Clariant was formed in 1995 as a spin-off from the chemical company Sandoz, which was itself established in Basel in 1886. Through our direct lineage, we have amassed knowledge and experience of chemistry and industry spanning approximately 150 years.
Clariant expanded through the incorporation of the specialty chemicals business of Hoechst (Germany) in 1997, and the acquisitions of BTP plc (UK) in 2000 and Ciba’s Masterbatches division in 2006. In 2008, the company acquired the leading U.S. colorant suppliers Rite Systems and Ricon Colors. The latest transformational acquisition of the highly-innovative specialty chemicals company Süd-Chemie (Germany) in 2011 and the subsequent divestments of the Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions businesses in 2012 as well as the divestment of Leather Services and Detergent & Intermediates business in 2013, laid the foundation for the “new Clariant”. With its rebranding in 2012, Clariant repositioned its corporate brand based on the restructured portfolio and presented a new vision and mission. Since then, bolt-on acquisitions, e.g. in the Industrial & Consumer Specialties business or in Oil & Mining Services complement the company portfolio. In 2018 Clariant got the new anchor shareholder SABIC. At the same time both companies signed a memorandum of understanding on a significant collaboration opportunity in the area of high performance materials.