Clariant is a Swiss speciality chemical 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, 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. 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.

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.

Key Personnel

  • Chairman: Jürg Witmer
  • Vice-chairman: Rudolf Wehrli
  • CEO: Hariolf Kottmann
  • CFO: Patrick Jany
  • Executive Committee member responsible for Businesse Units Industrial & Consumer Specialties, Textile Chemicals, Oil & Mining Services and Leather Services as well as for the Functions Group Procurement and Supply Chain Management: Mathias Lütgendorf
  • Executive Committee member responsible for Business Units Pigments, Masterbatches, Paper Specialties, Detergents & Intermediates, Additives and Emulsions as well as for the Functions Group Technology and ESHA: Christian Kohlpaintner
  • Executive Committee member responsible for Business Units Catalysts & Energy and Functional Materials: Hans-Joachim Müller

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