MUTTENZ, Switzerland – Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant continued strengthening its presence in China with the official opening of its new Greater China headquarters in Shanghai on October 20, 2010. The new facility also includes a new technical application center for pigments. Clariant further announced the startup of its new Quinacridon pigment joint venture in Hangzhou, China.

Additionally, in September 2009 Clariant launched its new multipurpose plant in Zhenjiang, China. A new ethoxylation facility in Dayabay, China, the industrial hub in southern China, is currently under construction. Its opening is scheduled for mid 2011.

In 2010, Greater China will gain a share of around eight percent of the worldwide Clariant business. Today, Clariant employs up to 1,300 people in Greater China and is represented in 13 cities with a total of 21 locations.