HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Clariant Mining has appointed Andrew Forward as Global Business Development Manager for the company's emulsifiers for explosives business. Forward previously served as Regional Manager of Clariant Mining in South Asia Pacific.
Forward has served in various roles at Clariant for more than 30 years. In his new role, Forward will utilize his extensive expertise in the explosives industry to expand Clariant' s emulsions business globally. He will be based in Melbourne, Australia, reporting to the Vice President of Clariant Mining.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to further develop Clariant's explosives business in an industry that is seeing significant growth as a consequence of increasing global demand for mineral commodities," Forward said.
Clariant Mining has also appointed Keith Wilson as Business Development Support for emulsifiers for explosives focused on Europe, the Middle East, Africa and CIS. Wilson will be based in Frankfurt, Germany.
The new appointments come as Clariant Oil & Mining Services prepares to open a new emulsifiers for explosives lab in Frankfurt, Germany, at the end of 2012, and a lab at the company's headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, scheduled to open in fall 2013. The two new labs will join existing labs in Mount Holly, North Carolina, and Lara, Australia, giving the company's emulsifiers for explosives business a presence on three major continents.
Marketed under the trade name ARKOMON®, Clariant emulsifiers encompass high-quality PIBSA (polyisobutylene succinic anhydride) based products and a broad range of water in oil emulsifiers including sorbitan and phosphate esters designed to meet customers' specific needs.
"The vast experience and expertise of Andrew and Keith, who have collectively spent more than 50 years in the industry, strengthens our team and allows Clariant to continue to grow the emulsifiers for explosives business," said Paul Gould, Head of Marketing and Application Development, Clariant Mining.
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Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel. The group owns over 100 companies worldwide and employed 22 149 employees on December 31, 2011. In the financial year 2011, Clariant recorded a turnover of around CHF 7.4 billion. Clariant is divided into eleven business units: Additives; Catalysis & Energy; Emulsions, Detergents & Intermediates; Functional Materials; Industrial & Consumer Specialties; Leather Services; Masterbatches; Oil & Mining Services; Paper Specialties; Pigments; Textile Chemicals. Clariant focuses on creating value by investing in future profitable and sustainable growth, which is based on four strategic pillars: Improving profitability, innovation as well as research and development, dynamic growth in emerging markets, and optimizing the portfolio through complementary acquisitions or divestments.
Clariant Mining is a leading provider of flotation chemicals and explosion emulsifiers to the global mining industry. Clariant Mining's strong and growing team of technical experts operates around the globe and is dedicated to providing world-class specialty chemical solutions that add value to customers' mining operations. The company operates a state-of-the-art R&D laboratory at its headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, which is dedicated to the development and optimization of chemical solutions for North American customers.
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