HOUSTON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 10, 2014 to mark the opening of its new 10 million INR Roha, India Mining Lab complex, located in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra. The new Clariant lab offers the capabilities of evaluating the performance of Clariant Mining Solutions chemistry, designed specifically to suit the unique requirements of Indian ores and address the challenges operators face in the recovery of fine mineral grains at various grades.
"Roha is a strategic site for Clariant's operations in India, and our recent investments are a testimony of this commitment," said Dr. Deepak Parikh, vice-chairman and managing director for Clariant India. "This new laboratory will accelerate our business growth and support research and development to cater to the evolving customer demands locally. It further reflects Clariant's commitment to support India's mining growth."
The changing mineral processing environment in India is creating opportunities for flotation and adjacent technologies as well as the need for technical services at both the laboratory and plant scale. The new Clariant Mining Solutions Lab is capable of receiving the run of mine (ROM) ore from mining operations throughout India to cost-effectively evaluate the performance of Clariant chemical agents developed to boost mineral grade and recovery. The lab is well equipped with all the standard equipment required in the performance evaluation of Clariant's chemical agents, including a Feed Preparation (Size Reduction Equipment), Flotation Cells and Drying & final Product Preparation.
"The new laboratory will showcase how Clariant Mining Solutions can add value and product relevance for our customers in a timely fashion, while also proving to be a model for cost-effective investment in innovation," says Jason Wang, head of Asia Pacific North Region, Clariant Mining Solutions. "We are excited to offer long-term solutions to meet the needs of the changing mineral processing environment in India and look forward to a deeper partnership with our customers to help generate significant revenues for their operations."
Clariant is a globally leading specialty chemicals company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31, 2013 the company employed a total workforce of 18,099. In the financial year 2013, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.076 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant's corporate strategy is based on four pillars: managing businesses for profitability, research & development and innovation, growth in emerging markets, and repositioning of the portfolio.
Clariant Mining Solutions is a leading provider of flotation chemicals and emulsifiers for explosives to the global mining industry. Clariant's strong and growing team of technical experts operate around the globe and is dedicated to providing world-class specialty chemical solutions that add value to customers' mining operations. The company operates nine state-of-the-art R&D laboratories worldwide which are dedicated to the development and optimization of chemical solutions.