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Type Public
Traded as SIXCLN
Industry Chemicals, manufacturing
Founded 1995
Headquarters Muttenz, Switzerland
Area served Worldwide
Key people Hariolf Kottmann (CEO), Patrick Jany (CFO), Rudolf Wehrli (Chairman, Non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors)
Products Speciality chemicals
Net income 238 million CHF (2012)
Total assets 9.525 million CHF (2012)
Total equity 3.040 million CHF (2012)
Employees 21,202 (2012)

Clariant is a Swiss speciality chemicals company which was formed in 1995 as a spin off from Sandoz.


The company has a turnover of around US$8 billion and is headquartered in Muttenz with a corporate centre in Pratteln, both near Basel, Switzerland. Clariant manufactures a range of specialty chemicals based largely on pigment, surfactant and polymer chemistry.

The company expanded by the incorporation of the speciality chemicals business of Hoechst (Germany) in 1997 and the acquisition of British Tar Products (BTP plc) in 2000. In 2011 Clariant acquired German speciality chemical company Süd-Chemie.

Clariant's largest business units make functional chemicals such as biocides, industrial ingredients, and detergents as well as chemicals and dyes for textiles, leather, and paper. Clariant's other segments make pigments for inks, paints, and plastics and masterbatches, which are highly concentrated additives for plastics and textiles. It is also among the leading manufacturers of de-icing agents and fire retardants, and chemicals used in the oil & gas and mining industries. Active in 150 countries on five continents, Clariant is now focusing on its fast-growing fine and specialty chemicals and on expanding operations in Asia.[1]

With its Head of Corporate Controlling, Stephan Lynen, the company pursues a rather minimalist finance approach. These days, the global business unit collects the financial data from the 11 business units and establishes a bottom-up objective—not a budget. This way, the company's goals are more realistic and every incentive is bound to them.[2]

The company is a supply of chemicals and colors for the textile, leather, paper, packaging, plastics, printing, oil & gas, detergent, mining, personal care and metalworking industries. In 2012 Clariant announced that it would divest its textile chemicals, emulsions and paper specialities businesses to SK Capital, its leather services to Stahl and detergents & intermediates business to Welychem.[3]

Key Personnel[edit]

  • Chairman: Rudolf Wehrli
  • Vice-chairman: Günter von Au
  • CEO: Hariolf Kottmann. Responsible for Clariant Excellence, Group Legal & Compliance, Group HR, Talent Management Review, Group Communications, Corporate Development, Environment Safety & Health Affairs, People Excellence
  • CFO: Patrick Jany. Responsible for Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Insurances, Information Technologies, Investor Relations
  • Executive Committee member responsible for Emulsions, Industrial & Consumer Specialties, Oil & Mining Services, Purchasing, Logistics, Operational Excellence: Mathias Lütgendorf
  • Executive Committee member responsible for Masterbatches, Additives, Pigments, Functional Materials, Group Technology Services, Commercial Excellence, Innovation Excellence, Catalysis & Energy: Christian Kohlpaintner

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Clariant strengthens Asian presence". Clariant. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  2. ^ Clariant: “We Have Done Away With Traditional Budgeting” CFO Insight Magazine. Dec 10, 2012. Retrieved 12-13-2012
  3. ^ "Clariant divests Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses to SK Capital". Clariant. Retrieved 2013-02-06. 


  • Anna Bálint: Clariant clareant. The beginnings of a specialty chemicals company, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main/New York 2012, ISBN 978-3-593-39374-2.

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