Clariant, a major supplier of specialty chemicals to the mining industry, recently announced a forthcoming increase of ether amines production at its Suzano, Brazil, facility. Targeted specifically to meet the needs of the mining industry, the planned expansion, said Switzerland-based Clariant, will allow it to meet the growing demands of customers in Brazil as well as support global customers who are also expanding mineral processing capacity.

“Clariant is aiming to expand its global footprint in the mining industry, especially in Latin America where we can build on our long-term experience in Brazil. This investment is in line with our strategy to focus on fast growing markets where we have a leading position,” said Christian Kohlpaintner, a member of Clariant’s executive committee.

The Suzano expansion project, described by Clariant as in the “multimillion Swiss franc” range, will increase production capacity in two phases over the next 18 months. The first phase of the plant’s capacity will be completed in the third quarter of 2014. The second phase, which will double capacity, is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2015.