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Clariant’s Licocene waxes reach final of German 2015 innovation prize

Licocene waxes give manufacturers the possibility to reduce manufacturing steps, and use less resource-intensive production processes, the company reports.

25th March 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Muttenz

Industrial, Sustainable, Transport/​Aerospace, Interiors

The achievement relates to Clariant’s Licocene polyolefin-based waxes, recognized for advancing sustainability in textiles, plastics and coatings manufacturing and improving the environmental profile of a wide range of applications.

“This accolade for Clariant reinforces the increasing importance placed on sustainability within society today,” said Oliver Kinkel, Head of Business Unit Additives, Clariant. “With Licocene systems users can achieve significantly higher efficiency levels, supporting efforts to address current global challenges such as the efficient use of resources and energy.”

Energy and cost efficient technology

Licocene waxes give manufacturers the possibility to use fewer ingredients, reduce manufacturing steps, and use less resource-intensive production processes, the company reports.

For example, in textiles, close cooperation between Clariant and German coatings and laminate specialist LACOM, has succeeded in changing energy-intensive, water-based textile coating technology to a less energy-consuming process of hot melt coating using very low amounts of Licocene additives.

There are also said to be environmental benefits for final products, such as improving the recyclability of textiles, or reducing product weight.

Sustainable processing

Licocene’s ability to support more sustainable processing is particularly valued in energy-intensive sectors, such as technical textiles for mattresses, furniture and carpets for automotive and aerospace interiors.

Clariant is a finalist in the prestigious German business innovation award, category Large Company. © Clariant

The award jury of leading science and business representatives also acknowledged Licocene for promoting home-grown R&D and technical processing within Germany. The product’s development involved collaboration between Clariant’s researchers in Höchst and researchers at the University of Hamburg, leading to the piloting and building of a full-scale production unit in Germany.


Clariant continues to work with its customers both inside and outside of Germany to use Licocene to bring sustainability advances to the market segments.

As of 2016, the company will have achieved a 50% increase in its production capacity for Licocene to support the increasing interest in the product and its extensive application possibilities.

This is the second occasion a Clariant development has been acclaimed by the organizers. The company’s Exolit halogen-free flame retardants were in the final of the Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2012/2013.

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