CHINA: Clariant has begun production at its new manufacturing operation in Guangzhou, China. The new plant produces color and additive masterbatches for local markets and also serves as Clariant’s center for fiber technology development for all of China. At 14,000 square meters, it will be the largest of the three masterbatches sites in the country and will support further growth of Clariant’s business in South China. Clariant was one of the first international masterbatch producers to begin manufacturing in China, opening its initial site in Guangzhou in 1995 and expanding it in 2003. This older operation will be closed as the new facility reaches full production.