Clariant expands in Mexico with new plant

Clariant has commissioned a new production facility at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. The plant, which was built in 18 months, is close to the feedstock-supplying petrochemical complexes of PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos) at Cangrejera, Morelos and Pajaritos. Clariant says this location is excellent for the logistics of feedstock supply, and it is also ideal for exporting to North- and South-America. The investment concludes the first step of Clariant’s expansion in Mexico and the NAFTA region that started two years ago with the acquisition of Christianson SA. The 40,000-ton/year unit will play an important role in the growth strategy of Clariant’s Functional Chemicals division. It will produce low and high molecular weight Polyethyleneglycols, Fatty Amine, Fatty Acid and Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylates as well as Alkylphenol Ethoxylates. These products will serve the growing demand for specialty chemicals in the region, mainly in the personal care and detergent industries, but also in crop protection and in general industrial uses. The Functional Chemicals Division also operates sites in Cuernavaca and in Santa Clara, Mexico City.

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