Clariant is a world leader in specialty chemicals headquartered in Muttenz near Basel, Switzerland. It had 17,003 employees in total as of December 31, 2014. In the 2014 financial year, Clariant generated CHF 6.116 billion in sales with continuing operations. It reports in four business segments: Care Chemicals, Catalysis & Energy, Natural Resources, and Plastics & Coatings. Clariant's corporate strategy is based on five pillars: increase profitability, reposition portfolio, add value with sustainability, foster innovation and R&D, and intensify growth.
Around 4,500 employees work for Clariant's German subsidiaries. The company manufactures thousands of individual specialty chemicals at its 16 sites in Germany. Its products play a crucial role in its customers' manufacturing and treatment processes or add value to their end products. Its largest production sites worldwide are Frankfurt-Höchst and Gendorf in Upper Bavaria.