Celanese to Add Celstran® Production Capability to Suzano, Brazil, Facility
Local production will allow Celanese to better serve customers in growing region
DALLAS & FRANKFURT, Germany & SHANGHAI & SÃO PAULO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, today announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at the company’s Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran® long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production. The Celstran® expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2015.
“Production in Brazil will also help address our customers’ needs for value chain localization of raw materials, enabling those customers working with Celanese to receive even further tax benefits in the automotive segment via the government program Inovarauto and regional trade agreements.”
This new Celstran® LFRT production operation will be part of the company’s manufacturing site in Suzano where Celanese already compounds Hostaform® / Celcon® acetal copolymer (POM) and Celanex® / Vandar® thermoplastic polyester (PBT) products for customers in Brazil and Latin America.
“The addition of Celstran® manufacturing capabilities to our existing site outside Sao Paulo is part of the Celanese growth strategy to directly serve our customers in Brazil and Latin America, where we see a healthy growth potential, especially in automotive applications,” said Phil McDivitt, vice president and general manager of the engineered materials business of Celanese.
Celanese long fiber reinforced thermoplastics, including Celstran®, Factor® and Compel®, offer a combination of stiffness and toughness unparalleled by conventional short-fiber reinforced thermoplastics. These products provide customers with outstanding value in meeting the needs of demanding applications that require metal replacement, weight reduction (resulting in lower carbon dioxide emissions), impact strength, design freedom and easy processing in key applications for:
- Automotive: structural, functional and appearance parts (instrument panels, door modules, front end modules, window systems, battery trays, clutch pedals, gear shift levers, consoles, HVAC louvers, air intake pipes and fascia supports).
- Consumer: appliances, electronics, power tools, garden equipment (housings, gears, pulleys, wheels and fan blades).
- Industrial: piping and connectors, window systems, and building and construction.
- Aerospace: seating systems, overhead consoles and cabin carts.
“By bringing this new production capacity to Brazil, Celanese will be the first local producer of Celstran® LFRT,” said Stefan Kutta, Celanese global director, Automotive industry. “We will leverage our local commercial and technical teams to deliver innovative polymer solutions to our customers and further support the growth of Celstran® in Latin America.”
“Having local production of Celstran® in Brazil will allow Celanese to better serve our customers by responding faster to incremental volumes and peak demands in this dynamic region,” said Guert Rucker, commercial director, South America, for Celanese. “Production in Brazil will also help address our customers’ needs for value chain localization of raw materials, enabling those customers working with Celanese to receive even further tax benefits in the automotive segment via the government program Inovarauto and regional trade agreements.”
The broad product line of Celstran® LFRT grades are produced using a patented pultrusion process that provides the highest quality impregnation and optimal wetting of the reinforcement fibers. By using various matrix materials, including polyamide (PA), polypropylene (PP), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), PBT, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyacrylic acid (PAA), POM, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and others; and imbedding various glass-, carbon-, stainless steel- and aramid-fibers together with additives, Celanese LFRT grades can be tailored to meet many specific application requirements.
For more Celstran® LFRT product and performance information, visit: http://www.celanese.com/Celstranlfrt/auto
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 7,400 employees worldwide and had 2013 net sales of $6.5 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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