all application questions. The primary goal is to enhance the competitiveness and performance of Clariant's customers.

"The new Technical Service Center allows us to respond to customer inquiries even faster. It also gives us the opportunity to open up new markets and develop new service ideas," says Werner Wittlin, managing director of Clariant Greater China Region. "Our goal is to become the preferred supplier of specialty chemicals in the region. By combining superior customer service with state-of-the-art manufacturing, we will grow together with this dynamic region of the world, where strong growth is expected to continue in the next years."