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Clariant features leading Bentonite products at IndoMetal 2014 in Indonesia

  • Over 100 years of experience in supplying Bentonite products to worldwide markets
  • Locally produced Geko® Bentonite leverages global expertise to local market with reliable supply
Jakarta, November 27, 2014 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will feature its dedicated line of Bentonite products at the IndoMetal exhibition to be held on December 11-13, 2014 at the Jakarta International Expo, Indonesia. IndoMetal is considered the biggest foundry exhibition in Indonesia today.

Growing domestic demand driven by development of key industries in Indonesia, such as automotive and engineering, has led to the rapid growth of the domestic foundries in recent years. Indonesia is anticipated to soon become the number one foundry market in the whole of South East Asia. As the foundry market continues to develop, so does the demand for corresponding materials such as Bentonite which plays a key role in the casting process.

Clariant is one of the leading Bentonite suppliers in the world, with more than 100 years of history in the Bentonite business, leveraging resources from the former Süd-Chemie company, which was integrated into the Clariant group in 2011. The successful integration has resulted in more global resources and expertise being applied to provide even better customer service and product availability in the Indonesian market.

"In Indonesia, Clariant is the top player in Bentonite products. We have been supplying locally produced Bentonite products to the South East Asian market for over 25 years. Our backward integration has helped us to serve customers with products coming from our three plants in Indonesia. Key customer markets besides foundries include the palm oil refining industry, civil engineering and paper producers," said Dieter Seng, Head of Business Line Adsorbents South East Asia and Pacific.

Clariant’s high quality foundry Bentonite and dedicated services have contributed not only to improved casting quality, but also state-of-the-art automatic high-speed casting production in Asia.

GEKO® - global quality Bentonite at affordable cost for local foundries At IndoMetal 2014, Clariant will feature its Geko series, an approved product line which is valued for its high quality and efficiency.

GEKO SUPER, is a Bentonite that brings high efficiency and good cost savings to the casting formula. With high flow ability and excellent shakeout ability, the highly efficient GEKO SUPER is readily mixed in the mixer, which allows for quick development of greensand strength up to 10-20% faster than usual, thus reducing mixing time. The excellent shakeout ability of GEKO SUPER provides further cost savings by lowering energy consumption by up to 10%.

Also featured at IndoMetal 2014 is GEKO OPTIMUM, which provides hybrid quality bentonite for high quality casting. It combines the advantages of natural Sodium Bentonite with activated Calcium Bentonite. GEKO OPTIMUM offers easy water management and excellent thermal durability which make it the preferred choice for high temperature casting. Being produced domestically at the plants in Indonesia ensures stable deliveries of GEKO to Clariant customers in Indonesia, who enjoy a flexible delivery system to meet individual needs such as silo truck delivery. In addition, the GEKO series has achieved product consistency through a state-of-the-art quality control system that includes periodic greensand properties testing and production failure analysis.

"We have been successfully supplying our products to key players of the foundry industry for many years. The focus of the market is shifting from Thailand, a traditional automotive power house in South East Asia to Indonesia. Our local production of foundry Bentonite puts us in an excellent position to be a reliable supplier for this growing market. Combined with our global expertise, we really have something great to offer to this growing customer base," said Ittipon Udomsilp, Regional Head of Foundry Bentonite.

Worldwide, Clariant is the preferred partner in the foundry industry, with leadership positions in the markets in Germany, France, Thailand, Korea and China and with a global network of foundry specialists providing consultation to customers in optimizing the application of Bentonite in addition to other support in various areas.

Clariant will exhibit at IndoMetal 2014 at stand number J34, Hall A of Jakarta International Expo, Indonesia from December 11-13, 2014.

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