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Traded as SIXCLN
Industry Chemicals, manufacturing
Founded 1995
Headquarters Muttenz, Switzerland
Area served
Key people
Hariolf Kottmann (CEO), Patrick Jany (CFO), Rudolf Wehrli (Chairman, Non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors)
Products Speciality chemicals
217 million CHF (2014)
Total assets 7.915 million CHF (2014)
Total equity 2.733 million CHF (2014)
Number of employees
17003 (2014)
Divisions Additives, Catalysts, Functional Minerals, Industrial&Consumer Specialties, Masterbatches, Oil&Mining Services, Pigments [1]
Website [1]

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 flame 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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  • 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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