Clariant Campus, Innovation Center Open In Shanghai

March 19, 2021
Clariant strengthens position in China with inauguration of One Clariant Campus.

Specialty chemical company Clariant announces the official opening of its One Clariant Campus in Shanghai, China. Across a total floor space of approximately 24,000 m2, the campus will be home to Clariant’s Greater China operational headquarters as well as the Innovation Center China.

“The One Clariant Campus is an important milestone for our dedicated China strategy. By locating our teams in the China organization under one roof and providing them with state-of-the-art equipment in the Clariant Innovation Center China, we increase their ability to innovate and to exchange insights on market trends and customer needs,” says Conrad Keijzer, CEO of Clariant.

The Chinese market reportedly represented 10% of Clariant’s sales in 2020, totaling CHF 402 million. In addition to the CHF 45 million invested in the campus, Clariant recently announced the construction of a new Catofin catalysts production facility in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. Its joint venture facility with Tiangang Auxiliary in Cangzhou, Hebei province is opening soon.

“As an integral part of the One Clariant Campus, the new innovation center will foster Clariant’s research and development capabilities in China. While the new facilities will greatly enhance the abilities of our own teams, we will also step up our cooperation with local key customers and key suppliers by inviting them to co-locate in our center for the joint development of next generation products. Supported by additional cooperation with academic partners and other industrial partners, the center will be the beating heart of our innovation efforts in China,” says Martin Vollmer, Clariant’s chief technology officer.

Located in Shanghai’s XinZhuang Industrial Park, the One Clariant Campus spans a total of approximately 24,000 m2, consisting of slightly more than 13,000 m2 lab area and close to 11,000 m2 of office and conference center. It serves as the principal office location for some 350 employees. Sustainable building design reportedly was an important element in the construction of the campus, which was awarded a LEED gold certificate (leadership in energy and environmental design, the most widely used green building rating system in the world) as well as the Green Building Label (highest Chinese green building certification).

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