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Celanese to expand its UHMW-PE production capacity in Europe

March 26/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, has announces its intent to expand its GUR ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) production capacity in Europe, as per the company's press release.

In addition to the recently announced Bishop, Texas, GUR expansion of approximately 15,000 tonnes per year coming online beginning in 2022, Celanese intends to invest in additional capacity for GUR in Europe.

The expansion in Europe is expected to be online beginning in 2024 with an annual nameplate capacity of approximately 34K,000 tonnes. Site selection for this new European facility is underway, and Celanese is considering both existing and greenfield locations for a GUR production unit.

The addition of a new UHMW-PE production facility in Europe will support the significant growth in the companys high-value GUR engineered materials portfolio. With this investment, Celanese will be able to support the double-digit growth for LIBS (Lithium Ion Battery Separators) in the electric vehicle (EV) market. The new facility will also have the option to produce medical grade GUR.

Financial details of this GUR expansion are not being disclosed at this time. Additional project details will be announced as further developments are available.

As MRC reported earlier, Celanese Corporation has also announced that its Clear Lake, Texas integrated chemical manufacturing facility will begin utilizing recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) as an alternative feedstock in the production of methanol, a key raw material in the manufacture of numerous acetyls products, including acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), ethyl acetate and other derivatives.

We remind that in H2 February, 2021, Celanese declared force majeure on its products in the Americas and EMEA region due to the severe winter weather that has heavily curtailed US petrochemicals and refinery production and operations on the US Gulf Coast.

According to MRC's DataScope report, January EVA imports to Russia rose only by 0,07% year on year to 3,084 tonnes from 3,087 tonnes a year earlier, and overall imports of this grade of ethylene copolymer into the Russian Federation dropped in January-December 2020 by 3,41% year on year to 38,170 tonnes (39,520 tonnes in 2019).

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. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,700 employees worldwide and had 2020 net sales of USD5.7 billion.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PE, vinilacetat, EVA, copolymer, ethylene, Celanese, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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