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Published on : Aug 18, 2014

In order to meet the increasing demand of the mining industry, Clariant, which is a Switzerland-based specialty company dealing in chemicals, aims at doubling its production capacity of ether amines. The increase in productive capacity pertains to its Suzano facility in Brazil. The expansion of the production capacity will not only cater to the rising customer demand for ether amines in Brazil only, but will also look into the global needs for supporting mineral processing capacity. 

According to an official of the executive committee of Clariant, the main rationale of this company is to increase its share in the mining industry especially in Latin America where it can enhance its long term industry ties with Brazil. Clariant’s investment in Brazil is in accordance with its strategy of focusing on rapidly growing markets where Clariant has a leading role.

The Vice President of Clariant Mining Solutions has expressed that Clariant’s wide array of ether amines enable their clients to do away with substandard ores by removing silica and other contaminants. This is important since the global stock of high quality ores is depleting day by day. The expansion plans will double the production capacity globally thereby keeping up with the rising global demand for ether amines. 

In the mining process, ether amines are used for processing minerals like phosphates and iron ores. This multimillion expansion plan of Clariant’s will be spread over a period of eighteen months, in two phases. 

Clariant’s Suzano plant is Latin America’s largest production complex. In fact, it has been extending solutions and services to the mining industry for more than three decades.