Singapore, September 23, 2014 — Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals today announced the inauguration of its new Malaysian laboratories for Oil Services and Pigments businesses. The new lab facilities are located in Shah Alam, Malaysia and the opening of the lab facilities signifies Clariant’s commitment to providing innovative technologies and products that respond to the needs of customers both locally and regionally.
Local focus, global benefits
Located in the nucleus of oil and gas operations in South East Asia, the lab by Clariant Oil Services is the first Center of Excellence in Asia Pacific for its oil business. By utilizing LeanSigma approaches, which are the key methodology for Clariant’s continuous improvement initiative known as Clariant Excellence, the new lab enables Clariant’s oil services to deliver high performance and continuous improvement to its customers.
The facility includes state-of-the-art equipment, featuring standard and manual testing processes that model global Clariant Oil Services labs in North America, Brazil and the U.K. It also houses formula simulation and performance testing in emulsion, flow assurance, corrosion and scale control technologies. It joins the company’s industry-leading mix of laboratories in one of the world’s key oil and gas regions.
“As the first Center of Excellence for Clariant Oil Services in the the Asia Pacific region, the facility converges expert personnel, equipment and overall capability in Shah Alam, and positions us closer to our customers to drive collaboration with a response time which meets their needs,” said Peter Dodgeon, Head of Clariant Oil Services Asia Pacific.
Setting the pace for increased service and expertise
For Clariant’s Pigments Business, its ASEAN Pacific Technical Application Center established in 2005 is being upgraded in capacity to allow the business to provide even more comprehensive and customizable technical services to customers from multiple industries in the South East Asia and Pacific region, such as coatings, paintings, printing, plastics and other specialized applications.
“With the upgraded lab, we will be able to better support the increasing demand in both local and regional markets more efficiently and we will continue to build on our dedication to offering innovative and sustainable solutions to our customers from various industries, ” said Phil Adams, Head of Clariant Pigments Asia Pacific.
Serving as a new technical center for Clariant Oil Services and Pigments, the lab facilities will strengthen Clariant’s local technical capacity to provide value added services to local and regional customers through sustainable and innovative technologies and product solutions.
“The inauguration of the new lab facilities reaffirms Clariant’s commitment to sustainable development in the South East Asia & Pacific region. We believe in the potential of the region and its prospects for market growth. Clariant aims to grow together and be a reliable partner for the region,” commented Francois Bleger, Regional Head of Clariant South East Asia and Pacific.