Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

February 9, 2021

PigmentAfricaClariant Pigments is expanding its pigments laboratory near Johannesburg, South Africa.

To be officially opened and inaugurated in early 2021, the new facility will service the emerging Middle East and Africa paints and coatings market, Clariant says.

The company says its investment in the laboratory, which has taken more than 12 months to complete, will increase local value-added color support services to the coatings industry across Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. The new facility also offers increased local employment opportunities and in-house skills development training in color technologies.

“Previously, we were only able to supply pigments as raw materials, but we are proud to now be offering a full spectrum of value-added services including customized color solutions, color matching services or the development of own color recipes to create an unlimited number of shades, for example tinting systems,” says Rossitza Dimitrova, Clariant Business Unit Pigments Head of Technical Marketing, Middle East and Africa. “To complete our services we also offer technical marketing and after sales support.”

The following ranges will be produced at the facility:

  • Hostatint 500 and Colanyl 500, binder-free pigment preparations for decorative coatings
    • Hostatint A 100, a range of solvent-based pigment preparations with high pigment loading and good rheological properties for industrial coatings
    • Hostafine, aqueous binder-free pigment preparation range for water-based wood coatings for wood stains and glazes
    • Hostatint A 100-ST, highly transparent pigment preparations for solvent-based paint systems for industrial coatings

“In South Africa there is a growing demand for both locally produced and sustainable colorants and at Clariant Pigments we can now better serve the local and regional coatings industry with innovative and sustainable ranges of colorant solutions,” says Piers Kure, Clariant Business Unit Pigments Head of Sales, Sub Sahara, Africa.

www.clariant.com

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