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Celanese Announces Capacity Expansions for Acetic Acid and VAM in North America

By Business Wire News   



DALLAS

Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, today announced it will expand acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) capacity in North America.

Celanese will implement a series of low capital debottlenecks in its Clear Lake, Texas, acetic acid facility and expects up to 150kt more product. The current nameplate capacity of the facility is 1,350kt per annum. The debottlenecks will happen in stages over the next several years with the expectation that total U.S. output will have a nameplate capacity of more than 1,500kt per annum by 2016.

Celanese has also begun work on a 150kt expansion of its Clear Lake, Texas, VAM facility raising plant capacity to 450kt – making it the largest and most efficient VAM plant in the world. The expansion will be complete in 2018.

“Today’s announcement leverages Celanese’s leading acetyl technologies and exhibits our continued commitment to innovation and productivity in the Acetyl Chain. To have the ability to add incremental capacity as industry growth dictates, and do it with a nominal capital outlay, is a great tool and the hallmark of our industry leadership position,” remarked Pat Quarles, president of Acetyl Chain and Integrated Supply Chain for Celanese.

About Celanese

Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of $6.8 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.

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Celanese Corporation
Investor Relations
Jon Puckett, +1-972-443-4965
jon.puckett@celanese.com
or
Media Relations – Global
W. Travis Jacobsen, +1-972-443-3750
william.jacobsen@celanese.com
or
Media Relations Asia (Shanghai)
Helen Zhang, +86 21 3861 9279
lan.zhang@celanese.com
or
Media Relations Europe (Germany)
Jens Kurth, +49(0)69 45009 1574
j.kurth@celanese.com

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