Clariant celebrates 40 years of desiccant manufacturing and innovation in New Mexico
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Clariant celebrates 40 years of desiccant manufacturing and innovation in New Mexico

The Belen, NM, USA site opened in 1983 and has been processing responsibly mined bentonite clay into desiccant packets and bags for the past 40 years

  • By ICN Bureau | December 08, 2023

Clariant, a sustainability-focused specialty chemical company, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Belen, NM, USA desiccant manufacturing site.

Beginning in 1983 with Desi Pak bentonite clay desiccants, the site has developed a range of innovative products for varied industries including intermodal transport, electronics and semiconductors, aerospace and defense, packaging, food protection, apparel and textiles, medical devices, and health and personal care.

“This celebration is an opportunity to express our appreciation to our customers, suppliers, employees, and the Valencia County community where the site is located,” comments Ryan Grauer, Head of Sales, Marketing, & Technology, Cargo & Device Protection, Clariant Adsorbents & Additives. “Everything that we have achieved has been the result of our dedicated teamwork and collaboration with our partners. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of this site.”

Earlier in 2023, Clariant launched the latest innovation in the portfolio, Desi Pak ECO, a responsibly mined natural bentonite clay desiccant in a plastic-free, bio-based package. The desiccant packets are specially designed moisture adsorbing solutions focused on sourcing raw materials and transportation packaging with a lower environmental impact.

“Our desiccant products are designed for any customer in need of moisture protection for their products,” adds Justin Mueller, Head of Adsorbents Americas. “With our decades of experience and worldwide network of state-of-the-art manufacturing sites and support teams, we are committed to delivering quality, reliability, and sustainability in all of our products.”


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