Content - “New door to Japanese customers” for Clariant

  • November 13, 2017

“New door to Japanese customers” for Clariant

Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Clariant, the world leader in specialty chemicals based in Muttenz, Switzerland, is to open a dedicated laboratory for personal care product development in Tokyo. This would reinforce its commitment to the personal care industry in Japan, Clariant said in a statement. The company, also a member of the SCCIJ, mainly manufactures and sells dyes and auxiliaries for leather and paper in Japan. Its business in Japan started in 1966 as Sandoz K.K. in Kobe (Hyogo). The enterprise altered its corporate name to Clariant after Sandoz spun off its chemical division in 1995.

Clariant Swiss headquarters

Boosting R&D activities

Located inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute (TIRI) in the Odaiba district of Japan’s capital Tokyo, the new laboratory offers local customers easy access to technical facilities and expertise to boost their research and development activities.

The facility supplements Clariant's existing Shizuoka Technical Service Center in providing industry customers with more opportunities for collaboration early on in their formulation development.  

Clariant's new laboratory will take advantage of the TIRI's support on commissioned analytical work through various equipment and facilities available at the institute. The TIRI was founded in 2006 under the financial support of the Tokyo government to provide local industry with rapid and flexible technological support.

“New door to customers”

"The laboratory will open a new door to our customers in the personal care industry who, in order to speed up response to market, have a growing need for technical support early on in the development stage of their new products,” Francois Bleger, Head of Clariant's Industrial and Consumer Specialties Business Unit in Asia Pacific, said.  

The Tokyo laboratory, which is within half an hour's reach of the railway station Tokyo, would give Clariant the opportunity to interact more closely with local customers through such means as co-development meetings and technical seminars, enabling the company to better support their product needs.

In addition to the commissioned facilities available at the Institute, Clariant's Tokyo laboratory is set up with equipment and facilities such as an incubator and viscometer necessary for running low-impact experiments and testing.  

Expertise for Japanese industry

Clariant's existing Shizuoka Technical Service Center will continue to be the core laboratory for synthetic experiments with chemical reactions requiring high temperatures, high pressure, decompression or the generation of strong odor.  

Clariant has provided technical expertise and production-related support to Japan's personal care industry for more than 30 years. This includes pilot-scale testing of various technical processes at the Shizuoka Technical Service Center.

To support future product development, the new Tokyo laboratory aims to create an environment for open innovation with customers, and deliver technical support for formulation development tailored to the country's personal care needs.    


Text and photos: Clariant

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