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We have a dedicated technology organization that focuses on meeting our customers’ needs and the trends impacting the marketplace. We have 91 scientists at 7 locations around the world to provide global innovation and technical support to a global customer base.

Recent Advances in Hydrophobically-Modified Alkali Swellable Thickener (HASE) to Replace Cellulosic Thickeners

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BENTONE HYDROCLAY™ series of natural clay-based rheology modifiers enable the creation of formulations that deliver innovative and elegant sensory experiences. Their uniqueness lies in their ability not only to thicken water, but also in the pleasant silky texture that they impart both during and after application.


Thixatrol® is an additive used by coatings and sealant customers to adhere very heavy objects to a surface via a single spray application. Thixatrol(r) is predominantly based on renewable raw materials and its usage needs relatively low heat input, making it environmentally friendly.


Our Finntalc is an additive used to strengthen products such as long-life plastics for automotive parts and household appliances without adding unnecessary weight. Finntalc(r) is a natural product made entirely from talc, the softest of all minerals, making it an environmentally-friendly solution for our global customers.


Chrome sulphate is used in the tanning of animal hides to make leather goods and our Waynetan 180® is a product designed for faster penetration of chrome during hide preparation. Use of our products results in high-quality leather products.


Oil companies are increasingly working in harsh conditions which challenge drilling production rates. Our high purity hectorite-based rheological additives, such as BENTONE® 38 is highly resistant to contaminants, can withstand extreme high temperatures and helps to improve oil recovery.

Innovation In Action

In 2018, we were awarded a significant contract to supply our newly developed rheology modifier for a premium interior paint line. This was due in part to our expanded customer relationship through deeper product development partnerships, ongoing technical support, and consistent quality, service and delivery.

Natural, clean and green are very important trends for color cosmetics and skin care. But consumers also demand performance and a nice sensory experience as well. Our R&D team has developed unique organoclays and emulsifying gels that allow skin care and color cosmetic formulators to create new and inspiring textures and product concepts. In fact, we were recognized with a Gold Sensory Award from incosmetics Global.

Elementis has developed a strong portfolio of additives that are extremely effective in waterborne industrial coatings. We have seen an increase in interest in the use of waterborne coatings for industrial uses -- especially in China where the market has seen a shift to lower environmental impact products.