* Cuts include 450 jobs in Europe, including 180 in Germany
* Sees staff numbers below 18,000 staff by end of year
* Economic situation still tough - spokesman
ZURICH, Oct 12 Swiss specialty chemicals company
Clariant AG CLN.VX said on Monday it would cut another 800
jobs worldwide, on top of 1,850 job losses already announced
The cuts include 450 jobs in Europe, 180 of which are in
Germany, and will bring the total staff below 18,000 this year.
Confirming an internal memo to staff obtained by Reuters, a
spokesman also said the economic situation was still tough.
Clariant said in June it was cutting 500 jobs, on top of
1,350 job cuts announced at the start of the year.
In an interview with Reuters last month, chief executive
Hariolf Kottmann said he expected global sales to be flat in
2010 following an estimated 15-20 percent fall this year amid
continued weakness in consumer demand. [ID:nSHA126995]
Clariant, which makes pigments for products from textiles to
cars, swung to a net loss in the second quarter and Kottman said
he saw no sign of upturn in demand in the year ahead.
Clariant's shares were up 1.9 percent at 10.42 Swiss francs
at 1347 GMT, in line with a 1.8 percent firmer DJ Stoxx European
chemicals index .SX4P.
(Reporting by Andrew Thompson; Writing by Emma Thomasson;
Editing by Dan Lalor)