USA: Facility Expansion Celanese Expands Global Emulsion Polymers Capacities

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Celanese announced preliminary plans to expand its emulsion polymers derivatives business to extend the value of its global acetyl chain. The expansion projects include sites in Nanjing, China and Geleen, Netherlands.

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Dallas/USA — By making focused investments, Celanese plans to implement integrated capital deployments to capture disproportionate growth in the global Emulsions market. The strategic steps announced by the company include implementing a series of capital efficient VAE (vinyl acetate ethylene) expansion and debottlenecking projects from now through the year 2023, including significant expansions of the company’s Geleen, Netherlands, and Nanjing, China, VAE emulsions production sites.

The projects include the Nanjing, China Emulsions Facility VAE Capacity Expansion. There, the company is starting a debottlenecking project at its Nanjing VAE production facility of 20,000 metric tons per annum by 2022. The company will further expand VAE production capacity at its Nanjing facility by 65,000 metric tons per annum by adding a third VAE reactor by late 2022, taking the total Nanjing VAE capacity from 130,000 to 215,000 metric tons per annum. These expansion steps are to support emulsions growth plans in Asia.

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The second project is a capacity expansion of the Emulsion Facility VAE in Geleen, Netherlands. At this site, the company is implementing a debottlenecking project of its VAE production unit of 20,000 metric tons per annum by 2021. The group will further expand VAE production capacity at its Geleen facility by 50,000 metric tons per annum with an additional VAE reactor by early 2023, taking the total Geleen VAE capacity from 130,000 to 200,000 metric tons per annum. This expansion is intended to support growth while enhancing operating flexibility within the region.

In addition to the Geleen and Nanjing VAE expansions, further capacity unlocking projects have been evaluated to add an estimated 25,000 metric tons per annum in incremental capacities at other Celanese emulsions sites in all three operating regions. The company expects this expansion program to be fully implemented by 2023.

Financial details of these capital efficient projects were not disclosed at this time, and expansion plans will be implemented when operationally feasible and pending customary regulatory and permitting approvals.