MUTTENZ, Switzerland – Clariant has inaugurated a new extension to its production facility in Roha, India. The expansion doubles its capacity at the facility for pigments and pigment preparations. This higher output will enable the company to increase its market coverage in India and the neighboring countries of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and to provide products better tailored to customer needs.

The improved plant, in which Clariant has invested CHF 3.2 million, forms part of a strategic program of the company to support customers in emerging markets with high-quality pigments and pigment preparations that comply with local and international eco-labeling schemes.

Pigments and pigment preparations produced at the Roha plant are for a wide range of applications, including interior and exterior coatings; packaging; personal, home and fabric care products; seed coatings; and dispersions for printing.

“Clariant is investing across Asia to develop production, technical support and commercial service capabilities that will enable our customers in this rapidly growing region to be successful in growing their business,” said Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant. “The enhanced capability in Roha complements improvements we have made and continue to make in our various operations in China, Indonesia and elsewhere.”

Last year, Clariant’s Pigments Business Unit doubled its marketing and sales organization in Asia. It has strengthened its team of Regional Product Managers for both pigments and pigment preparations to support the growing number of customer requests.