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Clariant’s Licocene® Polyolefin-based Waxes: Finalist of German 2015 Innovation Awards

Published on 2015-03-31. Author : SpecialChem

MUTTENZ -- Clariant, one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals, is a finalist in the prestigious German business innovation award, "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2015", category Large Company. The achievement relates to Clariant's Licocene® polyolefin-based waxes, recognized for advancing sustainability in textiles, plastics and coatings manufacturing and improving the environmental profile of a wide range of applications.

Licocene waxes give manufacturers the possibility to use fewer ingredients, reduce manufacturing steps, and use less resource-intensive production processes. For example in textiles, close cooperation between Clariant and German coatings and laminate specialist LACOM GmbH, has succeeded in changing energy-intensive, water-based textile coating technology to a less energy-consuming process of hot melt coating using very low amounts of Licocene additives. There are also environmental benefits for final products, such as improving the recyclability of textiles, or reducing product weight.

Licocene's ability to support more sustainable processing is particularly valued in energy-intensive sectors, such as technical textiles for mattresses, furniture and carpets for automotive and aerospace interiors. They are also used in the manufacture of masterbatches and engineering plastics, as well as in industrial coatings, and in printing inks and adhesives for packaging applications.

The award jury of leading science and business representatives also acknowledged Licocene for promoting home-grown R&D and technical processing within Germany. The product's development involved collaboration between Clariant's researchers in Höchst and researchers at the University of Hamburg, leading to the piloting and building of a full-scale production unit in Germany. Clariant continues to work closely with its customers both inside and outside of Germany to use Licocene to bring sustainability advances to the market segments. As of 2016, the company will have achieved a 50% increase in its production capacity for Licocene to support the increasing interest in the product and its extensive application possibilities.

"This accolade for Clariant reinforces the increasing importance placed on sustainability within society. With Licocene systems users can achieve significantly higher efficiency levels, supporting efforts to address current global challenges such as the efficient use of resources and energy," comments Oliver Kinkel, Head of Business Unit Additives, Clariant.

Clariant joins fellow finalists for the 2015 award ceremony and gala dinner on March 21, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main. This is the second occasion a Clariant development has been acclaimed by the organizers. The company's Exolit® halogen-free flame retardants were in the final of the "Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2012/2013".

About Clariant
Clariant is one of the globally leading specialty chemicals companies, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On December 31, 2014 the company employed a total workforce of 17 003. In the financial year 2014, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 6.116 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant’s corporate strategy is based on five pillars: increase profitability, reposition portfolio, add value with sustainability, foster innovation and R&D, and intensify growth.

Source: Clariant
 


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