Care Chemicals

The Business Area Care Chemical comprises Industrial & Consumer Specialties (ICS) and New Business Development (NBD) activities as well as the future Industrial biotechnology business.


Care Chemicals follows lifestyle-driven megatrends and strengthens Clariant’s position and image as a supplier of environmentally friendly and sustainable products.

Industrial & Consumer Specialties

ICS is split into the segments Consumer Care and Industrial Applications. There is a clear focus on the highly attractive Consumer Care segment, which is known for higher margins and lower cyclicality, targeting the personal care, household, and agriculture markets. Though separated in different market segments, each focusing on different end-use applications, ICS’s businesses all use the same technological platform base and shared production assets. Products in the Consumer Care segment include ingredients for laundry detergents, fabric softeners, disinfectants and dishwashing detergents to skin & hair care cosmetics, wet wipes and selected pharmaceuticals, as well as additives for the agriculture market. The Industrial Application segment focuses on the construction, aviation and coatings industries providing, amongst others, superplasticizers, de-icing fluids for aircrafts and runways, and special solvents respectively.

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New Business Development

NBD develops solutions for the dairy, bakery and meat industries based on tailored formulation of specialty carbohydrates, polyand oligosaccharides, preservatives, antioxidants, sweeteners and hydrocolloids.

Also included are future revenues from biotech products, which consist of Clariant’s sunliquid® technology based on second-generation bioethanol from lignocellulose, which include the licensing of the technology and the services offered, as well as new bio-based specialties and enzymes for various applications.

Strategic Objectives

Industrial & Consumer Specialties focuses on strengthening its position in consumer markets (in the areas of Personal Care, Industrial & Home Care, Crop Solutions), all the while keeping its leading position in selected industrial niches. In line with the corporate strategic pillars of growth, the businesses’ main objectives include to:

  • Re-focus the operating model in line with nature of business
  • Strengthen innovation and application know-how
  • Expand regional presence
  • Secure competitive raw material access
  • Focus on core technologies globally
strategic focus on profitable growth

Key Financial Figures

18.4 %

Current EBITDA margin (before exceptional items)

18 - 19 %

EBITDA target margin (before exceptional items)

  • Expansion of market shares for consumer products and crop solutions
  • Increased demand for personal and home care products
  • Need for sustainable and efficient crop protection
  • Chemicals based on renewable raw materials
  • Future market biotechnology
  • Increased demand for sustainable building materials
  • Expansion of the innovation pipeline
  • Reduction in the importance of activities with smaller margins

1 575

+ 8 %
Sales in CHF m
in local currencies

* before exceptional items

leading market position in all segments

No.   1  Aviation (De-Icing)
No.   2  Crop Solutions
No.   3  Personal Care
No.   4  Industrial & Home Care

Key Drivers for Care Chemicals

Emerging Market Growth and Continued Urbanization
  • In 2015 the emerging markets will achieve purchasing power parity with the developed world
  • More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities; by 2030, two thirds will be urban dwellers
  • Renewable feedstocks as increasing alternative to non-renewables
  • Sustainable processes and biotechnology platforms gain importance
Decreasing Arable Land per Capita
  • Combination of increasing population and shrinking farmland increases the demand for sustainable and efficient crop solutions
Growing Middle-Class / Disposable Income
  • More people entering the workforce and earning better wages will drive the desire for luxury and well-being
  • Busy lifestyles increase demand for convenience products

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