Clariant, the global speciality chemicals group, today announced the opening of its newest Mining Application and Development Centre (CADM) for Clariant Mining Solutions in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, which will serve as the company’s global excellence centre for iron/phosphate ores and pelletising. “The CADM is strategically located in Belo Horizonte, at the heart of the Brazilian mining industry, close to customers, universities and research centres,” explains Finlay Morrison, Vice President and Head of Business Line Mining Solutions. “This laboratory reflects our commitment to innovation and consolidates Clariant’s 35 year presence in the Brazilian mining industry as a leading supplier of chemical solutions.”The company states that the new CADM “underscores Clariant’s research-driven growth strategy in Brazil.” The facility is staffed by scientists and researchers from a number of different mining-related fields and will develop custom flotation solutions for phosphate, iron and sulphide ores. It will also support the development of specialised reagents for pelletising, dust control, filtration, settling, rheology modifiers and corrosion and scale control. “The CADM builds upon our guarantee of efficiency in the development and application of solutions for our customers,” said Nilson Bartalini, Manager of Clariant’s Mining Solutions segment for Brazil and Head of the Northern Latin America region. The Mining Application and Development Centre in Belo Horizonte will operate in line with Clariant’s research facilities’ network in Germany, Australia, Chile, Peru, the US, China, India, Russia, Morocco, and South Africa.