Switzerland-based Clariant has opened its first “Project House” – a technological showcase for its masterbatch business unit, in Pogliano, Italy. The Project House is a 400m2 facility in Pogliano, Italy, which will house chemists and technicians as well as equipment, including extrusion machinery and analytical equipment. Its key objective is to pursue breakthrough concepts and solutions in masterbatch products and processes. The Project House represents an investment of approximately €2 million. The Project House will be integrated with Clariant’s masterbatch activities globally, with connections to other business units including R&D and the company’s new Innovation Centre (CIC) in Frankfurt, Germany.