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Exploration and mining

Finding suitable deposits

While bentonite per se is abundant on earth, careful selection of the right bentonites for the individual applications is a crucial part of ensuring uninterrupted supply. To this end our own exploration team of geologists, mineralogists and mining engineers travels the world to find suitable deposits for our customers’ needs.

Clariant currently operates 60 bentonite mines, so our customers can rest assured that supply is secured and that mining is fully compliant with international, national, regional and local regulations.

Our application development department, staffed with chemists and scientists experienced in our customers’ applications, tests and approves the individual bentonite grades prior to moving into full-scale mining operations.

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 Opening Up the earth for a new mine graph
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Our expertise
  • Adsorbents and desiccants
    1,000+ needs, shaped up into a single solution: Bentonite. Clariant’s Adsorbents business is a world- leading provider of bentonite and synthetic material-based specialty products and solutions. The tailored products are designed to enhance products and processes in various industries. From mining the raw materials to processing them to tailoring them into customer-specific solutions, we provide you with 360° of service across the entire value chain.
  • Bentonite
    Bentonite is a clay material that is quite abundant on earth.
  • Process and production
    Bentonite can be processed in several ways to optimize properties for the individual uses.
  • Re-Cultivation
    Agricultural land is returned to the same use as before mining.

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