TX: Clariant Mining to Open Robust New Lab Facilities in The Woodlands

8 Feb, 2013

Clariant Mining announced that it will upgrade to significantly larger laboratory facilities filled with state-of-the-art equipment when Clariant Oil & Mining Services moves into its new global headquarters, scheduled for completion in The Woodlands, Texas, in fall 2013.

"The new laboratories, which are four times larger than our current facilities in North America, were designed to host the most advanced mining technology available today,” said Paul Gould, global head of Marketing and Application Development for Clariant Mining. "For example, the structure of the building accommodates a new two-story flotation column that will be installed as part of the upgrade."

In conjunction with Clariant's Innovation Center located in Frankfurt, Germany, the North American lab will be used to develop new flotation products to meet the demands of regional customers. Other capabilities include mineral analysis and laboratory-scale beneficiation testing from crushing to concentrate.

The planned laboratory facilities in The Woodlands are part of a series of specialized mining laboratories Clariant has opened over the last several years in the world's key mining regions including Johannesburg, South Africa, Guangzhou, China, and Saint Petersburg, Russia. These are in addition to seasoned labs in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Clariant Mining has been a leader in copper/molybdenum and reverse iron ore flotation.

"More than ever before, our North American customers will benefit from the specialized and customized attention made possible through the robust capabilities of our new laboratories, in addition to drawing on the broad experience of Clariant Mining's global metallurgical organization" said Chris Adair, Clariant's North American sales manager for Mining.


Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel. The group owns over 100 companies worldwide and employed 22 149 employees on December 31, 2011. In the financial year 2011, Clariant produced a turnover of CHF 7.4 billion. Clariant is divided into eleven business units: Additives; Catalysis & Energy; Emulsions, Detergents & Intermediates; Functional Materials; Industrial & Consumer Specialties; Leather Services; Masterbatches; Oil & Mining Services; Paper Specialties; Pigments; Textile Chemicals. Clariant focuses on creating value by investing in future profitable and sustainable growth, which is based on four strategic pillars: Improving profitability, innovation as well as research and development, dynamic growth in emerging markets, and optimizing the portfolio through complementary acquisitions or divestments.


Clariant Mining is a leading provider of flotation chemicals and explosion emulsifiers to the global mining industry. Clariant Mining's strong and growing team of technical experts operates around the globe and is dedicated to providing world-class specialty chemical solutions that add value to customers' mining operations. The company operates a state-of-the-art R&D laboratory at its headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, which is dedicated to the development and optimization of chemical solutions for North American customers.