CHINA: Clariant plans catalytic R&D center to develop technologies for China

The new center, scheduled to begin operations by 2015, is intended to further strengthen Clariant's technology portfolio and service offerings for coal-to-chemicals applications and provide a complete range of solutions for the Chinese market.

The company noted that the world's first two coal-to-propylene complexes started up with Clariant's methanol-to-propylene and methanol synthesis catalysts. Clariant is also a leading supplier of catalysts for coal-to-ammonia conversion.

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 7 July 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)